CFS: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies now accepts original articles
If you are looking to publish a paper in the field of alternative and complementary medicine, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies can provide you with a global forum to share your work. The journal is seeking good evidence-based original research papers, reviews and perspective papers. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies is a quarterly review journal that aims to present the evidence on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in an analytical and impartial manner.
Topics covered include:

  • Herbal Medicines
  • Homeopathy
  • Nutritional therapies
  • Hypnotherapy Acupuncture
  • Manipulative therapies
  • Mind Body therapies
  • Other CAM therapies



CFS: Narrative Essay Contest

Narrative Med Essay Contest from the Intima
For more information and submission forms visit :

Vision of Contest: The medical institution is often criticized as too distant from the patient, too cold, too atomistic. Many claim that the more sophisticated our diagnoses, tests and treatments become, the less attention is given to the patient’s narrative, a story of which health and disease are mere chapters. A patient’s chart commonly contains the patient’s history, describing the patient’s complaints, past and current conditions etc., but usually, it lacks a description of the patient’s narrative, the patient’s inner world, the patient’s values and fears. This essay contest aims to bridge the alleged gap between the patient’s medical history and his or her narrative. The contest is meant to bring together students of the medical sciences and humanities, medical practitioners, medical humanists and bioethicists, patients, and the wider public who believe and are interested in the power of narrative in medicine. Every year, we will examine a different theme linking the science of medicine to the art of medicine. Our aim, however, will remain the same: to improve healthcare, to make medicine more holistic, to amplify the patient’s voice and to bring patients and medical professionals together into an instructive dialogue. Every year we will designate a referee who is independent of the Intima’s editorial team to choose his/her favorite essay from a shortlist selected by the editors.

Theme For This Year’s Contest: In “Being Ill,” Virginia Woolf writes: (sic) “There is, let us confess it (and illness is the great confessional), a childish outspokenness in illness; things are said, truths blurted out, which the cautious respectability of health conceals. About sympathy for example- we can do without it.”
Purpose of Contest and What We Are Looking For: The purpose of the contest is to provide a space for people to offer their interpretation of these beautiful words. We are looking for essays or poems that would address the following questions: how does the sentence relate to your own personal experience? In what ways can the quote ameliorate patient care and broaden our understanding of disease? How would you deconstruct these words? We encourage non-fictional personal experiences as well as fictional essays/ poems. We will evaluate essays/ poems by their clarity of writing, originality, potential practical benefits and relevance to the topic.
Referee Information: This year, our referee will be Ms. Susannah Cahalan. Susannah Cahalan is an award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling author of “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.” She currently oversees the books section of the New York Post’s Postscript section. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Glamour, the New York Times, and others.
Prizes: The best five essays/ poems will be published in the next issue of Intima. The referee will grant a signed copy of one of her books to the author of the essay/poem that will be selected as first place.
Who Can Apply: The contest is open to healthcare professionals and students, medical humanists, caregivers, patients and the wider public.
Guidelines For Submission: Manuscripts should be 1.5 line-spaced, written in font 12, Times New Roman, and limited to 3000 words. A maximum of 5 references may be used. The main text of the manuscript should be numbered and titled in bold, without the name of the author. The title should also appear in the file’s name, without the name of the author. Deadline for submissions is December 30th, 1pm eastern time.

CFP: Creating Space IV–Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences in the Education of Health Professionals

Call for Proposals

Creating Space IV–Exploring Paradigms of Scholarship and Practice: Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Education of Health Professionals

About the Creating Space IV Symposium
We invite submissions to participate in the Creating Space IV Symposium (Exploring Paradigms of Scholarship and Practice) in Ottawa April 25th and 26th, 2014 in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) and the Ottawa Conference. Creating Space is an annual symposium that explores the new and evolving use of the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) in health professional education to better prepare students for clinical and academic careers.
The fourth symposium in this series builds on the work of previous meetings to nurture and support our growing medical/health humanities academic community in Canada and beyond. The 1.5 day symposium highlights different conceptual and theoretical frameworks informing our work and discusses the challenges of collaborating across the disciplines of AHSS and medicine. We will explore the contribution of the many diverse perspectives brought to the meeting by scholars from many different academic backgrounds.

Presentation formats
We invite submissions under the following topics
• Short paper presentations – these may be work in progress, completed work or may be conceptual in nature. Papers addressing similar issues will be grouped into themed short paper sessions (abstract 500 words maximum).
• Panel discussions – these are to bring a group of individuals together to debate or otherwise critically engage with a key topic of relevance to the conference themes (abstract 500 words maximum).
• Posters – these may be work in progress, completed work or conceptual in nature (abstract 500 words maximum).
• Participatory workshops – (abstract 1,000 words maximum). A limited number of participatory workshops can be accommodated. Abstracts should describe the nature of the proposed session, state the session learning objectives, and ensure that no less than 50% of the time involves participants in active learning.
• Pecha Kucha – we are running a Pecha Kucha session this year where presenters are given a strict limitation of 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. The format is ideal for highly focused and succinct presentations with a flair for the entertaining as well as academically engaging (abstract 300 words maximum).
Although these are the planned session types we encourage suggestions for alternative formats that align with the ethos of the meeting, such as poetry, stories, film, etc.
The deadline for submitting all proposals is midnight EST, 15th December 2013.
Submissions should be submitted by email to
Presenters will be notified of acceptance during the week of February 10, 2014.
Please note: All Creating Space IV participants must register for this symposium through the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) website Creating Space IV is listed as a Pre-conference CCME-05A & B. Participants are encouraged to also register for the CCME conference, but this is optional.
Program Committee
Dr. Pippa Hall, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Dr. Jean Roy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Dr. Rachel Ellaway, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Siobhan Farrell, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Creating Space IV
Exploration des paradigmes entourant la mission professorale et la pratique médicale : la place des arts, des humanités et des sciences sociales dans la formation des futurs professionnels de la santé
Appel de propositions
Renseignements sur le Symposium Creating Space IV
Nous invitons les propositions des personnes qui souhaitent participer au Symposium Creating Space IV (Exploration des paradigmes entourant la mission professorale et la pratique médicale) qui aura lieu à Ottawa les 25 et 26 avril 2014, conjointement avec la Conférence canadienne sur l’éducation médicale et le Ottawa Conferences. Creating Space est un symposium organisé annuellement en vue d’explorer l’utilisation récente et évolutive de l’art, des humanités et des sciences sociales (AHSS) dans la formation des professionnels de la santé afin de mieux préparer les étudiants et les étudiantes pour une carrière universitaire et clinique.
Le quatrième symposium de la série table sur le travail amorcé dans le cadre de réunions antérieures en vue d’alimenter et de soutenir le nombre croissant d’intervenants en humanités des milieux de la santé et de la médecine au Canada et ailleurs. Ce symposium, d’une durée de 1,5 jour, mettra en lumière les différents cadres conceptuels et théoriques qui guident notre travail et les défis auxquels nous sommes confrontés dans le cadre de la collaboration entre les intervenants des diverses disciplines de l’AHSS et de la médecine. Nous explorerons les contributions de nombreuses perspectives qui seront exprimées par des universitaires de différents horizons durant la rencontre.
Format des présentations
Nous invitons des propositions sur les sujets suivants :
• Brefs exposés – les exposés peuvent porter sur des travaux en cours, des travaux achevés ou être de nature conceptuelle. Les communications abordant des sujets similaires seront regroupées pour présentation lors de séances thématiques (résumé d’un maximum de 500 mots).
• Débats d’experts – ces séances visent à réunir des personnes qui discuteront ou réfléchiront sur le sujet sur un sujet clé correspondant aux thèmes de la conférence (résumé d’un maximum de 500 mots).
• Affiches – les exposés peuvent porter sur des travaux en cours, des travaux achevés ou être de nature conceptuelle (résumé d’un maximum de 500 mots).
• Ateliers participatifs – un nombre limité d’ateliers participatifs peut être accueilli. Les résumés devraient décrire la nature de la séance proposée, préciser les objectifs d’apprentissage et assurer que les participants ne passeront pas moins de 50 p. 100 du temps en apprentissage actif (résumé d’un maximum de 1 000 mots).
• Pecha Kucha – cette année, nous organisons une séance Pecha Kucha. Les présentateurs seront limités à 20 diapositives et à 20 secondes par diapositives. Ce format est idéal pour les présentations très concises et concrètes qui misent sur le divertissement (résumé d’un maximum de 300 mots).
Bien que ce qui précède soit le type de séances actuellement prévu, vous êtes encouragé à suggérer d’autres formats qui seraient compatibles avec l’esprit de la réunion, comme la poésie, la narration d’histoires, un film, etc.
La date limite pour la soumission de présentations est le15 décembre 2013 à minuit (HNE).
Les présentations devraient être envoyées par courriel à
Les présentateurs seront informés de leur acceptation Durant la semaine du 10 février 2014.
Nota : Tous les participants doivent s’inscrire au Symposium Creating Space IV sur le site Web de la Conférence canadienne sur l’éducation médicale (CCÉM) . Creating Space IV est identifié comme les ateliers pré-congrès -CCÉM 5A & B. Les participants sont aussi encouragés à s’inscrire pour le congrès CCÉM, mais cela demeure leur choix.
Comité du programme
Dre Pippa Hall, Faculté de médecine, Université d’Ottawa
Dr Jean A. Roy, Faculté de médecine, Université d’Ottawa
Dre Rachel Ellaway, École de médecine du Nord de l’Ontario
Siobhan Farrell, .École de médecine du Nord de l’Ontario
Dre Jacalyn Duffin, Chaire Hannah, Faculté des sciences de la santé, Université Queen’s

CFS: Biology Lit Reviews for Nursing Research

Call for Papers: Biology Reviews for Nursing Research
Nursing Research invites integrative reviews of current advances in basic biological sciences and translational research relevant to emerging areas of nursing science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to topics in: genetics, genomics, and epigenetics; systems biology/integrative physiology; neuroscience and imaging; computational biology; microbiology and the human microbiome; nanoscience; physiology in situ and mobile health devices. Biology Reviews for Nursing Research will provide up-to-date information about advances in these thematic areas to the global community of nurse scientists, with the aim of infusing new biological and “omics” knowledge into nursing research.

Reviews should summarize and critically evaluate the current state of knowledge. Implications for nursing research in relevant areas should be addressed, especially with respect to the priority research addressing prevention and treatment of disease and disability; symptoms and symptom management of acute and chronic illnesses; interventions for compassionate end-of-life and palliative care; infectious disease and global health; and integration of biological and behavioral perspectives on health over the lifespan across priority areas.

Papers accepted for Biology Reviews will be published as features in regular issues of Nursing Research. This is an on-going, open call with no submission deadline. Queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor ( Information for Authors is available at:

Nursing Research is indexed or abstracted in Medline, CINAHL, JCR Science Citation Index, PsychInfo and Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceSM.


American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Call for Papers- Fall 2013

AJN – ranks 18/101 of nursing journals with Impact Factor of 1.389. AJN reaches more nurses than any other nursing journal through our robust print, digital, iPad, institution, and social media channels. AJN publishes original research, QI and review articles as primary feature articles and CE articles. We also publish shorter, focused columns. Submissions must be evidence-based and are peer-reviewed.

Clinical Features should cover epidemiology, pathology, current research/ “what’s new” in knowledge and/or treatment, nursing implications. There is no specific limit for word count, though feature articles usually are in the range of 6,000 to 10,000 words. (We have done two-part and three-part series for larger papers.) For examples of feature articles, see any of the CE articles on our web site,<> .

Specific clinical topics we currently seek:

  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Treatment options for acute and chronic pain (just about anything on pain management)
  • Most pediatric topics
  • Acute and chronic neurological topics
  • Current best practice in managing prostate & ovarian cancer; side effects from therapies
  • Best practice in anticoagulant therapy
  • Rosacea (and skin and wound care; skin care in the elderly)
  • Scoliosis and other orthopedic topics
  • Progressive mobility
  • Acute/critical care topics: heart failure, sepsis update, alarm fatigue
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Adolescent mental health

Columns are shorter, focused papers of 2,000-3,000 words. Columns include:

  • Infectious diseases, Disaster, Emergency, Environments and Health, Correspondence from Abroad (international topics/visits), In Our Community, Politics and Policy, Wound Care, Diabetes, Professional Development, Acute Care Review (new research for practice or treatment topic or could be drug update in specific areas), iNurse, Mental Health Matters

Cultivating Quality is the section for QI reports (authors should follow the SQUIRE guidelines as detailed in Author Guidelines.)

In addition, we publish opinion pieces (Viewpoint), narratives (Reflections), and poetry and visual art (Art of Nursing).

We encourage queries:

We encourage all prospective authors to review AJN articles at prior to submitting.

For Author Guidelines and submission information:


CFP: History of Women’s Health Conference

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its ninth annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. We invite interested persons to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Friday, December 6, 2012 for consideration. The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health from the 18th century to the present. This conference encourages interdisciplinary work. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, obstetrics and gynecology (fertility, infertility, birth control methods, menopause), adolescence (health, cultural influences, body image, puberty, eating disorders), mental health topics, aging concerns, women’s health as consumer health, the female as conveyed in popular culture, overall women’s health, access to health care, minority health, nursing, midwifery, female healers, and more.

Robert Aronowitz, MD, chair of the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will be our keynote speaker, presenting a history of breast cancer from his book Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is also the author of the book Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society, and Disease and numerous articles.

The History of Women’s Health Conference began in 2006 as part of the Pennsylvania Hospital’s celebration of co-founder Benjamin Franklin’s tercentenary. Each year since, scholars from the humanities and health care professionals gather to discuss the past, present, and future state of women’s health. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collection.

Please e-mail your one to two page proposal to: Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital

Please call (215-829-5434) or e-mail with any questions or for more information.