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 About the Society

Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen on the poor east coast of Taiwan. Over the years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. From the first 30 members, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation has volunteers in 50 countries , with 502 offices worldwide.

Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused not only by material deprivation but, more importantly, also by spiritual poverty. She feels that the lack of altruistic love for others has been the root of many problems in this world. Thus, the foundation's guiding principle on charity is to "help the poor and educate the rich".

Tzu Chi's missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment a marrow donor registry. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Through helping those in need, Tzu Chi volunteers take on the path of bodhisattva practices, the way to Buddhahood.


  About the Journal

Tzu Chi Medical Journal, a publication of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, is a peer-reviewed online journal with Quarterly  print on demand compilation of issues published. The journal’s full text is available online at https://www.tcmjmed.com. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, EMBASE/ Excerpta Medica, Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed Central, SCOPUS

Emerging Sources Citation Index 

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

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  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

  Scope of the journal

The Tzu Chi Medical Journal (TCMJ) is the peer-reviewed and open access publication of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. The mission of the TCMJ is to provide practical, timely, and relevant clinical and basic science information to physicians and researchers practicing in Taiwan and worldwide. Scientific papers of original research on clinical medicine and basic science, case reports, clinical pathological pages and review articles are included in this journal. In addition, any scope that can improve diagnosis and treatment in clinical medicine and advance basic research, and special features for continuing medical education (CME) are also covered in the TCMJ. TCMJ is published quarterly by Wolters Kluwer India Pvt Ltd. and indexed in EMBASE, Scopus, ScienceDirect, SIIC Data Bases and CAS. TCMJ was launched in 1989. Although TCMJ is a regional journal, the submission is not limited to Taiwan. We have received submission from not only from the Asia-pacific region but also some other countries worldwide. The editorial board covers experts of all major medical fields from Taiwan and other countries.

All papers considered for publication in TCMJ are reviewed by one associate editor and two to three reviewers. With strict review policy, only 60% of high quality articles can be accepted for publishing in TCMJ. We have previously published several important articles related to the specific disease patterns in Asian Pacific region such as tuberculosis, gout, and aboriginal alcoholism related diseases. These articles are worthy to be refereed. We have also expanded the scope of TCMJ to cover vegetarian, medical education, medical ethics, medical legal, clinical practice and therapeutics, image in clinical medicine and medical economic commentaries. TCMJ is an useful resource for clinicians, researchers, as well as the medical professionals.

Review articles, Original articles, Case reports, Medical ethics, Medical education, Clinical Practice & therapeutics, Images in clinical medicine and Pathology pages are considered for publication.

All articles published in the Tzu Chi Medical Journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, as well as translation rights. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, by photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation.

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