Journals

Journal articles make up the bulk of the research literature for acupuncture, as with any other subject. Here is a list of the main journals that have a high frequency of acupuncture articles. Note though that occasional articles appear in a large number of medical journals, as well as others in public health, psychology, social science and science publications. The journals listed are almost entirely English language publications, though important titles in many other European languages are indexed in Western databases. More significant still is the huge output from China, along with Taiwan, Korea, Japan and other East Asian countries. A few of these journals are in English and some others in their own languages are indexed in English language databases (with English abstracts). However, the bulk of this literature is not generally available without expensive subscriptions and knowledge of the language.


For a review of the extent, language, country of origin and subject matter of the global output of acupuncture research articles cited in a Western scientific database:

  •  Ji-Sheng Han, Yuh-Shan Ho. Global trends and performances of acupuncture research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2011; 35: 680–687.

This also shows which journals have published the most acupuncture articles.


List of journals

***  titles in italics are freely accessible


Acupuncture and Electrotherapeutics Research
http://cognizantcommunication.com/journal-titles/acupuncture-a-electro-therapeutics-research/

Acupuncture and Related Therapies
http://www.journals.elsevier.com/acupuncture-and-related-therapies/

Acupuncture in Medicine
http://aim.bmj.com/

Acupuncture Today - on-line newsletter
http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/home.php

Alternative and Complementary Therapies
www.liebertpub.com/publication.aspx?pub_id=3

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
www.alternative-therapies.com

American Journal of Acupuncture (*) [1973-1999]
www.acupuncturejournal.com

American Journal of Chinese Medicine
www.worldscinet.com/ajcm/ajcm.shtml

Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine - subscription journal but most articles free
http://ajacm.com.au/

BioMed Central
www.biomedcentral.com

Chinese Medicine
http://www.cmjournal.org/

Chinese Medicine Times
http://www.chinesemedicinetimes.com/

Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine [1999-2003]
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14611449

Complementary Therapies in Medicine
http://www.elsevier.com

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
http://www.elsevier.com

European Journal of Integrative Medicine
http://www.europeanintegrativemedicinejrnl.com/

European Journal of Oriental Medicine
www.ejom.co.uk

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative medicine
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%292042-7166

Forschende Komplementarmedizin [mostly German; some English & all abstracts in English]
http://www.karger.com/Journal/Home/224242

Integrative Cancer Therapies
http://ict.sagepub.com/

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
http://www.journalams.com/

Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02850986

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
www.liebertpub.com/publication.aspx?pub_id=26

The Journal of Integrative Medicine
http://www.jcimjournal.com/

Journal of Chinese Medicine
www.jcm.co.uk

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
www.jtcm.com

The Lantern
www.thelantern.com.au

Medical Acupuncture
http://www.liebertpub.com/ACU

Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture & Moxibustion
http://www.springerlink.com/content/l57v12014ux40621/

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
www.townsendletter.com