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, case report, study protocol, 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.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6.1 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 3.5 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Ketogenic Diet and Health

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Lorna Doyle, BSc Ed, MSc, PhD

Lecturer and Researcher in Nutrition and Sports Nutrition, Department of Sport & Exercise Science, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

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Research Interests: low carbohydrate; ketogenic diets: weight loss, exercise performance, health; Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDS): health; polyphenols: exercise recovery

About this topic

A ketogenic diet involves energy from carbohydrates being restricted, protein intake is moderate with the remaining energy derived from fat. It generally has <50g a day carbohydrate, protein intake 1.2 to 1.7 g per Kg body mass, with a maximum intake of 2 g per Kg body mass. The remaining energy comes from fat. Due to reduced carbohydrate and hence glucose availability the body derives most of its energy from fat, where fat may consist of 85% energy in the diet. When the body utilizes fat for energy, ketone bodies are produced; an indication fat is being utilized for energy. This diet has been used as a treatment modality for epilepsy from the 1920s. Research has investigated the potential of the diet to reverse type II diabetes, due to its effect on blood glucose and insulin production. Its effect on weight loss, blood lipids, inflammation, risk of cancer and brain function have also been investigated. It is important the long terms effects of any diet be considered, not just immediate effects. Further understanding of short- and long-term effects of a ketogenic diet on health are necessary for complete understanding of this topic, and its therapeutic potential.