Articles Categories

Article Categories

Recommended limits on word count, number of references, and number of tables or figures are listed below for each OFP section. These limits are provided to help guide authors as they prepare their submissions. Manuscripts that exceed these limits may be considered for publication; however, an author may be asked to shorten his or her manuscript. Lengthy graphic elements and supplemental material may be published online only.

The OFP welcomes submissions in the following categories:

Original Research: 
Manuscripts in this category document original clinical or applied research. Original contributions include controlled trials, observational studies, diagnostic test studies, cost-effectiveness studies, and survey-based studies. The OFP will accept basic scientific research only if the work has clear clinical applications. For randomized controlled trials, study flow diagrams must be submitted. For all other types of original contributions, flow diagrams are encouraged. Original contributions should be 3000 words with no more than 50 references and 5 tables or figures. OFP requires you to submit a 250-word abstract, along with four to six keywords.

The content should include the following: 
1) Abstract 
2) Introduction 
3) Methods 
4) Results 
5) Discussion 
6) Conclusions 
7) Acknowledgements

Clinical Images:
This section showcases clinical images from the wards that cover essential concepts or subject matter to the primary care physician.  Each installment of “Clinical Images” comprises 1 or 2 medical images along with a brief synopsis of how the case presented along with 1 – 4 questions and approximately 1 page of education with reference to the image and questions.  

Manuscripts of this type are detailed, critical surveys of published research relevant to clinical problems. Reviews should be 3000 words with no more than 75 references and 4 tables or figures. OFP requires you to submit a 250-word abstract, along with four to six keywords.

Narrative reviews: 
should include a clear objective and a description of the data-selection and -exclusion process. Such reviews should also provide a description of the condition being reviewed, a summary of common problems in diagnosis and treatment, and a discussion of new theories in the medical literature for improving patient care.

Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews:

These reviews address the tenets and principles of osteopathic medicine. Manuscripts should be based on solid research evidence and formatted to provide concise, helpful information that can be immediately implemented into clinical practice. Authors are encouraged to create their own tables and figures instead of using previously published material. 

Brief Reports - Practice Management, Health Policy, Medical Education:
OFP publishes articles offering advice based on practical experience and on special knowledge or expertise. OFP prefers articles that reflect expert opinion or broad practice experience. The test for publication will always be whether it is immediately useful to the osteopathic family physicians who read OFP. OFP brief reports should be approximately 2,000 words (+/- 500.) If your manuscript includes a number of illustrations, graphs or tables, try to adjust the manuscript text to compensate for the space these elements take up. OFP requires you to submit a 250-word abstract, along with four to six keywords.

Letters to the Editor:
Osteopathic family physicians, faculty members at osteopathic medical colleges, osteopathic medical students, and others in the healthcare professions are encouraged to submit comments related either to articles published in the OFP or to the mission of the osteopathic medical profession. The OFP’s editors are particularly interested in letters that discuss recently published original research.