The British Journal of Family Medicine invites submissions of articles and papers dealing with conditions seen and managed in primary care. We particularly welcome contributions relevant to common conditions found in younger parents under 50 years and children of pre-school and school age.

Clinical topics of particular interest include:

  • Contraception
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecological conditions
  • Pain management
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Sexual medicine
  • Skin disorder
  • Men’s health
  • Children’s ailments
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Vaccination
  • Nutrition
  • Asthma and COPD

We are also interested to receive articles covering:

  • Making changes

Reports of changes that you have made in primary care practices to improve services to families and patients

  • Treatment reviews

Reviews of published evidence for relevant new treatments or preventive measures for diseases affecting people from childhood to middle-age.

  • Case reports

Case reports, which illustrate key clinical challenges faced by GPs in treatment of children and younger adults. These should include a brief discussion of the implications for practice.

  • Case scenarios (composite or real) are also recommended as part of broader articles to serve as illustration.

Written consent from the patient or next of kin is essential. All real-world cases will be anonymised.

Figures, tables and boxes

Submitted articles may be accompanied by:

  • Tables and boxes are good ways to display important information. We recommend adding a key points box.
  • Illustrations help readers to understand key ideas (authors must seek permission to reproduce images from the original publisher or copyright owner). Photographs should be of high quality (300 dpi), and consent from the patient or next of kin should be provided.
  • Abbreviations, jargon, and units For ease of reading, abbreviations should be avoided unless wholly necessary for brevity. Any that are used must be defined at first mention.
  • Please use plain English. Please also bear in mind that doctors in other specialties might not be familiar with the terms you use, so provide explanations or descriptions.
  • Use SI units wherever possible.

Conflict of interest

All authors should state any conflicts of interest, which includes financial interests, but also applies to political, religious, or institutional affiliation that could be seen as a source of bias.


Any fact or statistic should be references in Vancouver style (numbered in the text).

References to journal articles should take the form:

Author(s), et al. [if more than four]

Title of article. Abbreviated journal name. Year;Volume number:Page range

In the interests of economy of space, citations in the published article will be abbreviated, with the paper title omitted; however, we request that authors include the paper title where possible in the manuscript.


All articles should include a title, the full names of all authors with current job titles and addresses. An email address for the corresponding author should be given. Finished articles should be submitted online. We will send your article for peer review, a process that takes about 8 weeks, and then we will contact you with the outcome. We have a large stock of articles on rare diseases, stand‑alone case reports, and secondary‑care topics, so please do not submit such articles at this time.