We actively welcome contributions from all authors (we are especially keen on acupuncture articles). If your article is already written, please submit by the methods indicated in '1' below. If you have not yet written an article, it may be a good idea to check with us to find out if we are broadly interested in the proposed subject. This may depend on factors such as whether we have recently published an article on the same subject. Please remember that we have a Case Histories Section on our website if you have a short case history to submit.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to accept any article for publication until we have had a chance to see the finished article. All accepted articles are subjected to an editorial process. This involves us responding to you with any queries, comments, suggested changes etc.

  1. Articles should be mailed as email attachments (Word), presented on disk (Macintosh or PC formats), or good quality typewritten/printed sheets suitable for scanning.
  2. Articles should begin with a brief abstract and a list of keywords and end with a brief (one or two sentence) biography of the author/s.
  3. References should be given wherever possible for quotations, specific information referred to in the text, statistics etc. References should include author/s, title of book (or if a Journal then title, date, volume/issue number), publisher, page number. (SEE REFERENCE GUIDELINES BELOW).
  4. Chinese texts should be referred to by Pinyin name and common English translation e.g. Su Wen (Plain Questions).
  5. Illustrations: We can accept photographs (please also send negative) and material for scanning. If tables, charts etc. are to be included it is generally best if we produce the final version of these from your roughs.
  6. Acupuncture points should be referred to using pinyin name and point number, e.g. Zusanli ST-36. Use the following prefixes for point numbers:
    • Lung LU - e.g. Chize LU-5
    • Large Intestine L.I - e.g. Hegu L.I.-4
    • Stomach ST - e.g. Zusanli ST-36
    • Spleen SP - e.g. Taibai SP-3
    • Heart HE - e.g. Shenmen HE-7
    • Small Intestine SI - e.g. Houxi SI-3
    • Bladder BL - e.g. Feishu BL-13
    • Kidney KID - e.g. Yongquan KID-1
    • Pericardium P - e.g. Daling P-7
    • Sanjiao SJ - e.g. Waiguan SJ-5
    • Gall Bladder GB - e.g. Fengchi GB-20
    • Liver LIV - e.g. Xingjian LIV-2
    • Ren REN - e.g. Guanyuan REN-4
    • Du DU - e.g. Mingmen DU-4
  7. Herb names. We use Eastland Press's Materia Medica 3rd edition as our standard. For example: Dang Gui (Angelicae sinensis Radix), Shu Di Huang (Rehmanniae Radix preparata), Mu Li (Ostreae Concha).
  8. Herbal prescriptions should give the pinyin name first followed by the English name used in Formulas and Strategies (Eastland Press), e.g. Wu Ling San (Five Ingredient Powder with Poria).
  9. The Journal used UK spellings by default rather than USA spellings. This is to maintain consistency when searching the JCM CD-ROM. The main differences are i. the use of 's' rather than 'z' in many words, e.g. civilsation (rather tna civilization), ii. Greek based spellings e.g. anaemia (anemia), colour (color) etc.
  10. Capitalisation. We prefer to avoid unnecessary capitalisation, so many terms are uncapitalised, e.g. qi, blood, damp, wind, yin, yang etc. The zangfu are normally capitalised to distinguish from biomedical organs, although in some  exclusively traditional Chinese medicine articles (for example historical or theoretical subjects) this capitalisation can be avoided.  In some articles, however, terms like 'blood' may have to be capitalised to distinguish clearly from biomedical blood.
  11. We like to print a short - one or two sentence - biography of each author. Please make it clear if you want your contact details (email or address or telephone number) published with this biography.
  12. Reference guidelines:
    • Books
      Author (surname, initial), date (in brackets), full stop. Title (italics), full stop. Edition if relevant, full stop. Publisher : place of publishing.
    • Journals
      Author (surname, initial), date (in brackets), full stop. “Title of article” (in inverted commas), comma, title of journal, comma, volume number (issue number if relevant), comma, page numbers (e.g. 12-19).

- Note if two or more authors use ampersand (&) between penultimate authors.

- When referring to authors in the main body of the article just use first author et al, e.g. Wright et al.

 13. Copyright. Due to the extensive editing involved in producing high quality articles for the JCM, our policy is that copyright belongs both to the author and to the JCM. We (the JCM) expect to be consulted by the author on any further publication of the article (no unreasonable objections will be put forward). Similarly, we consult with the author if we receive any requests to publish the article elsewhere. In over 30 years of publishing this has proven to be the most amicable way of conducting affairs.

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