Author Guidelines

Pakistan  Oral &  Dental  Journal  is  a  peer-review journal  published  quarterly  a  year.  It is  bringing  out  2  editions.  One,   usual  print  edition which is  in  your hand,  and   the  online edition: www.podj.com.pk.  The   journal  accepts original research  reports,  reviews, case   reports, short  scientific communications, letters to the  editor and  commentaries.

Manuscript submission: Manuscripts, should be prepared following uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to  biomedical journals as  approved by  the  International  Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) (two  hard copies  and  a soft  copy) must be double-spaced and  in  English. Both  British and American spellings are  acceptable. The  manuscript must be accompanied by a cover  letter stating that the submitted work  has  not  been  published before  and  is not  being  considered for publication elsewhere and  that if approved after review it will not  be withdrawn (authors will loose security deposit). The  cover letter should also state that the particulars of authors namely qualifications, designations, addresses are accurate. This must also include the  full postal address, telephone, fax, and  e-mail of the  first author. Acknowledgement of receipt is made by e-mail. Authors from foreign countries may  submit their manuscripts electronically to the  editor’s email. In this case,  the  manuscript must be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment, with tables and  references included as part of the  Word text. Graphics/photographs have to be attached as jpg files.

Publication Charges: An article submitted for publication in this journal undergoes technical review, peer review, editorial review and then if accepted is sent for pre-publication proof checking and for printing and electronic publishing. Minimum publication charges for a manuscript are Rs 12000 upto 4 printed pages in the journal (in case of overseas US $220). Rs1500/- extra will be payable for each additional page (in case of overseas US $27). Charges for photographs, films, and illustrations are additional. Article should accompany the pay order for the said amount drawn in favor of "Pakistan oral and Dental Journal". If the article is not approved, Rs 4000 will be deducted as service charges and balance amount will be refunded. For clarification Email: driqbal7@gmail.com

Conversion to OJS Platform: Pakistan Oral & Dental Journal has been converted to an OJS platform. Once the archive of ‘Pakistan Oral & Dental Journal is fully available then its indexing process is likely to start. Indexing & ISI master list services take almost a year for reviewing & monitoring the journal before accepting the journal in their data base. When achieved will take the status of journal high. But that is putting heavy financial load on the journal. Authors will be beneficiaries. Journal is compelled to increase the publishing charges w.e.f June 2018 issue.

Plagiarism: Manuscripts are  screened for plagiarism using special software and  those found  guilty or involved in publication misconduct are  liable to be black  listed, and  their security deposit may  be forfeited.

Disclosure: Regarding source of funding and  conflict  of interest if any  besides approval of the  study from respective ethics committee/institution should be taken care  of.

Conflict of  Interest: Conflict of interest refers to a situation that has  the  potential to undermine the impartiality of an author because of the possibility of a clash between the author’s self-interest and professional interest or public  interest. All authors are  required to disclose any  financial and  personal relationships with other people  or organizations that could  inappropriately influence (bias)  their work.  Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock  ownership, honoraria, paid  expert testimony, patent applications, and  grants/funding.  Acknowledging conflict  of interest means that the  reviewers and readers are  made aware of the  competing interests.

Manuscript preparation: Research articles are  normally divided into  following sections: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement (if any) and References. The editor reserves the  right to edit  all accepted manuscripts for clarity, conciseness and  scientific style.

Methodology: Describe precisely how the  study was carried out. Provide information about the  sample of subjects, patients, materials or whatever was  being  studied, design of study and  how it was  executed. Include the  method(s) of analysis of data that were  used, and  where relevant, mention the  reliability of the  methods of measurement.

Results: Describe data relevant to the  objective(s)/hypothesis of the  study in the  form of text, tables and/ or figures. The text summarizes the  most  important data presented in the  tables/figures. Do not repeat all the contents of the  tables/figures. Also describe the  results of analysis of information (statistical tests).

Discussion: Illustrate the main findings of the study and  how the findings compare with present and  past knowledge. Describe possible reasons for any  disagreement, and  the  author(s) interpretation of the  results of the  study. It may  also  include discussion of the  materials and  methods employed. Avoid repetition of the results. Mention implications of your findings, and  any limitations of the  study. Include any recommendations for future research based on your  findings.

Conclusion(s): Number statement of your  main findings. Conclusion(s) should relate directly to the  aims and  objectives of the  study.

References: References should be numbered consecutively in the  order in which  they appear in the  text. Identify references in  texts, tables, and  legends by Arabic  numerals in  superscript. The  journal follows  the Vancouver (now known as ICMJE) style of referencing. Avoid reference to “unpublished observations”, “personal communications” and  papers not yet accepted for publication.

Tables: Should be numbered consecutively in Arabic  numerals (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, etc.), with each table typed on a separate page  and  with due attention to the  proportions of the  printed page.  Do not document same data in tables and  graphics.

Illustrations: All graphs, drawings, and  photographs are  labeled as  figures and  should be sequentially numbered in Arabic  numerals (e.g., Fig 1, Fig 2, etc.).  Each figure must be on a separate page  and  each  must have a caption. In case  of photographs, write the  figure number and  caption at the  back  of  each  photograph with top side indicated by an arrow sign.  All captions, with necessary references should also be typed together on a separate page.

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