Abstract: The European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry is interested to promote research and knowledge in favour of the oral health of children; we receive many case reports: authors are interested in sharing their clinical experiences and our readers might like to know about it.
I take this opportunity to remind our guidelines for case report publication.
The optimal length is 10,000 characters and 8 figures, which translate in 3 printed pages.
We agree with Göran Dahllöf and Goran Koch, who stated the following in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry:
Clinical Reports should be short papers not exceeding 800 words, including a maximum of three illustrations and five references to be accepted for publication if they serve to promote communication between clinicians and researchers. In contrast to original articles, contributions to this section will not undergo peer-review, but will be assessed by the editorial team.
Our guidelines are different but share the same philosophy.
The format for these reports, which will usually be limited to no more than one or two per issue in the journal, should follow a similar layout of research papers. There should be an abstract briefly describing the case and treatment provided. The background to the clinical case/technique should be briefly explained and the case report described in detail. There must be a description of the clinical care carried out, which must also have been followed-up for a minimum of two years to indicate the degree of success.
The Journal will consider clinical case reports of interest to Paediatric Dentistry, but usually only where details of treatment carried out and the success of such treatment are given.
We thank our publisher Ariesdue for the publication of this supplement focused on clinical cases which includes 21 case reports.