Instructions for Authors
Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts for publication. Currently we only ePublish (i.e., manuscripts are published in digital form on our website).
Manuscripts most likely to be published will present scholarly material that surveys recent published literature within a specific area of inquiry. Alternative Medicine Review generally publishes review articles and original research. Our readers are mostly health-care practitioners; therefore, clinical relevance of the subject matter is of primary importance.
A manuscript should generally contain between 4,000 and 10,000 words and will be eligible for publication if it has not been published or submitted elsewhere, except with prior approval from AMR’s editors. A manuscript should include an abstract (see below for details), an introduction, and a conclusion. The body of the manuscript should be divided into sections by using headings and subheadings where appropriate.
If published, the author(s) will assign their copyright interest in the manuscript to Alternative Medicine Review, and the accepted manuscript becomes the property of Alternative Medicine Review, LLC (AMR) and may not be reproduced in any form without AMR’s written permission.
A one-line biography including job title and commercial and/or educational affiliations should be submitted with the manuscript for each author. The corresponding author should also include a correspondence address (at a minimum an e-mail address).
For communication purposes during the publication process, AMR editorial staff will utilize the designated corresponding author as the contact person. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that any other coauthors are kept informed of manuscript status and tasks related to publication of the manuscript.
Manuscript Formatting and Submission
For help with formatting a manuscript the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (www.icmje.org) is a helpful resource. A manuscript should be emailed as an attached file in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format to
. A manuscript should NOT contain special formatting such as Word or WordPerfect footnote function, endnotes, special margins or tabs, boldface, underlining, or control characters. When specific text is intended to be a heading, subheading, etc., it should be noted in brackets.
Any conflict of interest information, affiliation with products discussed in the manuscript, etc., should be disclosed. A conflict of interest does not necessarily preclude publication, but it must be disclosed to AMR.
An abstract should contain a maximum of 400 words, should be clear and concise, and should reflect the content of the manuscript. Conclusions presented in the abstract should be supported by the factual content of the manuscript and reflect the conclusions presented in the manuscript itself. Original research should include the same headings in the abstract that are used in the body of the manuscript (e.g., Objective, Materials and Methods, etc.).
References should be listed together at the end of the manuscript and numbered consecutively in the text by order of appearance. In the text, references should be designated by a numbered superscript or enclosed in brackets, e.g., 1-4 or [1-4]. Do NOT use the word processor’s footnote function – or if it is used while preparing the manuscript, turn the function OFF prior to article submission. Journal names should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus. List all authors when the number is four or less, otherwise list the first three names followed by et al. See examples below. URL addresses should be used sparingly in references. When a website is cited, the URL address should be followed by the date the website was accessed in brackets (for example, “[Accessed March 20, 2009]”). Personal communication citations should include written permission from the person cited.
Reference Formatting Examples
Lockwood K, Moesgaard S, Yamamoto T, Folkers K. Progress on therapy of breast cancer with vitamin Q10 and the regression of metastases. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1995;212:172-177.
Marcus R, Coulston AM. Fat-soluble vitamins: Vitamins A, K, and E. In: Hardman JG, Limbird LE, Molinoff PB, Ruddon RW, eds. The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1996:1573-1590.
Boik J. Cancer and Natural Medicine: A Textbook of Basic Science and Clinical Research. Princeton, MN: Oregon Medical Press; 1996:70-77.
Number and title each table consecutively in the order it appears in the text. Make reference to the table in the text (Table 1) and provide a title for the table. Each column within the table should have a heading, and all abbreviations should be explained in the legend. All tables must be original. When a table is reproduced from another source it is the author’s responsibility to provide AMR with written consent from the copyright holder for reproduction. Included with the permission should be the original reference citation, if previously published, so proper attribution can be made.
Number and title each figure consecutively in the order it appears in the text. Make reference to the figure in the text (Figure 1) and provide a title for the figure. Figures may be emailed as a PDF or JPG file. Our requirements for figures are (1) minimum of 300 dpi, (2) Adobe PDF or JPEG or EPS files, (3) CMYK color, and (4) minimum size of 5x5 inches. All figures must be original. When a figure is reproduced from another source it is the author’s responsibility to provide AMR with written consent from the copyright holder for reproduction. Included with the permission should be the original reference citation, if previously published, so proper attribution can be made.
What to Expect from the Manuscript Review Process
Manuscripts are initially subject to in-house review, a process that can take one to two months to complete, depending on the number of manuscripts that have been submitted to AMR for review. A manuscript can be rejected after the initial in-house review for a variety of reasons, including: (1) the topic is not deemed clinically relevant to AMR’s readership, (2) the topic may have been covered extensively in a previous issue, or (3) the manuscript may not be sufficiently well-written or organized. After a satisfactory in-house review, the corresponding author is informed of the manuscript status and the manuscript is sent to peer review. When all peer reviews have been returned to AMR, the final decision is made as to whether to publish the manuscript, and the corresponding author is notified of the decision. If the decision is affirmative, the corresponding author will be required to address any issues, questions, and suggested edits that have been requested during the peer review process. After author(s) complete this step, manuscripts are resubmitted to our editorial staff and undergo in-house copyediting. A finalized version of the copyedited manuscript is sent to the corresponding author for proofing and for correction of any issues (often with references) that are revealed during the copyediting stages. This represents author(s) last opportunity to review the manuscript prior to publication. Prior to publication, all authors are required to complete an assignment of copyright form, which assigns the manuscript’s copyright to Alternative Medicine Review, LLC. The entire manuscript publication process can take anywhere from several months to a year, depending upon a variety of factors, but generally an author should expect that the publication process will run 9-12 months from the date of publication.
Upon publication, the corresponding author is sent a pdf of the article to facilitate reprints.