Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Call for Papers. Special Issue on Infertility: ART, Medicinal Plans, and Acupuncture

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Special Issue on
Infertility: ART, Medicinal Plants, and Acupuncture

Medicinal plants and herbal formulas used to treat infertility have been studied for the support of pregnancies that have been achieved using artificial reproductive technologies (ART). Likewise, acupuncture’s effects on pregnancy have been studied, particularly when applied before and after in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, to date there are only a few papers that examine herbal support for fertility, and only one paper that presents findings of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine combined to treat infertility. Practitioners often employ more than one therapeutic in clinic.

We invite research and review papers describing current and expected usage of medicinal plants and acupuncture (used individually or concurrently) for ART clients. Clinical trials and clinical experiences are welcome. Papers based on clinic experience would need to devote several paragraphs to justifying their methodological approach and of course need patient consent.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Systematic reviews that only discuss the limitations and weaknesses of previously conducted research will not be accepted
Authors who have already published research on medicinal plants and ART are welcome to discuss patient details that were excluded from their original publications
Failures to achieve pregnancy using ART and medicinal plants are also welcome if patient details such as poor oocyte quality or other medical issues are discussed as the probable reason for failure

Authors can submit their manuscripts via the Manuscript Tracking System at

Lead Guest Editor

Cheryl Lans, Institute for Ethnobotany and Zoopharmacognosy, Ubbergen,

Guest Editors

Rainer W. Bussmann, William L. Brown Center, St. Louis, USA

Lisa Taylor-Swanson, University of Washington, Bothell, USA

Manuscript Due

Friday, 29 January 2016

First Round of Reviews

Friday, 22 April 2016

Publication Date

Friday, 17 June 2016