• AFP's Call for Papers

    January 4, 2022

    Dear Colleagues,

    American Family Physician is sharing this Call for Papers to recruit experienced authors for several topics listed below. We continue to encourage experienced authors to mentor a less experienced coauthor from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in medicine. Authors who can engage in this invaluable mentoring process will still be expected to serve as first and corresponding author. Please note our policy/preference for 3 authors or less per article https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/authors.html.

    If interested, and to expedite correspondence, lead authors should email their top 3 ranked preferences, along with completed Author Credentialing and COI forms, to afpjournal@aafp.org by Friday, February 4th.

    PLEASE NOTE: When expressing interest in a topic, lead authors should provide a list of a few representative publications in the peer-reviewed literature, using our Author Credentialing form They should also complete the required COI form. Both forms are available on our Authors Guide at https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/authors.html.

    We will try to match authors with topics within the next several weeks, and then send formal solicit letters out at intervals over the next 1-3 months, with due dates roughly 3 months from receipt of the solicit letter.

    Preference will be given to authors who have previously published in a peer-reviewed journal, provided high-quality reviews for AFP, who have experience with an evidence-based approach to writing, and who have clinical experience on the topic being discussed. Less experienced authors must have an experienced coauthor who will serve both as lead (first and corresponding) and mentor author.

    If an interested author does not see a suitable topic listed, but would like to write for AFP, please have them email afpjournal@aafp.org and let us know which topics they’d like to write about. We may invite them to write on other topics as they become available.

    Manuscripts typically run 1,500—1,800 words with no more than 3 authors. More information for authors is available at:


    Thanks for your help with this Call for Papers and all your previous contributions in making AFP the best-read journal in primary care.


    Sumi M. Sexton, MD
    Editor in Chief, American Family Physician
    Associate Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

    American Family Physician

    Topics for the Call for Papers - January 2022

    Acute shoulder injuries in adults

    Allergic rhinitis, treatment

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia

    Childhood eye examination

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, management (excluding exacerbations)

    Chronic rhinosinusitis

    Delirium in older persons

    Distinguishing between asthma and COPD

    Disability, evaluation

    Dizziness: evaluation and management

    Failure to thrive (children)

    Fatigue, evaluation

    Food allergies, diagnosis and management

    Hypertension, initial management

    Insomnia, management


    Menopausal symptom therapy

    Pancreatic cancer

    Pleural effusion, diagnostic approach

    Pressure ulcers

    RSV bronchiolitis

    Smell and taste disorders

    Supraventricular tachycardia

    Systemic lupus erythematosus, diagnosis and management