Integrative Practitioner Editorial Guidelines

Integrative Practitioner, owned and operated by Diversified Communications, is actively soliciting article submissions in all areas of integrative health and medicine. We are looking for timely topics that include clinical takeaway and case examples. To submit an article for consideration, review the below Editorial Guidelines below and then click the SUBMIT AN ARTICLE button to be guided through the remainder of the submission process.

Editorial Guidelines

The purpose of Integrative Practitioner is to simplify complex clinical concepts and present topics that help busy practitioners improve or bolster their patient care practices. All submissions must be in like with that purpose.

Submissions that fit within the following categories will be considered:

  • Original research: an article reviewing clinical trials associated with some clinically relevant aspect of integrative medicine.
  • Abstracts and commentaries: a summary of a recent study that outlines key findings; puts those findings into the context of existing research on the subject; and discusses the clinical applications of the studies from the perspective of integrative practitioners.
  • Literature review: a summary of recent research involving a specific nutrient, condition, or healing modality.
  • Treatment protocol: a protocol with clinical applications of integrative medicine for a specific condition.
  • Treatment consideration: describe a treatment intervention that could be added to an existing protocol.

Criteria for Acceptance

Articles submitted must meet the following criteria to be considered or accepted for publication. Editorial staff may communicate defects in the articles submitted and provide an opportunity for the contributor to make corrections, however they have no obligation to do so.

  • Submission is relevant and timely to the current practices of integrative medicine.
  • Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high standard and are described in sufficient detail.
  • Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by evidence-based data.
  • Article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in English.
  • All references are footnoted and included at the end of the paper using our site style (see below).
  • Research presented meets all applicable standards for the ethics of experimentation and research integrity.
  • Original manuscripts must include the following sections:
    • Title
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Content focus and discussion (see above)
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • Author headshot and bio with affiliations


Integrative Practitioner publication uses Associated Press style when citing sources in an article. For individual source names, please include the first and last name, the individual’s credentials, and the individual’s job title, company, and headquarters (if relevant). On second reference (if applicable), use the source’s last name only (do not include “Mrs.,” “Mr.,” or any titles like “Dr.”).

When citing companies, organizations, or groups, please include the full name of the group and its headquarters (if relevant). If referencing a company, organization, or group more than once, include its abbreviation in parentheses on first reference.

You may also opt to cite an article or publication directly, which may be appropriate when there are several authors. Please include the publication year, name, and link. Please do not include article titles or lists with more than two to three authors (and do not use et al).

We DO NOT use in-text citations or footnotes. Please do not use these source formats and see above for the correct in-text source format. Articles that use citation formats such as “(Doe, John 2021)” or “Integrative medicine is important1” or similar will be rejected.

Please include all references in an alphabetical reference list at the end of your article using our citation format:

LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL (YYYY) Title of article. Publication Name. Retrieved from: LINK

Conflict of Interest

Integrative Practitioner follows the Conflict of Interest guidelines established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Conflict of interest exists when the author's financial or personal relationship inappropriately influences the content of the submission. Relationships including employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, and paid expert testimony from a company or manufacturer that benefits from the outcome of the information presented are the most common type of conflict of interest. All authors must disclose any conflicts of interests associated with the subject matter of the submission. Conflict of interest does not necessarily negate a submission. However, full disclosure of any conflict of interest for accepted submissions will be required at the time of publication.

Copyright Transfer & Exclusivity

Integrative Practitioner will not publish prior works or information that have already been published. By submitting the work, the author is thereby assuring the publisher that it is an original article that has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions will not be accepted. Additionally, the author must agree that upon acceptance and publication all right title and interest in the copyright of the article will transfer to Integrative Practitioner.



For questions about editorial submissions, contact the Integrative Practitioner editorial team at [email protected].