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1. Meeting the information needs of family physicians.

2. Publishing evidence-based secondary work that translates the results of the most relevant, valid search into a form most useful for practicing family physicians.

3. Exploring electronic publication as a means to enhance and supplement dissemination of original research and evidence-based information to family physicians and family medicine researchers.

JFP is a peer-reviewed medical journal specifically intended to meet the needs of the specialty of family medicine. JFP is delivered to more than 95,000 family physicians as well as general practitioners and osteopaths in primary care.


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Applied Evidence 

Original Research

Case Report


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Guidelines for supplements

Manuscript Submission

We require electronic submission of manuscripts. Please submit your manuscript and tables as a Microsoft Word file attached to an e-mail to jfp.eic@gmail.com We will confirm successful receipt of your manuscript by e-mail.

If interested in your manuscript, Editor in Chief John Hickner, MD will advise you to submit the manuscript to ScholarOne, the system we use for tracking and peer review.

Cover Letter: The cover letter should include the name, address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The letter should make it clear that the manuscript has not been published in another journal and is not under consideration by another journal, and that the final manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors.

Conflict of interest: The authors should disclose in the cover letter any affiliations or financial arrangements with any company whose product appears prominently in the manuscript or with any company making a competing product. Such information will be kept in confidence while the paper is under review. If the article is accepted for publication, full disclosure will be required.

Third-party Support/Assistance: JFP does not accept articles that have been developed or written with a financial support by a commercial entity (eg, pharmaceutical company or medical device manufacturer) or whose authors have received writing assistance from a commercially sponsored third party, such as a medical education company or a publication planner. Authors who have received such support or funding (and entities that have supported such articles) should contact jprizer@frontlinemedcom.com to explore opportunities to publish sponsored supplements to JFP.

Original Research Exception. JFP does accept original research articles in which the study was funded by a pharmaceutical company or in which the author(s) are employed by one, provided that all funding and affiliations are fully disclosed. Authors may not, however, receive any form of writing assistance. (See above).

The Peer Review Process: All JFP articles undergo peer review to determine whether the submission meets the needs of JFP readers and thus, is suitable for publication.

Questions about this policy should be directed to jfp.eic@gmail.com

Manuscript Style and Format

Manuscripts should conform to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations, which are available at www.icmje.org. For questions about style, consult the American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 9th ed. Baltimore, Md.: Williams and Wilkins, 1998. Keep abbreviations and acronyms to a minimum and spell out on first reference, eg, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Regarding medications, generic drug names should generally be used. When proprietary brands are used in research, include the brand name in parentheses in the Methods section.

The title page should include from top to bottom: article title; name, degree, and institutional affiliation of each author; previous presentation of the work, if any; name and address/fax/E-mail of the corresponding author; and manuscript word count, excluding tables, figures, and abstract. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the upper right corner beginning with the title page.

Please see the links, above, for detailed information on specific article types and departments. Unsolicited manuscripts are not considered for Clinical Inquiries.

Acknowledgements: This section is optional and may be used to acknowledge substantial contributions to the research of preparation of the manuscript made by individuals other than the authors.

Conflict of interest: Each article should have a statement acknowledging any potential conflict of interest. If there is none, please state "No conflict of interest."

Permissions: Contributors to JFP may be asked to obtain permission from the author and publisher for the use of quotes, illustrations, tables, and other materials taken from previously published works not in the public domain. The original source should be mentioned in the table footnote.