Frequently Asked Questions


How do I contact AFP?

To suggest an article topic, follow up on something you've read in American Family Physician (AFP), or simply ask a question, contact the editors at, or get additional contact information.


What is AFP?

AFP is a semimonthly, editorially independent, peer-reviewed clinical journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. AFP’s chief objective is to provide high-quality, evidence-based information and continuing medical education for more than 180,000 family physicians and other primary care clinicians.

What is the "AFP Journal App"?

The AFP Journal app is an electronic replica of the print edition. AAFP members and AFP paid subscribers can access the digital edition for free. To receive alerts when a new issue is available, sign up online. You’ll be able to open and read AFP while you’re online, or you can download it to your desktop and read offline. Articles include hyperlinks to related content in the digital edition and on the Web. Video and audio illustrations may be included when appropriate.

Is the AFP website open to anyone?

Yes, but online access to new issues is restricted to AAFP members and paid subscribers. The content of each issue is made freely available about one year after publication. For access to restricted content, please consider subscribing to the journal, joining the AAFP, or purchasing access to a single issue online.

Where can I find information about subscribing to the print edition?

Subscription information is available online or by calling 800-274-2237.

Does AFP have an editorial calendar?

No, AFP does not publish an editorial calendar.

What is AFP's impact factor?

We do not publish original research; therefore, we do not track the impact factor. Original research is published in Annals of Family Medicine,

How do I submit an article to AFP?

For specific information about what types of articles we're interested in, how to submit an article, how we select articles for publication, and how our editing process works, see our Authors' Guide.

If I submit an article to AFP, when will I know if it has been accepted? If accepted, how will I know when it will be published?

The time from submission to initial decision is typically about eight weeks, although revision requests may lengthen the process. The time from acceptance to publication can vary from a few months to one year. For more information about this process, see our Authors' Guide.

How do I change the address on my subscription?

To receive your journal at a new address, you must notify us of your change in address at least six weeks in advance to ensure uninterrupted delivery of AFP. E-mail your address change to or make the change online.

Can I purchase back issues?

Yes. Prices vary depending on the number of back issues you'd like to order. Get more information about purchasing back issues.

Who should I notify if I experience technical problems on AFP's site?

Please complete our online form and a representative from the AAFP’s technical support staff will get in touch with you to solve the problem.

Can I receive CME credit for reading AFP?

Anyone receiving AFP in their own name can complete the CME quiz online to earn CME credit for each issue of AFP. Quizzes for the past year are available online.