Aims and scope

Acupuncture in Medicine aims to promote the scientific understanding of acupuncture and related treatments by publishing scientific investigations of their effectiveness and modes of action as well as articles on their use in health services and clinical practice.

Acupuncture in Medicine is aimed at Western-trained physicians and other health professionals. The Western understanding of neurophysiology and anatomy is used to interpret the effects of acupuncture. The Journal uses the term ‘Western medical acupuncture’ and largely restricts its published articles to this Western approach. Evidence-based articles on traditional acupuncture (both clinical and theoretical) will, however, be considered. The editorial board welcomes scientific reports, systematic and general reviews, audits, case reports, descriptive and educational papers and other articles that may be of interest to readers.


AiM is owned by the British Medical Acupuncture Society and published by BMJ.

Journal Statistics 2016

Acceptance Rate


Instant Reject Rate


Time from Submission to First Decision

49 days

Time from Acceptance to Online Publication

16 days



Impact Factor


Indexed By

Index Medicus (Medline), Excerpta Medica (Embase), Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Scopus

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