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Submission Summary

The manuscript should be submitted as seven files as follow:

     File no 1: cover letter, this includes title of the manuscript, author's confirmation about the paper’s originality, permission for reproduction of the published article and confirmation of author's contribution.

     File no. 2: Title Page: Title (title case), authors’ names, affiliations and institutions, corresponding author with complete details (email, Tel. no. ….etc).

     File no. 3: Main Text:

Abstract and Keywords- this file contains the title followed by a structured abstract (Objectives, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions. Abstract should not exceed

250 words).

Main Text: All pages should be numbered, 12 p font size and 30 mm margins.     

References: In accordance with ICMJE – Vancouver style. Use consecutive numbers in square brackets within the text and “et al” after the 6th author for papers with more

than 6 authors in the reference list.

Tables: should be processed in Word or Excel - editable and should not be an image added to the main text.

Figure Legends:  Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided. Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print.

File no. 4: Figures: Any format opened by Adobe Photoshop not exceeding 10 MB with a resolution of at least 300 dpi for photographs and 600 dpi for line art.

File no. 5: Clinical relevance: This section aims to highlight the prospective clinical importance of the study. It must not exceed 100 words and should not be repetition of

the abstract. It should be structured as follows: Rationale of the study, main finding and clinical implications.

File no.6: Acknowledgements: Those who helped the authors in producing the study can be accredited in this section.

File no.7: Conflict of interest and source of funding: Authors should declare any potential conflict of interest and source of funding such as institutional, private and material supplier (free or at discounted rate).

Submission Preparation Checklist

The submission will be returned immediately if it does not follow SDJ instructions for authors, the following being the most important instructions

that should be considered by the author/s before submission:

     1.      The manuscript should not be submitted to another journal or in the process of being submitted to another journal

     2. The submission files should be in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

     3.Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.

    4.The text should be single-spaced; use a 12-point font; employ italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures,

       and tables should be placed at the end of the references.

     5.The text should follow the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in About the Journal.

                                                                      Articles are accepted via the official email address of the journal

Types of articles accepted for publication:

     A. Original Research Articles

These manuscripts describe original and significant observations on biology, biomaterial and clinical subjects, with details that can be evaluated critically and  repeated when necessary.

This type of manuscript should not exceed 4000 words and up to 7 items (figure and table) can be included, plus additional items can be added as supplementary material and will be available online, up to 40 references can be used. Four key words and a running title have to be written at the end of abstract

                 Original research articles must be organized as follows:


                 The abstract should not contain more than 250 words and should be structured as follows:

                 Aim(s): Identify the problem that the study aims to address.

                 Methods: Describe how the study was conducted.

                 Result: Summarize the primary result.

                 Conclusion: Report what can be concluded from the results and the clinical implications.

The main text should be structured as follows:


          This should include a detailed review of the subject area and reasons for performing the study.

             Materials and Methods:

Appropriate description should be given of the design of the study and the participants. The techniques and materials used have to be stated clearly to enable reproduction of the study. In cases of established methods (such as ELISA), authors have to reference the established method with a brief description of that method. All materials, their manufacture and country also have to be identified with other details if necessary, such as doses, special preparation or slight modification.

Statistical analysis: 

Statistical methods should be described clearly to allow the reader to understand.


All data should be presented in logical sequence with all items (figures and tables) and supplementary material (if present) reported appropriately.


New and potentially significant findings plus any conclusions from the result should be stated here. Possible comparison of the study's result with the previously published data and rational explanation of any controversies have to be presented in this section. Limitations of the techniques used and recommendations for future study should be clarified, followed by new hypotheses that can be obtained from the study and the clinical significance.

B. Systematic Review:

These manuscripts investigate a defined topic associated with oral, dental and craniofacial studies. Systematic review articles have to clearly define the importance of the research question and justify the need for systematic review by identifying the limitations of previously published articles on the topic. The search strategy, method for choosing articles, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and justification for the exclusion criteria should be clearly stated. Furthermore, the conclusions of studies should be included, as well as comparison of their conclusions, limitations of the review, and future suggestions. Four key words and a running title have to be written at the end of the abstract.

Manuscripts of systematic review have a strict limit of 5000 words structured as:

·             Introduction

·             Materials and Methods

·             Result

·             Discussion

A total of 7 figures and/or tables are allowed, further figures and tables can be added as supplementary material. Abstracts should be submitted as a single paragraph without subheadings, summarizing the main conclusion in 300 words and using a maximum of 60 references.

C. Case Report and Case Series

 SDJ publishes selected case reports and case series that illustrate rare cases, complex methods for diagnoses and new approaches to treatment within the field of dentistry. The case report and case series have to provide important information for clinicians and lecturers in the scope.

Case series should include sufficient subjects, collected consecutively or randomized, to make an effective argument for or against the procedure under discussion. A standardized method for all cases, treatment provided and documentation should be used and consistently applied. Well-structured case series can lead to hypothesis of new techniques and performance management and therefore can be of value in clinical life.

Case reports or case series should consist of unstructured abstracts of 250 words or less, 4 key words and a running title with up to 5 items (figure and tables) and main text structures not exceeding 3500 words as follows:

Introduction: Describing the importance of this case report, how rare are the cases? Justify the rationale of writing this case report/series by showing the clinical relevance of the procedure used.

Case presentation: This should include clear explanation of: details of cases, their complaint, case characteristics, case history, investigations (if necessary), differential diagnosis, treatment and follow up.

Discussion and Conclusion: This should include a brief review of the literature, cases published, argument and any recommendations, followed by a conclusion paragraph summarized as a message.  

D. Letter to editor and response to letter to editor

The aim of this paper is to provide a discussion panel for controversies and issues related to the field of dentistry. The letter may comment on an article published in the SDJ and must offer positive criticism. Authors of the paper are allowed to respond to the letter within 30 days. Letters to the editor should consist of no more than 2500 words. 

Letters can be structured as follows:

Introduction: This should state the clinical issue or question that needs to be addressed and document the importance of that issue.

Body: This should present information relating to the issue and can be subdivided with headings where appropriate. Figures, tables and other material can be added with their number not exceeding six.

Summary: This should address prospective issues and methods to address future controversies. 

Acknowledgement(s): As in these papers authors are allowed to express their own opinion, it is very important to disclose any affiliations, financial support and any other information that may lead to a conflict of interests.  

Author Fees

This journal charges 100000 IQD. If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs. There is a 25% waiver for students.

If you do not have the funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive the fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.


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Open Access                     

    This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

       Screening for plagiarism

   Manuscripts submitted for publication in SDJ will be checked for plagiarism before being sent to editorial view.

   SDJ advise authors to avoid plagiarism and self plagiarism. This occurs when the author copies a substantial amount of data and text of published work without properly citing it. Manuscripts with over 25% plagiarism will be rejected and the author’s institution will be informed.  However, minor plagiarism scattered over the manuscript unintentionally happens frequently and SDJ editorium judge case by case on its merit. The corresponding author of a manuscript with plagiarism will be notified to revise the manuscript and resubmit it to be considered for publication.

     Ethical approval

Manuscripts submitted to SDJ relating to experiments conducted on humans and animals have to include a statement that the protocol has been approved by the ethical committee of the author’s institution. The study has to be performed in agreement with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000.