Primary Dental Journal

Primary Dental Journal

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 and updates from the College, the journal is widely recognised as a leading resource for GDPs and DCPs working in primary care, and has as its Clinical Editor and Editor-in-Chief Igor Blum, Clinical Professor of Primary Dental Care and Advanced General Dental Practice at King’s College London. It is indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE and Scopus.

We are producing a series of webinars that examines topics covered in the PDJ, in partnership with ProDental CPD, which are free to view live for all members of the dental professions. CGDent members have access to the recording after the event and can claim CPD hours. Visit our events page for a list of upcoming live webinars and access recent webinar recordings.

Members also have online access to the entire PDJ Archive of over 1,300 articles 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.

  • Spring 2023: The General Issue
    Deadline: 30 July 2022
  • Summer 2023: Aesthetic dentistry
    Deadline: 30 October 2022
  • Autumn 2023: Dental trauma
    Deadline: 30 January 2023

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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