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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has NOT been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, DOI, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Decision of Publication | Types of acceptable articles | Preparation of the manuscript | Main text | Title Page | Abstract | Introduction | Methods | Results | Discussion | Conclusions | References | Acknowledgments | Tables | Figures and illustrations | Recommended links

The Journal of Oral Health Research accepts online submissions only and all the manuscripts are to be submitted using online submission system. Please REGISTER to start the submission process.
Papers that are not formatted in accordance with the journal’s guidelines for authors will be returned to the author before editorial review. Each submission will be initially reviewed by the editor followed by peer review provided the article is of sufficient priority for publication. Every submission has to be the sole work of the authors and not been previously published nor before another journal for consideration. Authors whose primary language is not English are advised to have their article reviewed by a native English speaker.

Decision of Publication

The decision of acceptance for publication lies with the editorial board and accepted manuscripts are copyedited according to the journal style, the galley proofs are returned to the corresponding author for approval before publishing. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor and authorized by the corresponding author.

Types of acceptable articles

Journal of oral health research accepts and publishes original articles, reviews, brief communications, letters to editor as well as case reports in the field of dentistry and related specialties.

Preparation of the manuscript

Authors are supposed to submit two separate files, a title page and an article file for ensuring a blind review. The submission file is supposed to be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

Main text

The text of the original articles has to be structured in the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRAD) followed by References. Long articles may need subheadings within some sections to clarify their content. Other types of articles, such as case reports, reviews, brief communications and letter to the editor can be formatted differently. It is preferable to submit case report under the following sections: abstract, introduction, case report and discussion.
All the pages of the manuscript have to be numbered consecutively; beginning with the title page, and all portions of the manuscript should be single-spaced using a 12-point font (Times new roman or Arial). Italics should be employed rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Title Page

It should be submitted as supplementary file via online submission system

  • A concise and comprehensive title
  • A short running head (less than 40 characters)
  • Authors’ names, highest academic degrees and institutional affiliations
  • The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.
  • Contact information of the corresponding author (name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address)
  • Word count (excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends, and references)
  • The number of figures and tables


  • Original articles: It should be an informative, structured abstract and should be divided into Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions. The word limit for abstract is 250 words.
  • For review articles, brief communications and case reports an indicative unstructured abstract of 150 – 200 words should be submitted.


  • It should provide background of the study with relevant information related to purpose of the study, research hypothesis and objectives.
  • It should be concise, logically presented and has to be supported by existing literature.


  • The Methods section should include information regarding the study design and study subjects, in addition to relevant information on subject selection and study setting.
  • The methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), procedures and statistical analysis used should be explained in sufficient detail with references.
  • A clear statement on ethical approval and informed consent should be included in the methods section.
  • Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data.


  • Results are to be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. There should not be any duplication of data in the tables or illustrations and the text.
  • When data are summarized in the Results section, give numeric results not only as derivatives (for example, percentages) but also as the absolute numbers from which the derivatives were calculated, and specify the statistical methods used to analyze them.
  • Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the objectives of the paper.
  • Tables have to be numbered in the order of occurrence and appropriate foot-notes should be used for each table describing the statistical test and values.
  • Tables, figures and all illustrations are to be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.


  • It should be meaningful and include both limitations as well as strengths of the conducted research.
  • It has to summarize important findings and relate them to the existing literature.
  • Explanation of the important findings along with logical reasoning should be presented.
  • This section can also be used to provide recommendations and suggestions for further research in the corresponding research area.


  • They should be supported by the observed results and extended conclusions should be avoided.
  • Conclusions have to be conforming to the aim and objectives.
  • It has to answer the research question and can also include recommendations.


References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. They should placed like this; some text in the paragraph(1) or some text in the paragraph[1].

  • Abstracts should not be used as references while references to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press”.
  • The format of the references should follow the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver Group) ICMJE

Format of the references
Articles in journals
Kumar S, Dagli RJ, Chandrakant D, Prabu D, Suhas K. Periodontal status of green marble mine labourers in Kesariyaji, Rajasthan, India. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2008;6:217-21.
Nowak AJ, editor. Dentistry for the handicapped patient. 1st ed. St. Louis, MO: CV Mosby; 1976. p 3-20.
Book chapter:
Nowak AJ. Dental care for the handicapped patient—past, present, future. In: Nowak AJ, ed. Dentistry for the handicapped patient. St. Louis, MO: CV Mosby; 1976. p 3-20.


  • All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in acknowledgments section.
  • They should be brief and objective, to individuals or organizations that contributed significantly to the study


  • Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and should carry a concise title for each.
  • Each column in the table should have a short or an abbreviated heading and no internal vertical lines are to be used.
  • Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Footnotes can be used to explain all nonstandard abbreviations and statistical tests or values.

Figures and illustrations

  • Figures should be provided at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi as a .tif or .jpg file.
  • Legends for each figure should be concise and clear.
  • Footnotes should be provided wherever necessary to explain the abbreviations.

Recommended links

Authors are recommended to use the following guidelines in order to structure their manuscript based on the type of the article
PRISMA (for reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses)
CONSORT (Statement (for reporting of randomised controlled trials)
STROBE (for reporting of observational studies in epidemiology)