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Guide for Authors
Electronic manuscript submission and review
The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics uses the Elsevier Editorial System (EES), an online manuscript submission and review system.
To submit or review an article, please go to the AJO-DO EES website: ees.elsevier.com/ajodo .
Send other correspondence to:
Dr. David L. Turpin, DDS, MSD, Interim Editor-in-ChiefGeneral Information
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
University of Washington
Department of Orthodontics, D-569
HSC Box 357446
Seattle, WA 98195-7446
Telephone (206) 221-5413
The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics publishes original research, reviews, case reports, clinical material, and other material related to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.Submitted manuscripts must be original, written in English, and not published or under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the editor and consultants and are subject to editorial revision. Authors should follow the guidelines below.
Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the editor(s) or publisher, and the editor(s) and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material. Neither the editor(s) nor the publisher guarantees, warrants, or endorses any product or service advertised in this publication; neither do they guarantee any claimmade by the manufacturer of any product or service. Each reader must determine whether to act on the information in this publication, and neither the Journal nor its sponsoring organizations shall be liable for any injury due to the publication of erroneous information.Guidelines for Original Articles
Submit Original Articles via EES: ees.elsevier.com/ajodo.Before you begin, please review the guidelines below. To view a 7-minute video explaining how to prepare your article for submission, go to Video on Manuscript Preparation.
- 1. Title Page. Put all information pertaining to the authors in a separate document. Include the title of the article, full name(s) of the author(s), academic degrees, and institutional affiliations and positions; identify the corresponding author and include an address, telephone and fax numbers, and an e-mail address. This information will not be available to the reviewers.
- 2. Abstract. Structured abstracts of 200 words or less are preferred. A structured abstract contains the following sections: Introduction, describing the problem; Methods, describing how the study was performed; Results, describing the primary results; and Conclusions, reporting what the authors conclude from the findings and any clinical implications.
- 3. Manuscript. The manuscript proper should be organized in the following sections: Introduction and literature review, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References, and figure captions. Express measurements in metric units, whenever practical. Refer to teeth by their full name or their FDI tooth number. For style questions, refer to the AMA Manual of Style, 9th edition. Cite references selectively, and number them in the order cited. Make sure that all references have been mentioned in the text. Follow the format for references in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (Ann Intern Med 1997;126:36-47); http://www.icmje.org. Include the list of references with the manuscript proper. Submit figures and tables separately (see below); do not embed figures in the word processing document.
- 4. Figures. Digital images should be in TIF or EPS format, CMYK or grayscale, at least 5 inches wide and at least 300 pixels per inch (118 pixels per cm). Do not embed images in a word processing program. If published, images could be reduced to 1 column width (about 3 inches), so authors should ensure that figures will remain legible at that scale. For best results, avoid screening, shading, and colored backgrounds; use the simplest patterns available to indicate differences in charts. If a figure has been previously published, the legend (included in the manuscript proper) must give full credit to the original source, and written permission from the original publisher must be included. Be sure you have mentioned each figure, in order, in the text.
- 5. Tables. Tables should be self-explanatory and should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Number them with Roman numerals, in the order they are mentioned in the text. Provide a brief title for each. If a table has been previously published, include a footnote in the table giving full credit to the original source and include written permission for its use from the copyright holder. Submit tables as text-based files (Word or Excel, for example) and not as graphic elements.
- 6. Model release and permission forms. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by a release signed by the person or both living parents or the guardian of minors. Illustrations or tables that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and original author, and the legend must properly credit the source. Permission also must be obtained to use modified tables or figures.
- 7. Copyright release. In accordance with the Copyright Act of 1976, which became effective February 1, 1978, all manuscripts must be accompanied by the following written statement, signed by all authors:
"The undersigned author(s) transfers all copyright ownership of the manuscript [insert title of article here] to the American Association of Orthodontists in the event the work is published. The undersigned author(s) warrants that the article is original, does not infringe upon any copyright or other proprietary right of any third party, is not under consideration by another journal, has not been previously published, and includes any product that may derive from the published journal, whether print or electronic media. I (we) sign for and accept responsibility for releasing this material." Scan the printed copyright release and submit it via EES.
- 8. Use the International College of Medical Journal Editors Form for the Disclosure of Conflict of Interest (ICMJE Conflict of Interest Form). If the manuscript is accepted, the disclosed information will be published with the article. The usual and customary listing of sources of support and institutional affiliations on the title page is proper and does not imply a conflict of interest. Guest editorials, Letters, and Review articles may be rejected if a conflict of interest exists.
- 9. Institutional Review Board approval. For those articles that report on the results of experiments of treatments where patients or animals have been used as the sample, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is mandatory. No experimental studies will be sent out for review without an IRB approval accompanying the manuscript submission.
- 10. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses must be accompanied by the current PRISMA checklist and flow diagram (go to Video on CONSORT and PRISMA). For complete instructions, see our Guidelines for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.
- 11. Randomized Clinical Trials must be accompanied by the current CONSORT statement, checklist, and flow diagram (go to Video on CONSORT and PRISMA). For complete instructions, see our Guidelines for Randomized Clinical Trials and the Annotated RCT Sample Article.
Follow the guidelines above, with the following exceptions, and submit via EES.Case Reports will be evaluated for completeness and quality of records, quality of treatment, uniqueness of the case, and quality of the manuscript. A high quality manuscript must include the following sections: introduction; diagnosis; etiology; treatment objectives, treatment alternatives, treatment progress, and treatment results; and discussion. The submitted figures must include extraoral and intraoral photographs and dental casts, panoramic radiographs, cephalometric radiographs, and tracings from both pretreatment and posttreatment, and progress or retention figures as appropriate. Complete Case Report Guidelines can be downloaded from Case Report Guidelines.
Techno Bytes items report on emerging technological developments and products for use by orthodontists.Miscellaneous Submissions
Letters to the Editor and their responses appear in the Readers' Forum section and are encouraged to stimulate healthy discourse between authors and our readers. Letters to the Editor must refer to an article that was published within the previous six (6) months and must be less than 500 words including references. Send letters or questions directly to the editor, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit a signed copyright release with the letter.Brief, substantiated commentary on subjects of interest to the orthodontic profession is published occasionally as a Special Article. Submit Guest Editorials and Special Articles via the Web site.
Books and monographs (domestic and foreign) will be reviewed, depending upon their interest and value to subscribers. Send books to the interim Editor in Chief, Dr. David L. Turpin, Department of Orthodontics, University of Washington D-569, HSC Box 357446, Seattle,WA98195-7446. They will not be returned.Checklist for authors
____Title page, including full name, academic degrees, and institutional affiliation and position of each author, and author to whom correspondence and reprint requests are to be sent, including address, business and home phone numbers, faxnumbers, and e-mail addressUpdated August 2013
____Article proper, including references and figure legends
____Figures, in TIF or EPS format
____Copyright release statement, signed by all authors
____Photographic consent statement(s)
____ICMJE Conflict of interest statement
____Permissions to reproduce previously published material