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PAMs inhibits monoamine oxidase a activity and reduces glioma tumor growth, a potential adjuvant treatment for glioma

Natural plant antimicrobial solution alone or co-administration with low doses of temozolomide may be a potential adjuvant to reduce the toxicity of temozolomide and to evade drug resistance for the effective treatment of glioma.

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.   

BMC Series Focus Issues

January: Antimicrobial resistance

Microbial resistance has become a major threat to human health in the 21st century. In order to provide the public with a general understanding of the situation of drug-resistant pathogens, and to alert and prevent this threat, the BMC Series Journals dedicate their first focus issue in 2022 to research on antimicrobial resistance.

December: HIV

For World AIDS day, the BMC Series Journals dedicate this month's focus issue to research on HIV and AIDS highlighting recent advancements in understanding the biology of the disease, the continued breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment and also shed some light on what life with HIV is like. 

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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  1. Authors: Karen Renata Herculano Matos Oliveira, Marjorie Lujan Marques Torres, Nayara Kauffmann, Brenda Jaqueline de Azevedo Ataíde, Nívia de Souza Franco Mendes, Larissa Medeiros dos Anjos, Rosivaldo dos Santos Borges, Carlomagno Pacheco Bahia, Luana Ketlen Reis Leão, Adelaide da Conceição Fonseca Passos, Anderson Manoel Herculano and Evander de Jesus Oliveira Batista

    Content type: Research

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.

Peer Review Taxonomy

This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.

The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

  • Identity transparency: Single anonymized
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.

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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Anne Menard, BioMed Central

Senior Editorial Board Members

Victor Kuete, University of Dschang

Jianping Liu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Insop Shim, Kyung Hee University

Jenny Wilkinson, Charles Sturt University

Amie Steel, University of Technology Sydney

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.  

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    83 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    39 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    217 days from submission to acceptance
    23 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    For BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (former title)
    3.659 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.767 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.505 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.764 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)