Aim & Scope

Family Practice and Palliative Care (FPPC) is a single-blind peer-reviewed, open-access, current periodical journal publishing six times annually, free of publishing charges. However, a submission fee and editorial processing fee that are not subject to acceptance or rejection are requested after checking the relevance of the manuscript to the journal's scope.

FPPC is an indexed journal in both national (Tr-Dizin/ULAKBIM) and international (DOAJ and Index Copernicus). The journal accepts articles both in Turkish and in English, but after acceptance, only publishes in English on any subject that can contribute to a family physician's multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach. Submissions for all medical sciences (internal, surgical, basic, etc.) will be included in the journal if it aims for these purposes.

FPPC also encourages authors who have an interest in palliative care, as the journal has a special scope for the development of palliative care in family medicine. The journal's mission is to add value to manuscripts through respectful, empathic communication and self-sacrificing, constructive editorials in loyalty to international scientific standards. Besides, the journal has a vision that includes contributing to scientific publishing, science, family practice, and palliative care.

Editorial Process and Peer Review

It is mandatory for the researcher to keep the data of each research published for 5 years. According to the rules of our publication policy and the international publishing organizations we are involved in, we will be able to ask the authors of the data and analysis programs of some articles from time to time.

Steps of the Peer-Review and Publishing Process

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With SecretaryWith Editor
In Review
With Author
In Review
In Production
Overdue


Reviewer Invited
Under Resubmission
Reviewer Invited

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Under Review
Under Revision
Under Review

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Additional Reviews Required

Additional Reviews Required

With Reviewer

Understanding Manuscript Steps

1. With Secretary: The journal has received the submission and is conducting an initial editorial assessment and screening for requirements such as: Competing interests, Compliance with editorial policies and ethical standards, financial disclosures, Data availability. Submissions may be returned to authors for changes or clarifications at this stage. If plagiarism, citation manipulation, data falsification/fabrication is detected, COPE guidelines will be followed.

2. With Editor: After completing internal checks, each new submission is assigned to an Academic Editor with relevant expertise. The editor reviews the manuscript against our publication criteria and determines whether reviews from additional experts are needed to evaluate the manuscript.
3. In Review: The handling editor selects reviewers based on expertise, publication history, and past reviews, and invites them to provide feedback on the manuscript. After agreeing to review, external peer reviewers typically have 10 days to submit their review. The journal office will follow up with late reviewers and keep you informed if there are any delays. Some or all assigned reviewers have submitted comments.
4. With Author: The handling editor has a decision of minor or major revision. Author has invited authors for revision.
5. In Review: The handling editor has invited peer reviewers to evaluate the revision. Some or all assigned reviewers have submitted comments.
6. In Production: The handling editor has a decision and sent to the authors.
1-6. Overdue: Processing step has overdue.

During the submission process you’ll be asked to indicate any specific editors or reviewers who should not review your manuscript. We will respect your request so long as it does not interfere with the objective and thorough assessment of the submission.

FPPC uses double-anonymized peer review. Reviewers and authors remain anonymous in our submission system.
It's important to understand that the purpose of an appeal is not to reevaluate the viewpoints or judgments of peer reviewers or editors; rather, it may pertain to the editorial process. If a procedure is identified that doesn't align with the journal's policies, appropriate corrective actions will be implemented.

Editorial Decisions: The handling Academic Editor makes the final decision. The time to render a first decision averages about 45 days, but times vary depending on how long it takes for the editor to receive and assess reviews. The editor considers reviewer feedback and their own evaluation of the manuscript in order to reach a decision. The following decision types are available: Reject, Major revision, Minor revision, Accept. Decisions are communicated to the corresponding author in a formal letter, along with reviewer feedback and any other requirements from the journal office.

Revisions: If the editor feels that your manuscript has the potential to be published, but requires changes, you’ll be invited to revise it. You’ll have 30 days to resubmit the revised manuscript for both a major or a minor revision. In most cases, the revised manuscript is re-assigned to the original Academic Editor. The editor may make a new decision based on their own assessment of the revised manuscript and your response to reviewers or request additional input from external peer reviewers.

Accepted Manuscripts: When the handling editor is satisfied with the scientific aspects of the manuscript, they’ll issue an editorial accept decision. This is a provisional acceptance, pending final checks for formatting and technical requirements. Once the final requirements are fulfilled, the journal office will send a formal accept decision, and your manuscript will move on to production.

Rejected Manuscripts / Appeals: Authors may submit a formal appeal for rejected submissions. Appeal requests must be made in writing to fppc@sernev.com with the word “Appeal” in the subject line. Authors must provide detailed reasons for the appeal and point-by-point responses to the reviewers' and/or Academic Editor's comments.

Period Months
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Family Practice and Palliative Care       ISSN 2458-8865       E-ISSN 2459-1505