Author Guidelines

Family Practice and Palliative Care (FPPC) is both national (Tr-Dizin/Ulakbim) and international indexed journal (DOAJ and Index Copernicus indexes). FPPC is a peer-reviewed, open-access, current periodical scientific journal published three times annually, free of processing and publishing charges. However, a submission fee that does not subject to acceptance or rejection is requested after checking the relevance of manuscript to the journal's scope ($25-100, since seventh March of 2020). Click here to see author warning declaration about predator/suspicious journals.

Family Practice and Palliative Care (FPPC-Family Practice and Palliative Care) processes articles in Turkish or English -but after acceptance, only publishes in English-  in any subject that can contribute to a Family Physician's multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach. Applications for all medical sciences (internal, surgical, basic, etc.) will be included in our journal if it is for this purpose.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

All authors must complete and upload the files below as part of the submission process.

  1. Copyright Transfer Form
  2. ICMJE Form
  3. Cover File
  4. Full Text (without author names)-Research Article
  5. Full Text (without author names)-Case Report
  6. Ethical Approval

General Format

The manuscripts should be typed in a Microsoft Word™ and DOCX file (version 7.0 and more), 1.15-spaced with  1.27 cm margins on each side and 9-point type Times New Roman font. "System International" (SI) units should be used. Tables and graphics should be referred in the text. The abbreviations (should be written briefly in the first place they appear and then be explained in paranthesis) could be used in the abstracts and in the text.

Methods section should be described briefly, including the statistical analyses used. While expressing the results, percentages and means in decimals should de given as 2 digits after the point (112.20 or 112.21 instead of 112.2). P, t, and Z values are exceptional and should be given as 3 digits after the point (p<0.001 instead of p<0.05).

If the work has been presented in a scientific meeting before, the name, date and place of the meeting should be supplied.

Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

The first page should include the titles in Turkish and English, the category of the manuscript names of the institutions, name, address, telephone, fax number and mail address of the corresponding author.

Following the abstract sections of the scientific articles in Turkish and English, at least 3 key words should be given in the appropriate language in that format of  Index Medicus "Medical Subject Headings" . Key words in Turkish should be the exact translation of MESH terms and chosen among ‘’Turkey Scientific Terms’’, for that reason, the authors should use and

Main text should not exceed 3000 words (excluding abstract, references, tables, and figures), and 30 references.   


In review articles, written upon invitation, new progress on the subject should be handled together with the author’s experiences. Non-structured, brief, explanatory Turkish and English abstracts not more than 400 words should take place. Review articles must not exceed 5000 words for the main text (excluding abstract, references, tables, and figure legends). Number of the authors should not exceed 5 and number of references should not exceed 60.

Case Reports

The abstract should be brief, descriptive, and should not exceed 250 words.

Case reports should contains these sections;

  • Titles in Turkish and English
  • Abstracts in Turkish and English (why the case has been proposed for publication should be declared clearly),
  • Key words in Turkish and English,
  • Introduction 
  • Case Presentation (Tables, figures),
  • Discussion,
  • Conclusion,
  • Keywords,
  • References.

Case reports must not exceed 1200 words (excluding references, tables, and figure legends). Case reports can be signed by no more than 5 authors and can have no more than 10 references and 5 figures or tables.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor must not exceed 500 words (excluding references). An abtract is not required with this type of manuscripts. A letter can be signed by no more than 4 authors and can have no more than 5 references and 1 figure or table.


For reference style, please refer to “ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References”.

References should be numbered in the order they appear in the text and should be given at the end of the sentences, and before full stop [1].

All authors should be listed if the number is six or fewer, otherwise list the first six and then add et al.

If online references are to be used do not forget to give date of access in parantheses.

Journal abbreviations should conform to the style used in the Cumulated Index Medicus.

For journal articles, the citation should be as follows; surnames, initials of the author names, title of the article, name of the journal, year, volume, number and inlusive pages. Please use the abbreviation for the journal names, you may use the full name if the abbreviation form does not exist.

As an option, if a journal carries continuous pagination throughout a volume (as many medical journals do) the month and issue number may be omitted.

Examples for both situations;

Berg AO, Allan DJ, Homer JC, Johnson MS, Klein DJ, Lieu AT, et al. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening for depression: Recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(10):760-4.

Korytina G, Kochetova O, Akhmadishina L, Viktorova E, Victorova T. Polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 genes in three ethnic groups from Russia. Balkan Med J. 2012;29:252-60.

Citation from a book should be as follows;

Tos M. Cartilage tympanoplasty. 1st ed. Stuttgart-New York: Georg Thieme Verlag; 2009.

Citation from a book which has a single author and editor should be as follows;

Neinstein LS. The office visit, interview techniques, and recommendations to parents. In: Neinstein LS (ed). Adolescent Health Care. A practical guide. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1996:46-60.

Citation from a book which has authors and editors more than one, should contain notably the author names of the chapter;

Schulz JE, Parran T Jr: Principles of identification and intervention. In:Principles of Addicton Medicine, Graham AW. Shultz TK (eds). American Society of Addiction Medicine, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1998:1-10.

If the editors are the authors of a chapter within the book;

Diener HC, Wilkinson M (editors). Drug-induced headache. In: Headache. First ed., New York: Springer-Verlag;1988:45-67.

For references from phD thesis;

Kılıç C. General Health Survey: A Study of Reliability and Validity. phD Thesis, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatrics, Ankara; 1992.

For references from an internet site; name of the site, URL address, names of authors if present and date of access should be given in detail.

Giving DOI;

Joos S, Musselmann B, Szecsenyi J. Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Family Practice in Germany: Result of National Survey. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2011 doi: or PMID: