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About Asia Pacific Family Medicine

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Asia Pacific Family Medicine, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Asia Pacific Family Medicine is an open access journal aiming to provide a forum for the dissemination of high quality regional research and to enhance the standards of family medicine by focusing on best practice.

Family medicine embraces the disciplines of primary care, general practice and community medicine. It is a discipline that emphasizes comprehensive and continuous care of referred patients, and for non-referred, undifferentiated problems irrespective of patient age, gender or ethnicity and is usually centred within the community but may embrace some hospital settings. Medical care in this environment addresses the bio-psycho-social nature of illness, providing holistic care for the total patient irrespective of their problem. The journal welcomes practical, relevant articles covering the broad range of interests within the field of family medicine.

Open access

All articles published by Asia Pacific Family Medicine are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Asia Pacific Family Medicine therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2255/€1675 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine include:

  • CABI
  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Research: reports of data from original research.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.

Book reviews: short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book, evaluating its overall usefulness to the intended audience.

Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should indicate that informed consent to publish the information was granted from the patients or their guardians.

Case studies: descriptions of a major healthcare intervention, usually from a public health perspective. Case study articles should include a rigorous assessment of the processes and impact of the intervention as well as recommendations for future interventions.

Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope.

Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.

Peer-review policies

All articles submitted to Asia Pacific Family Medicine will be peer reviewed by at least two reviewers in the field of the submitted manuscript. Statisticians will be consulted where necessary. The peer review process is closed, meaning reviewers remain anonymous. The journal aims to provide authors with a first response (accept; accept after revisions; reject) within 2 months. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief in charge of a specific article, in consultation with the co-Editors. The Editors will re-open a discussion where authors appeal.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Asia Pacific Family Medicine, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Asia Pacific Family Medicine will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Asia Pacific Family Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Asia Pacific Family Medicine

Articles in Asia Pacific Family Medicine should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Asia Pac Fam Med [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Asia Pac Fam Med 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Asia Pacific Family Medicine?

High visibility

Asia Pacific Family Medicine's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Asia Pacific Family Medicine offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Asia Pacific Family Medicine, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Asia Pacific Family Medicine gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Asia Pacific Family Medicine's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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