About the Journal

Focus and Scope

eJIM, the eJournal of Indian medicine, is a multidisciplinary periodical founded in 2007 by Jan Meulenbeld (1928 - 2016) and Roelf Barkhuis that publishes studies on traditional South Asian medical traditions by qualified scholars in philology, medicine, pharmacology, botany, anthropology and sociology. Authors from India, Sri Lanka and adjoining countries are cordially invited to contribute.

eJIM specifically encourages original approaches with fresh perspectives and daring methodologies to discussions in the abovementioned fields.

eJIM does not publish:
- pharmacological articles without accompanying clinical studies
- ethnobotanical articles without a discussion of medical uses and healing rationalities.

eJIM is an Open Access publication and makes no charge either to authors or to readers. All articles and the Archives can be accessed without registration. Registered users, however, will be notified by email on publication of an issue of the journal, new books, or news items.

The counterpart of eJIM is ABIM, the Annotated Bibliography of Indian Medicine, maintained by Jan Meulenbeld. See the link ABIM, top menu, right.

Peer Review Process

The review process is kept simple and short.

Submissions will be either accepted or rejected. Individual members of the editorial board may veto a submission because it does not meet expected scholarly standards.

Articles will be accepted or rejected within four weeks after submission. We strive to publish accepted papers within six weeks after acceptation. This, in combination with our Open Access Policy, will allow us to quickly and widely disseminate scientific work.

The publisher and the editors and eJIM adhere to the international standards for editors as published by COPE. See the section PoliciesPublication Ethics and Publication Malpractice further below. 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Reader Registration

We encourage readers to sign up for the publishing notification service for this journal. This registration will result in the reader receiving the Table of Contents by email for each new issue of the journal. This list also allows the journal to claim a certain level of support or readership. See the journal's Privacy Statement, which assures readers that their name and email address will not be used for other purposes.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

Publisher and Editors

The publisher and the editors of eJIM adhere to the international standards for editors as published by The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Summarized, these standards are:

  • Editors are accountable for their work and should take editorial responsibility for everything they publish.
  • Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.
  • Editors should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting.
  • Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.
  • Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct.
  • Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals.
  • Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them.
  • Editors should have appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest.

See further below for how to obtain the full text of these standards.


Authors are expected to adhere to the international standards for authors as published by COPE. Summarized, these standards are:

  • The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
  • Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.
  • Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
  • The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals' contributions to the work and its reporting.
  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.

See here below for how to obtain the full text of these standards.

Full text of the COPE standards

The full text of the COPE standards for editors and authors has been published as follows:

Kleinert S & Wager E (2011) Responsible research publication: international standards for editors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. Chapter 51 in: Mayer T & Steneck N (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 317-28). (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7).

This text has also been published online at  https://publicationethics.org. To download the text, please follow the top menu item ResourcesAll Resources, and then click on the item International standards for editors and authors.