About

Aims and scope

Asia Pacific Family Medicine is an open access journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of high quality regional research, and aims 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.

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

For those of you 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 £1370.00/$2145.00/€1745.00 for each article accepted for publication.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). 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.

BioMed Central provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

All articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine are included in:

  • CABI
  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Global Health
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • ​Zetoc

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Single-Blind Peer Review

Asia Pacific Family Medicine operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

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 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.

Editorial policies

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

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

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. 

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.

Flexibility

Online publication in Asia Pacific Family Medicine gives you 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 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.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Asia Pacific Family Medicine you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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