Guide for Authors
1.1. Peer-reviewed articles
Original Contributions. All Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Report/Series and Short Communications, Technical Notes submitted to JDMT go under an initial screening by the editorial office before inviting reviewers. The topic of manuscript will be checked to adapt the scope of JDMT. Incomplete submissions without the required documents will be back to author’s submission dashboard in his/her profile, which can be found under “Submissions Sent Back to Author” link. The initial evaluation will be done in two days after submission.
Once the initial evaluation completed, the article will be assessed under a double-blind peer-review procedure. The first decision will be made by the editorial office depending on the reviewers’ recommendations. The average time for first decision, is three weeks.
1.2. Non-peer-reviewed material
Letters to the Editor. A letter about a particular published article JDMT will be forwarded to the article’s author for comment, if the letter is selected for publication. The JDMT Editor reserves the right to edit the letters into a publishable format (500 words, maximum of five references, no illustrations). A letter concerning a recent JDMT article will have the best chance of acceptance if it is received within three months of the article’s publication. Letter writers are asked to disclose any personal or professional affiliations or conflicts of interest that readers may wish to take into consideration in assessing their stated opinions. The letters to the Editor can be sent to JDMT only via e-mail address: JDMT@mums.ac.ir with the subject of “Letter to the Editor”.
All new manuscripts must be submitted via JDMT’s online submission website. Authors should click the “Register” link on the upper-right hand corner of the JDMT’s home page and follow the step-by-step process to create an account. If you have forgot your login password, you can use the password recovery system on the login page. On the dashboard page, authors should select the “Author” as the role of user on the right hand. In the Corresponding Author Center, they should click the “Submit a new manuscript” link.
2.1.1. What to submit?
JDMT, seeks to publish Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports/Series, Short Communication, Technical Notes and Letters to the Editor in the field of dental materials and techniques relating to oral and dental healthcare.
2.1.2. How to prepare the manuscript?
Text: Submit your text in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. Do not embed figures or tables in this document; these should be submitted as separate files; however, figure and table legends should be included in your text document immediately following your references.
Manuscripts should be typewritten with double-spacing and ample margins (at least 2.5 cm) on all four sides. Kindly please use 12-point Times New Roman.
Formulae and equations: should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in round brackets and be merged in the main text. Chemical formulae and reactions must be typed in Word processor. Do not merge them as pictures in the document. Use Equation service of Word processor to create equations.
Tables: Tables should be typed on separate pages, clearly spaced and numbered in sequence with Roman numerals. Tables should be created with a word processor and saved in either DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. Do not embed tables in your text.
Figures: Figures must be submitted in TIFF or JPG format. DO not embed figures in your text document. To ensure the highest print quality, figures should be submitted with the minimum resolutions of 300 dpi (dots per inch).
Figures should be cited as "Figure 4" or (Fig. 4A); all panels of a figure must have a label in the upper-left corner (A, B, C, etc.).
Title: choose a title that is long enough to cover the main points, considering the importance of shortness. The first letters of each word of title and also abbreviations should be in upper case. For example: “Influence of 10-MDP Adhesive System on Shear Bond Strength of Zirconia-Composite Interfaces”
Running title: a shorter version of the title (40 characters at most) is needed for page footer. For example : “Zirconia-Composite bond strength.”
Structure of Original Articles
The abstract should concisely describe the purpose of the study, the hypothesis, methods, major findings, and conclusions. The abstract should describe the new contributions made by this study. It should be organized into sections start with a one-word title, i.e., Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. It should not exceed more than 250 words.
Three to six keywords must be listed below the abstract. These keywords should be selected based on Mesh (Medical Subject Heading) system. Authors’ information in the abstract page should be avoided.
This must be presented in a structured format, covering the following subjects, although actual subheadings should not be included:
• Succinct statements of the issue in question;
• The essence of existing knowledge and understanding pertinent to the issue (reference);
• The aims and objectives of the research must be mentioned clearly at the end of introduction section.
Materials and methods
• All materials, procedures and analytical techniques should be described. Use references to previous published works when needed.
• Include at least general composition details and batch numbers for all materials.
• Identify names and sources of all commercial products e.g. "The composite (Silar, 3M Co., St. Paul, MN, USA)...", "... CEM cement (BioniqueDent, Tehran, Iran)"
• Specify statistical significance test methods, including the software used for data analysis.
• Refer to appropriate tables and figures.
• Refrain from subjective comments.
• Make no reference to previous literature. Only the findings of current research must be mentioned.
• Report statistical findings. P values must be reported with the exact value, rounded to two decimal digits (Avoid using p0.05). However, if the p-value is <0.001, just report (p<0.001).
• Explain and interpret data. Do not report p-values in this section.
• State implications of the results, relate to composition.
• Indicate limitations of findings.
• Relate to other relevant research.
Conclusion (if included)
• must NOT repeat Results or Discussion
• must concisely state inference, significance, consequences as well as clinical relevance of findings.
Important notes for clinical trials
The manuscript structure is as mentioned for original articles, for both abstract and full-text body.
CONSORT statement. Authors of articles about clinical trials must adhere to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials statement (http://www.consort-statement.org/). Authors of manuscripts about clinical trials must use intention-to-treat analysis.
JDMT considers solicited and unsolicited review articles for publications. In the case of unsolicited submission, please send us an inquiry e-mail to the editorial office via JDMT@mums.ac.ir with the subject of “Inquiry for review article submission” before submitting a review article for the JDMT. All review articles undergo the same peer-review and editorial process as original research reports. JMDT expects that the authors of review articles will not have significant financial associations with a company (or its competitor) that makes a product discussed in the article.
In general, the text is limited to 3000 words, with a maximum of 10 figures and tables (total), and no limit for references. Abstract for review articles and case reports may be non-structured of no more than 250 words giving details of what was done including the search strategy or case description.
Authors of systematic reviews must adhere to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA), available at http://www.prismastatement.org/statement.htm.
Case Reports illustrating unusual and clinically relevant observations are acceptable, but their merit needs to provide high priority for publication in the journal. They should be kept within 3-4 pages and need not follow the usual division into material and methods etc, but should have an abstract. The introduction should be kept short. Thereafter the case is described followed by a discussion.
Short Communications are suitable for the concise presentation of a research that extends previously published research, including the reporting of additional controls and confirmatory results in other settings, as well as negative results, small-scale clinical studies, clinical audits and case series.
Short communication is not intended to publish preliminary results. Only if these results are of exceptional interest and are particularly topical and relevant will be considered for publication. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished.
Short communications should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and have no more than 25 references.
Manuscript structure for short communication
Manuscripts for Short Communications submitted to JDMT must be prepared the same as Original Article.
A Technical Note is a concise description of a specific development, procedure or device which should be a solution to a specific problem and have sufficient relevance to be useful to many readers of Dentistry. It should be concise and occupy no more than four pages in JDMT.
The technical note must be prepared based on the following structure: Abstract (structured or unstructured), Introduction , Methods (or technique) and results (separate or combined), Discussion, Acknowledgements (optional), References
The reference style follow the uniform Vancouver style and can be efficiently learned from reading past issues of the journal. Citations are placed in parentheses at the end of a sentence or at the end of a clause that requires a literature citation. Do not use superscript for references. Original articles and case reports/series are limited to 40 and 20 references, respectively. There are no limits in the number of references for review articles.
References are required to be numbered consecutively in the order of appearance in the text, and should be kept to a pertinent minimum. Identify references in the text, table and figure legends by Arabic numbers in parentheses such as (1), (2,3), and (1,3,4-8). Use the style of the examples below. Abbreviations of journals need to conform to those of Index Medicus. We highly recommend authors to use a citation manager software (such as EndNote).
Manuscript accepted but not published may be cited in the reference list by placing "(in press)" after the abbreviated title of the journal. Manuscripts written in languages other than English should be limited. Cite unpublished work as such in the text. Personal communication should be acknowledged in the text and accompanied by written permission. When listing references, follow the uniform Vancouver style. Please find below some examples:
Journal: Heravi F, Mokhber N, Shayan E. Galvanic Corrosion among Different Combination of Orthodontic Archwires and Stainless Steel Brackets. J Dent Mater Tech. 2014;3(3):118-122.
Book: Ingle JI, Bakland LK, Baumgartner JC. Ingle’s Endodontics. 4th ed. Hamilton: B.C. Decker Inc., 2008.
Website : World Health Organization (WHO). Mortality country fact sheet 2006 [internet]. Geneva: WHO; 2006. Available from: www.who.int/whosis/mort_emro_pak_pakistan.pdf
Conflict of Interest
JDMT requires that sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential grant holders should be listed. Acknowledgements should be brief and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors. The Conflict of Interest Statement should be included within the title page, not the main document, to allow blinded review.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., technical help, providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
2.2. Revised manuscript
In the case of receiving reviewers’ comments, the author(s) may need to revise the re-submit the manuscript. Kindly please note that receiving the comments does not guarantee the acceptance of your article. Any changes in the manuscript must be highlighted in yellow color. A separate .docx file must be prepared containing author(s) responses to reviewers’ comments. Each question or comment must be followed by its relevant response.
After preparing the revised manuscript, login to your profile using your username and password, klick on the “author” role on the left. On the submission page, the revised manuscript and the responses to comments must be uploaded in separated .docx files using the links in the middle box.
Once the manuscript is accepted for publication in JDMT, an acceptance declaration will be sent to the corresponded through the registered e-mail address. After the preparation of the manuscript, one set of page proofs (as PDF file) will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author or, a link will be provided in the e-mail so that authors can download the files themselves. The author can use PDF annotations facility, for which you will need to download Adobe Reader version 9 (or higher) available free from http://get.adobe.com/reader. Instructions on how to annotate PDF files will accompany the proofs (also given online). The exact system requirements are given at the Adobe site: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/tech-specs.html.
4.1. Manuscript originality and author identification and roles
These will be identified in the cover letter, providing the originality of the submitted manuscript declaration and whether it was not been published or being under consideration for publication or review elsewhere. Each author’s name, degrees, professional title, work affiliations, complete address, telephone and fax numbers, and valid email address, in the order that will appear in the article in the case of acceptance for publication. At the end, the funding institute (including the grant number) or any other financial support for the current manuscript must be provided.
This cover letter can be typed in on the JDMT’s submission site in the field provided, or it can be uploaded to the site as a word-processed document. All authors must provide a brief statement of responsibility detailing what he or she contributed to the manuscript following their names. Any changes in the authorship of the manuscript such as correction of names or affiliations must be submitted only at the galley proof in the case of acceptance.
4.2. Publication ethics
Ethics and malpractice statements of the Journal of Dental Materials and Techniques are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and pertain to all parties involved in the publishing; the editor, the peer reviewers, and the authors. Contributors are strongly recommended to prepare their manuscripts in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, which can be visited at http://www.icmje.org/index.html. Authors are also encouraged to review their final draft with both software (spelling and grammar programs) and colleagues who have expertise in English grammar. The Editor reserves the right to edit all manuscripts or to reject those manuscripts that lack clarity or precision. The JDMT will consider only original articles, which have not been published elsewhere and have been submitted and being under reviewing process elsewhere and exclusively submitted to JDMT.
4.3. Human and animal rights
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans, http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html; Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals, http://www.icmje.org. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
JDMT will not include papers based on work that involves unnecessary pain, distress, suffering or lasting harm in animal subjects. Manuscripts describing research involving live animals must include appropriate details, in the methods section, of animals used, housing and feeding, experimental design, experimental procedures, ethical considerations, and licences and approvals under which the work was carried out in Materials and Methods section.
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