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The Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, a peer- review journal with an international scope (ISSN 1672-3597, CN 31-1908/R, Bimonthly), is embodied by ‘Springer Verlag’ Database, Index of Copernicus (IC) and Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD). You can search full text on and




We hereby disclose all of our conflicts of interest and other potentially conflicting interests, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations relevant to Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science (eg, employment/affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or stock options, expert testimony, royalties, or patents filed, received, or pending). This applies to the past 5 years and the foreseeable future. I also agree that I will promptly notify the Editor in Chief in writing about any additional potential conflicts of interests that occur. 


We agree that we will disqualify ourselves from reviewing, editing, or participating in editorial decisions about any Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science submission that deals with a matter in which either we or a member of our family (ie, our spouse, domestic partner, or minor children) have direct financial interest or a competing financial interest (eg, employment or affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or stock options, expert testimony, royalties, or patents filed, received, or pending). This also applies to the past 5 years and the foreseeable future. 


We also agree that we will not use any confidential information obtained from our activities with Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science to further our own or others’ financial interests.




Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science is a journal with an international scope (ISSN 1672-3597, CN 31-1908/R, Bimonthly), focusing on the promotion of international exchanges and the prosperity of Chinese medicine and acupuncture-moxibustion. Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science is embodied by the famous publisher "Springer Verlag" database of German publishing company, and you can search full text on, which would promote citation frequency and help to spread among countries.




Scope of Contributions

Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science welcomes manuscripts from all over the world, on all aspects of acupuncture,moxibustion and tuina (massage). Article types include basic science studies, clinical studies, reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, randomized controlled and pragmatic trials, famous doctor’s experience, etc.



Manuscripts should be submitted online via the online submission and peer review website of Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science [ (English version) or (Chinese version)]. Only online submissions are accepted for rapid publication. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review.


Previous publication or duplicate submission

If a submission could be considered redundant or duplicative of a previous published work, a full statement of such should be made to the editor. If duplicate publication is attempted without such notification, editorial action may be taken, including prompt rejection of the manuscript. Any subjects discussed in the submitted manuscript who have been mentioned in another publication should be noted, with a reference to the previous work. If manuscripts are under consideration by another publication, copies of possibly duplicative materials that are being considered elsewhere must be provided at the time of manuscript submission.



Once material is published in the journal, it becomes the copyrighted property of Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian. Permission must be attained from the editorial board to publish in other medical journals.





Biographical and contact information (including address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and working place) for all authors must be initially provided.



Author should be considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study, and biomedical authorship continues to have important academic, social, and financial implications. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should be responsible for the integrity of the work as a whole from inception to published article.


Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1), 2), and 3) must all be met.


Group authorship

If authorship of multicenter trials is attributed to a group, all members of the group who are named as authors should fully meet the above criteria for authorship. The group should jointly make decisions about corresponding author before submitting the manuscript for publication, and the other group members may be listed in an acknowledgment in which their function or contribution should be described. The corresponding author should be prepared to explain the presence and order of these individuals. It is not the role of editors to make authorship decisions or to arbitrate conflicts related to authorship.


Conflicts of interest

When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work and undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts exist in the manuscript on a conflict-of-interest notification page that follows the title page, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript. Editors may use information disclosed in conflict-of-interest and financial- interest statements as a basis for editorial decisions. Editors should publish this information if they believe it is important in judging the manuscript.


Informed consent

Before experimenting on human subjects, authors should obtain the statement of informed consent from the study participants.

The study participants have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. When informed consent has been obtained, it will be indicated in the published article.


Ethical requirement

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.




Peer review

An editor reviews submitted manuscripts initially. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected promptly. Other manuscripts are sent to expert consultants for peer review. All the reviewers’ identities and the authors’ identities are kept anonymous for each other. The manuscript under review is not revealed to anyone other than peer reviewers and editorial staff. We encourage authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers, but we reserve the right of final selection. Reviewers are required to evaluate the manuscript and to return comments within two weeks.


Rejected manuscripts

Rejected manuscripts will not be returned to authors unless specifically requested.



Accepted manuscripts are copyedited first by our editor according to our style (including tables and illustrations) and then by our translator or another reviewer whose mother language is English for correcting syntax error and returned to the author for approval. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the editor and authorized by the corresponding author.



Authors are required to pay page fee if their manuscripts are accepted for publication.





Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals by ICMJE (


●Title Page 

The title page should include the article title, names and affiliations of all authors, and corresponding biographical information on all authors. If an author's affiliation has changed since the work was done, list the new affiliation as well. Titles should be concise and descriptive. The name, address, telephone number, fax number, and Email address of the correspondence author should be addressed. Any grant support that requires acknowledgment should be mentioned on this page.


●Abstract and Key Words 

Provide an abstract of no more than 400 words. Include information as applicable for the following headings: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Underneath the Abstract, provide more than 5 key words (preferably Medical Subject Heading terms).



Introduction: Provide a brief background for the article, including the rationale for the study or observation.

Methods: Describe the selection of subjects, including demographics and study design. Identify the procedures in sufficient detail so others may replicate the results. Provide references to established methods and new techniques; provide the rationale for their use and also describe their limitations. Authors submitting review articles should describe the methods used to locate, select, extract, and synthesize data.

Statistics: As necessary, describe statistical methods and provide appropriate indicators of error or uncertainty. Specify any statistical software used.

Results: Present results in a logical sequence.

Conclusion: Emphasize important and new findings of the study. Include implications of the findings and their limitations.


●Nomenclature and Abbreviations 

Authors must conform to the Standard Acupuncture (Part 1 and 2) revised by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991. The full term should appear at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Standard units of measure are acceptable to abbreviate without expansion. When discussing particular products, it is preferable to use the nonproprietary (generic) name or descriptive term throughout. If desired, the brand name can be included parenthetically at first mention. Chinese herbs should be in Latin, followed by the Chinese name in parentheses. The title of a book should be spelled in Chinese Phonetic Alphabet, followed by the Chinese name in parentheses. 



References should be numbered consecutively in the text; present citations in numerical order to correspond with mention in the text.


Review the sequence

Title page, conflict of interest notification page, abstract and key words, introduction, methods (selection and description of participants, technical information, statistics), results, discussion, references, tables, illustrations, legends for illustrations, units of measurement, abbreviations and symbols




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