Peer-reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER) Accepted for Inclusion in PubMed Central

Online journal provides dissemination opportunity for new researchers and small studies

June 11, 2020—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s (STFM) online journal, Peer-reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER) has been accepted for full-participation in PubMed Central® (PMC), an archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine.

“We are excited about passing this scientific and scholarly milestone. Indexing in PMC will greatly increase the visibility of PRiMER content, increase citations of our journal articles, and attract new authors,” said Christopher Morley, PhD, PRIMER editor-in-chief.

PRIMER publishes small, rigorously designed original research briefs in medical education and health workforce policy, as well as medical student and resident research.

PRiMER was developed to both introduce newer scholars to academic publishing in primary care medical education, as well as to provide an outlet for smaller studies by experienced researchers and educational scholars,” said Dr Morley. “Having articles from PRiMER included in PubMed Central will expose the journal's content to wider audiences and increase its connection to other related PubMed content benefitting the authors, the journal, and the primary care research community as a whole.”

In order to be accepted for full participation, PRiMER had to meet all scientific, editorial, and technical quality specifications, that together establish the journal’s adherence to the highest standards for peer review and scientific publishing. Participation guarantees a perpetual home for the full text of every PRiMER article, beyond the journal itself. It also provides indexing for PRiMER articles in PubMed, the world’s top literature citation database for life science and medical research. PRiMER content will be available in PMC and PubMed beginning the week of June 15th.

“We are thankful for Dr Morley’s vision during the journal’s creation and grateful to STFM leadership for their strong support. We also appreciate all the hard work of the PRiMER editorial team, editorial board, reviewers, and authors,” said Traci Brazelton, CAE, STFM director of publications, who has served as PRiMER managing publisher since its inception.

Effective July 1, 2020, Sam Grammer will take over the role of managing publisher for PRiMER. Mr Grammer brings more than 15 years of experience in academic publishing to the position, nine of which were spent serving as a content specialist for the National Library of Medicine’s Bookshelf project.

For more information about PRiMER, visit and follow the journal via Twitter at


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