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.

Editorial Board

For information about Acupuncture in Medicine Editor-in-Chief Dr David Carr and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


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

Journal Information

Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Bi-monthly
Launch date 1982
Digital Archive LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), Google Scholar
Impact Factor 2.275
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Print ISSN 0964-5284
Online ISSN 1759-9873

Journal Statistics

Acceptance Rate 28%
Instant Rejection Rate 29%
Time Submission to First Decision 49 days
Time Acceptance to Publication 16 days
Frequency Bi-monthly

Contact Information

For all contact information please refer to the Contact Us page.

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Please refer to the Instructions for Authors


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Rights and Permissions


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Members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society receive Acupuncture in Medicine as a benefit of membership.

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BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.


The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting transparent, accurate reporting of research studies. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.

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BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.