The International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (IJCA) welcomes submissions for publication.
This includes research papers, articles, case studies and letters.
Please find below guidelines to assist with writing for this practitioner-orientated and research-based journal.
All submissions are subject to peer review.
Please note: If papers are not submitted according to these guidelines, they shall be returned to the author.
Submission is accepted by electronic means only.
In all cases, please send text, references, tables and any illustrations as separate files.
Please submit all work in Times font 12 point, double spaced as a Microsoft Word-compatible document.
Do not send your submission as JPEG or PDF.
Submissions may be made to the editor:
The submission must be accompanied by full author details along with a contact email address for correspondence.
No photograph is required. No biography is required apart from the author’s current occupation.
If the submission is from more than one author, please list the principal author first along with one email address for correspondence.
As the IJCA is a thematic journal, we reserve the right to accept only submissions that are relevant to selected topics chosen by the IJCA.
The list of topics evolves as the journal progresses; the theme for 2017 is:
Symptom Management in Clinical Care
Volume 12 issues 1 & 2 2017
Each submission must be accompanied by an abstract of no greater than 200 words. If this abstract is accompanying clinical or basic research, standard abstract formatting must be used that provides a summary of information on all aspects of the study. Non-research based articles may have a less structured abstract.
Length of paper
Generally articles are no longer than 5000 words (excluding references), with 1,500-4000 words being the norm.
Case studies and letters may be of shorter length.
Essential oil names
For clarity, list all botanic names in italics followed by the common name of all essential oils used in brackets, e.g. Lavandula latifolia (spike lavender).
Stipulate the part of plant used, method of extraction as well as chemotype, subspecies or variation where relevant.
From 2017, the IJCA is adopting the American Medical Association (AMA) reference citation format.
It is the responsibility of the writer to ensure the following referencing style is adhered to.
A good guide to the AMA format may be found here
Copyright and permissions
As author, you retain copyright for your work.
You also retain responsibility that the work is your own and not copied from other sources.
If you plan to use illustrations from previously published sources, you require permission from both the author and the publication and cite the source as well as permission in your work.
On publication of your work, you will receive a PDF of your original article for diffusion as well as PDF of the whole issue in which your paper appears.
In the case of other journals approaching the IJCA for permission to reprint your work, we will first contact you for your permission before giving authorisation to republish.