Topics in Integrative Health Care Instructions to Authors Summary

See Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals for detailed information (

Important information for manuscripts involving human subjects research

The manuscript must specifically state that the study was approved by an Ethics Review Board AND that participants completed an informed consent process when required by the approval. If consent was waived, and/or the study was deemed exempt by the Ethics Review Board, this should be indicated in the manuscript.

Published Statement of Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. In order to protect patients’ privacy, all identifying information, including either names or initials should not be included in text, tables or photographs unless such information is essential to the scientific purpose of the article and the patient or his or her guardian have provided a written informed consent (see “Case report informed consent.doc”). Note that this informed consent form requires that the patient has seen the material to be published. Since it is difficult to ensure complete anonymity, authors should obtain informed consent if there is any possibility that patients may be identified.

Published Statement of Human and Animal Rights

Humans: Topics in Integrative Health Care requires that authors indicate that experimental procedures followed ethical standards of the responsible human subjects committee as well as with the Helsinki Declaration. When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration.
Animals: For reports on research involving animals, the authors must provide a statement that their procedures followed their institutional as well as national guidelines for care and use of laboratory animals.

General Formatting Guidelines

  • All submission components must be submitted electronically. Email document(s) to Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, at
  • Only manuscripts in English are accepted.
  • Submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word documents.
  • Use 1” margins on all sides.
  • Use Ariel 12 point black font.
  • Capitalize only the first word in the title, and any proper nouns.
  • Do not justify text.
  • Number all pages at bottom right.
  • Double-space manuscript. Single-space references, tables or figure legends.
  • Do not abbreviate words or terms the first time they are introduced; at that time, provide the abbreviation in parentheses and use it from that point forward.
  • Number citations consecutively using superscripted Arabic numerals and place all references in a Reference section immediately at the end of your section.
  • Run spell check and grammar check after completing the manuscript. Use American English spelling and units of measurement.

Submission Components

  • TIHC authorship form — submit separately from manuscript. All authorship forms may be combined in a single PDF.
  • Permission to acknowledge forms—submit separately from manuscript. All permission forms may be combined as a single PDF.
  • Cover letter — submit as separate document, either Word or PDF.
    The following items MUST be submitted as a Word document:
  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Manuscript
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figures

TIHC Authorship Form

Each author must complete this form, scan and return it electronically to the editor before the manuscript can be processed.

Cover Letter

Explain why your manuscript is appropriate for TIHC. It is helpful to suggest 2 potential reviewers (including their credentials and email address).

Title Page

Include the following on the title page:

  • Title of article
  • Running head (limited to 40 characters)
  • Word count (excluding references, tables and figures)
  • Number of tables
  • Number of figures
  • Authors
    • Name, with all degrees (do not include Bachelor's level degrees)
    • Current title/position and affiliation, including city, state and country
  • Corresponding author
    • Name
    • Mailing address, phone, fax
    • E-mail address; provide alternative e-mail address if possible


The abstract should not exceed 250 words. It may be structured or unstructured. Structured abstracts usually include the following sections: Purpose, Methods (include study design in this section), Results, Conclusion. For case reports and case series, see document, “Instructions for Case Reports and Case Series.”

Manuscript Components

Manuscript length will vary with the type of article; in general, manuscripts are expected to be 1500-3000 words in length, excluding references, tables and figures. These may vary with the type of article. For case reports and case series, see document, “Instructions for Case Reports and Case Series.” In general, for manuscripts reporting research studies, the order of components is:

  • Introduction: succinctly describe the relevant literature supporting the need for the study.
  • Methods: describe the methods used to accomplish the study, in detail sufficient to allow the informed reader to evaluate their appropriateness.
  • Results: present the results of the study, without interpretation.
  • Discussion: describe limitations of the study; interpret results; compare results to those of other relevant studies; discuss value and implications of the study.
  • Inclusion of appendices is discouraged.


Include a statement disclosing any funding support for the project or project personnel, or any other potential conflicts of interest. Acknowledge only individuals or organizations who provided input or resources to the project that were above and beyond their usual responsibilities. All individuals acknowledged must provide written permission to use their name; these permissions must accompany the manuscript at the time of submission (scan documents and submit electronically).

Reference Format (JAMA)—Examples

  • Journal article: Jefferies LJ, Milanese SF, Grimmer-Somers KA. Epidemiology of adolescent spinal pain: A systematic overview. Spine 2007;32:2630-2637.
  • Book: Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Guide to Community Preventive Services. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005.


  • Number tables consecutively in text, using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3 etc.).
  • Place each table on a separate page at the end of the section, immediately following the References section.
  • Use “table” function in Word to construct tables; do NOT use tab or space keys to form columns and rows. Use table “normal” style to construct table. Do not insert vertical lines between columns; do not use grids. Place horizontal line under table title and at end of table, separating the table from any footnotes. You may place horizontal lines under headings in the table for clarity.
  • Use footnotes to explain details at bottom of the table (below a horizontal line). Identify using either superscripted lower-case letters or standard footnote symbols (sequence: *,†, ‡, §, ||, ¶, **, ††). Sequence the footnotes in the order text is read—from left to right and then down.
  • Use left-justification to align numbers in columns.


  • Place figure title and legend on one page, figure itself inserted on next page. Use page break function (not repeated line breaks) to separate pages.
  • Figures must be submitted electronically. Acceptable file formats: DOC, JPG, PDF, PPT, BMP. Figures may be embedded at the end of the manuscript text file or loaded as separate files for submission purposes.
  • Hand-drawn illustrations are not acceptable.
  • Provide documentation of permission for any figures that are not original.

Permission to Acknowledge Forms

All individuals named in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript must sign a permission form. The corresponding author may use his or her own form, or use the one TIHC provides.