Guidelines for Submissions

Here are our submissions FAQs – a bit lengthy, composed in response to diverse inquiries.


Our review and editing processes are user-friendly. If we feel your article will contribute to the healing literature, we will de everything we can to help you shape it to our mutual satisfaction.


See description of the scope and focus of the IJHC at

All submitted papers are to be original, not published previously in print or online, or currently being submitted elsewhere. Exceptions will sometimes be made for articles of particular interest to the IJHC.

The International Journal of Healing and Caring is Web journal. Not being restricted to the limits of paper pages or page counts in hard-copy journals, we invite and encourage authors to expand on their observations and ideas to the degree that feels comfortable and complete – to the mutual satisfaction of the author(s) and the IJHC editorial staff. 

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The IJHC focuses on the education, research and practice of wholistic healing (body, emotions, mind, relationships and spirit), self-healing, healing our planet, healing our society, and bioenergy healing. We welcome articles on controlled research studies, qualitative studies, case reports, clinicians’ discussions of theory and practice, healing through the creative arts, and reflections relevant to healing.

Please submit your article in Word.doc or Word.docx format, with

Names of all authors
Contact details for the corresponding author

For citing references in your article, here is the URL for the guidelines IJHC now follows for formatting references

A copyright release for the author(s) and another for patients/clients will be emailed to the corresponding author. Please print out and either scan and email  or mail to:
Daniel Benor, MD, IJHC Editor-in-Chief
International J. of Healing & Caring
14-12 Glasgow Street South

Guelph, ON  N1H 6N1

We require an Abstract and 5 key words that are searchable through Google and other search engines so that interested potential readers can find your article.

For a formal research study the Abstract should include
Design (e.g. Double blind study of [name intervention] vs. normal care)
Setting for the study
Participants (numbers, description)
Outcome measures

For a case study, include a description of the method and theories explaining the method.

Length of article is very flexible. We offer occasional brief tastes of new and innovative materials but prefer longer feasts. We like articles with more meat on the bones to chew on. The web is very accepting of considered thoughts and illustrations, links. We generally do not simply reproduce articles that are easily available on the Web elsewhere.

We ask for a non-exclusive copyright release, allowing you to re-use your materials as you wish. e.g. a chapter in a book could see more mileage that way. We only ask that you give the IJHC the exclusive rights to your article until the following issue is published.

Deadlines for IJHC submissions:
   November 15 for January 1 issue
      March 15 for May 1 issue
         July 15 for September 1 issue

If you are writing about approaches you use in caregiving, we also like to have reports from recipients of your care and/or students, who can round out the picture in their own words – how your caregiving feels/works/helps.

It also supports your presentation if you can get a few words from a medical doctor who is involved in the treatment and who can provide objective observations and/or lab tests to confirm changes resulting from your interventions.

When we include case details, we have 2 options:

  1. Obtain release of information permissions from people we have worked with. This may be more complicated when working in a clinical setting or school, where institutional permission may also be required. I can provide copyright release forms for clients’ reports to be included in the IJHC.
  1. Write composite examples, where we combine features from a variety of people who had similar problems, and include a note in the article that this is what was done. This protects the anonymity of people we have helped, while sharing helpful examples of your work and theirs.

We offer friendly editing, with your review and approval.

All articles are peer reviewed by 2 of the following: the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board members and/ or outside reviewers. If your research topic is an unusual one, we might ask you to suggest several potential outside reviewers.

At the end of the article we include a brief bio (4-6 lines) and photo of each author, with contact details for the lead author required, and for other authors if they wish to include this.

We are also happy to consider for review any books, tapes, videos you may have.

We are now publishing as a free, open access journal, supported by donations. We ask for a minimum $100 donation from authors with the article submission – towards the costs of editing, peer review, secretarial help and maintaining our website. 

We accept payments via PayPal and checks (easiest for us) and credit cards (by phone) for your donation. Adjustments on submission fees can be made for students or others who may find this donation a challenge. (Please be aware that most open access journals require submission fees of several hundreds to several thousands of dollars.)

Please feel free to contact me to discuss what you might share in your article, and/or to forward a rough draft for discussion.


Daniel J. Benor, Wholistic Psychotherapist (Canada)
PO Box 121
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6N1
Tel.  519 265 0698

International Journal of Healing and Caring