Primary Dental Journal

Primary Dental Journal (PDJ) is the Faculty's quarterly peer-reviewed journal. Three issues of PDJ in each volume are themed on a topic 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 and updates from the Faculty, the journal is widely recognised as a leading resource for GDPs and DCPs working in primary care.

In addition, every issue of the journal represents 3 hours' verifiable CPD for FGDP(UK) members upon successful completion of the accompanying quiz, and members also have access to the entire archive of PDJ online.


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, which sets out the requirements for submission, can be accessed here. Early submissions are encouraged.

  • June 2021: Leadership, management and professionalism 
    Submissions no longer accepted
  • September 2021: Dental emergencies
    Submissions no longer accepted
  • December 2021: Paediatric dentistry
    Submissions no longer accepted
  • March 2022: The General Issue
    Deadline: 1st August 2021
  • 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
Subscriptions are available to non-members (in print format and/or online) on an individual or institutional basis. Non-members can also purchase single articles online. Subscriptions run for one calendar year.  Please contact SAGE if you would like to subscribe. 

Subscription Rates Individual FGDP(UK) Member
Individual print  £111 FREE
Individual single print issue £36 FREE
Institutional online access £180 FREE
Institutional print £196 FREE
Institutional print and online £200 FREE
Institutional single print issue £54 FREE
Online single issue access £129.87 FREE


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