FMCH Sets Out Roadmap for Expanding Its International Base of Authors and Readers

· News Archive

Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health Sets Out Roadmap for Expanding Its International Base of Authors and Readers

Beijing, November 27th, 2014 – Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH).

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), the first English-language international journal devoted to general practice medicine in China, reports the success of its first Editorial Board meeting on October 21st in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China during the 2014 West Lake International Forum of General Practice. Attendees focused on steps to further strengthen the Journal’s international presence and impact.

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), a stringently peer-reviewed, open access journal, aims to promote timely communication of medical knowledge and skills and to provide better modalities of care globally. It focuses on family medicine, community health, chronic disease management, community nursing, hospice care, paramedics, epidemiology, education and training and community health policy worldwide.

Led by the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Wei Wang, MD, PhD, FFPH, of Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, members of the international Editorial Board came together to discuss new directions for the Journal, a key component of which is to expand the solicitation of original and review articles from the global communities of family and general practice medicine. Plans also include the publication of four special topic issues in 2015, the Journal’s third year of publication. The topics to be featured are: Comprehensive Planning for Aged Care, Global Health, Community Health and Cancer Research.

“A core part of Family Medicine and Community Health’s (FMCH) publishing mission is to promote improved health care through the practice of family and community-based medicine, not only in China, but throughout the world,” commented Prof. Wang, who is also Professor and Director, Municipal Key Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China. “I am honored to lead this esteemed international Editorial Board. We are working closely together to enhance the Journal’s global reach and bring its key research to the attention of a broader international audience.”

First Editorial Board Meeting of FMCH Journal

In order to help solidify Family Medicine and Community Health’s (FMCH) position as an international journal, a U.S.-based deputy editor has been appointed. Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Richard M. Kleberg, Sr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, will establish a new U.S. Editorial Office.  A European deputy editor will be appointed soon.

In attendance at the meeting was Kurt Stange, MD, PhD, Editor of the highly regarded Annals of Family Medicine, which is sponsored by seven family medical organizations including the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Stange is now acting as an advisor to Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) and collaboration with the Annals is being explored.

Dr. Jianjun Han, president of Chinese General Practice Press, publisher of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), remarked later, “We are dedicated to the continuing development of the Journal and furthering its contributions to the fields of family and general medicine. Its strong editorial leadership and freely accessible content make it an ideal platform for the exchange of ideas between China and the rest of the world, thus promoting the global development of family and general practice.”

With coverage ranging from research to clinical practice, Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) features the following: Editorials, Original Research, Reviews, Commentary, Case Studies, Methodologies, Health Policy, Cochrane Updates, NICE Guidelines, Education and training articles, Letters to the Editor, and Organization News.

Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is available on the IngentaConnect platform and at http://fmch-journal.org/. Submissions may be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts at https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/fmch. There are no author submission or article processing fees.