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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.

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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 October 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.

Call for Papers for BPSM special issue

Special Issue on mHealth/uHealth in psychosomatic medicine/behavioral medicine


Special Issue editor: Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi

A special issue featuring the application of mHealth/uHealth in the field of psychosomatic medicine or behavioral medicine. mobile health and ubiquitous health have been getting a lot of attention due to recent advances of internet of things (IoT), information and communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI). 
This special series will be devoted to research and review articles on the application of effects of mHealth/uHealth in the field of psychosomatic medicine or behavioral medicine. 

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Deadline of submission for this special issue is 31 May 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. 

BPSM accepted for Journal Citation Reports.

BioPsychoSocial Medicine has now been accepted for coverage in the below Clarivate products.  Contents published since Volume 9 (2015) are now indexed in; 

•    Social Sciences Citation Index
•    Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
•    Current Contents/Social and Behavioural Sciences.

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 2017 Ikemi Award was presented to Dr. Hideaki Hasuo of Kansai Medical University (Japan) for his article entitled Relationship between Alexithymia and latent trigger points in the upper Trapezius" 

Award details and list of previous winners can be found here

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