OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Acupotomy
  • Bioelectromagnetics applications
  • Pharmacological and biological treatments including their efficacy and safety
  • Diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Manual healing methods (e.g., massage, physical therapy)
  • Kinesiology
  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research in integrative medicine
  • Education in integrative medicine
  • Related policies

It publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.9 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14.7 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 8 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Open Access Editorial

ICM-OBM—There’s No Better Way to Publish Your Complementary Medical, Basic and Clinical Research Results

Gerhard Litscher

Founding Editor-in-Chief of ICM-OBM, Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

Received: May 27, 2016 | Accepted: May 27, 2016 | Published: August 15, 2016

OBM ICM 2016, Volume 1, Issue 1, doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1601001

Recommended citation: Litscher G. ICM-OBM—There's No Better Way to Publish Your Complementary Medical, Basic and Clinical Research Results. OBM ICM 2016;1(1):001; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1601001.

© 2016 by the author. This is an open access article distributed under the conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format, provided the original work is correctly cited.


Integrative and Complementary Medicine (ICM-OBM) is an international peer-reviewed, open-access journal which covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative and complementary approaches to improving health and quality of life.

Integrative and complementary medicine comprises science-oriented “university” or academic medicine, but also experience-based medicine with all its complementary methods. It is not a special field in itself, but a signal for an all-encompassing medicine, open-minded about the plurality of methods applied.

The goal of this new journal is to publish important papers from all walks of integrative and complementary medicine and so to initiate an animated discussion and cooperation.

The new journal aims to be a platform to provide the reader with basic and clinical research in many recognized methods of integrative and complementary medicine, for non-experienced and experienced, motivated persons in the health sector, so that the benefit of these methods can be assessed from a scientific perspective with regard to patient treatment and prevention. Therefore this journal will introduce research methods as well as study designs, but also aspects of education, realization and analysis of integrative and complementary medicine. Furthermore, the journal also intends to be a forum for young graduates and scientists to publish their results and thus make them available to the scientific community and interested readership.

The target readership of the journal are health professionals from all kinds of research areas with a natural scientific background, but in general everyone with a focus on complementary medicine and an interest in science.

I now have the honor to be the Founding Editor-In-Chief of ICM, and it is a great pleasure to invite you to submit your valuable research to ICM-OBM. Thank you!

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