American Family Physician is a semimonthly, peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. AFP’s chief objective is to provide high-quality continuing medical education for more than 190,000 family physicians and other primary care clinicians. The editors prefer original articles from experienced clinicians who write succinct, evidence-based, authoritative clinical reviews that will assist family physicians in patient care. AFP considers only manuscripts that are original, have not been published previously, and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles that demonstrate a family medicine perspective on and approach to a common clinical condition are particularly desirable.
Authors are strongly encouraged to discuss their article ideas with the editor before beginning work on a manuscript. This step allows tailoring of the topic to AFP’s needs and prevents content overlap with recently published manuscripts or articles in preparation. Authors must be able to demonstrate expertise in their area of interest or manuscript topic. Clinical reviews by medical students are not considered for publication, and it is required that resident physicians, if involved with the manuscript, work with an experienced attending physician who should generally serve as first and corresponding author. Topic proposals should be submitted via electronic mail to email@example.com with the words “Article Proposal for AFP Editor” in the subject heading.
Note: To avoid bias or the perception of bias, AFP will not consider manuscripts sponsored directly or indirectly by a pharmaceutical company, public relations firm, or other commercial entity, or written by an author with a financial interest in a company that makes a product discussed in the manuscript or a competing product. For more information, see Conflict of Interest Form.
Author's Guide References
- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. http://www.icmje.org/index.html(www.icmje.org). Accessed June 17, 2010.
- Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, Fontanarosa PB, Glass RM, Gregoline B, et al. American Medical Association Manual of Style. 10th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.