About us

The Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin (ZFA)/German Journal of Family Medicine is a European multinational journal (Germany, Austria, Italy [South Tyrolia]).

It is the official organ of the German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians (DEGAM; http://www.degam.de), the Society of University Lecturers of Familiy Medicine (GHA; http://www.gha-info.de), and the Lower Austrian (https://oegam.at/lg/noegam), Salzburg (https://sagam.at/), Southern Tyrolean (https://www.suegam.it/), Tyrolean (http://www.tgam.at) and Vorarlberg (https://vgam.at) Societies of Familiy Medicine.

The ZFA (founded in 1924 under the name "Der Landarzt") encourages academic reflection, the further development of primary medical care as well as the transfer of scientific findings into primary care. Within the context of these concepts, we want to strengthen the quality of education and training and increase the attractiveness of the discipline of family medicine Primary target groups of the journal are family doctors, students, lecturers and researchers in the field of primary care; but also physicians from other specialties and members of various medical professions (e.g. medical assistants, pharmacists, psychologists or social scientists). We explicitly welcome contributions that support and further develop the daily work of the family physician team.

Submitted papers (in German or English) are subject to external peer review by at least two independent reviewers. ZFA editors are not allowed to review. Declaration of conflicts of interest refer to the criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/).

The Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin/German Journal of Family Medicine is listed in EMBASE, Scopus and Excerpta Medica and has approx. 10,000 readers (status August 2018). The journal accepts papers in German and English and is exclusively funded by College members and subscribers (we do not publish pharmaceutical advertisements). The journal is published online and appears in print eleven times a year. Six months after publication all articles (not only original papers) are available online free of charge (open access).

Information on the publishers of the ZFA can be found here.


Selected links

DEGAM – German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians

German Association of Family Practitioners – regional association Baden-Württemberg

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GHA – Society of Professors and University Lecturers of Family Medicine e.V.

NÖGAM - Lower Austrian Society of Family Medicine

ÖIfAM - Austrian Institute of Familiy Medicine

SAGAM – Salzburg Society of Family Medicine


STAFAM - Styrian College of Familiy Medicine

SüGAM – Southern Tyrolean Society of Family Medicine

TGAM –Tyrolean Society of Family Medicine

VGAM - Vorarlberg Society of Family Medicine