The British Journal of General Practice is an international journal publishing research, editorials, debate and analysis, and clinical guidance for family practitioners and primary care researchers worldwide.
Readership and impact
The journal is sent to over 50,000 clinicians and researchers each month. The BJGP's impact factor for 2019 is 4.190, and it is one of the leading journals in primary care research worldwide. The BJGP's 5-year impact factor for 2019 is 4.297 with an immediacy index of 1.569. The BJGP's Eigenfactor score is 0.00867 and the Article Influence score is 1.388.
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 1-page summary of the article, based on the abstract, 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.
Euan Lawson, FRCGP
Head of Publishing
Senior Assistant Editor
Digital & Design Editor
Trainee Assistant 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, is preserved in Portico, and can also be viewed at PubMed Central.
ISSN 0960-1643 (Print), ISSN 1478-5242 (Online)
Paper and printing
BJGP is printed on woodfree silk paper made from 100% virgin fibre with elemental chlorine free (ECF) pulps, which are sourced from sustainable forests and guaranteed by the internationally recognised FSC® chain of custody. The FSC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested towards the paper production are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
The inks used are environmentally friendly oil based inks, which are low in Hydrocarbons, meaning that the oven temperatures on the printing press can be kept as low as possible. BJGP is printed by Warners Midlands (PLC), who hold accreditations for FSC® papers, and Warners’ FSC® number is FSC® C017177. Warners Midlands (PLC) also hold the ISO14001 Environmental Standard, which means they “Lead the way in environmental efficiency savings with [their] rigorous environmental management system standard”. Warners ensure that all activities are carried out in compliance with relevant environmental legislation. BJGP is 100% recyclable.
Polywrapper and posting
BJGP’s address carrier sheet is 100% recyclable. The wrapper that BJGP is enclosed in for posting is also 100% recyclable. Please treat this as you would a supermarket carrier bag or similar plastic and recycle it.
If your recycling collection service does not accept these plastics you can drop them off in the recycling bins at most large supermarkets, along with plastic shopping bags.
The BJGP's web host, HighPress, has made available their VPAT statement regarding web accessibility (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template). Highwire Press ensures this website meets Level A of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, to make web content more accessible.
BJGP Journal Office
Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
Tel: +44 (0)20 3188 7679 / Fax: 020 3188 7401