Guidelines for Authors
The aim and scope of the European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry (EJPD) is to promote research in all aspects of dentistry for children, including interceptive orthodontics and studies on children and young adults with special needs. The Journal focuses on the publication and critical evaluations of clinical and basic science research. 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.
Submission of manuscripts
Only original papers written in correct English are accepted (in the links section of this web site authors can find optional translators) and should be accompanied by a statement of the authors that the manuscript is not being considered for publication in another journal. Only those who are actively involved in the work should be named as authors and this will normally be up to three authors. Multiple authors, over and above three, must be justified.
Copies of a permission to reproduce material that has been published elsewhere, or to use illustrations that may enable readers to identify children or individuals, should be supplied.
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000.
Patients have a right to privacy: that should not be infringed without the patient (or parent or guardian) written informed consent for publication. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in this section of the web site.
Illustrations should be supplied as separate high resolution (300 dpi) jpg or tiff files. These must not be ‘read only’.
Conditions. All manuscripts are subject to editorial and scientific review. Submission of an article for publication implies the transfer of the copyright from the author to the publisher upon acceptance. Accepted papers become the permanent property of the EJPD and may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher.
Page charges. Starting with volume 10, authors are requested to pay a contribution (in euro currency) as soon as their article is accepted and scheduled for publication.
Organisation of the text
Research Articles. Abstract. Each paper requires an abstract to include brief details of the work. There should be headings in bold for Aim, Study Design, Methods, Results, Statistics and the main Conclusions.
Introduction. This section should review the pertinent background literature to the research. Key references to previous research should be given and a rationale for the further work reported in the paper arrived at. The aim of the study should conclude the introduction.
Materials and methods. This section must be clearly written and in sufficient detail for the work to be repeated by other workers. The FDI tooth notation system must be used. The statistical methods used should be stated.
Results. The results of the research should be clearly and succinctly presented and only related to the methods described. Where appropriate, data should be given as to the reproducibility of the findings. Statistical analysis should be included in this section. Tables and figures (illustrations and photographs), both numbered in Arabic numerals, should be prepared on separate sheets. Tables require a heading, figures a legend, also prepared on a separate sheet. Illustrations should be supplied in electronic format (high resolution, 300 dpi, tiff or jpg files) and must not be ‘read only’; each figure must have a clear indication as to its number.
For the reproduction of illustrations, only good drawings and original photographs can be accepted; negatives or photocopies cannot be used. Due to technical reasons, figures with a screen background should not be submitted. When possible, group several illustrations on one block for reproduction (max. size 181x223 mm) or provide crop marks. On the back of each illustration indicate its number, the author’s name, and ‘top’ with a soft pencil.
Discussion. There should be a discussion of the findings, compared with previous reports.
Conclusion. A brief conclusion should be given, only based upon the evidence derived from the research.
References (maximum 30). The reference style used is that known as Harvard. Identify references [in square brackets] in the text by naming the authors and the year. 1 author: [Koch, 1990]; 2 authors: [Martens and Marks, 1998]; 3 and more authors: [Caprioglio et al., 1996]. Material submitted for publication but not yet accepted should be noted as ‘unpublished data’ and may not be included in the reference list. The list of references should include only those publications cited in the text. Arrange the reference list in strict alphabetical order according to the examples given below. The authors’ surnames followed by their initials should be given, and each name should be separated by a comma. For papers by the same authors, listing should be according to the year published; for papers by the same authors published in the same year, use the letters a, b, c, etc. directly (no space) connected to the year. For journal abbreviations, please use the Index Medicus system. Authors will be responsible for the accuracy of the references both within the main text and the reference list. Authors should pay attention to accuracy. Examples.
Papers published in Periodicals: Marthaler TM, O’Mullane DM, Vrbic V. The prevalence of dental caries in Europe. Caries Res 1996;30:237-255.
Monographs: Matthews DE, Farewell VT. Using and understanding medical statistics. Basel: Karger; 1985.
Edited books: Curzon MEJ. Strontium. In: Curzon MEJ, Cutress TW, editors. Trace elements and dental disease. PSG-Wright. pp. 283-304.
Case reports. The format for these reports, which will usually be limited to no more than one per issue of the journal, should follow a similar layout to research papers. The Title page, authors address should be the same. 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.
Case reports have low priority.
Galley proofs. Unless indicated otherwise, galley proofs will be sent to the first-named author via e-mail and should be returned with the least possible delay, preferably within 48 hours. Alterations made in galley proofs, other than the correction of printer’s errors, are charged to the author. No page proofs are supplied.
Complimentary Copy. The corresponding author will be sent a complementary copy of the journal in which their paper has been published. Order forms and a price list for reprints may be obtained from the publisher Ariesdue.
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate
whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation
(institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000.
Patients have a right to privacy: that should not be infringed without the patient (or parent or guardian) written
informed consent for publication.
When informed consent has been obtained it should be
indicated in the published article.