If you hadn't yet noticed the subtle change on our foot-line, take a quick glance at the bottom of this page: we've added the address of AFP's Web site as a reminder that your favorite journal is always just a couple of keystrokes away on the Internet. Is this site new? Not really. AFP has been a presence on the Web for the past four years, and if you haven't had a chance to look us up yet, now would be a good time. The AFP home page has been redesigned to offer more attractive graphics and other enhancements, such as a more convenient way of locating back issues.
What you'll find on the Web site is the full text of AFP, starting with the October 1, 1997, issue. Selected materials for earlier issues dating to May 1, 1996, are also available. Like most Web sites, AFP's Web site started out tentatively but has continually grown and achieved greater visibility each year. Our most recent reader survey suggests that more than half of our readers have visited us on the Web, although some may still not know we're there.
Why bother with an online version of a journal you already receive? As many readers have discovered, there are lots of reasons to look up www.aafp.org/afp on the Internet:
Access is easy—there are no subscription charges and no hoops to jump through. Anyone who has access to the Internet can reach the journal online.
Specific topics can be located by using the search engine to scan back issues from the past few years.
AAFP members can earn CME credit by taking the “Clinical Quiz” online, eliminating the hassle of the answer card and postage. Increasing numbers of AAFP members have abandoned the quiz card in favor of the online version. Moreover, since quiz questions are linked with articles and quizzes are conveniently accessed, many readers have found the Web site a useful study tool to help prepare for board examinations.
More CME credit is now available on the AAFP Web site for interactive online case studies that may sometimes link with review articles published in AFP.
Patient information handouts are easily located on the AFP Web site. Other patient information is available at AAFP's publicly oriented patient information Web site (www.familydoctor.org).
New indexes are continually being added to the Web site to help readers find what they're looking for. Plans for an index of “Tips from Other Journals” and an index of diagnostic and treatment algorithms are currently under way. In addition, readers may soon be able to obtain a preview of the table of contents of the journal via e-mail.
Instructions to authors and the author statements form are available on the Web site, as well as subscription information and information about other reader services.
Upcoming CME events and classified information (career information) are also available through AFP's home page.
If you have comments about our Web site, we'd like to hear from you. You can send us an e-mail via the Web, or you can jot down this address: afpedit.aafp.org.