Section Editors

  • Mikel Aickin, University of Arizona
  • Thomas Efferth, University of Mainz
  • Jacobus Eloff, University of Pretoria
  • Torkel Falkenberg, Karolinska Institutet
  • Victor Kuete, University of Dschang
  • Jianping Liu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
  • Cheryl Ritenbaugh, University of Arizona
  • Karen Sherman, Group Health Research Institute
  • Claudia Witt, Charité University Medical Center

Executive Editor

  • Tom Rowles, BioMed Central
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)


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BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.

It is journal policy to publish work deemed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to scientific knowledge and to put less emphasis on interest levels, provided that the research constitutes a useful contribution to the field.

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The International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) is a world-wide not-for-profit professional organization devoted to fostering cooperative and multidisciplinary research and development as well as the application of knowledge in the field of Complementary, traditional and Integrative Medicine.

Editor's profile

Torkel Falkenberg

Torkel Falkenberg, BSc in Molecular biology, PhD (Faculty of Medicine) in Pharmacology/Neuroscience

Torkel Falkenberg is an Associate Professor in Health Care Research at the Karolinska Institutet, where he is the research constellation leader for the Integrative Care Research Group, Division of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. His research collaborations, in South East Asia, Africa, Latin America and EU have resulted in several PhD theses, contributions to international guidelines, and efforts to inform the EU of strategic CAM research financing (CAMbrella). Torkel has been engaged as a consultant to health care planners and decision makers nationally and internationally, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) which has resulted in several global WHO TM/CAM strategy reports. He is on the board of directors of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR).

Torkel also leads the non-profit charitable research foundation IC-The Integrative Care Science Center which conducts research, training and communication activities and features current policy news, research news and a service for critical analysis of CAM news in the mass media (CritiCAM).

Torkel has a broad interest in mixed methods research designs and pragmatic clinical trials to answer questions linked to CAM utilization and integrative care service provision related to areas ranging from philosophy, health economy, drug utilization and genomics to quality of life, sense of coherence and existential phenomena.

"It is my ambition to continue to strengthen the ability of BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine to contribute to evidence informed health sector reform on the basis of open access dissemination of high quality and leading CAM results."

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