About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The South African General Practitioner (SAGP) seeks to publish articles related to general medical practice applicable to the South African context. This may take the form of original research (clinical or laboratory work), review papers for continued professional development (CPD), case reports, product reviews and letters (scientific and editorial). The target readership is general practitioners and family physicians and clinicians interested in the field.

All material submitted for publication must be submitted exclusively to SAGP unless the journal has given authorisation to publish. All articles will be sent for peer review. The SAGP will not accept material submitted to, or published by, other journals or books. Opinions expressed by authors are their own and not necessarily those of MedPharm Publications, the editorial staff, or any member of the editorial advisory board. The publishers of the SAGP accept no responsibility for statements made by contributors or claims made by advertisers nor does the publication of advertisements constitute or imply endorsement. The content of the SAGP is protected by copyright. 

Peer Review Process

All articles are peer reviewed by two or more referees. If an article is accepted for publication or if revisions to the paper are required or if the paper is not accepted, the corresponding author will be notified by email. The editor reserves the right to edit material accepted for publication. Submitted material will not be returned to the author unless specifically requested in writing. The SAGP particularly seeks new, original work that would have an impact on its readership - priority is given to this type of article. Proofs of articles are sent to authors to check clinical and statistical accuracy. Major changes to text or tables at this stage are not permitted. Each submission must be accompanied by a letter signed by all authors and stating that the work has not previously been published and will not be published elsewhere.

Once it is published, the article and its illustrations become the property of the journal, unless rights are reserved before publication. The letter should identify the corresponding author (including the address, telephone number and email address). Please make it clear that the final manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors and that the authors accept full responsibility for the design and conduct of the study, have access to the data, and agreed to the decision to publish.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published 4 times a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content, upon publication of the issue, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

The journal is also hosted on Sabinet's journal platform which archives in Portico.