Table 1

Analysis of conclusions regarding acupuncture’s effectiveness, safety or cost-effectiveness among 100 rejected submissions and 100 published items in Acupuncture in Medicine, for years 2015–6

Submissions rejectedItems
Studies with conclusions from data7179
Positive64 (90%)59 (75%)
Negative4 (6%)15 (19%)
Neutral or not applicable3 (4%)5 (6%)
Studies without conclusions from data2921
Excluded from analysis11*8†
  • *Letter (no abstract available), or duplicate entry, 6; out of journal’s scope, 2; invited to resubmit as different publication type, 3.

  • †Editorials.