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Family Medicine publishes 10 times a year, with combination issues in July-August and November-December, both in print and online. Family Medicine is indexed in Index Medicus, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, Current Contents®/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index, and select articles from the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Higher Education. 

To Submit a Manuscript

Submit manuscripts using our Online Manuscript Submission System.

Instructions for Authors

Download Family Medicine's Instructions for Authors (PDF) for more detailed information regarding submission categories listed below:

Manuscripts published in 
Family Medicine fall into five general categories: (1) Original Articles, (2) Brief Reports, (3) Narrative Essays (4) Letters to the Editor, and (5) Book and Media Reviews. Family Medicine does not publish clinical review articles.

Original Articles

Original articles are scholarly manuscripts describing original research, in-depth analyses, or systematic reviews germane to the broad disciplines of family medicine and primary care in the US and internationally. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript as an original article, please use the general categories shown below as a guide: 

  1. Educational Research: Original research papers about the educational process in family medicine and primary care are a major focus of the journal. Such articles might describe the  content and effectiveness of educational innovations pertinent to medical students, residents, fellows, academic physicians and scientists, interdisciplinary primary care teams, or practicing physicians in the US or in an international arena. Original articles, should describe ideas that might be generalized to multiple institutions or programs and must include a rigorous evaluation process. 

  2. Continuing Education, Faculty Development, and Continuous Professional Development:These articles focus on strategies for career development of primary care clinicians and faculty members. Priority is given to articles reporting research on the effectiveness of such strategies. 

  3. Core Concepts in Family Medicine Education: Systematic scholarly reviews of fundamental methods and skills involved in family medicine and primary care education in the US or in other nations are welcome. These should be extensively referenced and should provide new or original insight into the educational process. 

  4. Health Policy Analyses: These scholarly reviews or original research should be related to health policy topics at the international, national, or regional level. Papers addressing policy issues related to the health professions workforce needed to care for patient populations in the United States or internationally are particularly welcomed. 

Brief Reports

In general, brief reports will be considered under the same categories listed above for original articles. Brief reports will be smaller in scope but should be equal in rigor to original articles. Education research papers focused on a single program or institution or program with a limited number of subjects should be submitted as brief reports. 

Narrative Essays

Family medicine is a discipline defined as much by our stories as by our science. Narrative essays published in Family Medicine should be stories (or poems) from clinical practice or from the educational setting and may be submitted by teachers, learners, patients, or health professionals. Narrative essays published in the journal are considered to be scholarly articles and will be peer-reviewed as carefully as original articles and brief reports. 

Letters to the Editor

A “Letter to the Editor” manuscript should comment on articles published in the journal within the last 12 months, or discuss current issues relevant to family medicine education or practice.  Preference will be given to letters adding fresh perspective to ongoing debate and discussion of issues important to family physicians and educators. All manuscripts will be reviewed by the editorial team to ensure appropriate content for publication.

Book and Media Reviews

Book and Media Reviews present critical analysis and commentary on recently published books, electronic resources, and other media that are pertinent to the teaching and practice of family medicine. Most reviews are invited. Publishers who wish to submit books for possible inclusion in Family Medicine’s book  and media reviews section should send texts to Sam Grammer, Publications Manager, Family Medicine, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211. Those interested in writing book or media reviews for publication should contact William Cayley, Jr, MD, Book and Media Reviews Editor, by email at
Manuscripts should be prepared according to guidelines described in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals," which can be found at:

For Additional Editorial Correspondence

Sarina Schrager, MD, Editor, Family Medicine 
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211