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The Journal of Pharmacopuncture is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal published in English. Published by the Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI), it has provided high-quality papers quarterly since it was launched in 1997. Its ISSN was changed in September, 2010 from 1226-4849 to 2093-6966 with its title from daehanyakchimhakhweiji to Journal of Pharmacopuncture. It also aims to publish evidence-based, scientific research papers in the field through strict review process by a panel of experts. As an international journal, the Journal of Pharmacopuncture aims to present major advances and new developments contributing to the development of complementary and alternative medicine, with a special focus on pharmacology, acupuncture and a combination of pharmacology and acupuncture. The journal is dedicated to disseminating information and fostering debate on related issues, better informing both the general public and experts. In addition, the journal requires high standards of research ethics to maintain the integrity of science. The official title of the journal is 'Journal of Pharmacopuncture' and the abbreviated title is 'Pharmacopuncture'. For submission, see the details at
This journal covers a wide range of basic and clinical science research relevant to pharmacology, acupuncture studies and pharmacopuncture studies. The subjects are mainly divided into three categories: pharmacology (herbal medicine, Sasang constitutional medicine, herbal formula, naturopathy, etc.), acupuncture studies (acupressure, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, etc.), and pharmacopuncture studies (aqua-acupuncture, meridian pharmacopuncture, eight-principle pharmacopuncture, animal-based pharmacopuncture, mountain ginseng pharmacopuncture, bee venom therapy, point embedding therapy, implant therapy, etc.). Other categories include chuna treatment, veterinary acupuncture, related animal studies, cancer of alternative medicine, etc. Broader topical coverage on acupuncture effects, medical plants used in traditional and alternative medicine, pharmacological action and other related modalities, such as anthroposophy, homeopathy, ayurveda, bioelectromagnetic therapy, chiropractic, neural therapy and meditation can be considered within the journal's scope if based on acupoints and meridians. Submission is encouraged of original articles, review articles, systematic reviews, case reports, brief reports, opinions, commentaries, medical lectures, letter to the editors, photo-essays, technical notes, and book reviews. Providing free access to the full text of all current and archived articles on its website (, also searchable through the Google Scholar search, the journal is indexed in the Korea Citation Index (KCI). The circulation is 1200.