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The journal accepts manuscripts via the journal's office directly or to the e-mail address of the journal ( The scientific work should solely belong to the author or authors and not published previously or under process of publishing elsewhere. All manuscripts will be exposed to a referee process.

Researches submitted to the journal should be approved by an ethical committee according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki 1964 and its last revision. Experimental animal studies needs to be carried out according to the principles of laboratory animal researches.

Manuscripts submitted in English language in the form of Microsoft Office Word file. The theme font is Times New Roman of 14 points and the main title of 14 points bold font, double space on A4 paper with a margin of at least 2cm from each side. The length of the article to not exceed 30 pages including figures, tables and references. Arabic numeral is given consecutively starting from the title page.

Type of manuscript:

Research paper: analytical investigations such as cross-sectional surveys, case-control studies, cohort studies and controlled clinical trials will be recommended for publication. The research paper should reflect the design of experimental studies that gives a significant contribution to knowledge.

Review paper: articles of special interest and those entailing an update on any of the topics identified as subjects for this journal will be accepted.

Case report: distinctive, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers.

Manuscript structure:

Full length manuscript should include the following sections:

  1. Covering letter.
  2. Title page.
  3. Abstract and Keywords.
  4. Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results and Discussion.
  5. Acknowledgments.
  6. References.
  7. Tables.
  8. Figures.

Each section should begin on a new page.

Covering letter: directed to the editor in chief by the corresponding author including the title of the manuscript.

Title page: the title must be as brief as possible, comprehensive and descriptive, not exceeding 20 words. The name of the author(s), affiliation, address, e-mail and contact information of the corresponding author with short running title be addressed in the title page.

Abstract and keywords: be provided on a separate page, an abstract of not more than 300 word includes the title of the paper, objectives, materials and methods, results and conclusions. The Keywords are 4-6 words separated by commas.

Introduction: provides a context or background for the study, states the specific purpose or research objectives and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.

Materials and methods: this section includes only information available at the time study protocol has been written; all information obtained during the study belongs to the result section. This section describes the following components:

A. Selection and description of participants.

B. Technical information.

C. Statistics.

Results: present the results in logical sequence in text, tables and illustration giving the main finding first.

Discussion: emphasizes on the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow them in context of totality of the best available evidence. Do not repeat in detail or other information given in the introduction or the result section.

Conclusions: link the conclusions with the goals of the study based only on the results you have obtained.

Acknowledgments: the source of any financial support, gifts, technical assistance and advice received for the work being published must be indicated in the acknowledgments section.

Abbreviations and acronyms: terms and names to be referred to in the form of abbreviations or acronyms must be given in full when first mentioned.

Units: SI units should be used throughout. If non-SI units must be quoted, the SI equivalent must immediately follow in parentheses. The complete names of individual teeth must be given in the text. In tables and legends for illustrations individual teeth should be identified using the FDI two-digit system.

Reference style and format: should be numbered (between parentheses) consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Vancouver style is used in-text citations, here are some examples:

Standard Format for Books:

Author Surname Initials. Title: subtitle. Edition (if not the first). Place of publication: Publisher; Year.

Mason J. Concepts in dental public health. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

Chapter in a Book:

Alexander RG. Considerations in creating a beautiful smile. In: Romano R, editor. The art of the smile. London: Quintessence Publishing; 2005. p. 187-210.

Standard Format for Journal Articles:

Author Surname Initials. Title of article. Title of journal, abbreviated. Date of Publication: Volume Number(Issue Number): Page Numbers.

In case of multiple authors write the first six names followed by et al.

Flanagin A, Fontanarosa PB, De Angelis CD. Authorship for research groups. JAMA. 2002; 288(24):3166-8. 

Standard Format for Websites:

Author Surname Initials (if available). Title of Website [Internet]. Place of publication: Publisher; Date of First Publication [Date of last update; cited date]. Available from: URL

Fehrenbach MJ. Dental hygiene education [Internet]. [Place unknown]: Fehrenbach and Associates; 2000 [updated 2009 May 2; cited 2009 Jun 15]. Available from:

For more information on Vancouver Style in citation click on this link:

Figures and illustrations:

All figures must have a title placed below the figure. Identify figures with Arabic numbers (e.g. Figure 1). The figures should be done with a width of no more than 8 cm. Journal asks authors for electronic files of figures in a format (for example, JPEG or GIF). The illustrations should be accompanied by a legend for each one.

Tables: Type or print each table with double-spacing on a separate sheet of paper. Number the tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each.

All figures and tables should be prepared and attached in a new separate Microsoft Word file.

Form of contribution and copyright: All authors should signs the form of contribution and copyright statement which transferee the rights of the published materials to the School of Dentistry/ University of Sulaimani. This form will be sent to the author after submission of the paper.

Conflict of interest: Should be declared with submitted paper.