Guide For Authors

The Editorial Process

The manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

The Editors review all submitted manuscripts initially. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, or absence of importance of message are rejected. The journal will not return the unaccepted manuscripts.

Other manuscripts are sent to two or more expert reviewers without revealing the identity of the authors to the reviewers. Within a period of eight to ten weeks, the contributors will be informed about the reviewers' comments and acceptance/rejection of manuscript. Articles accepted would be copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs will be sent to the first author, which has to be returned within five days. Correction received after that period may not be included. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged.

Types Of Manuscripts And Word Limits

Original Research Articles

Randomised controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys with high response rate. Up to 2500 words excluding references and abstract.

Short Communication

Up to 1000 words excluding references and abstract and up to 8 references. A short communication contains only a short report of the case (only pertinent details) and a short discussion and references upto a maximum of 8. OR a short research that does NOT require further confirmation. Number of figures should be restricted to a maximum of 6.

Case Reports

Only New / interesting / very rare cases can be reported. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority, whereas, mere reporting of a rare case may not be considered. Up to 2000 words excluding references and abstract and up to 10 references.

Review Articles

Systemic critical assessments of literature and data sources. Up to 3500 words excluding references and abstract. Research Gaps in Policies, Protocols and Practice: This section would cover insights on existing gaps in the policies, protocols and practice pertaining to oral health and diseases. The review formats have to highlight the need to bridge the gap in one or all aspects, so that the optimum oral health is achieved.

Letter To The Editor

Should be short, decisive observation. They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. Up to 400 words and 4 references.

Reviews/ Systematic Reviews/ Meta-Analysis

Only those who have done substantial work in a particular field can write a review article. A short summary of the work done by the authors (s) in the field of review should accompany the manuscript. The journal expects the authors to give post-publication updates on the subject of review. The update should be brief, covering the advances in the field after the publication of article and should be sent as letter to editor, as and when major development occur in the field. Please Note: NARRATIVE REVIEWS are strongly discouraged. Systematic review and Meta-analysis, with specific hypothesis and universally accepted methodology (Like PRISMA statements) only would be considered.