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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Featured Article

The longitudinal effects of seated isometric yoga on blood biomarkers, autonomic functions, and psychological parameters of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study
BioPsychoSocial Medicine volume 13, Article number: 28 (2019)

In a previous randomized controlled trial, authors found that practicing seated isometric yoga regularly for 2 months improves the fatigue of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) who are resistant to conventional therapy. In this pilot study they investigate possible mechanisms behind this finding by comparing blood biomarkers, autonomic nervous function, and psychological indices before and after an intervention period of seated isometric yoga practice.

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Aims and scope

BioPsychoSocial Medicine is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed research that encompasses all aspects of the interrelationships between the biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors of health and illness.

Thematic series

Psycho-Oncology in the Asia-Pacific area​​​​​​​
Edited by Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi

Psychosomatic dentistry
Edited by Akira Toyofuku

Recent advances in psychosomatic obstetrics & gynecology in Japan
Edited by Masakazu Terauchi

The meaning of behaviour medicine in the psychosomatic field
Edited by Mutsuhiro Nakao

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Forthcoming events

19th Congress of the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (APCM 2020) will be held in Irkutsk, Russia on 27–28 August 2020 and early registration is now open. 
Please visit organizer's website for further information.

The Ikemi Award 

To stimulate research in psychosomatic medicine and to enhance the submission of high quality manuscripts, BioPsychoSocial Medicine annually sponsor the "The Ikemi Award", which is presented to the first author of the best article published in the journal nominated by the award selection committee every year. 

The 2018 Ikemi Award was presented to Dr. Naoki Kodama (Department of Neurology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health) for the following article;
Neural correlates of body comparison and weight estimation in weight-recovered anorexia nervosa: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study
BioPsychoSocial Medicine volume 12, Article number: 15 (2018) 

Award details and list of previous winners can be found here

Call for Papers for BPSM special issue

Special issues on alexisomia (shitsu-taikan-sho)

Special issue Editor: Takakazu Oka

Alexisomia, called shitsu-taikan-sho in Japanese, refers to the state of reduced awareness of bodily feelings or sensations. This condition was first proposed in 1979 by Dr. Yujiro Ikemi based on his clinical experiences of patients with stress-related, psychosomatic diseases. Earlier in 1973 Dr. Sifneos, PE had proposed “alexithymia” as a characteristic seen in patients with psychosomatic diseases. This led to Dr. Ikemi observing that these patients also had difficulty feeling bodily sensations, with this difficulty playing an important pathophysiological role in psychosomatic diseases. Recent advances in basic research on interoception and interoceptive awareness have highlighted the clinical importance of alexisomia, especially in the field of psychosomatic medicine. This special series will therefore be devoted to research and reviews on the significance of alexisomia in psychosomatic medicine practice.

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Deadline of submission is 31 November 2019. All submissions will be thoroughly peer-reviewed. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines section for detailed information on preparation of manuscripts, or contact us for questions. State on the cover letter that the submission is for the Special issue, and select relevant issue topic Alexisomia when making submission.


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