Journal of Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (JAIM)

Author Guidelines


JAIM publishes articles and papers that emphasize research, clinical therapies, and historical data in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The Journal seeks to provide information that enables practitioners to evaluate therapies and integrate into their practices those that are appropriate. The Journal does not attempt to promote any one therapy over another.

Examples of areas covered by JAIM include, but are not limited to: acupuncture; Oriental herbal medicine; Oriental nutritional therapy; and Qi cultivation techniques, including tai ji, qi gong, and Oriental therapeutic massage techniques.

All manuscripts should be original, not previously published, and not submitted simultaneously to another publication. JAIM reserves exclusive rights to publish articles for a six-month period following publication in the Journal.

Manuscripts are reviewed by the Editorial Board. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and brevity. Articles with substantial edits will be returned to the author for revision.

Please observe the following editorial guidelines:

Article Submission

Submissions are encouraged from individuals who can present accurate, detailed information that can be clinically useful to licensed acupuncturists.

Manuscript Preparation


Manuscripts should include a cover letter listing the author(s)’ titles, degrees, affiliations, business address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-mail address.

Articles should be no more than 3,000 words.

The manuscript should have a main title and subheads to indicate subdivisions in the text.

Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out when first used.

Lines should be single-spaced. Double spacing should be used between paragraphs. Do not indent paragraphs. Do not use automatic formatting.


Manuscripts should include an abstract at the beginning of the article containing a brief synopsis of the major points of the article. Abstract length should be approximately 150 words.

Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture point spelling should adhere to those found in Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion (CAM), also know as Essentials of Chinese Medicine.

Insert a single hard space between the meridian and the point number. When using Microsoft Word, a hard space may be inserted by pressing “shift” and “ctrl” while pressing the spacebar.


Lu 5
Sp 4
H 7
K 6
P 6
Liv 3

LI 4
St 36
SI 3
UB 62
SJ 5
GB 41


All Chinese should utilize pinyin romanization. All pinyin words, except for proper nouns, must be italicized and in lower case.

Chinese Herbs

Generic names for herbs are preferred over brand names except when discussing a specific type of herb or device.

References to Chinese herbs should include the pinyin name and the pharmaceutical Latin name. Please use Dan Bensky’s Materia Medica as a guideline. Pinyin herb names should be italicized and in lower case. The first letter of each pharmaceutical Latin herb name should be capitalized.


All articles should be referenced with footnotes in the text and included as a compilation of endnotes at the end of the manuscript. All citations must
conform to the AMA Manual of Style. Suggested readings or other source materials may also be included at the end of the manuscript.


Roberta Artal. “Exercise: An Alternative Therapy for Gestational Diabetes.” The Physician and Sports Medicine 24.3 (November, 1996): 54-65.

Roberta Artal and Richard A. Wiswell. Exercise in Pregnancy. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1986.

Author Information

Include a brief biographical description of the author(s). Biographies must be limited to 25 words or less. Please refrain from stating promotional contact information.

Provide a labeled photograph of the author(s), devices used, and treatments applied. Photos will not be returned. Electronic (jpeg) files are preferred.


Manuscripts, photographs, and all correspondence may be e-mailed to

Columns and Regular Features

Authors are also encouraged to submit material for the following sections:

  • Upcoming Conferences and Training Seminars. JAIM publishes an educational calendar containing continuing education (CE) seminars and classes that are approved by the California Acupuncture Board. To include your listing in the calendar, please e-mail information to the CSOMA office. Listings should include the event date, seminar title, instructor, location, and contact phone number. Do not send flyers or announcements.
  • Letters to the Editor. Referring to previously published material or expressing opinions on the practice of Oriental medicine.
  • Book Reviews.

JAIM reserves all rights to published articles. Articles may be reprinted with permission and with citation of JAIM.