by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine enters 20th year with huge increase in reach  A letter from Mary Ann Liebert, president and CEO of the peer reviewed and indexed Journal

by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports 

Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine enters 20th year with huge increase in reach 

A letter from Mary Ann Liebert, president and CEO of the peer-reviewed and indexed Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, celebrated JACM‘s growth and reach as it enters its 20th year. According to Liebert, the journal has readers in over 40 countries plus some 106 low-income countries, via a “collaboration with the World Health Organization.” In addition, interest in past articles produces “over 10,000 full-text downloads per month and nearly 20,000 abstract downloads per month.” This marks a 22% increase over 2012. Liebert also announced collaboration with the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine to publish abstracts and pre-conference podcasts for the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, to be held May 13-16, 2014 in Miami. JCAM is an official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR), a co-sponsor of the Miami meeting. It is also the official journal of The Society for Acupuncture Research. Kim Jobst serves as editor-in-chief.

Comment:  I recall when Liebert leapt into the scene with “the blue Journal” – JACM” – and the “green journal,” which was not peer-reviewed and targeted clinicians and patients. Who is this woman? The durability of Jobst as editor is certainly a cornerstone of the publication’s longevity. Credit Liebert for hanging in there.

Smithsonian Galleries, yoga group and GWU integrative medicine co-sponsor Medical Yoga Symposium

On January 11-12, 2014 Washington, DC, the Medical Yoga Symposium will be held in Washington, DC as a collaboration between the Center for Integrative Medicine at the George Washington University and Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington. The event is offered in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Museums of Asian Art. These galleries are hosting an exhibit entitled Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Among the presenters on the bill, as noted in the November 11 newsletter of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, are keynoter Dean Ornish, plus Lorenzo Cohen, Rob Saper, Chris Streeter and Eric Schoomaker. Chiropractor Partap Khalsa will represent NIH NCCAM director Josephine Briggs. Long time Yoga therapy leaders Sat Bir Khalsa, Larry Payne, and Richard Miller are also on the bill. Noted the newsletter: “This is a groundbreaking collaboration between museums and the emerging fields of integrative medicine.”

Comment: The event brings to mind one of the earliest collaborations that elevated integrative practices in the Capitol, back in the mid-to-late 1990s, when anthropologist and integrative medicine author and sometimes academic Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, who was then the founding director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Micozzi convened a gathering on alternative medicines. A search of the site now only reveals the museum creating space for an anti-CAM presentation.

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