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Call for papers - Mind-body interventions: mindfulness and meditation

Guest Editors:
Kyriaki Giannou: De Montfort University, United Kingdom
Michael Mantzios: Birmingham City University, Department of Psychology, United Kingdom

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 4 March 2024 


BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies is calling for submissions to our Collection on Mind-body interventions: mindfulness and meditation.
Originating from ancient eastern and Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness is known as the practice of being intentionally aware of the present moment without judgment. A growing body of literature has repeatedly shown the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. This collection aims to encourage conversations within the scientific community regarding the use of mindfulness as a form of mind-body practice, as a complementary therapy. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Kyriaki Giannou: De Montfort University, United Kingdom

Kyriaki (Kiki) Giannou is examining the role of meditative and non-meditative mindfulness practices in cognition and wellbeing. Kiki is currently a Lecturer in Applied Psychology, further engaging with research that explores the potential for mindfulness practices to enhance learning in academic settings and sustainable behaviors. Kiki’s PhD investigated the impact of mindfulness on face recognition, through behavioral and neuroimaging (i.e., electroencephalography) techniques, and on eyewitness identifications, through embedding mindfulness in the face-composite construction process (employing the EvoFIT face composite system).
 

Michael Mantzios: Birmingham City University, Department of Psychology, United Kingdom

Michael is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, leading initiatives to improve students’ wellbeing, and aims to enhance student academic and employment prospects. Apart from his passion for utilizing evidence-based practices in Higher Education, he is also working on research projects related to obesity, eating behaviors, mindful eating, mindfulness, self-compassion, and coloring books. He is working on multiple research projects on psychological tools and interventions to enhance health and wellbeing, and is teaching several topics in Psychology. In previous years, Michael worked as a practitioner at a Military Psychiatric Unit and different military bases, and prior to this volunteered at counselling and educational organizations.
 


About the collection

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies is calling for submissions to our Collection on Mind-body interventions: mindfulness and meditation.

Originating from ancient eastern and Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness is known as the practice of being intentionally aware of the present moment without judgment. A growing body of literature has repeatedly shown the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. This collection aims to encourage conversations within the scientific community regarding the use of mindfulness as a form of mind-body practice, as a complementary therapy.  

In support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages, BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies recognises the importance of holistic approaches to wellbeing. We welcome studies involving, but not limited to, mindful practices such as meditation, breathwork, self-compassion, relaxation, mindfulness-based interventions, guided imagery, and any non-meditative practices. If you are not sure whether your submission would be suitable for this issue, please contact the guest editors.

This collection is a part of the “Mind-body interventions'' collection series by BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. Other collections in the series include: Mind-body interventions: mindful movement practices and Mind-body interventions: creative art practices.


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  1. Mindfulness as a modality involves training the innate human capacity for present-moment awareness with a view to cultivating a more harmonious and integrated life experience, especially in the face of hardshi...

    Authors: Sarah Foale, Yvonne Botma and Tanya Heyns
    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2024 24:52
  2. There is a need for expanded options for therapeutic interventions for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD). The study aimed to examine evidence for the feasibili...

    Authors: Sean Ferkul, Zena Agabani, Osamu Minami, Jill Bormann, Bernard Le Foll, Leah Lobo and Ahmed N. Hassan
    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2024 24:9
  3. There has been growing clinical awareness in recent years of the long-term physical and psychological consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, known as Long COVID. The prevalence of Long COVID is approximately 10...

    Authors: Virginia Gasión, Alberto Barceló-Soler, María Beltrán-Ruiz, Rinchen Hijar-Aguinaga, Loreto Camarero-Grados, Yolanda López-del-Hoyo, Javier García-Campayo and Jesus Montero-Marin
    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2023 23:403
  4. Youth experiencing homelessness (YEH) face challenges that impact their physical, mental, and social wellbeing, emotion regulation, and coping. Mindfulness reduces stress and improves resilience, emotion regul...

    Authors: Diane Santa Maria, Paula Cuccaro, Kimberly Bender, Erica Sibinga, Natalie Guerrero, Najiba Keshwani, Jennifer Jones and Micki Fine
    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2023 23:366
  5. Between 40 and 50% of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience anxiety and depression, associated with impaired physical function, high care dependency and mortality. Recently, the United States Natio...

    Authors: Jojo Yan Yan Kwok, Man Auyeung, Shirley Yin Yu Pang, Philip Wing Lok Ho, Doris Sau Fung Yu, Daniel Yee Tak Fong, Chia-chin Lin, Richard Walker, Samuel Yeung-shan Wong and Rainbow Tin Hung Ho
    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2023 23:241

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Mind-body interventions: Mindfulness and meditation" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.