Instruction to authors


Guidelines for Authors

The Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ISSN 1326-3390) publishes articles on the activities of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, as well as on all aspects of natural medicine as taught and practiced in Australia.
An article must be on a theme that is generally accepted as being part of natural medicine, as recognised by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, and is of relevance to Australian natural medicine clinical practice.

Acceptance of an article will be based on the assessment made by the Peer Review Committee. Author/s with a commercial interest in a therapeutic product, device or service mentioned in the article must declare their interest. This interest may be published in the journal for the information of readers.

Submission of an article implies that it has not been previously published, and is not in the process of being submitted elsewhere for publication.

Articles must be written to a standard that is regarded as appropriate for a professional journal. Submissions with poor grammar, spelling mistakes or poor presentation will not be accepted. Information presented in the article must be substantiated from generally accepted reputable sources of information. Unreferenced or poorly referenced articles will not be accepted.

All articles are subject to peer review and the editing process. Alterations to an accepted article will be made in accordance with the journal’s in-house style. Every effort is made for the author or authors to see the final copy, but time restraints may prevent this from happening.

Word Count

We accept articles of up to 2500 words. If your article exceeds this length, please contact the Editor before submitting it.


The journal has adopted the Vancouver System of Referencing. References are numbered in the order they appear in the article. Examples of book and journal referencing are:

Kuhn TS. The structure of scientific revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.
Fujiwara R, Tong ZG, Matsuoka H. Effects of acupuncture on immune response in mice. Int J Neuroscience 1991;57:141-50.

Full referencing guidelines are available from Curtain University Library at

Presentation of Typescripts

Articles must include:

  • Title (Arial 18pt Regular Title Case)
  • Author’s name and awards (e.g. ND, BSc) and/or affiliations (e.g. Lecturer, Anatomy Department, School of Medical Sciences, North West University) (Garamond 12pt Italics)
  • Abstract of the article (up to 250 words) (Garamond 11pt Regular)
  • Body of text (Garamond 11pt Regular)
  • If sub-headings are included they should be in Arial Upper Case 10pt Regular
  • If bullet points are used they should be in the following form
  • Acronyms: Write words in full the first time they occur in the text followed by the acronym in parentheses. Thereafter use the acronym only.
  • Single quotation marks are used to enclose a direct quotation. Use double quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation.
  • Figures should be cited in the text and contain a caption. Graphics should be high resolution.

Please save the file in Word format. Submissions must be sent by email to the Editor at Please send graphics as separate files, and indicate the location's in the article for their insertion. Copyright requirements are the responsibility of authors.

Advertorials or articles/news items whose purpose is to inform, advise or promote a branded product, course or service, are not accepted.

When published, full copyright of the article is with the Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which is a publication of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ABN 046 002 844 233). The article may be additionally published on the ATMS website, or in any of the bibliographic index databases that index the journal (e.g. AltHealthwatch, CINAHL, or in any other media that the journal participates in). Submission of an article implies full agreement by the author or authors that the article is the property of the Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Author/s who do not agree with this copyright provision should not submit an article.

No payment is made for accepted articles. If any revenue or royalties are received from the publication of an article, it is understood by the author/s that all revenue will remain with the
journal and none will be distributed to the author's.