Quality in Primary Care (formerly the Journal of Clinical Excellence) is an international peer reviewed journal for those involved in research, teaching or practice in the fields of quality improvement, clinical governance or clinical audit related to primary and prehospital care as well as organisational development and education connected to these areas of interest. We particularly welcome high-quality original research that advances knowledge on these topics generalisable to other settings and countries. In addition to traditional research papers we welcome less formal contributions, including short reports, which would make the journal more accessible. We also welcome contributions from other disciplines related to medicine, including nursing, practice management, professions allied to medicine and social science.
Article Processing Charges (APC):
Quality in Primary Care of the Prime Scholars Publishing Group is an Open Access publisher. However, a fee waiver may be possible in some circumstances. The basic article processing fee or manuscript handling cost is as per the price mentioned above on the other hand it may vary based on the extensive editing, colored effects, complex equations, extra elongation of no. of pages of the article, etc. Please contact the editors for further information.
Average Article prorcessing time (APT) is 55 days
Quality in Primary Care is committed to maintaining the publication ethics while providing high-quality publications. We expect our authors/users to comply with best practices in publication ethics as well as in the quality of their articles. Manuscript withdrawal is a common procedure in publication for various genuine reasons however recently it’s being misused by the author for unethical withdrawal. Many such instances exist where author send unethical withdraw request which results in wastage of precious resources, including editors, reviewers, and the editorial staff. To cope with such situation, QPC develops withdrawal policy for all stages of manuscript submission & publication separately as follows.
Withdrawal Type Withdrawal Charges (Inclusive of Taxes)
Pre-Publication 30 % of APC
(During Peer-review & Editing process)
Manuscript withdrawal (After Acceptance) 50 % of APC
Post-Publication withdrawal (After Published) 100 % of APC (exemption if paid earlier)
Full Support Journal Membership Packages and Offers have been introduced with an aim to help our eminent researchers, authors to assist them for their valuable contribution to our journal.
With the best resources as well as services, we have tried our best to assist authors from different geographical regions, having different financial obligations.
Package Articles Euro Validity Certificate Reprints Assistance
Silver 3 4500 9 months Yes 10
Gold 5 7000 1 year Yes 30
Platinum 7 9700 1 year Yes 50
The above packages include different offers and complimentary services provided by our journal. These services can also be availed individually on discounted price.
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Submission of an Article
Editorials: These are usually written in-house or commissioned but other submissions are encouraged. Please contact the editor in the first instance to discuss a particular topic.
Research papers: High quality academic articles relating to quality in primary care are welcomed. Clinical governance in action: Examples of innovative projects in primary care and interface settings. The aim of this section is to encourage sharing of good practice and solutions to common quality improvement problems.
Short reports/quality improvement and audit: This is a new section designed to promote rapid publication of significant quality improvement projects, ideas or innovations. Please submit articles up to 1000 words.
Quality assurance, appraisal, education and teamwork: This is a new section will include articles on various issues of organization and leadership which can impact directly or indirectly on quality improvement.
Patient safety: Articles describing studies highlighting problems or solutions related to the issue of patient safety.
Patient perspective: This section of the journal is devoted to contributions relating to patient and public involvement in the health service, particular related to quality improvement. Lay people usually write articles in this section which is edited in conjunction with Patricia Wilkie, our lay representative on the editorial board. Articles are also welcome from healthcare professionals describing important developments in public involvement policy and practice.
Debate: This section intends to promote discussion of unresolved or controversial areas in quality improvement. The aim is to promote new thinking and stimulate debate.
International exchange: We welcome descriptions of quality projects from all countries in the world, particularly those that describe the organisation of quality systems, reports of projects with transferable learning, engagement of clinicians, setting of national and international standards, patient involvement and management of underperformance. Papers that compare and contrast different approaches to quality and critically appraise health service policy on quality will be encouraged.
Principles of quality improvement: Articles reviewing current knowledge and advances in the principles and science and practice of quality improvement.
Knowledgeshare: Please submit reviews of health-related websites and information sources for quality that have particularly impressed you.
Primary care quality digest: The aim of this new section is to bring to your attention recently published guidelines, reviews and papers related to issues of quality in primary care. We would welcome contributions from other organisations of family medicine that report their activities, anywhere in the world, particularly European countries.
Letters: Letters to the editor up to 500 words are always welcome. They can be emailed and can relate to articles published in the journal or can be on any issue relating to quality facilitating communication between clinical governance leads and community and primary care trusts and allowing important issues to be discussed.
Book reviews: If you are interested in doing book reviews for QPC, then please contact the editor.
Courses and conferences: Please inform us of any forthcoming courses and conferences. We will try and include these in future issues (space cannot always be guaranteed).
All material submitted for publication will be subject to external peer review. Papers are assumed to be submitted exclusively to the journal. Papers that are outside the remit of the journal, that do not comply with the guidance here or are judged to be unsuitable by the editor will be rejected without peer review. Reviewers advise on the originality and scientific merit of the paper and the editor, with advice from the editorial board, will decide on publication.
The turnaround time for papers will be up to eight weeks from submission to decision and up to 12 weeks from decision to publication with a fast-track process also available. This process will be audited.
The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary, to shorten the article without changing the meaning.
All manuscripts should be typed in double-line spacing on one side only of A4 paper, with a margin of 3cm all round and a pages numbered consecutively.
The first page of the paper should contain the title, author(s), name(s) and an address for correspondence. Each author should indicate his/her professional discipline, current appointment and qualifications. The address of the corresponding author will be printed with the paper (if published) unless you request that it is omitted.
When first using abbreviations in the text, the term the author wishes to abbreviate should be spelt out in full with its abbreviation in brackets. Thereafter the abbreviation in capital letters and unpunctuated should be used.
QPC supports the code of conduct for editors of biomedical journals drawn up by the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).
Length and structure of articles
Tables, figures and illustrations
Example 1: Journal article Rao, M, Clarke A, Sanderson C and Hammersley R. Patient’s own assessments of quality care compared with objective based measures of technical quality of care. Cross sectional study. British Medical Journal 2006: 333:19 – 22.
Example 2: Author of whole book or other publication Coulter A. The Autonomous Patient. Ending paternalism in medical care. London : The Stationery Office, 2002.
Example 3: Chapter in a book Marshall EJ and Bhugra D. Services for the mentally ill homeless. In: Bhugra D (ed). Homelessness and Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp. 99 – 109.
Proofs will be sent to the author submitting the paper and must be returned promptly. This will allow correction of printers’ and similar errors. Major changes will not be entertained and authors may be charged for excessive amendments at this stage.