Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, publishes original research, systematic reviews, narrative essays, and policy analyses relevant to the discipline of family medicine, particularly focusing on primary care medical education, health workforce policy, and health services research. Journal content is not limited to educational research from family medicine educators; and we welcome innovative, high-quality contributions from authors in a variety of specialties and academic fields.

Published 10 times a year, Family Medicine is relied on by nearly 5,000 family physicians, psychologists, sociologists, and public health specialists for the latest research and commentary on medical education. Family Medicine is indexed in Medline, PubMed, Index Medicus, EBSCO, EMBASE, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, Current Contents®/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index, and select articles from the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Higher Education.

ISSN: 0742-3225

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New Instructions for Authors

Family Medicine has completed a major revision of our Instructions for Authors. The new instructions are available at https://journals.stfm.org/media/3713/2021-fm-authors-instructions.pdf.

There are four major changes to this document. All potential authors should carefully review the new instructions when preparing manuscripts for submission. The four major changes are:

  1. We have described how we will use the taxonomy described by Kirkpatrick to evaluate the rigor of evaluation methods used in educational research papers (original articles and brief reports). Effective immediately, we will give preference to research papers using higher levels of evaluative rigor.
  2. We have specified new guidelines for the use of language to categorize racial and ethnic groups in research papers.
  3. We have listed specific criteria that we will use in evaluating survey research papers.
  4. We have more clearly described our expectations for formatting tables and figures in research papers.

Our editorial team views these changes as a clarification of review processes already in use. We hope they will help potential authors to better understand our peer-review process.