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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

BMC Series Focus Issue

October: Animal Models

With World Animal Day falling on October 4th, the BMC series has decided to dedicate this month’s focus issue to animal models. Browse our titles for insight into recent research in the field, including growth regulation, lifespan variation,  nephrotoxicity,   cancer, lipid metabolism, autism, temperature-dependent development,  drug resistance, inflammatory responses,  disease resistance, sperm dynamics and antimicrobial residues in fish.


With the new year approaching, we have some big plans that we hope will improve the journal and improve the quality of published research. However as a first step, we are excited to announce the name of the journal will be changing in January 2020. To help reflect our ethos and our focus on evidence based medicine this journal will now be known as BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies.

With the recent release of our Standards of Reporting, we believe that this name change will truly reflect the work that is currently published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine: evidence-based, sound, reproducible research.

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies – we’ve updated our Research Standards

We are pleased to announce the new Research Standards for manuscripts submitted to BMC Complementary Medicine and TherapiesThese changes renew the journal’s commitment to providing objective evidence for the efficacy or utilisation of complementary and alternative therapies. We will consider all manuscripts which meet these criteria.  Click the button below to read more.

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Aims and scope

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.

About to Submit a Systematic Review?

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies is affiliated with Cochrane Complementary Medicine. The purpose of this affiliation is to improve the standard of Systematic Review reporting at the journal.  Click the link below for an Editorial with more information on this partnership and how the journal treats Systematic Reviews.

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Manuscript Editor

Assistant Editor

Section Editors

  • Holger CramerUniversity of Duisburg-Essen
  • Jacobus Eloff, University of Pretoria
  • Torkel Falkenberg, Karolinska Institutet
  • Victor Kuete, University of Dschang
  • Jianping Liu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
  • Karen Pilkington, University of Portsmouth
  • Insop ShimKyung Hee University
  • Claudia Witt, University of Zurich

Insop Shim, Section Editor

I am currently a professor at College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University. I hold a Ph.D. in Biopsychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from University of Illinois at Chicago and completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine University of Illinois. I am a member of the Society for Neuroscience and have served as an organizing committee of many International conferences and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Korean Society of Stress Medicine and Executive Editor of Experimental Neurobiology.


My research expertise is in the areas of neural mechanisms responsible for motivational behaviors including stress, drugs of abuse, and learning and memory. It is the goal of my research in particular, to elucidate both the effects and the mechanisms of action of the herbal medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using animal models of stress-related diseases such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or learning and memory. I have joined a board member since Aug, 2016.  

Featured Article: Determining the antimicrobial activity of plant extracts and publishing the results

In this review one of our Section Editors, Jacobus Eloff, provides advice for researchers who wish to investigate the antimicrobial properties of plant derived extracts.   

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2019 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.833 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.986 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.326 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.741 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
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