The JTCMA utilizes an online submission process that is designed to help authors from around the world submit papers for review. This system also enables JTCMA to provide more efficient service to authors.

Submission and Review Process

The JTCMA believes in a transparent and thorough review process. Authors submitting to the JTCMA should expect the following:

  • Following submission, the authors will receive and email confirming their submission;
  • Reviews are then selected by either the Journal Editors or Associate Editors and the paper is reviewed;
  • Following the review process the authors are provided written feedback from the Journal Editors regarding the outcome of the review.

Submission Guidelines

Contributors – All authors must have materially participated in the preparation of the submission. Articles should only be submitted once consent is given by all contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

  • Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
  • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  • Approved the version to be published.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Original Research Articles – papers that report on original empirical research with a focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Papers should include:

  • Abstract- A single paragraph no more than 250 words in length. The abstract is intended to provide a synopsis of the research and contextualize the significance of the work within the field. References should not be cited within the abstract.
  • Key words- Include 5-10 key words for indexing purposes
  • Introduction
  • Methods- Should describe the selection of subject and/or patients used within the study or the experimental animals, including controls. This section should also describe, in detail, the protocol, procedures and equipment (manufacturers names and addresses) that were used in the study. The detail of the methods should be sufficient to enable others within the field to reproduce the results. Cite methods previously described in other journals and list all drugs/chemicals, including dosages, used within the study. Also, please indicate whether the protocols were approved by the Ethics Committee of Human experimentation in your country or are in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975.
  • Results- Results should be presented in a sequential and concise manner. Tables and figures should follow the written text provided in the results.
  • Discussion- The discussion is designed to expand upon the data provided in the results section. The discussion relates the findings of the results to other publications and discusses the possible implications of the work within the field. The discussion also highlights any potential limitations of the study presented.
  • References – No more than 100 references
  • Submission- Research articles should be approximately 5000-10,000 words in length.
         - Text: MS Word File
         - Figures: MS Word File or PPT file with figure legends located below
         - Other files: please contact the managing editor for assistance

Brief Reports – These are papers that report on original empirical research, but are shorter and more limited in scope. Examples of research that might be presented in this format include results from a pilot study, findings from a study with a small sample size that show promise of a large effect size, research using a simple design and answering a single, specific question, or reports from an early phase of a project that is still ongoing. These papers include the same sections as Original Research Articles, but are no longer than 1500 words in length.

Review Papers – These are papers that provide a balanced synopsis of the current literature within a specific area of inquiry. These papers should not only summarize the literature comprehensively, but should also identify outstanding questions and areas for future inquiry. Review Papers should be approximately 5000-8000 words in length.


These publications are short publications on topics relevant to the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Generally they are opinion articles regarding importance advances in the field. Commentary publications should be approximately 500-750 words in length and contain references and figures as appropriate.

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in PDF, OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Manuscripts should be formatted according to APA guidelines. In particular, all manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, with cumulative line numbers and page numbers. Figures, tables, and captions should be included at the end of the document.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines  above. This manuscript should adhere to APA formatting.
  6. All papers will be peer-reviewed, and will use a blind review process. Therefore, all submissions should follow the instructions for "Ensuring a Blind Review".


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