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1. General Information
The regulations on paper submission to this journal are based on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals that were established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Matters that are not specified in the items below are subject to general rules in the aforementioned requirements.

  • 1) Qualification for Submission
    The basic rule is that members of The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation are qualified for paper submission. However, there is an exception when the editorial board delegates or acknowledges submission of paper.

  • 2) Type of Manuscript
    This journal publishes original article, review, clinical and case report, and brief report in the field of Korean medicine.

  • 3) Publication of Manuscript and Order of Publication
    All of the manuscripts shall be examined by multiple reviewers that the editorial board appoints before the editorial board shall have deliberation to determine if the manuscripts are published. According to the basic rule, the accepted manuscripts shall be published in the order that the final manuscripts are received.

  • 4) Redundant Publication and Unauthorized Publication
    Manuscript with the same contents, which is already published in other journals or other periodicals in the same language, shall not be submitted. The manuscript published in this journal shall not be reprinted in other journals without approval.

  • 5) Review Fee and Publication Fee
    Fixed review fee and publication fee may be charged on all of the manuscripts, except requested manuscript. The fees shall be completely paid online to paper reception office before paper is printed. Actual expenses for design and special printing shall be taken by author. Moreover, when paper is printed in pull-out form, number of copies shall be rubricated in cover of manuscript or be known to the editorial board. Expense for printing in separate volume shall be taken separately by author.

  • 6) Protection of Human Rights of Patient
    If paper is a case report, patient information shall be kept confidential. Description of name, chart number, and exact data shall be avoided while attention shall be paid to prevent patient's personal information from being exposed.

  • 7) Roles of the Editorial Board
    The editorial board shall be in charge of general matters related to sending and editing of manuscript. The editorial board may ask author to make correction for format and volume of manuscript. If necessary, the editorial board may modify wording and format of manuscript as long as modification by the editorial board does not have any influence on original paper. All of the manuscripts shall not be returned after they are submitted.

  • 8) Copyright
    The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation shall possess the copyright on all of the manuscripts that are published in this journal.

  • 9) Plagiarism Prevention
    Plagiarism is one of the most common types of publication misconduct. Authors have to cite the source clearly when referring to published literature. It is highly recommended that authors pursue individual plagiarism check - by using Korea Citation Index(KCI) plagiarism checker(https://check.kci.go.kr/) - before manuscript submission. When submitting a manuscript, authors must present the result of KCI plagiarism checker together.

  • 10) Consideration of Sex/Gender
    In basic and preclinical biomedical research using cells and animals or clinical studies (all human subject research), sex (a biological variable) or gender (a socio, cultural, and psychological trait) should be factored into research designs and analyses and reported in a manuscript as follows.
    • (1) Cell or animal experiments
      1. ① Cell line or animals’ source, authentication, and biological characteristics should be described.
      2. ② Both sexes should be included in the studies using cells or animals, and the results caused by sex differences should be reported.
      3. ③ If only one sex is reported, or included in the study, the reason the other sex is not reported or included should be explained based on reasonable and scientific basis.

    • (2) Human subject research
      1. ① Sex and gender should be described separately and correctly.
      2. ② Both sexes/genders should be included in the human studies, and the differences between the sexes/genders should be analyzed and reported.
      3. ③ If only one sex/gender is reported, or included in the study, the reason the other sex/gender is not reported or included should be explained based on reasonable and scientific basis.

2. Publication of Journal and Receipt of Manuscript
This journal shall be published four times a year (April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31). Manuscript shall be received by the editorial board all year round. Receipt date of manuscript shall be on the day when the manuscript arrives at the editorial board. Acceptance date of manuscript shall be on the day when review is completed.

3. Instructions for Manuscript Submission
Manuscript shall be written on A4 (210×297 mm) white paper by using Hangeul word processor of "Hancom" with margin of 30 mm on the top and bottom and on the left and right and with font size of 10 points. The basic rule is to write the entirety of paper horizontally in line spacing of 160%. Adjustment of paragraph such as indentation shall never be used while page shall be numbered continuously, starting from title page. Figures shall be included in the entire manuscript and shall be included in a separate file to be submitted. Manuscript shall be submitted to the editorial board through e-mail or in the form of diskette. File name shall be designated with author's name. However, when multiple manuscripts are submitted, a simple description shall be added behind author's name.
(E.g.) Shin Hyun-taek(thermal examination).hwp, Shin Hyun-taek(fig. 1).jpg

4. Volume of Manuscript
The basic rule is that volume of manuscript does not exceed 15 pages on A4 (210×297 mm) white paper. If it exceeds the limit, additional expenses shall be taken by author.

5. Format of Paper (Original Article)
Paper shall consist of title page, abstract, key words, text, acknowledgements, and reference in this order (clinical and case report and review are exceptions). The text shall be divided to introduction, materials (subject) and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions (summary).

  • 1) Title Page
    Title page shall include 1) Korean title and English title that are simple and easy to deliver contents (the first letter of each word, except preposition and article, shall be written in upper case), 2) author's Korean name and author's full name in English, and affiliation, 3) sponsor of research expenses, etc., and 4) name, address, etc. of corresponding author (including telephone number, Fax number and e-mail address). If the title has more than 30 letters in Korean and 15 words in English, running head shall be written separately at the end of title page (less than 10 letters in Korean and less than 5 words in English).

  • 2) Author
    Authors of paper listed in manuscript shall be qualified as an author. Each author shall be a researcher who participated in the study sufficiently enough to take public responsibility for the study. Authors shall be qualified only when they 1) made a contribution to setting the basic concept of study, design of study, and analysis and interpretation of data, 2) made a significant contribution to writing the draft of paper or modifying or revising paper to reflect comments, and 3) could agree to the final version of manuscript. An editor may ask questions about roles that each author played in the study. 4) The authors should also submit his or her affiliation and position. If the author is a minor with no current affiliation, describe the last affiliation, title, and school year.

  • 3) Abstract
    Manuscript in Korean shall include abstract in English while manuscript in English shall include abstract in Korean. Abstract shall include title, author's name (first name and family name in this order), affiliation (e.g.: Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine Department of ○○ Oriental Medicine Hospital of ○○ University Oriental Medicine College), and contents, all of which are written in English (Korean). The contents of abstract shall be written in less than 250 words for English abstract and in less than 400 letters for Korean abstract. The abstract shall be divided to some sections that include objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. The sections shall include the following details.

    • (1) Objectives: This section shall simply and clearly describe the reason why this study was conducted and the objectives that this study intended to achieve in 1~2 sentences. The objectives of study described in this section shall be consistent with title of manuscript and statement in introduction.

    • (2) Methods: The first paragraph of this section shall provide detailed description of things that were conducted and methods in which such things were conducted in order to achieve the aforementioned objectives. This section shall describe what data were collected, how such data were analyzed, and how bias was adjusted.

    • (3) Results: This section shall describe the results of observation and analysis that were conducted and made in the methods that were explained in the previous section and shall present specific data.

    • (4) Conclusions: This section shall describe conclusions that were drawn from the results of this study in 1~2 sentences. The conclusions shall be consistent with the objectives of study described in the first section.
      The abstract shall be followed by key words of paper that contain less than six words. In this case, it is recommended to use medical subject headings (MeSH) listed in Index Medicus for key words. If a key word is name of oriental medicine prescription or name of acupuncture point, Chinese pronunciation of the key word shall be written in parenthesis.

  • 4) Text
    Text shall include introduction, subject or materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions in this order. If necessary, sections of the text may be merged with each other or may be omitted. Text for clinical or case report and review may be written in a different format. The section of introduction shall describe purpose of study and a brief background for study. The section of methods shall include study subject such as experimental animal, methods, experimental apparatus (including manufacturer and model), and procedures. Description shall be sufficiently in detail so that other researchers can reenact the experiment if they follow the same methods. The section shall also include methods for statistical verification of results. The results shall be written in the same order as the one for table. Data in table or diagram in the text shall not be written repeatedly while important observation results only shall be emphasized and summarized. The discussion section shall focus on new and important aspects of study and conclusions drawn from such aspects. Literature review shall be avoided if the review is not related to the results.

    • (1) Term: Academic term shall be written in Korean as much as possible. If it is difficult to translate term, the term may be written in English or Chinese character.

    • (2) Abbreviation: Standard abbreviation only shall be allowed. Abbreviation shall not be used for paper title and abstract. When abbreviation is used for the first time in the text, official name shall be written first, which is followed by abbreviation in parenthesis. Afterward, abbreviation only may be used. It is recommended to avoid the abbreviation that is not in common use as much as possible. However, there is an exception to abbreviations of standard measurement units.

    • (3) Proper noun, number and measurement value: Person's name, place name, and other proper noun shall be written in the original language as much as possible. Number shall be written in Arabic number while weights and measures shall be in metric system. Temperature shall be recorded in centigrade while blood pressure shall be recorded in mmHg. Hematological and clinico-chemical measurement values shall be expressed in the metric system of International System of Units (SI). Measurement value and its unit shall be written with space between them.

    • (4) Drug name: The basic rule is to use generic name rather than brand name. However, brand name may be used only when the brand name is important to evaluate results or conduct follow-up study.
      • ① First of all, name of oriental medicine prescription shall be written in Korean pronunciation while the name shall be written in Chinese pronunciation in parallel. The first letter only shall be written in upper case. Moreover, words that have the meaning of formulation (劑型) such as 湯, 散 and 丸 shall be written in lower case with use of hyphen.
          (E.g.) Chungpesagan-tang (Qingfeixiegan-tang)

      • ② Name of oriental medicine shall not be written only in name of herbal medicine. Instead, a part in actual use or numerical method shall be written properly in English.
          (E.g.) Lyquorice root (炙): Broiled root of Glycyrrhiza uralensis FISCH

    • (5) Item classification
      Items in the text shall be classified in the two methods as follows.
      • ① Arabic number is used in Korean.
        (E.g.) 1, 2, 3, 1), 2), 3), (1), (2), (3), ①, ②, ③
      • ② Roman alphabet is used in English.
        (E.g.) I, II, III, A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, a, b, c

  • 5) Figure and Table
    Figure and table shall be written in English, which is the basic rule. The same rule is applied to contents of table. In the title of table, the first letters of all words except preposition and article shall be written in upper case. No vertical line shall be used for table. Thick solid lines shall be used only for the top and bottom horizontal lines of table while two thin solid lines shall be used for the line below the top row. The rest of the horizontal lines shall be transparent line or thin solid line (e.g.: written in table).
     Group AGroup B
    Weight (kg)68.5±2.5371.0±2.38
    Height (cm)172.8±3.58170.2±4.25
     Group AGroup B
    Weight (kg)68.5±2.5371.0±2.38
    Height (cm)172.8±3.58170.2±4.25

    Number and brief title shall be attached to table in the order of being quoted in the text. The basic rule is that abbreviation shall not be used for title. Description of items shall be provided in footnote, rather than in title. All of the non-standard abbreviations used in table shall be described in footnote. Symbols shall be used for description in footnote while they shall be used in the order of *, †, ‡, §, ∥, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡‥.
    Description of figure shall be in English, which is the basic rule. The first letter of the first word only shall be written in upper case while the rest shall be written in lower case.
    The number of tables and figures (including picture) shall be less than 10, which is the basic rule. If necessary, excess expense shall be taken by author.

  • 6) Reference
    Reference should be written in English and should not be written in Korean. Reference shall be numbered in the order of being quoted in the text. Arabic number in superscript, which is placed in parenthesis, shall be added to the end of quoted words in the text. The superscript number shall be consistent with the serial number of reference at the end of paper. Abstract shall not be used as reference. In reference, all of the co-authors shall be specified. If author has English name, the last name goes first while the rest shall be written only with initials. Furthermore, number of references shall be 40 or less for original article and 20 or less for case report, which is the basic rule (however, review paper is an exception). Reference shall be written in the format that was suggested by the Vancouver Group as follows.

    • (1) Journal paper: author name. title. journal name. publication year;volume:start page-end page.
      (E.g.) Thomas D, Cullum D, Siahamis G, Langlois S. Infrared thermographic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scan and myelography in low back pain. British Journal of Rheumatology. 1990;29:268-73.

    • (2) Book: author name. book name. edition. publication place:publishing company. publication year:number of pages.
      (E.g.) Colson JH, Armour WJ. Sports injuries and their treatment. 2nd rev. ed. London:S. Paul. 1986: 155-6.

    • (3) Chapter in book: author name. chapter name:editor name of book. name of book. edition. publication place:publishing company name. publication year:start page-end page.
      (E.g.) Foster DW. Diabetes mellitus. In: Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ, Wilson JD, Martin JB, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Longo DL, eds. Harrison's textbook of medicine. 14th ed. New York:McGraw-Hill. 1998:2060-81.

    • (4) Materials from electronic media
      (E.g.) Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar[cited 1996 Jun 5]; 1(1):[24 screens]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/ EID/eid.htm.

6. Manuscript Other than Original Article
General matters are in accordance with the rules for original article.

  • 1) Review
    Review is discussion that focuses on a specific title. The review shall be published on the request by the editorial board.

  • 2) Case Report

    • (1) The total volume shall be less than 10 pages on A4 paper.

    • (2) The paper shall include title, author (affiliation and name), English abstract and key words (two to five words), introduction, case, discussion, summary, acknowledgements, and reference in this order.

    • (3) English abstract and summary shall include objectives, methods, results, and conclusions that are not itemized and shall be written in less than 150 words.

    • (4) Case shall include patient, main complaint, date of onset, past history, history of present illness, findings in the first medical examination, and findings in examination that are not itemized. The case shall be described in the perspective of time or incident.

    • (5) Discussion shall focus on a specific point that is emphasized in the case. It is recommended to avoid verbose literature review.

    • (6) Number of references shall be less than 20.

  • 3) Clinical Image
    Clinical image sends message through picture and its description. The main purpose of clinical image is to provide education with use of picture, which is different from the case with original article. Manuscript shall be written in less than 1/2 page of A4 paper while number of figures and pictures shall be less than 4 with less than 5 items of reference.

  • 4) Commentary
    Commentary covers matters of general concern among oriental medical doctors and their personal opinions on a certain trend in the health-related field. Manuscript shall be written in less than 4 pages on A4 paper with less than 5 items of reference.

  • 5) Editorial
    Editorial covers comments on a specific paper published in the journal, which shall be written on request. The editorial does not reflect opinions of the academy. Manuscript shall be written in less than 4 pages on A4 paper with less than 10 items of reference.

  • 6) Medical Lecture
    Medical lecture shall be written at the request by the editorial board and on the subject that was determined by the editorial board. Manuscript shall be written in less than 4 pages on A4 paper with less than 5 items of reference.

  • 7) Letter to the Editor
    Letter to the editor covers criticism or opinions on a specific paper that was published in the journal within 6 months. Manuscript shall be written in less than 1 page on A4 paper with less than 5 items of reference.


  • 1. These are amended on November 1, 2007.
  • 2. These are amended on April 1, 2016.
  • 3. These are amended on November 19, 2018.
  • 4. These are amended on March 30, 2019.
  • 5. These are amended on December 6, 2019.