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Integrative Cancer Therapies

eISSN: 1552695X | ISSN: 15347354 | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Yearly

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  • Impact Factor: 3.077
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Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT) is a peer-reviewed open access journal that focuses on a comprehensive model of integrative cancer treatment with an emphasis on scientific understanding of alternative and traditional medicine therapies. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Submit your manuscript today at Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal is currently 2650 USD.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Please see further details here.


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This journal changed its publication mode from subscription to open access in 2016.

Integrative Cancer Therapies focuses on a new and growing movement in cancer treatment. Integrative cancer treatment includes therapeutic interventions in the areas of diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress care, and nutritional supplements. The journal emphasizes scientific validation of these therapies and of therapies from culturally diverse medical traditions, such as herbs, massage, yoga and other meditative movement therapies. The responsible integration of integrative therapies with conventional oncology treatment is a major focus of the journal. The use of alternative medical therapies is also explored. In addition, the journal covers innovative therapies in rapidly advancing areas of medicine that may be affected by lifestyle, including circadian biology, the microbiome and immune-based therapies.

The journal presents scientifically rigorous original research, literature reviews, case studies and commentaries on key topics such as:

  • Contributions of exercise, diet, mind-body therapies and herbs or other supplements to improved cancer outcomes
  • Models for integrating complementary and conventional treatment in clinical practice
  • Evaluation of interventions from traditional medicine systems such as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda
  • Assessing and improving quality of life for cancer patients
  • Enhancing patients’ recovery after cancer treatments
  • Investigations of the effect of integrative therapies on side effects of oncology treatments
  • Potential interactions of cancer chemotherapy drugs with frequently used dietary supplements
  • Relevant laboratory studies of molecular mechanisms and biology behind integrative approaches

The journal includes several special collections on topics such as Exercise and Cancer Treatment, Emerging Integrative Therapies and Cancer and the Microbiome. The full list of Special Collections is available at Suggestions for additional special collections in the journal’s area of coverage will be considered by the editorial staff.

This journal will be of particular interest to: integrative physicians, practitioners of clinical specialties frequently used for cancer such as physical therapy, psycho-oncology and nutrition; surgical, medical and radiation oncologists; pharmacists, nurses and dietitians; practitioners of diverse medical systems such as traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, chiropractic, Ayurveda and others. Cancer patients seeking information on integrative therapies and administrators of medical facilities that include integrative treatment centers will also find the journal of interest.

Keith I. Block, MD University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Integrative Cancer Care, USA
Associate Editors
Penny Block, PhD Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, USA
Bethany Elkington, PhD, OTR/L The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Gail Mahady, PhD University of Illinois, USA
Stephen Samuel, MPT, PhD University of Rochester Medical Center, NY, USA
Peying Yang, PhD MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, USA
Managing Editor
Charlotte Gyllenhaal, PhD Institute for Integrative Cancer Care, USA
Scientific Editor
Dale Shumaker, PhD Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, Skokie IL
International Editor
Jacob Shoham, MD, PhD Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Statistics Editor
Jim Grutsch, PhD James F Grutsch & Associates, Wilmette, IL, USA
Assistant Editors
Mark Mead, MS  
Ralph W. Moss, PhD Cancer Decisions, USA
Daniel Rubin, ND  
Advisory Board Members
Donald Abrams, MD University of California, San Francisco, USA
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA
William Hrushesky, MD Rhythmalyltics, Inc, West Orange, NJ, USA
Wayne Jonas, MD Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA
Susan Lutgendorf, PhD University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Robert A. Nagourney, MD Rational Therapeutics Inc, USA
Robert Newman, PhD Phoenix Biotechnology, San Antonio TX, USA
Julia Rowland, PhD Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, USA
Andrew Weill, MD University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Editorial Board
Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO TAP Integrative, Green Bay, WI, USA
Lynda G. Balneaves, PhD University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Claudio Battaglini, PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Eran Ben-Arye, MD Lin Medical Center, and Technicon-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Anupam Bishayee, Pharm D, PhD Larkin Health Sciences Institute, Miami, FL, USA
Massimo Bonucci, MD San Feliciano Hospital, Rome, Italy
Amit Budhraja, PhD St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, USA
Terence Bugno, MD Northern Illinois Center for Cancer Care, USA
Linda Carlson, PhD University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Alejandro Chaoul, PhD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
Qi Chen, PhD University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
Misha Cohen, OMD University of California, San Francisco , USA
Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Natasha Dhawan, MD Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Cancer Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
Yibin Feng, PhD University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Michael Foley, PhD Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA
Moshe Frenkel, MD Meir Medical Center, Israel
Mei R. Fu, PhD, RN, FAAN Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
Uptal Ghosh, PhD University of Kalyani, India
Terry Golombick, PhD, Dipl Nutr Southern Sydney Haematology, NSW, Australia
Catherine Granger, PhD Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
Suzanne Grant Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
Reid Hayward University of Northern Colorado, USA
Judith Jacobson, MD Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA
Miek Jong Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
Omer Kucuk, MD Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Judith Lacey, MBBS, FRACGP, FAChPM (RACP) Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Camperdown NSW, Australia
Elena Ladas, PhD Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Alexander Lucas, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond VA USA
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Michael McCulloch, PhD Pine Street Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA
Dwight McKee, MD Mederi Foundation, Ashland, OR and Life Plus International, Batesville, AR, USA
Mark Myers Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, USA
Palanisamy Nallasamy, PhD University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA
Byeongsang Oh, PhD University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Oluwadamilola Olaku National Cancer Institute, USA
Patrizia Pasanisi Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, Italy
Greg Plotnikoff, MD Minnesota Personalized Medicine, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Pratheeshkumar Poyil, PhD King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Mark Renneker, MD University of California, San Francisco, USA
Waheed Roomi, PhD Dr Rath Research Institute, Santa Clara, CA, USA
Friedeman Schad, MD Hospital Havelhoehe, Berlin, German
Dugald Seely, ND, MSc Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Victor S. Sierpina, MD University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston, USA
Judith Smith, PharmD University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
Leanna Standish, ND Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA, USA
Stephen Sze, PhD University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Walter Tsang, MD Lifestyle Medical, Redlands CA
Chin-Kun Wang, PhD Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung
Won-Bo Wang National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Raimond Wong, MD Juravinski Cancer Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Geliang Yang Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Second Medical Center, Beijing, China
Shun-Fa Yang Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
Xiao-bing Yang, MD, PhD Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
Hung-Rong Yen, MD, PhD China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan
Hwa Seung Yoo, PhD Daejon University, Daejon, South Korea
Seong Woo Yoon, MD, PhD Kyung-Hee University, Gangdong, South Korea
Pan YuanQing, MD, PhD Tianjin Vocational and Technical Normal University, Tianjin, China
Yingchun Zeng, PhD Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou, China
Xiaoshu Zhu, PhS Western Sydney University, Australia
Editorial Consultants
Mark Blumenthal Executive Director, American Botanical Council, USA
Michael Broffman, LAc Pine Street Clinic, USA
Gar Hildenbrand Gerson Research Organization, USA
Mark Myers, RD Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, USA
Donald R. Yance Jr., CN, MH, AHG Centre for Natural Healing, USA
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This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Please also be sure to look over the submission checklist here before submitting.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Integrative Cancer Therapies will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Please note: The APC for this journal is $2650 USD.

If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:


  1. Open Access
  2. Article processing charge (APC)
  3. What do we publish?
    3.1 Aims & scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper
    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
  4. Editorial policies
    4.1 Peer Review Policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    4.7 Clinical Trials
    4.8 Reporting guidelines
    4.9 Data
  5. Publishing policies
    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
  6. Preparing your manuscript
    6.1 Word processing formats
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Supplemental material
    6.4 Reference style
    6.5 English language editing services
  7. Submitting your manuscript
    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 ORCID
    7.5 Permissions
  8. On acceptance and publication
    8.1 Sage Production
    8.2 Continuous publication
    8.3 Promoting your article
  9. Further information

1. Open Access

Integrative Cancer Therapies is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

For general information on open access at Sage please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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2. Article processing charge (APC)

If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.

The APC for this journal is $2650 USD, payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.

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3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Integrative Cancer Therapies, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

3.2 Article types

Types of manuscripts accepted:

  1. Research articles should contain the following sections: Introduction (with brief literature review), Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions, and may be up to 35 double-spaced manuscript pages in length. Studies submitted should conscientiously adhere to ethical principles and practices, including informed consent in experiments involving human subjects, and humane practices in experiments on laboratory animals, and must mention obtaining ethical approval from the appropriate institutional board.
  2. Brief reports on preliminary research projects, of up to 10 manuscript pages, are also welcomed.
  3. Review papers should include scholarly considerations and clinical implications, and may be up to 65 double-spaced manuscript pages in length.
  4. Case reports should explain the significance of the case, including relevant patient information, results of diagnostic tests, description of treatment and outcome, and may be up to 10 double-spaced manuscript pages in length.
  5. Educational articles provide shorter summaries of the state of research or practice in a facet of integrative cancer treatment. They may be up to 45 double-spaced manuscript pages in length, should include a reference list, and should chiefly address the interests of practitioners.
  6. Letters to the Editor: A letter to the Editor is a brief communication that either addresses the contents of a published article, or is a correspondence unrelated to a specific article. Its purpose is to make corrections, provide alternative viewpoints, or offer counter arguments. Avoid logical fallacies and ad hominem attacks. Letters to the Editor must be written in a professional tone and include references to support all claims if appropriate.

    A letter to the Editor unrelated to a specific article should not exceed 500 words or have more than 3 references. A letter to the Editor pertaining to a recently published article or to be published concurrently with an article within the journal should not exceed 800 words or have more than 5 references. If an abstract is included, it will automatically be made the first paragraph. Letters should not include figures or research material. Letters to the editor are not charged an APC.

  7. Commentaries are by invitation only. These are short summaries of significant recent and forthcoming papers, published elsewhere, that provide additional insights, new interpretations or speculation on the relevant topic. These manuscripts may include models, which due to space limitations were not included or discussed in the original paper. Commentaries may be written in free form, meaning that they do not need to be structured as a research paper, however it must include an abstract of 150-200 words. They should be between 1000-2000 words and have no more than 25 references. Please include keywords for indexing purposes. Figures are encouraged, but no more than three. Please give your commentary a brief title and add the phrase “Comment on (citation to your original article).” underneath the keywords. Commentary material may be peer reviewed at the editor’s discretion.

3.3 Writing your paper

The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

3.3.1 Making your article discoverable

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Integrative Cancer Therapies all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Integrative Cancer Therapies utilizes a single-anonymize peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author. Reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

Integrative Cancer Therapies is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Integrative Cancer Therapies can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

4.2 Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The journal strongly discourages adding authors after the initial submission of the paper, and requests to add authors should be accompanied by a revised list of author contributions that shows the contributions of the added authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

4.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

4.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

  • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
  • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
  • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

4.3.2 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

4.4 Funding

Integrative Cancer Therapies requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of Integrative Cancer Therapies to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association declaration of Helsinki.

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles and case studies, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file. For more information on this, please see COPE's best practices.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The Journal has adopted the ARRIVE guidelines.

4.7 Clinical trials

Integrative Cancer Therapies endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

4.8 Reporting guidelines

The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

Authors should also follow ICMJE’s recommendations in section IV on selection and description of participants, taking care to use the correct terms when describing sex and gender.

Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

4.9 Data

At Sage we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Integrative Cancer Therapies requests all authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository as a condition of publication. This is subject to ethical considerations and in such cases the journal editor may grant an exception and authors should contact the Editorial Office at Authors are also required to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file and to follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway, which includes information about Sage’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics

Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

5.1.1 Plagiarism

Integrative Cancer Therapies and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

5.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Integrative Cancer Therapies publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page.

Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Word processing formats

The preferred formats for your manuscript are Word, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are NOT accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

6.3 Supplemental material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

6.4 Reference style

Integrative Cancer Therapies adheres to the AMA reference style. Please review the guidelines on AMA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

6.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscript

Integrative Cancer Therapies is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

7.3 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).


As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

7.5 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

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8. On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for Sage Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

8.1 Sage Production

Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. 

8.2 Online publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all. Articles are batched every quarter, and are then available in the Archive.

8.3 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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9. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Integrative Cancer Therapies editorial office as follows:

Charlotte Gyllenhaal, Ph.D.,
Managing Editor, Integrative Cancer Therapies
Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment
5230 Old Orchard Road
Skokie IL 60077
Telephone: 847-492-3040

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