The Proceedings of ACIM Research is the official journal of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine. ACIM is a leader in shifting the healthcare paradigm toward wellness by restoring hope, empowering people, training and supporting practitioners, conducting research, implementing therapeutic innovations, and creating a new global Wellness Care community. The journal includes research and clinical articles related to the broad field of Integrative Medicine.
The journal publishes articles in the following three categories:
(1) Articles, Peer-Reviewed Original Research
Articles published in this section are original research reporting on primary and previously unpublished studies. Articles may encompass confirming studies and disconfirming results which allow hypothesis elimination, reformulation and/or report on the non-reproducibility of previously published results. Articles published in this section undergo the process of peer-review, have a maximum word count of 12,000, may contain no more than 15 Figures and/or Tables, and should have the following format: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.
(2) Case Studies, Non-Peer Reviewed Discussion of Unique Clinical Cases
Case Studies are descriptive accounts of human patients that present with an unexpected/unique diagnoses, treatment outcomes, or clinical courses. Only case reports that significantly advance the field will be considered. Case Reports should include the following sections: Background, Case Presentation (for human patients: age and sex of the patient, presenting symptoms, patient’s history, relevant family medical or social history, description of laboratory investigations, diagnostic tests, treatment, relevant clinical findings), Discussion (discussion of the underlying pathophysiology and the novelty/ significance of the case).
Authors are required to obtain written informed consent from the patients (or their legal representatives) for the publication. Case Reports are not peer-reveiwed. Case Reports have a maximum word count of 3,000, with a maximum of 4 display items (figures, tables, or videos).
(3) Editorials, Non-Peer Reviewed Opinion or General Comentary Articles
Editorials allow authors to contribute viewpoints on the interpretation of recent findings in any research area, value of the methods used, as well as weaknesses and strengths of scientific hypotheses, or call attention to a scholarly paper of particular note or provide critical comments on a previous publication. They should abide to the following guidelines: not contain unpublished or original data, be supported by evidence, be fully referenced, encourage constructive discussion, refrain from emotionally-charged argumentation. Editorials are not peer-reviewed. Editorials and have a maximum word count of 2,000 and may contain no more than 1 Figure/Table, and should have the following format: Introduction, Subsections relevant for the subject, Discussion.
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