Instructions for Authors

Digital Chinese Medicine (DCM) is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal. It provides a platform for the publication of the most advanced scientific research in the area of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) . Around the subject we provide an important online platform ( to serve any publication-related requirements, such as: data searching before conceiving a paper, electronic publication ahead of print with possibility for unlimited revision (being authorized by the editorial board), translation and peer-communication and cooperation/industrialization after the publication, etc.

It is extremely important to properly use the DCM platform because you can get most of the information, guidelines, standardized translation, etc. for composing a high-qualified article. Digital publication is an important feature of DCM. That means, except for publishing printed version, we have open platform for publishing any TCM contributions online. Your online publications have chances of unlimited revision until the formal printed publication. The final digital publication is in accordance with the printedone. Please feel free to use the DCM platform. It is not merely a publication platform, but also a platform for doing online notes, pre-publication, peer communication and cooperation, getting help from TCM society, and many more.

The journal welcomes any original experimentalstudies, clinical trials, cross-disciplinary investigations, and theoretical exploration.The main criteria in the review and the selection process concern the significance of the contribution to the area of traditional Chinese medicine- its modernization, internationalization, quantification, standardization, innovation, and so on.

Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using the online submission system ( Authors are requested to submit the original manuscript in PDF or doc format (important: we do not accept docx format right now due to a security consideration), as well as tables, figures with high resolution (no less than 600 dpi).Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent online submission must contact the Editorial Board prior to submission. The editorial board regrets that we are not able to consider manuscripts that do not follow these procedures.

The DCM journal followsthe uniform requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, issued by the international Committee for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors.

To facilitate the process of your manuscript, please read the instruction for authors carefully before submitting to us.

1. Aims and scope

The journal of Digital Chinese Medicine is aiming at promoting the internationalization, standardization, quantification, digitalization and innovation of Chinese medicine worldwide.


DCM is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, including but not limited to, empirical studies, clinical trials, theoretical exploration, reviews on evidence of traditional Chinese medicine, original studies focusing on acupoints, meridiansand natural herbs, the diagnostics technique based on modern science and technology, data mining on massive cases, combination of traditional medicine and internet of things, TCM innovation, etc. In a word, any types of articles that may contribute to the advancement of TCM are welcomed.


2. Criteria to meet for submission

 2.1 Originality

The manuscript must be original, meaning that it (1) is not a duplicate of previous publication; (2)contains new important information or creative idea(s); (3)is not submitted to another journal or been retracted from another journal; (4)is not secondary publication.

2.2 Authenticity

The authorsaffirm that all data, indexation, tables and figures in this manuscript are true, honest, in accordance with the original study and have stored all the original documents for verification.

2.3 Readability

The manuscript should be well organized and written in an appropriate readable level. The structure should be clear and data should be processed by appropriate statistics.

2.4 Factual Accuracy and Timeliness of Data

The manuscript must have no errors of facts, interpretation, or calculation. Data in the manuscript must be collected as recently as possible (no more than 5 years before the submission).

2.5 Ethics

The research must comply with the guidelines for human studies and animal welfare regulations. For clinical trial, authors should state that subjects have given their informed consent and that the study protocol has been approved by the institute’s ethics committee on human research. For experimental study, they should also state that animal experiments conform to institutional standards.

2.6 Responsibility

The authors take responsibility themselves for their published articles. The acceptance of your article does not mean that the editorial board agrees with your viewpoints, so you should take responsibility to explain any suspicion, or argument in your article. The editorial board has the right to retract your article in a reasonable way without informing you in advance.

2.7 Language

The manuscript must be in English. If you write it in other language and seek for translation to English, we provide the translation service, however, that is not free ofcharge. The fee of translation refers to:

Once your manuscript is accepted, you are asked to sign a copyright agreement with us. The DCM journal owns the copyright of any accepted article (either by printed publication or open-access online) for 75 years. You are thereby agreeingfor us to use your article for publication, compiling of books or for other use freely.

3. Cover Letter

The authors should state in the Cover Letter that the material submitted to DCM has not been submitted to any other journal and is not undedr review, accepted or published in another journal. The cover letter should explain why the manuscript is suitable for publication in DCM.

4. Manuscript Format

The manuscript must be ready as a WORD (doc) or PDF file. Important: docx. file is not acceptable for online submission due a safety consideration. If your manuscript is docx.format, please send it to our editorial board email directly:,

5. Manuscript Structure

5.1 Title

Full title of no more than 120 characters that provides a concise statement of the article’s major contents.

5.2 Authorship

Authors’ full names and institutions. The authors who are on the authorship list must have really contributed to the manuscript.

The format of authors name should be “first name+middlename+surname”. The format of Chinese name should be the same but in order to identifying the surname clearly, please use ALL CAPITAL for the surname(family name), such as Dong-Kui CHEN.

The information of first author and corresponding author must be given, which includes the name, a representative photo, name and address of institution/organization, research direction, academic title, email address.

The corresponding author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review and publication process. The number of corresponding author should be only one.

5.3 Abstract

The abstract should usually no more than 400 words, structured by the research objective, methods, results and conclusion (for clinical trial and experimental study). For theoretical exploration, be simply implying the research purpose and main idea formed.

The Abstract should not contain:

  • Abbreviations or acronyms unless they are standard or explained
  • References to tables or figures in the paper
  • Literature citations
  • Any information or conclusion not in the paper itself
  • General statements
  • Complex, winding, verbose sentences.

5.4 Keywords

The manuscript should basically have no more than six keywords, which should be specific and precisely represent the purpose, basic methods, results and conclusion in the research.

5.5 Introduction

The introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. It should also include the study’s objective and hypothesis.

5.6 Methods

Include the design of the study, setting, type of participants or materials involved as well as a description of all interventions and comparisons.

The authors should also provide a description of the type of statistical analysis used. Well-established methodologies should simply be mentioned and referenced. For new methods, the protocols should be included.

The authors should provide enough detail to enable reproduction of the findings.

5.7 Results

The results should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written in the past tense. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature. Discussion, speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the Results but should be put into the Discussion section. The data should be presented in a logical order and according to the sequence of tables and figures (e.g.,first description of the population, then following a logical order according to the study).

5.8 Discussion

The discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies. Do not repeat the results in the Discussion section. The first paragraph is usually a summary of the Results section. Then the discussion is presented in a logical order. Limitations of the presented study should be included in this section.

State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the Discussion section, typically as the final paragraph of this section.

5.9 Competing Interests

Authors are required to disclose any possible conflict of interest, and their conflict of interest statement will be simply stated at the end of the article. Authors take the responsibility themselves if any conflict involved.

5.10 Acknowledgements

To thank for who have contributed for the research funding acquisition, general supervision, writing assistance, technical support for figure drawing, language tailoring, proofreading, but not qualified for authorship. Also for those institution(s)/organization(s) which have provided support for the data collection, example processing, an appreciation can also be stated here. Funding information, if any, please also state in this part.

5.11 References

Reference generally should be written in line with the Vancouver style suggested by the ICMJE, you can click here to get the full PDF document about Vancouver style.

5.12 Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be sent to us separately. Tables should be saved as doc. or docx. format, figures should be prepared in vector diagram format, with resolution no less than 600 dpi.

5.13 Abbreviations

To enhance the clarity, abbreviations are not encouraged to be used in the title, abstract and keyword list. Some common used medical abbreviations are accepted as listed here. Non-standard abbreviations should not be used unless they appear at least three times in the text. For the first time appeared in the text, the abbreviation should follow the full term spelling, in CAPITAL within a bracket, eg.Long Dan Xie Gan Wan (LDXGW).

5.14 Footnotes

The footnotes are only used for explanation of some specific meaning of terms in the article which may have confusion or misleading without explanation.To avoid confusing with the endnotes, the footnotes shoud be signed with a superscripted symbol such as star, and the explanation should be shown in the same page.

5.15 Units

Refer to: the International System of Units

5.16 Book title

The book title is written in Italics so that readers can easily identify it. Double quotation marks are not necessary. For example: Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classics. Please refer to to get more information of translation for ancient Chinese books. The first letter of each word should be in capital.

5.17 Name of Herbs

We suggest using a Chinese Pin Yin name followed by anitalicized Latin name written in the two-part naming system in parentheses. For instance, Huang Qi (Radix Astragali), Wu Wei Zi(FructusSchisandrae). More information of commonly used herbs is available at first letter of each word should be in capital.

5.18 Name of Acupoints

Name of acupoints should be written in Chinese Pin Yin with an international coding in parentheses, such as Zusanli (ST36). More information on point nomenclature can be found at first letter of each word should be in capital.

5.19 Name of TCM Formulas

A TCM formula is a compound of many different herbs, with a conventional name. This name is suggested to be written in Chinese Pin Yin with a solid underline, such as: Si Ni Decoction. The first letter of each word should be in capital.

5.20 Name of TCM Diseases

The name of a TCM disease is suggested to be written in Chinese Pin Yin or English direct translation with a dotted line, such as 疾病名.png. If necessary a footnote on its meaning is suggested. The first letter of each word should be in capital.

5.21Name of syndrome(pathopattern)

This name is suggested to be written in Chinese Pin Yin with a double solid underline, such as: 证型.png The first letter of each word should be in capital.

6. Charge

Right now the publication in DCM platform and printed version is free of charge, except those stated as follows:

Translation (from other languages to English);