About us

The Malaysian Family Physician (MFP) is the official journal of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (AFPM). It is jointly published by the Family Medicine Specialist Association (FMSA) of Malaysia. Up to December 2022, the MFP published three issues per year. It also started an Online First section in January 2021, where accepted articles are published online ahead of the issue. Starting from January 2023, the MFP is adopting continuous publication as soon as each article is ready for publication. This is to ensure knowledge is disseminated in a timely manner.

Goal: The MFP is an international journal that disseminates quality knowledge and clinical evidence relevant to primary care. The journal acts as the voice of family physicians, researchers and other members of the primary care team on clinical practice issues.

Scope: The MFP publishes:

  1. Research – Original Articles and Reviews
  2. Education – Case Reports/Clinical Practice Guidelines/Test Your Knowledge. We only encourage case reports that have the following features:
    • Novel aspects
    • Important learning points
    • Relevant to family practice
  3. Invited debate, commentary, discussion, letters, online, comment, and editorial on topics relevant to primary care.
  4. A Moment in the Life of a Family Physician – We encourage submission of a short narrative to share perspectives, voice, views and opinions about a family physician’s experience that has affected their practice or life.
    Read our Information for Authors section to learn more about these article types.

Strength: MFP is the only primary care research journal in Malaysia and one of very few in the region. It is open access and fully online. The journal is indexed in Scopus and has a strong editorial team and an established pool of readers with increasing recognition both locally and internationally.

Circulation: The journal is freely available online.

Publisher: Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Professor Dr Ping Yein Lee
Malaysian Family Physician

Akademi Kedoktoran Keluarga Malaysia
Unit 1.5, Level 1, Hive 4
Taman Teknologi Mranti
Lebuhraya Puchong – Sg Besi
Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 – 8993 9176 / 9177
Fax: 603 – 8993 9187
Email: editor_mfp@afpm.org.my
Editorial Manager: Dr Chin Hai Teo, PhD

1985-207X (Print)
1985-2274 (Electronic)


Ethics: Evidence of ethics approval and informed consent should be included in the manuscript for studies involving animal experiments or human participants.

Competing interests: MFP requires authors to declare all conflicts of interest in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must include a ‘competing interests’ section at the end of the manuscript (before references) listing all competing interests.

Ethical Guidelines for Authors
Authorship credit should be based only on:

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Plagiarism Policy: The journal takes a serious view on cases of plagiarism and research misconduct. All submitted articles are checked for plagiarism. If plagiarism or research misconduct is suspected, a thorough investigation will be carried out and action taken according to COPE guidance found at https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts.

Policies on Corrections, Retractions and Expressions of Concern: Minor errors that are detected in an article post-publication will be announced via the publication of an erratum or a corrigendum. The article will be corrected while the previous version will be achieved on MFP’s website. Major errors that could invalidate an article’s results and conclusions may lead to the article being retracted. Retraction also applies to any publications that are found to contain elements of scientific misconduct such as data falsification; manipulation of images; failure to disclose relationships and activities; and plagiarism. A retraction note will be published to explain the reason for retracting the article. All cases will be investigated as per case-by-case basis. An expression on concern notice will be published to alert readers about any concerns raised on an article while the investigation is being carried out.

Open Access Policy: Upon acceptance, all articles in the Malaysian Family Physician are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. All MFP articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original author(s) and source are properly cited. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Disclaimer: Although an official publication, the Malaysian Family Physician provides a forum for free expression and exchange of views among those in the profession. Therefore, views expressed in published articles are not necessarily those of the Journal, AFPM or FMSA. The views of the editor need not reflect the views of the Academy. No portion of any matter appearing in the Malaysian Family Physician may be quoted or republished in any form without the prior written consent of the author, editor and the AFPM.

Last update: 01 Jan 2023