Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies

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Edited By: Edzard Ernst, Peninsula Medical School, UK

Online ISSN: 2042-7166


Aims and Scope

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT) is a quarterly review journal that aims to present the evidence on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in an analytical and impartial manner.

With increasing interest and growing research into CAM there are dozens of specific complementary medicine journals and thousands of general medical journals that present articles and research findings in this area. Knowing it is impossible to scan all these publications, the FACT editorial team systematically searches the world literature to uncover articles and key papers in all fields of CAM research. The journal saves readers times by making it easier to keep abreast of all the new research data related to CAM.

Topics covered include:

  • Herbal medicines
  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy
  • Manipulative therapies
  • Nutritional therapies
  • Mind-body therapies
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Other CAM therapies

The most important factual papers are summarised and critically appraised in the form of an expert commentary written by a member of FACT's international editorial board. The author(s) of the original paper are invited to respond and their replies are also published when received. All summaries and commentaries are evidence-based, reporting clinical trials, systematic reviews or meta-analyses, compiling, interpreting and disseminating the up-to-date evidence for or against complementary medicine.

Each issue may include:

  • Summaries and commentaries on key CAM areas
  • Original articles that review the evidence for and against CAM in a particular therapeutic area
  • Debate articles which present different or even opposing views to tease out the pros and contras in controversial areas
  • A comprehensive compilation of recently published CAM literature
  • Guest editorials
  • Interviews of outstanding personalities in the field of CAM
  • Book reviews and a list of new books
  • Letters to the editor


CAM academics,CAM practitioners, Healthcare professionals with an interest in CAM

Abstracting and Indexing Information

  • Abstracts on Hygiene & Communicable Diseases (CABI)
  • AgBiotechNet (CABI)
  • AMED: Allied & Complementary Medicine Database (British Library)
  • Botanical Pesticides (CABI)
  • CAB Abstracts® (CABI)
  • CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Embase (Elsevier)
  • EMCare (Elsevier)
  • Forest Products Abstracts (CABI)
  • Forestry Abstracts (CABI)
  • Global Health (CABI)
  • Horticultural Science Abstracts (CABI)
  • MANTIS Database (HealthIndex, Inc)
  • Nutrition Abstracts & Reviews Series A: Human & Experimental (CABI)
  • Review of Aromatic & Medicinal Plants (CABI)
  • SCOPUS (Elsevier)
  • Tropical Diseases Bulletin (CABI)
  • Zetoc (British Library)