Journal Information



  • ISSN
  • Focus and scope
  • Publication frequency
  • Types of articles published
  • Open access
  • Review process
  • Marketing
  • Membership



2071-2928 (PRINT)
2071-2936 (ONLINE)



Focus and scope

The African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine (PHCFM) welcomes submissions that encourage scholarly exchange between family medicine and primary health care researchers and practitioners across Africa and the developing world, whilst providing a contextual and holistic view of family medicine as practised across the continent. The journal is indispensable for primary health care practitioners, family medicine specialists and academics from both the developing and developed worlds, and offers an engaging insight into the growth of these disciplines from a distinctly African and developing world perspective. PHCFM seeks to publish innovative research and clinical reviews in all aspects of primary health care and family medicine in the African and developing world context including, but not limited to family medicine, primary health care, sexual health, oral health, emergency care, district health care, rural health care, health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, pain management and palliative care, community-oriented primary health care, education and training of professionals and health workers in family medicine and primary health care. 



Historic data

AOSIS launched the African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine (PHCFM) in 2008. The official launch of this exciting journal took place at the Primafamed 'Improving the quality of family medicine training in Sub-Saharan Africa' conference (, held in Kampala, Uganda, on 17 to 21 November 2008. As the first journal of its kind in Africa, PHCFM serves as a repository for cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research in all fields of primary health care and family medicine. The journal boasts a strong international editorial board comprising African and international scholars. In 2012, the Southern African Sexual Health Association endorsed PHCFM as its official mouth-piece. Because new articles are published online on a rolling basis, the journal content will be available immediately and freely ('Open Access') at It is also available in hard copy to subscribers at the end of each yearly volume. Start up funding for the African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine (PHCFM) was supplied by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), Department of University Cooperation for Development, through the project VLIR-ZEIN 2006 PR320, with financial support from the Belgian government, Directorate General for Development Cooperation. 


PHCFM is endorsed by:

  • WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) endorsed PHCFM as its official mouthpiece.
  • The Southern African Sexual Health Association endorsed PHCFM as its official mouthpiece to develop sexual health as an academic discipline under the control of leading experts in the field. 
  • PainSA endorsed PHCFM as its official mouthpiece to develop pain management and palliative care as an academic discipline under the control of leading experts in the field.



Publication frequency

The journal publishes one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.



Types of articles published

Read full details on the submissions guidelines page.



Open access

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.



Review process

The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.




AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.




AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.



DHET Accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • African Index Medicus
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1
  • PubMed / MEDLINE
  • PubMed Central
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Other Coverage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ESCI
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • Hinari

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware. The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is, Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal Impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.


Citation-based measurement  


Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)


CiteScore, based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


H-index, based on Google Scholar