Information for Authors

Malaysian Family Physician  welcomes articles on all aspects of Family Medicine in the form of original research papers, review articles, case reports, evidence-based commentaries, book reviews, and letters to editor. The Malaysian Family Physician also welcomes brief abstracts of original papers published elsewhere but of interest to family physicians in Malaysia.

Articles are accepted for publication on condition that they are contributed solely to the Malaysian Family Physician. Neither the Editorial Board nor the Publisher accepts responsibility for the views and statements of authors expressed in their contributions. All papers will be subjected to peer review. The Editorial Board further reserves the right to edit and reject papers. To avoid delays in publication, authors are advised to adhere closely to the instructions given below.


All manuscripts must be submitted through the Open Journal System (OJS) at


  1. The manuscript should be submitted in electronic copy only and in Microsoft Word.
  2. Please include a section on ’How does this paper make a difference to general practice’. This section should be written in bullet points (up to five points) and must not exceed’ 100 words.
  3. Please include all authors’ email address.

A cover letter must be signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors. This letter must include this statement “this manuscript is my (our) own work, it is not under consideration by another journal, and this material has not been previously published.”

All authors must sign the declaration form and submit it together with the manuscript and cover letter. Please download the form here.


The following information must be given in the manuscripts:

  • Corresponding author’s mailing address, designation, institution and contact details (email, telephone  and fax numbers)
  • The full names, professional qualifications (limited to two only) and institutions of all authors. In addition, a shortened name of author(s) should be written in the style of surname or preferred name followed by initials e.g. Atiya AS, Rajakumar MK, Hee WJ, for future indexing.
  • A statement indicating whether the study had received any funding support, and ethical approval (if so, please provide the specific information).
  • A declaration of conflicts of interest by all authors.

In the preparation of your manuscript, please follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( In addition to the above, the suggestions below and a few “house rules” also apply.

Type and length of manuscript

  1. Review (CME) article: A comprehensive review of the literature with synthesis of practical information for practising doctors is expected. Length should not exceed 4000 words with a maximum of 30 references. An abstract is required (may be in the form of key learning points). Please provide 3-5 keywords or short phrases (preferably MeSH terms).
  2. Original article: The original research should be conducted in the primary care setting on a topic of relevance to family practice. Length should not exceed 3000 words with maximum of 5 tables or figures and 20 references. An abstract is required (preferably a structured abstract of no more than 250 words) together with the keywords. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are welcome.
  3. Case report: Case reports should preferably be less commonly seen cases that have an educational value for practising doctors.Length should not exceed 1000 words and no more than 10 references. Before submitting the case report, the authors must ensure that the patient’s identity is protected both in the text and pictures
  4. Evidence-based commentary: These are short report based on a focused question arising from a clinical encounter, and accompanied with a summary of the appraised evidence.

Guide for the preparation of an original article

  1. Text: Author(s) should use subheadings to divide the sections of the paper: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, and References. Do not justify the paragraph of the text (i.e. no need to straighten the left margin).
  2. Introduction: Clearly state the purpose of the article with strictly pertinent references. Do not review the subject extensively.
  3. Methods: Describe the study in sufficient detail to allow others to replicate the results. Provide references to established methods, including statistical methods; provide references and brief descriptions of methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations. When mentioning drugs, the generic names are preferred (proprietary names can be provided in brackets). Do not use patients’ names or hospital numbers. Include numbers of observation and the statistical significance of the findings.  When appropriate, state clearly that the research project has received the approval of the relevant ethical committee.
  4. Results: Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. Tables and figures may be left at the respective location within the text. These should be numbered using Arabic numerals only. Table style should be “Simple” (as in Microsoft Word). Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or figures.
  5. Discussion: Emphasise the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat data given in the Results section. The discussion should state the implications of the findings and their limitations and relate the observations to the other relevant studies. Link the conclusions with the aims of the study but avoid unqualified statements and
    conclusions not completely supported by your data. Recommendations, when appropriate, may be included.
  6. Acknowledgements:  Acknowledge grants awarded in aid of the study as well as persons who have contributed significantly to the study (but do not qualify for authorship).
  7. Funding and Conflicts of interest: The source of funding for the study, if available, must be cited. All authors must declare their conflicts of interest. ƒ

References. Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals (in superscript). Please use the citation style adopted by the National Library of Medicine, Maryland, USA,  (, some examples are given below. For indexed journals, the short forms for the journal names can be accessed at the PubMed website (search within Journal Database). Where possible, avoid citing abstracts, personal communication or unpublished data as references. Include among the references manuscripts accepted but not yet published; designate the journal followed by “in press” (in parenthesis). When referencing website, please include the full title and accessed date.

Some examples of citations

  • Standard journal article: List up to three authors only; when four or more list only the first three and add et al. Connor EM, Sperling RS, Gelber R, et al. Reduction of maternal-infant transmission of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 with zidovudine treatment. Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group Protocol 076 Study Group. N Engl J Med. 1994 Nov 3;331(18):1173-80.
  • Standardjournal article: Corporate Author International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. N Engl J Med. 1997 Jan 23; 336(4):309-16.
  • Books and other monographs: Personal Author(s)Stewart M, Brown JB, Weston WW, et al. Patient-Centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications; 1995.
  • Books and other monographs: Corporate Author Wonca International Classification Committee. International Classification of Primary Care, ICPC-2. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1998.

Policy for using any published materials
Authors must seek approval from and acknowledge the MFP if they wish to use any published materials from this journal. You can write to the Editorial Manager at email:

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Article Processing Charges
The Malaysian Family Physician does not charge submission, article processing, page or colour charges presently. The costs for services provided are funded by our sponsors . We retain the right to change this policy in the future but this will only be done with due notice to all stakeholders.

If the article is accepted for publication, the author will need to agree to transfer the copyright to AFPM.