Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Original Research Article Submission Requiements:


Manuscripts should be submitted double spaced in Microsoft Word format. Original research papers typically have a minimum of 2000 words. Review papers may be longer. All papers should include the following components:


Title Page. Include a title page as part of the main text file. The title page should include the article title, list of contributors’ names with highest academic degrees, affiliations, and a minimum of 3 key words. Corresponding author(s) should be identified with an asterisk.


Abstract. Provide a structured abstract as part of the main text file, double spaced, of no more than 300 words. This should be a general introduction to the topic and a brief summary of the main results and their implications.


Text. Organize the text as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods or research design, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, and References. Use only standard abbreviations from the AMA’s Manual for Authors & Editors or the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual. Use generic names for drugs if possible. If you use a proprietary drug name, the first time it appears, use the generic name followed by the proprietary name, manufacturer, city, and state in parentheses.


Acknowledgments. Acknowledge only those people and institutions that have made significant contributions to the study. Details of sources of funding should be given.


Disclosure Statement and competing interests. Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.” In this portion of the paper, all authors should disclose any conflicts of interest in relation to funding. Conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, must be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state: “No competing financial interests exist.”


References. Cite references within the text by a superscripted Arabic number as in the following example: [...the syndrome he elucidated.4,5] List references by number in the order in which they appear (1,2,3, etc.).


Tables. Double space each table in a separate file (labeled like this example: Author Name, Table 1) and provide a short title for each table. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations used in the table in footnotes. If the table is taken from a copyrighted publication you must provide permission to reprint.


Figures and Illustrations. All illustrations should be numbered and labeled. The top of the illustration should be indicated. A legend should be supplied for each illustration and should begin with a brief title sentence for the whole figure and continue with a short statement of what is depicted in the figure.x


Please name your figure and table files with the first author’s name. Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number.


Author Contributions. All authors, including co-authors, should be responsible for a significant contribution to the manuscript. You must include a statement that specifies the individual contributions of each co-author.


Data Availability. Please provide a statement indicating the availability of data supporting the results reported in the article. Data applicable to this statement is defined as the dataset that would be necessary to interpret, replicate and build upon the methods or findings reported in the article.


Please suggest of up to five potential reviewers familiar with the field in the "comments" field when completing a new submission. Anyone whom you do not want to be considered should also be named. All material published in Proc ACIM Research will be copyrighted by ACIM and may not be republished without written permission.


This is a free online journal open to everyone. Articles may be printed for personal uses as long as the source is properly annotated. Proc ACIM Res is published by The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine. Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement signed by both author and publisher giving permission to the Proceedings of ACIM Research for reproduction. Obtain and submit written permission from authors to cite unpublished data or papers still in press.