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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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submissions to Integrative Medicine Preprint (IMP)are not formally peer-reviewed. Instead, they are screened by IMP's staff to ensure that they fit the subject area and that they can reasonably be considered a part of the academic literature. If a submission is found to be unsuitable in any of these respects, then it will not be accepted for posting. Content which is considered to be non-scientific or pseudoscientific will not pass our screening. All unqualified manuscripts are sent back within 10 working days and a decision letter of the manuscript is sent within 4 weeks.All decisions of IMP staff are final.

In order to maintain the integrity of the scientific literature, authors should not post material which has been published, or which has been accepted for publication by a formal peer-reviewed journal.

Submission to IMP does not prevent evaluation, or publication, in the journals run by Heyttu Academic Publishing. However, other publishers may have different policies in this respect, so authors should make their own enquiries if they wish to submit an IMP article to another journal.

All content in IMP is published under a CC-BY license. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that they have the rights to post under this license.


Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the online manuscript submission system. If for some technical reason online submission is not successful, the author can submit the manuscript to [email protected]


Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript through the online Submission Tracking System, or send email to [email protected]

Article Processing Charges

It's free to publish with IMP

Language Editing

IMP has partnered with Heyttu Translation to provide an English-language editing service to authors prior to submission. Authors that wish to use this service will receive a 10% discount on all editing services provided by Heyttu Translation. To find out more information or get a quote, please click here.

Article Types

The journal consider all types of articles including .  

Review Articles

These describe new developments of significance in the field of acupuncture, and highlight unresolved questions and future directions. Review articles should have an Abstract, an Introduction, and brief main headings. The text should be limited to 5,000 words (including tables, figures and references).

Research Articles

These are expected to present major advances and important new research results related to acupuncture. Section headings should be: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflicts of Interests, Acknowledgments (if applicable), and References. The text should be limited to 4,000 words (including figures and references).

Short articles e.g. editerolpersitictivecommentarbook review, and opinions are also welcome to submit. 


An optional research article manuscript template can be downloaded here. We recommend that all manuscripts follow the structure below:

1. Title Page and Authorship Information

The title page should contain the following information:
· category of paper
· article title
    The article title should not exceed two lines in print. This equates to 100 characters (including spaces) for articles. The article title does not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. It should include sufficient detail for indexing purposes but be general enough for readers outside the field to appreciate what the paper is about.
· names (spelled out in full) of all authors**, and the institutions with which they are affiliated
    The name of each author should be written with the family name last, e.g. Charles Darwin, Liu-xiang Tong, eller Liu Tong. Authorship is restricted only to direct participants who have contributed significantly to the work.
· short running title not exceeding 50 characters
· corresponding author details (name, e-mail address, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers)
· declaration of any source of financial support

2. Abbreviation List
An abbreviation list should be convered after the title page. Where a term/definition will be continually referred to, it must be written in full when it first appears in the text, followed by the subsequent abbreviation in brackets. Thereafter, the abbreviation may be used. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum.

3.  Abstract

Abstracts for Research Articles should be structured while Review Articles be unstructured. Abstract should not exceed 200 words, with 4-6 relevant key words provided in alphabetical order.

4. Main Body

4.1 Introduction
The introduction section should be succinct, without subheadings.

4.2 Materials and Methods
In the the methods section,  all neccessary detail for others to be able to replicate the study should be provided, e.g. animal models, in vitro and in vivo studies, statistics, materials and reagents, etc.

IMP have no space restriction on methods. Detailed descriptions of the methods (including protocols or project descriptions) and algorithms may also be uploaded as supplementary information or a previous publication that gives more details may be cited. If the method from a previous article is used then this article must be cited and discussed. If a method or tool is introduced in the study, including software, questionnaires, and scales, the license this is available under and any requirement for permission for use should be stated. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, the authors are responsible for checking the license and obtaining any necessary permission. If permission was required, a statement confirming permission was granted should be included in the Materials and Methods section.

4.3 Results and Discussion
This section may be divided into subsections or may be combined.

4.4 Main Text (For Review Only)
This section may be divided into subsections or may be combined.

4.5 Conclusions
The main conclusions of the article and  highlighting of its importance and relevance should be presented.

4.6 Ethical Approval
For animal or human experimental studies, appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee approval is required, and such approval should be stated in the methods section. Investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees should state whether the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki were followed. For work involving experimental animals, the guidelines for the care and use of the animals that were followed should be included in the methodssection.

4.7 Informed Consent
For studies on human subjects, state explicitly in the methods section that informed consent was obtained from all participating adult subjects and from parents or legal guardians for minors or incapacitated adults.The manner of obtaining consent (i.e. oral or written) should also be covered. 

4.8 Identification of Patients in Descriptions, Photographs, and Pedigrees
NO identify of patient should be presented in a subscription. It is acceptable to omitting data or making data less specific to de-identify patients, but not changing any such data.

4.9 Units

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using the International System of Units (SI),  e.g. mmHg for blood pressure, Kg for body weight, celsius degree for temperature, mm/cm/m for length, and so on. 

4.10 Acupuncture Nomenclature and Traditional Medicine Terminologies
Refer to the Standard Acupuncture Nomenclature and WHO International Standard Terminologies on Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific Region.

4.11 Drug Names
Use the Recommended International Non-proprietary Name for medicinal substances, unless the specific trade name of a drug is directly relevant to the discussion. References to Chinese herbs should include the pinyin name and the pharmaceutical Latin name. Pinyin herb names should be italicized and in lower case. The first letter of each pharmaceutical Latin herb name should be capitalized.

4.12 Controlled Trials of Acupuncture in Clinical Studies
Preferred reporting criteria based on the Guidelines for Clinical Research in Acupuncture.

4.13 Statistical Requirements
Use correct nomenclature of statistical methods (e.g. two sample t test, not unpaired t test). All p values should be presented to the third decimal place for accuracy, unless they are less than 0.001. Descriptive statistics should follow the scales used in data description. Inferential statistics are important for interpreting results and should be described in detail. 

4.14 Funding Statement

Authors must state how the research and publication of their article was funded, by naming financially supporting body(s) (written out in full) followed by associated grant number(s) in square brackets (if applicable), for example: “This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the National Science Foundation [grant number zzzz]; and a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant”.

If the research did not receive specific funding, but was performed as part of the employment of the authors, please name this employer. If the funder was involved in the manuscript writing, editing, approval, or decision to publish, please declare this.

4.15 Acknowledgments

All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the manuscript before the references. Anyone who made a contribution to the research or manuscript, but who is not a listed author, should be acknowledged (with their permission).

4.16 References Style

IMP uses Chicago style . Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. All references should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation. Citations of references in the text should be identified using numbers in square brackets e.g., “as discussed by Kate [9]”; “as discussed elsewhere [9, 10]”. All references should be cited within the text and uncited references will be removed. 

• Tables or figure legends references should be included in sequence at the point where the table or figure is first mentioned in the main text.
• Abstracts should not be cited unless the abstract is the only available reference to an important concept.
• Uncompleted work or work that has not yet been accepted for publication should not be cited as references.
• Complete title of the article and the last names and initials of all the authors up to 6 must be included. If there are 7 or more authors, include the last names and initials of the first 6 authors only, followed by "et al".
• MEDLINE Abbreviations for journal titles should be conformed .
• If citing a website, please provide the author information, article title, website address and the date you accessed the information.

Examples are given below.

Journal articles
Du ZH, Zhang CW, Xie WX, Chen Y, Cong WJ, Wang ZD, et al. Acupuncture: theory, efficacy, and practice. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2019 2019:4617464. 
Like AJ, Cindy L. Clinical Electrophysiology: Electrotherapy and Electrophysiologic Testing, 2rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
Book chapter:
Baldry P. Acupuncture treatment of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain. In: Chaitow L, ed. Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner's Guide to Treatment, 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.
Conference proceedings: Pacak K, Aguilera G, Sabban E, Kvetnansky R, eds. Stress: Current Neuroendocrine and Genetic Approaches. 8th Symposium on Catecholamines and Other Neurotransmitters in Stress, June 28–July 3, 2003, Smolenice Castle, Slovakia. New York: New York Academy of Sciences, 2004.
Website: National Cancer Institute. Acupuncture (PDQ). Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/acupuncture-pdq [Date accessed: July 21, 2008]

4.17 Preparation of Figures and Tables

Upon submission of an article, authors should include all figures and tables in the PDF file of the manuscript. Figures and tables should not be submitted in separate files. If the article is accepted, authors will be asked to provide the source files of the figures. Each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file. All figures should be cited in the manuscript in a consecutive order. Figures should be supplied in either vector art formats (Illustrator, EPS, WMF, FreeHand, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) or bitmap formats (Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.). Bitmap images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons. If a bitmap image has labels, the image and labels should be embedded in separate layers.

Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used.

5. Proofs

Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within five working days receipt. The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication.

6. Copyright and Permissions

Authors hold the copyright of their manuscripts, and all Open Access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. Once a manuscript is allowed by the author to published with the journal, The Acupuncturist holds the copyright and permission from the authors to reuse, print and commercially distribute the published articles, provided that the original work is properly cited. 

The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations. The submitting author is responsible for securing any permissions needed for the reuse of copyrighted materials included in the manuscript.

While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

7. Publication Ethics


Manuscripts should only be submitted by the corresponding author. The submitted journal manuscript or monograph, or any translation of it, must neither be published, nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. Violations of these rules will normally result in an immediate rejection of the submission without further review.

When a new submission is received, a couple of checks will be done at the publisher’s office:

    Initial check of format and completeness

    Initial check for the publication status

    Initial check for Plagiarism

    Check for machine produced manuscript

    Initial check of author’s background


Papers submitted to Heyttu journals and monographs must contain original material. An Initial Plagiarism Check is carried out for every manuscript submitted to Heyttu journals or monographs. We employ Google ScholarBaidu Xueshu, and CrossCheck to check plagiarism. All its papers will be added to the CrossCheck database.

Data Fabrication and Falsification

The authors of submitted manuscripts or published articles that are found to have fabricated or falsified the results, including the manipulation of images, may incur sanctions, and published articles may be retracted.

Conflicts of Interest


Conflicts of interest (COIs, also known as ‘competing interests’) occur when issues outside research could be reasonably perceived to affect the neutrality or objectivity of the work or its assessment Authors should concern a possible Conflict of Interest. In such a case authors can still take responsibility for the accuracy of their paper, but must inform the reader with an appropriate statement in the Acknowledgements. The Conflicts of Interest covers 1) Financial: funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work, 2) Affiliations: being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work, 3) Intellectual property, patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization, 4) Personal, friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections, 5) Ideology—beliefs or activism, for example, political or religious, relevant to the work, and 6) Academic—competitors or someone whose work is critiqued. Declarment of conflicts of interest will always be considered by the editor and reviewers and included in the published article. For more information on COIs, see the guidance from the ICMJE and WAME.

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