Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

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Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine  
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.jpg
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Altern. Complement. Med.
Discipline Alternative medicine
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency 10 issues per year
ISSN 1075-5535 (print)
1557-7708 (web)
OCLC no. 45694924

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. since 1995. It includes observational and analytical reports on alternative medicine treatments.[1]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in MEDLINE, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Scopus, CINAHL, PsycINFO, CAB Abstracts, and the Mantis database.


Quackwatch includes the journal among its list of "nonrecommended periodicals", characterizing it as "fundamentally flawed".[2]

In 2005 the BBC used a report published by the journal as the basis of a story claiming that the pseudoscientific practice of homeopathy was effective for some patients.[3] The article contradicted the findings of a study that had recently appeared in The Lancet, reporting that homeopathy was ineffective.[3] Pharmacologist David Colquhoun has criticized the methodology of the article in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, saying its questionnaire-based approach was "not really research at all" and that the published conclusion drawn from it was "quite ludicrous". In his view, "papers like this do not add to human knowledge, they detract from it".[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine". SCIMago. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nonrecommended Journals". Quackwatch. Retrieved September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "New study is boost to homoeopathy". BBC News. 21 November 2005. Retrieved September 2013. 
  4. ^ David Colquhoun. "Homeopathy on the NHS in Bristol: Dr Spence's paper". Retrieved September 2013. 

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