Aims & Scope

npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is an open access, online-only, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research in all areas of the primary care management of respiratory and respiratory-related allergic diseases. Papers published by the journal represent important advances of significance to specialists within the fields of primary care and respiratory medicine. We are particularly interested in receiving papers in relation to the following aspects of respiratory medicine, respiratory-related allergic diseases and tobacco control:

  • epidemiology
  • prevention
  • clinical care
  • service delivery and organisation of healthcare (including implementation science)
  • global health.

The journal is an indexed, international, academic publication relevant to anyone with an interest in the primary care management of respiratory and respiratory-related allergic diseases. It is the official journal of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG). The journal publishes Articles, Review Articles, Perspectives, Correspondence, Brief Communications, Editorials, Protocols and Case Reports. We are interested in research undertaken using all appropriate study designs, these including observational and analytical studies, qualitative research, randomised controlled trials, implementation research and systematic reviews.


The mission of npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is: 

1. To provide an authoritative setting for the publication of high-quality internationally-relevant clinical research that is essential to the future of primary care management of patients with respiratory and respiratory-related allergic diseases. 

2. To inform and educate healthcare professionals worldwide of the research and service developments of relevance to primary care that promote excellence in the care of patients with respiratory and respiratory-related allergic diseases.


The journal is relevant to an international and multidisciplinary audience, including primary, secondary and tertiary care respiratory specialists, respiratory physiotherapists, dieticians and nurses. Contributions come from clinicians and academics working within any sector that affects the primary care management of respiratory and respiratory-related allergic diseases in primary and community care settings. A non-exhaustive overview of the audiences relevant to the journal is below.

  • Ambulatory care
  • Community care
  • Community medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Family medicine
  • First port of call
  • General paediatrics
  • General practice
  • Global health
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Implementation research
  • Integrated care pathways
  • Internal medicine
  • Office-based internal medicine
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Respiratory epidemiology
  • Respiratory infections
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social sciences

Article and journal metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2016 journal metrics for npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine and the Primary Care Respiratory Journal  are as follows:

  2-year Impact Factor 5-year Impact Factor Immediacy index Eigenfactor® score Article Influence Score 2-year Median
Primary Care Respiratory Journal* 2.714 2.839 N/A


npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 2.793 2.804 0.404 0.00094 0.711

2016 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

*Due to the change of title in April 2014, the journal has been assigned two impact factors: one relating to the old title and one relating to the new title.

For a further description of these metrics and a summary of the metrics for all Nature journals, please visit our journal metrics page.  More information underlying our approach to journal metrics may be found here.


npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine has been selected for inclusion in the following abstracting and indexing databases:

All articles published in npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine will appear in PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus search results.