Guide for Authors
Christopher D. Lynch
School of Dentistry
Heath Park, Cardiff,
CF14 4NQ, UK
EX1 2AH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1392 285879
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 853132
The Journal of Dentistry is the leading international dental journal within the field of Restorative Dentistry. Placing an emphasis on publishing novel and high-quality research papers, the Journal aims to influence the practice of dentistry at clinician, research, industry and policy-maker level on an international basis.
Topics covered include the management of dental disease, periodontology, endodontology, operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, and dental biomaterials science, long-term clinical trials including epidemiology and oral health, dental education, technology transfer of new scientific instrumentation or procedures, as well clinically relevant oral biology and translational research. Submissions are welcomed from other clinically relevant areas, however, the Journal places an emphasis on publishing high-quality and novel research.Queries in relation to manuscript content should be directed to the Journal Editorial Office in the first instance.
SubmissionsThe requirements for submission are in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals," Annals of Internal Medicine, 1977, 126, 36-47.
Authors are requested to submit their original manuscript and figures via the online submission and editorial system for Journal of Dentistry. Using this online system, authors may submit manuscripts and track their progress through the system to publication. Reviewers can download manuscripts and submit their opinions to the editor. Editors can manage the whole submission/review/revise/publish process. Please register at: http://ees.elsevier.com/jjodAuthors unable to submit online should contact the Editorial office: Matt Walmsley, Journal Manager, Journal of Dentistry, Elsevier, Bampfylde Street, Exeter, UK, EX1 2AH. firstname.lastname@example.org TEL: +44 (0)1392 285879 Fax: +44 (0)1865 853132.
Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication:
- - Original Research Reports: maximum length 6 printed pages approximately 20 typescript pages, including illustrations and tables.
- Review articles: maximum length 10 printed pages, approximately 33 typescript pages, including illustrations and tables.
- Short communication for rapid publication: maximum length 2 printed pages, approximately 7 typescript pages, including illustrations.
- Letters providing informed comment and constructive criticism of material previously published in the Journal.
Authorship: Only those persons who have made a significant contribution to the manuscript submitted should be listed as authors. The Editor-in-Chief expects that a manuscript should normally have no more than 6 authors, unless a case is made by the corresponding author within the article cover letter to include other authors. All of the named authors should have been involved in the work leading to the publication of the paper and should have read the paper before it is submitted for publication.Notes for Typescript Preparation
The title page should contain the following information:Spelling: International English.
- Title of paper
- Short title
- Name(s), job titles and address(es) of author(s) (no academic degrees necessary)
- Name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail of the corresponding author
- Up to 6 keywords
Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible.The house style of Journal of Dentistry requires that articles should be arranged in the following order: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures. A cover letter should accompany the new manuscript submission, within which the authors should indicate the significance of the work being submitted in a statement no more than 100 words. A signed permission note (details below) must also be included.
Abstract: should not exceed 250 words and should be presented under the following subheadings: Objectives, Methods; Results; Conclusions (For Reviews: Objectives; Data; Sources; Study selection; Conclusions). A 50 word 'Clinical Significance' statement should appear at the end of the abstract advising readers of the clinical importance and relevance of their work. These subheadings should appear in the text of the abstract. Please repeat the title of the article at the top of the abstract page.Introduction: must be presented in a structured format, covering the following subjects, although not under subheadings: succinct statements of the issue in question, and the essence of existing knowledge and understanding pertinent to the issue. In keeping with the house style of Journal of Dentistry, the final paragraph of the introduction should clearly state the aims and/or objective of the work being reported. Prospective authors may find the following form of words to be helpful: "The aim of this paper is to ..." Where appropriate, a hypothesis (e.g. null or a priori) should then be stated.
Keywords: up to 6 keywords should be supplied.Abbreviations and acronyms: terms and names to be referred to in the form of abbreviations or acronyms must be given in full when first mentioned.
Units: SI units should be used throughout. If non-SI units must be quoted, the SI equivalent must immediately follow in parentheses.The complete names of individual teeth must be given in the test. In tables and legends for illustrations individual teeth should be identified using the FDI two-digit system.
StatisticsReferences: These should appear in the text in numerical order and should follow a modified form of the Vancouver Reference system (details may be found at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#reference. Please note that the house style of the Journal of Dentistry is different from the standard Vancouver reference style in that it includes a requirement:
Statistical methods should be described with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. When possible, findings should be quantified and appropriate measures of error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals) given. Details about eligibility criteria for subjects, randomization and the number of observations should be included. The computer software and the statistical method(s) used should be specified with references to standard works when possible (with pages specified). See http://www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html for more detailed guidelines.
- to refer to the name of the Journal in fullExamples as follows:
- to put the name of the Journal in Italics
- to put the volume number in bold
Journal articlesLynch CD, Frazier KB, McConnell RJ, Blum IR, Wilson NHF. State-of-the-art techniques in Operative Dentistry: contemporary teaching of posterior composites in UK and Irish dental schools. British Dental Journal 2010; 209: 129 - 36.
Wilson NHF, Mjör I. The teaching of class I and class II direct composite restorations in European dental schools. Journal of Dentistry 2000; 28: 15-21.Please note that in-press/ accepted articles that are awaiting assignment of page numbers should be cited including their DOI number (Digital Object Identifier), for example:
BooksLynch CD. Successful posterior composites. London: Quintessence Publishing Co., 2008.
Book chaptersPhillips SJ, Whisnant JP. The role of dentine under restorations. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. The science of restorative dentistry. 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier; 2003. p.266-78.
If there are seven or more authors please list the first six and et al., otherwise list all authors. Journal titles should be given in full. If websites are used as references, the full URL should be cited, along with the date on which it was accessed.Illustrations: should be submitted electronically using appropriate commercial software. Prospective authors should follow the relevant guidelines (available from: http://www.elsevier.com/artworkinstructions). In addition, it is noted that while authors sometimes need to manipulate images for clarity, manipulation for purposes of deception or fraud will be seen as scientific ethical abuse and will be dealt with accordingly. For graphical images, journals published by Elsevier apply the following policy: no specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if and as long as they do not obscure or eliminate any information present in the original. Nonlinear adjustments (e.g. changes to gamma settings) must be disclosed in the figure legend.
Offprints and page charges: no page charges are levied on articles published in Journal of Dentistry. The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail. The PDF file is a watermarked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use.The Editor and Publisher reserve the right to make such corrections to typescripts as may be necessary for clarity of expression, or to conform to the style required.
Randomised controlled trials: All randomised controlled trials submitted for publication in Journal of Dentistry should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart. Submitted manuscripts that do not include this flow chart, where appropriate, will be rejected without entering the review process. Please refer to the CONSORT statement website at http://www.consort-statement.org for more information. Journal of Dentistry has adopted the proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which require, as a condition of consideration for publication of clinical trials, registration in a public trials registry. Trials must register at or before the onset of patient enrolment. The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article. For this purpose, a clinical trial is defined as any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects of health outcomes. Health-related interventions include any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome (for example drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioural treatments, dietary interventions, and process-of-care changes). Health outcomes include any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events. Purely observational studies (those in which the assignment of the medical intervention is not at the discretion of the investigator) will not require registration. Further information can be found at http://www.icmje.orgDisclosure of Clinical Trial Results: In line with the position of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors , the journal will not consider results posted in the same clinical trials registry in which primary registration resides to be prior publication if the results posted are presented in the form of a brief structured (less than 500 words) abstract or table. However, divulging results in other circumstances (eg, investors' meetings) is discouraged and may jeopardise consideration of the manuscript. Authors should fully disclose all posting in registries of results of the same or closely related work.
Patient consent: Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent which should be documented in your paper. Patients have a right to privacy. Therefore identifying information, including patients images, names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be included in videos, recordings, written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and you have obtained written informed consent for publication in print and electronic form from the patient (or parent, guardian or next of kin where applicable). If such consent is made subject to any conditions, Elsevier must be made aware of all such conditions. Written consents must be provided to Elsevier on request. Even where consent has been given, identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. If such consent has not been obtained, personal details of patients included in any part of the paper and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.Proofs: Proofs will be sent to the author (first-named author if no corresponding author is identified on multi-authored papers) by PDF wherever possible and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt, preferably by e-mail. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors; any other amendments made may be charged to the author. Any queries should be answered in full. Elsevier will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are returned to us in one all-inclusive e-mail or fax. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so please ensure that your first communication is complete.
Should you choose to mail your corrections, please return them to: Log-in Department, Elsevier, Stover Court, Bampfylde Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 2AH, UK.Funding body agreements and policies
Elsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors whose articles appear in journals published by Elsevier, to comply with potential manuscript archiving requirements as specified as conditions of their grant awards. To learn more about existing agreements and policies please visit http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies
The decision of the Editor-in-Chief is final in relation to all manuscript submissions.Updated September 2011
- - Original Research Reports: maximum length 6 printed pages approximately 20 typescript pages, including illustrations and tables.