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Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal focusing on the topics of family medicine, general practice and community health. These include epidemiology, public policy and public health, chronic disease control and management, community health delivery, preventive medicine, disease burden, community genetics and counselings, and education and training in family medicine and general practice worldwide. The journal has a special emphasis on Chinese and developing world modalities.

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) aims to be an exemplary forum for the timely communication of medical knowledge and skills with the goal of promoting improved health care through the practice of family and community-based medicine globally.

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) welcomes the following article types: Editorials, Original research, Review articles, Commentaries, Case reports, Case studies, Methodologies, Policy briefs, Cochrane updates, Education and training articles, Letters to the Editor, and Organisation news. FMCH does not impose any article processing charges (APC) or submission charges.


Editorial policy

Family Medicine and Community Health adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Family Medicine and Community Health will be published continuously online and aims to operate a fast submission and review process, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide. Submissions should be made through the Journal’s online submission system, here. Articles should not be under review by any other journal when submitted to Family Medicine and Community Health.

As an open access journal, Family Medicine and Community Health adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. Articles are published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content and authors retain copyright; please refer to the Family Medicine and Community Health Copyright Author Licence Statement.


Peer review

Articles submitted to Family Medicine and Community Health are subject to peer review. Family Medicine and Community Health operates double-blind peer review which requires authors to submit an anonymous version of their manuscript file (to be uploaded as the Manuscript File including abstract):

This file should be anonymous and should NOT include:

  • Any author names (including file path in document footer)
  • Author institution details
  • Author contact details
  • Acknowledgements
  • Competing interests (if declared)
  • Ethics approval statements that refer to your institution
  • Please ensure tracked changes are switched off if previously used; this file will be automatically converted to PDF once uploaded through the online submission system and will be made available to the reviewers

When a paper has been submitted from the Editor, Deputy or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process. This also applies to any Associate Editors who are authors, in which instance the reviewing process is handled by the Editor-in-Chief. For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – the peer review process.

BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer-review process in research publication; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.

BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.


Manuscript transfer

Your article will not automatically be transferred to Family Medicine and Community Health if rejected from another BMJ Journal; however, you will be able to choose Family Medicine and Community Health as an alternate journal when submitting an article to any BMJ Journal; any reviewer comments will be shared, resulting in a reduced time to decision.

Manuscripts will be evaluated separately by the Family Medicine and Community Health editorial team, with different criteria for acceptance.

Once authors agree for their manuscript to be transferred to another BMJ journal, all versions of the manuscript, any supplementary files and peer review comments will automatically be transferred on the author’s behalf. Please note that there is no guarantee of acceptance. Contact the editorial team for more information or assistance.


Author resources

For guidelines on policy and submission across our journals, please click on the links below:

Authors may find it useful to consult our pre-submission checklist.

The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references. If you are not a native English speaker and would like assistance with your article there is a professional editing service available.

When a paper has been submitted from the Editor, Deputy or Associate Editors’ departments, they have no role in the reviewing or decision making process. This also applies to any Associate Editors who are authors, in which instance the reviewing process is handled by the Editor in Chief.


Reviewer resources

For information on how to complete a review, please see our guidelines here. If you would like to register your interest in becoming a reviewer for Family Medicine and Community Health, please contact the Editorial Office.

Data

Data Checks

BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting ithenticate.com

Data Sharing

Family Medicine and Community Health adheres to BMJ’s Tier 2 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. We also require data from clinical trials to be made available upon reasonable request. To adhere to ICMJE guidelines, we require that a data sharing plan must be included with trial registration for clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after 1st January 2019. Changes to the plan must be noted in the Data Availability Statement and updated in the registry record. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page.

At present there is no major repository for clinical data, but Dryad has declared its willingness to accept medical datasets. Authors can start the deposition process while submitting to any BMJ Journal. Dryad provides authors with a DOI for the dataset to aid citation and provide a permanent link to the data. Note that Dryad hosts data using a CC0 licence so authors should check that this is suitable for the data that they are depositing. The DataCite organisation has a growing list of other repositories for research data.


Article processing charges

Family Medicine and Community Health is an open access journal which does not levy an Article Processing Charge (APC).

There are no submission or page charges, and no colour charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.


ORCID

Family Medicine and Community Health mandates ORCID iDs for the submitting author at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCID iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community.

Please find more information about ORCID and BMJ’s policy on our Author Hub.


Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process.  Please find details on article preparation here.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you can also find general formatting guidelines across BMJ and a formatting checklist. The Editorial Office can help authors to improve the language, statistics and methodology of their submissions before acceptance upon authors’ request. You may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.

If your article is accepted you can take advantage of BMJ’s partnership with Kudos, a free service to help you maximise your article’s reach.

Original research

Authors submitting papers reporting original research data (for example, clinical research, meta-analyses, translational science) should not exceed a limit of 3500 words, eight figures and/or tables, and 40 references. Articles that significantly exceed this word limit may be returned for revision before peer review.

Original research papers should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.  Authors are also encouraged to add Key Points to Original articles, please find out more information here.

Supplementary and raw data can be placed online separately from the text, and we may request that you separate out some material into supplementary data files to make the main manuscript clearer for readers.

Focus on Asia Pacific
Focus on Asia Pacific articles are original research papers or commentaries that have a specific focus on practice in the Asia Pacific region. They should follow the basic structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and tables and figures as appropriate.

General guidelines on manuscript preparation
Pre-submission checklist

Word count: up to 3500 words
Unstructured Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/Illustrations: maximum 8 tables and/or figures
References: up to 40

Review

Reviews are balanced accounts of all aspects of a particular subject including the pros and cons of any contentious or uncertain aspect. Although these are usually commissioned, authors are invited to discuss possible topics directly with the Editor-in-Chief. Systematic reviews of topics of current interest are particularly encouraged.

Authors wishing to submit a review should seek the advice of the Editor in advance. The inclusion of additional material, e.g. video clips and sound files, and links to useful websites is strongly encouraged.

Authors of systematic reviews should follow the PRISMA guidelines and upload their completed research checklist when submitting their manuscript.

Word count: up to 5000 words
Tables/illustrations: up to 5
References: up to 40

Case Reports

Case reports need to show either an unusual clinical development, and/or a new insight into a well recognised clinical problem. A case report needs to have an educational message and must provide evidence of how the case contributes to our understanding of the condition/treatment. Images and multimedia files are encouraged.

Summary: up to 150 words
Word count: up to 1000 words
References: up to 10

Editorial


These are commissioned only articles.  Original papers should not be submitted under this category.

Word count: up to 1500 words
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 8

Letters

Letters should be related to a recent article published in Family Medicine and Community Health. Original data may be included if it is relevant and gives added weight to the comment on the previously published article.

Word count: up to 600
Tables/Illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 10

Reflections

Reflections are short pieces that discuss personal experiences in Family Medicine and Community Health. They can focus on an area of practice, or debate contemporary issues that are relevant to the community.

Word count: up to 2500 words
Tables/illustrations: up to 2
References: up to 15

Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate