Authors should present their work in such a way that it engages and informs a GP readership. The paper should be pitched at the level where a competent practising GP would read it and say ‘Yes, that was useful, I’ll change my practice accordingly’.
Authors need to meet all of the following criteria as outlined in the ICMJE requirements:
- substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data
- drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and
- final approval of the version to be published.
Contributors who do not meet authorship requirements can be included in an acknowledgment section. Permission is required from all people who are acknowledged.
Articles submitted to AFP are subject to double blind peer review. The Editors reserve the right to reject any manuscript without review, particularly if it is not relevant to Australian general practice or unsuitable for publication in AFP.
Disclosure of funds/interests
Any potential conflicts of interest must be stated. Authors of research papers are required to disclose any sponsorship or funding arrangements relating to their research. If a commercial organisation has initiated or significantly contributed to the writing of the article, the organisation must be identified. The Editors reserve the right to investigate or confirm any disclosure of funds/interests.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce published (or otherwise copyright) material (eg. figures and tables).
Editing and production
All accepted manuscripts are subject to editing for length, clarity and conformity with AFP style. Tables, images, figures or illustrations, are valuable but their use should supplement the text without duplicating and are subject to editorial judgment.