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Time: May 19, 2022

Journal: Future Integrative Medicine

Special Issue: Comparative study of traditional medicine in the world

Keywords: Comparative Medicine; Traditional Medicine; Traditional Theories; Chemical Composition; Pharmacological Mechanism

Guest Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Yong-Shen Ren

Co-Guest Editors: Dr. Lin-Lin Chen, Dr. Zhang Wang, Dr. Xin-qiao Liu

Status: Open

Submission deadlines:

Abstract Submission: June 1, 2022

Manuscript Submission: December 31, 2022

Publication date: An article will be published online as soon as it is accepted.

Guest Editor-in-Chief's Profile:


Yong-Shen Ren
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, South-Central Minzu University, China 

Dr. Ren, with a degree in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is currently an Associate Professor at South-Central Minzu University and a recipient of the High Talents of the "Double Thousand Plan" of Jiangxi Province and the Entrepreneurial Talents of the "Optics Valley 3551" of Wuhan City. He engages in comparative research between TCM and ethnic medicine, efficacy-oriented research on the identification of effective substances in TCM, quality control of TCM based on biological activity evaluation, understanding the superior efficacy mechanism of fresh TCM, and the research and development of new TCM drugs and health foods. He has published a series of peer-reviewed research papers in Frontiers in Pharmacology, Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, Green Chemistry, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, and others. 

Co-Guest Editors’ Profiles:


Lin-Lin Chen
Professor, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine 

Dr. Chen has worked in Hubei University of Chinese Medicine since 2012. His research interests cover quality evaluation of TCM preparations, the metabolism and disposition of natural products, and the structure and function of active plant polysaccharides. Currently, research in his group is focused on the prevention and treatment of insomnia and neurodegenerative diseases using TCM. He has published several research papers in journals such as the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Journal of Chromatography B, and Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 


Zhang Wang
Professor, College of Ethnomedicine, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine 

Dr. Zhang obtained a doctoral degree in 2009. He is mainly engaged in pharmacological research of traditional Chinese medicine and ethnomedicine, and the main disease studied is ischemic stroke. He is the executive director of the Scientific Research Branch of the Chinese Medical Association of Minorities and the executive director of the Professional Committee of Anthropology for Traditional Chinese Medicine of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. He is also a reviewer for journals such as Neural Regeneration Research, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Biocell, Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine Reports, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,World Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and others. He is the deputy editor-in-chief of World Traditional Medicine Research, an editorial board and academic secretary for the Dictionary of Chinese Ethnic Medicine, and an editorial board for Medicinal Flora of China (Volume VII) and the Standards of Tibetan Medicinal Materials in Sichuan Province (2014 and 2020). 


Xin-qiao Liu
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, South-Central Minzu University, China 

Dr. Liu is mainly engaged in research on the material basis, quality control, and resource development and utilization of traditional Chinese medicine and ethnic medicine. In recent years, he has presided over more than 10 projects funded by the National Key R&D Plan, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Hubei Key R&D plan, etc. As first or corresponding author, he has published more than 40 papers on this subject. 

Most nations in the world have their own traditional medical (TM) system, and the TM formation and development history, scientific connotations and contemporary characteristics vary among nations and from those of modern medicine. Comparative research studies on TM, from the perspective of traditional culture, natural resources, medical theory, drug use characteristics, curative effects, pharmacological mechanisms, and so on, will reveal similarities and differences among TMs as well as between TM and modern medicine.

It is also valuable to discover the common features and scientific connotations of the formation of TMs, and to explore new pharmaceutical knowledge based on the differences in TMs, which will help to reveal the scientific principles of TM and guide the development of new drugs from TMs, so as to promote the high-quality development of TMs and integrative medicine and to better serve the community of common health for mankind.

For this issue, we welcome reviews and basic research and translational reports presenting comparative research on TMs or the development of herbal novel drugs, as well as clinical reports describing outcomes achieved with the use of TMs in integrative medicine.

Publications in this special issue aim not only to present the clinical effects and underlying mechanisms of TMs, but also the commonalities and differences among TMs from different areas of the world as well as comparisons and combinations of TM with modern medicine.

Authors should refer to the Instructions for Authors in preparing  the manuscript and kindly submit it through the Online Submission System directly.


Priority will be given with the same high standards of peer review and publication process for these articles. All publications will open free access to all readers. We guarantee that all accepted papers related to immunoregulatory mechanisms of herbal medicines in cancer and infectious diseases will be highlighted in a special section on our website.


Online submission system: 

Article processing charge: None

Instructions for authors: Please state in a cover letter that the manuscript is being submitted for inclusion in the special issue 'Comparative study of traditional medicine in the world', and follow the usual FIM instructions. Please refer to:

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