Primary Dental Journal (PDJ) is the College’s quarterly peer-reviewed journal, and CGDent members are sent a print copy of each issue.

Unique in its dedication to general dental practice, three themed issues in each annual volume explore topics of interest and relevance to the primary care dental team, led by an invited Guest Editor who is a renowned expert in the field, with one ‘general issue’ per volume covering a wide range of topics.

Translating current evidence into best practice, PDJ is an indispensable and practical resource for the entire dental team, with each edition offering a valuable update on an area of practice within the context of general dental care.

Featuring clinical articles, editorials, features on current issues updates from the College, the journal is widely recognised as a leading resource for GDPs and DCPs working in primary care.

Members also have online access to the entire PDJ archive via the link below.


We consider speculative submissions for publication. These would usually need to align with our upcoming themes (see below). For a complete and up-to-date list of deadlines, or to express an interest in submitting an article, please email the Managing Editor. Our Author Instructions document (PDF), which sets out the requirements for submission, can be accessed here. Early submissions are encouraged.

  • June 2022: Oral surgery
    Deadline: 30th October 2021
  • September 2022: Aesthetic dentistry
    Deadline: 1st February 2022
  • December 2022: Digital dentistry
    Deadline: 30th April 2022 TBC
  • March 2023: The General Issue
    Deadline: 31st July 2022 TBC

Please note that these schedules and themes are subject to alteration at the discretion of the editorial team.

Peer review

Articles are accepted or rejected, subject to peer review. Each paper is reviewed both externally and internally by a minimum of two reviewers. If you are interested in peer reviewing for PDJ, please email the Managing Editor with a summary of your area(s) of interest and expertise.

Subscribe to PDJ

Annual subscriptions are available to non-members (in print format and/or online) on an individual or institutional basis.   Please contact SAGE if you would like to subscribe. 

Non-members can also purchase single articles online.

Subscription RatesIndividualCGDent Member
Individual print £111FREE
Individual single print issue£36FREE
Institutional online access£180FREE
Institutional print£196FREE
Institutional print and online£200FREE
Institutional single print issue£54FREE
Online single issue access£129.87FREE

Advertising opportunities

If you are interested in promoting your product or service in PDJ, please email SAGE for rates and availability.

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