History of the Journal
npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine started life as the newsletter of the UK’s ‘GPs in Asthma Group’ (the precursor of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK). In 1996, a new editorial team was assembled under the leadership of Mark Levy to turn the newsletter into Primary Care Respiratory Journal (PCRJ). Over the next decade the journal developed rapidly in both influence and academic standing and in 2001 became the official journal of the newly-formed International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG). In February 2006 the PCRJ was awarded full PubMed/Medline indexing. Mark Levy retired as Editor-in-Chief of the PCRJ in December 2010, after a very successful 15 years in charge of the journal.
The current Joint Editors-in-Chief, Dr. Paul Stephenson and Professor Aziz Sheikh, took up their posts in January 2011. They have continued to develop the journal as an international academic peer-reviewed journal for all those interested in primary care respiratory medicine throughout the world. Over the last three years, they have expanded the editorial team and have steered the journal to the award of its first Impact Factor in 2013. They have also helped guide the journal towards its new partnership with Nature Publishing Group, a partnership that will take the journal into an exciting new phase of its history, as npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.
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