Abstract: We are glad to announce that on July 2009 the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, the official Journal of our International Association (IAPD), was awarded the impact factor. It is the second paediatric dental journal after Pediatric Dentistry, the official journal of the American Academy, to obtain such achievement.
We would like to inform our authors and readers that the EJPD has been accepted for indexing in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). Currently we are undergoing the required observation period of two years in order to be evaluated, and we could obtain the impact factor in 2011.
Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal is cited in a given period of time. The highest impact factor obtainable by dental journals is 3.5, while paediatric dental journals do not score more than 1.6. The impact factor of a journal is calculated over a three-year period, and can be considered as the average number of times published papers are cited up to two years after publication.
Impact factor is assessed in relation to:
* articles cited in indexed journals,
* number of articles, reviews, proceedings or notes published.
Therefore we try to publish interesting contributions which could be cited in other researches and journals.
The present issue is mainly dedicated to psychological studies, above all perception of facial and dental aspect and treatment need, since knowledge and understanding of child’s, as well as parent’s, psychology is crucial for paediatric dentists. The topic is examined from different standpoints, with the help of different psychological techniques: questionnaires, drawings and an uncommon study on nicknames in relation to dental features. The published studies were conducted in several countries: Brazil, Italy, Nigeria and Portugal.
Firstly, a general analysis on drawings on the perception of the aesthetic components of oral health by paediatric patients comes from Portugal and an unusual contribution on nicknames referred to teeth is from Nigeria. Large contributions on the subject come from Brazilian schools: family and child perception of aesthetics and treatment needs, to evaluate how children’s oral conditions affect theirs and their family’s quality of life, and the validation of the FIS for children, originally devised for Portuguese-speaking children. Questionnaire is the method used for further studies about perception of facial aesthetics and treatment need, and emotional dental experiences from Italy .
The two case reports do not focus on psychological problems. A contribution from Turkey describes the orofacial findings in a paediatric patient with the extremely rare Robinow Syndrome, the other paper is from India and reports two cases of a developmental anomaly.