• AFP's Call for Papers

    February 16, 2021

    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 to afpjournal@aafp.org by Friday, March 5.

    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 (available on our website at http://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/authors/guide.html).

    We will try to match authors with topics within the next few weeks, and then send formal solicit letters out at intervals over the next few months (May through the summer), with due dates roughly 3 months from receipt of the solicit letter. 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.

    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.

    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 Sexton, MD
    Editor in Chief, American Family Physician

    Associate Professor
    Department of Family Medicine
    Georgetown University Medical Center

    American Family Physician

    Topics for the Call for Papers - February 2021

    Acute diarrhea in adults
    Acute headache in adults, diagnostic approach
    Acute pancreatitis
    Antibiotic use in URIs
    Anxiety disorders in children (GAD and panic)
    Barrett esophagus
    Constipation in adults, evaluation/management
    Diverticular disease
    Immunizations in adults
    Multiple sclerosis
    Peptic ulcer disease and H. pylori
    Polymyalgia rheumatica / temporal arteritis
    Scrotal masses, evaluation
    Smoking cessation
    Speech and language delay in children
    The limping child, evaluation
    The spiritual assessment
    Treatment-resistant depression 
    Trigger point injections