Focus and Scope
South African Family Practice (SAFP) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which strives to provide primary care physicians and researchers with a broad range of scholarly work in the disciplines of Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Rural Medicine, District Health and other related fields. SAFP publishes original research, clinical reviews, and pertinent commentary that advance the knowledge base of these disciplines. The content of SAFP is designed to reflect and support further development of the broad basis of these disciplines through original research and critical review of evidence in important clinical areas; as well as to provide practitioners with continuing professional development material. SAFP adheres to the international acceptable editorial standards, as published by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Peer Review Process
All manuscripts will be subject to blinded peer-review and the decision of the Editor will be final. Articles submitted for consideration by the editor should not have been published before, either in total or in part, nor be currently submitted to any other publisher. The Editor retains the right to stylise and shorten any material accepted for publication. Accepted manuscripts will be copy edited and galley proofs will be sent to the author for approval.
Preference is given to articles presenting the results of original research or evidence-based clinical reviews, relevant to family medicine, primary health care, district health or rural medicine.
Opinions expressed in the Journal should not be taken to represent the policies of the South African Academy of Family Physicians, or the Publisher (Medpharm Publications Pty Ltd).
Submissions in any official language of South Africa will be considered for publication within the framework of the SA Fam Pract mission to appeal to the widest possible readership.
SA Family Practice is published 6 times per year, bi-monthly, since 2008.
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Access to the online journal
Access to the content of the online journal is immediate upon publication and free to the reader.
Access to the print journal
Access to the print journal is by paid subscription.
SA Family Practice is indexed in Scopus and its impact factor is calculated by SCImago
The SJR indicator measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.
Cites per Doc. (2y) measures the scientific impact of an average article published in the journal, it is computed using the same formula than journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters).
SA Fam Pract | ISSN (Print): 2078-6190, ISSN (Web): 2078-6204
All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors in the manuscript. For research involving human participants, informed consent must have been obtained (or the reason for lack of consent explained, e.g. the data were analyzed anonymously) and all clinical investigation must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki. Authors should submit a statement from their ethics committee or institutional review board indicating the approval of the research. We also encourage authors to submit a sample of a patient consent form and may require submission of completed forms on particular occasions.
For studies involving humans categorized by race/ethnicity, age, disease/disabilities, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, or other socially constructed groupings, authors should, as much as possible,
• make explicit their methods of categorizing human populations;
• define categories in as much detail as the study protocol allows;
• justify their choices of definitions and categories, including for example whether any rules of human categorization were required by their funding agency;
• explain whether (and if so, how) they controlled for confounding variables such as socioeconomic status, nutrition, environmental exposures, etc.
In addition, outmoded terms and potentially stigmatizing labels should be changed to more current, acceptable terminology. Examples: "Caucasian" should be changed to "white" or "of [Western] European descent" (as appropriate); "cancer victims" should be changed to "people with cancer".
All animal work must have been conducted according to relevant national and international guidelines. We specifically require authors to include details of animal welfare and steps taken to ameliorate suffering in all work involving non-human primates.
Authors are asked at submission to declare whether they have any financial, personal, or professional interests that could be construed to have influenced their paper. Reviewers are also asked to declare any interests that might interfere with their objective assessment of a manuscript. Any relevant competing interests of authors must be available to editors and reviewers during the review process and will be stated in published articles.
Scientific and Editorial Misconduct
Scientific misconduct is defined by the USA Office of Research Integrity as "fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research." In cases where there is a suspicion or allegation of scientific misconduct or fraudulent research in manuscripts submitted for review, SAFPJ reserves the right to pass along these manuscripts to the author’s employer, sponsoring or funding institution or other appropriate authority for investigation. Although SAFPJ recognizes its responsibility to ensure that the suspicion of misconduct has been addressed, we do not ourselves make such determinations.
Editors and reviewers are requested to treat all submitted manuscripts in strict confidence.
Submission of Related Manuscripts
When submitting their article, all authors are asked to indicate that they have not submitted a related or duplicate manuscript for publication elsewhere. If related work has been submitted elsewhere, then a copy must be included with the article submitted to SAFPJ. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between related submissions.
SAFPJ welcomes advertisements and sponsors. However the following are points of note.
SAFPJ supports the principle of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). EBM is defined as the conscientious, explicit, judicious use of current best evidence in making treatment decisions.
The editors of SAFPJ will consider all advertisements but may elect not to accept advertisements for any form of medication or treatment modality, the use of which is supported by anecdotal evidence only.
Advertisements may be placed alongside editorial contents, but advertisements and editorials/content will be clearly separated in both the print and internet versions of SAFPJ.
Editorial contents will not be generated or amended for the sole purpose of favouring an advertised drug.
If a drug is favoured the article must show evidence of recently published (peer-reviewed) meta-analysis or follow a transparent scientific (e.g. EBM) process to do the analysis and conclusions.References should always be available.
Some articles are licensed from other sources that may prohibit placement of relevant advertisements within the pagination of that article. The Publisher will strictly adhere to the requirements of the source.
Advertisements must be factual and in good taste.
Alcoholic beverages, Tobacco products and other substances considered harmful to health may not be advertised in SAFPJ.
Advertised products or services must be in compliance with regulations of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) and Health Profession Council of SA (HPCSA).
The SAFPJ reserves the right to decline or cancel an advertisement at any time.
Some of these policies were adapted with gratitude from PLoS One (www.plosone.org)
Last updated: 19 November 2010
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