Readership and impact
The journal is sent to over 50,000 clinicians and researchers each month. The BJGP's impact factor for 2015 is 2.741, making it one of the most highly cited primary care journals in the world.
BJGP began in 1953 as the ‘College of General Practitioners’ Research Newsletter’, with the ‘Journal of the College of General Practitioners’ first appearing in 1960. Following the change in status of the College, the ‘Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ was launched in 1967. Three editors later, in 1990, the title was changed to the ‘British Journal of General Practice’. The journal is commonly referred to as the 'BJGP', and is an editorially-independent publication of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
- The BJGP at 60 [PDF]
60 years since the BJGP began as the 'Research Newsletter'
- Fifty years of the Journal: reflections from its editors [PDF]
Peer review to publication
Each month the BJGP publishes eight to ten research articles in addition to editorials, letters, discussion, and analysis articles. Research articles are carefully peer reviewed using an open peer review system.
We operate a paper-short/web-long publication strategy. Once accepted, full articles are posted online as fully citeable publications as soon as possible. A two-page summary of the article, written by the authors, is published in the print journal. The online BJGP is visited by 200,000 unique users each month and 100,000 articles are downloaded over the same period.
Roger Jones, DM, FRCP, FRCGP, FMedSci, London
Euan Lawson, FRCGP, FHEA, DCH, Lancaster
Senior Assistant Editor
Digital & Design Editor
BJGP is a Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, subscribes to the principles and guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, and participates in HINARI: the World Health Organization’s Access to Research in Health Programme. The full BJGP archive is available on this site, and can also be viewed at PubMed Central.
ISSN 0960-1643 (Print), ISSN 1478-5242 (Online)
BJGP Journal Office
Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
Tel: 020 3188 7542 / Fax: 020 3188 7401