Author Guidlines


We prefer manuscripts to be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments, preferably in Microsoft Word, to the following e-mail address: Format manuscripts for letter-size paper (8.5 x 11 in or 210 x 297 mm). At least two hard copies and a computer disk copy may be requested after initial review.

Include a cover letter indicating the name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Indicate the category of submission:

  • Medical Study: Specify whether it's a clinical trial or an in vitro or animal study. 1500-3000 words.
  • Analysis: For an analysis of a published article, include comments on its rationale, methods, subject allocation, data analysis methods and calculations, and derived conclusions, followed by an evaluation of its validity and authenticity. 1500-3000 words.
  • Review: Reviews may involve a specific method or claim or a systematic review or meta-analysis of literature on a method or subject. 1500-4000 words.
  • Commentary: Commentaries on historical, sociological, psychological, physiochemical, or other aspects related to sectarian, anomalous medicine or aberrant practice. Commentaries are for background information to help readers evaluate anomalous material. 1500-4000 words.
  • Case Report: Up to 2000 words.
  • Letter: Short comments on previous articles or brief observations of the anomalous medicine scene. Up to 500 words.

All manuscripts may be edited for form, length, and language. Nonphysicians are reminded that certain literary, language, and form conventions are maintained to conform to medical journal standards developed by the Vancouver Group and its derivative organizations. Language used in original research reports, analyses, reviews, and commentaries will be edited to be nonprovocative and tasteful. Letters may contain more florid language and opinion. All submissions will be reviewed and edited so that they are not legally actionable.

All manuscripts are submitted with the understanding that their copyright will be transferred to the Center for Inquiry upon acceptance. In addition, authors and co-authors must fill out, sign and return the journal's "Authorship Responsibility, Financial Disclosure, Copyright Transfer, and Contributor Acknowledgment" form.

Arrange the manuscript in the following order:

  1. title page
  2. abstract
  3. text
  4. references
  5. tables
  6. figures and legends

Title Page and Abstract

Include first and last names and middle initial of all authors, highest academic degrees, the name of the department(s) and institution(s) from which the work originated, and the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers of the author to whom reprint requests should be addressed.

Provide a nonstructured abstract (250 words max.) for analyses, other reviews, or commentaries.

Text and Style

Use standard acronyms or abbreviations for units of measurement (ml, meq, mg, gm, etc.). Spell out the first representation of other abbreviations, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Avoid use of "scare quotes." Quotation marks should be limited to direct quotes from text. Minimize the use of parentheses in the text. Rather than use footnotes, generally include relevant material in the text. Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, liter) or their decimal multiples. List temperatures in degrees Celsius, blood pressures in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Use standard units (e.g., mg/dL, meq/dL); if SI units are provided, provide the conversion factors. Round data to the units of measurement.