Guidelines and Policies
Scope and Policy
The periodical is intended to publish original scientific articles of basic and applied research, dissemination, and literature review that comprise advances in scientific knowledge in Odontology, respecting quality indicators.
The ROU is an open access journal that uses the Creative Commons Attribution (CCBY) in published articles. This license allows the published articles be re-used without permission for any purpose once the author and original source are cited.
- Articles sent for publication must be original and not being submitted simultaneously to other journals. This journal reserves all copyright of published works, including translations, allowing, however, their subsequent reproduction and transcription with proper citation of the source.
- Papers may be published in Portuguese or English. Texts in English shall be accompanied by document attesting their revision by professionals with proficiency in the English language.
- This periodical is issued bimonthly. It reserves the right to submit all papers to a board of referees that is fully authorized to decide for their acceptance, or to return them to the authors with suggestions and alterations in the text, and/or for adaptation to the journal’s editorial regulations.
- The concepts stated in the works published are of full responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Scientific Editor or Editorial Board.
- Receipt and acceptance dates shall be published in the articles.
Analysis Criteria of Articles
- Articles will first be evaluated concerning compliance with the Periodical’s norms and analyzed by plagiarism detection softwares. The journal considers unacceptable the practice of plagiarism. When plagiarism is detected authors are informed, with the presentation of the report generated by the software used. The ROU uses Turnitin plagiarism detection software. The article will be immediately refused.
- Articles in compliance to publication norms will be evaluated by the Area Editor who will forward them to the Scientific Editor. The Scientific Editor will then evaluate articles regarding scope and attendance to minimum criteria of scientific quality and writing. Shall works be inadequate or in disagreement with this periodical’s norms, they may be rejected based on the assessment of the Area Editor, or be sent to peer rating.
- Articles in compliance with the norms will be submitted to merit and scientific method assessment by at least two referees (Peer Rating Process) from institutions other than that of their authors, and by the Scientific Editor as well. The identity of authors’ institutions will be kept in complete secrecy.
- If revision is needed, articles will be returned to their respective authors for alterations. The revised version of an article shall be resubmitted accompanied by a cover letter explaining each and every alteration requested by the referees. The suggestions that were not accepted shall be validly justified. Alterations must be clearly highlighted. Concerning suggestions and corrections made directly in the text, it is recommended that modifications be made in Word configurations in order to keep authors’ identities in secrecy. The revised article and cover letter are initially evaluated by the Scientific Editor, who will forward them to the referees when requested.
- In case of inadequacies in language, Portuguese or English, a technical revision made by an expert will be requested to the authors.
- In case of article rejection by one of the two referees, the Scientific Editor shall decide whether to send it for the assessment of a third referee.
- If there are doubts about the statistical analysis, it will be referred to the journal’s statistical consultant.
- After approval regarding the scientific merit, articles will be submitted to a final analysis - only in Portuguese (technical revision) - by a professional of the area.
Proofreading of Articles
- The articles will be sent to their authors for proofreading by e-mail, with a link to the download of the diagramed version in PDF file, for final approval.
- Authors will be allowed 72 hours for correction and return of the original article properly revised, if necessary.
- If the proofreading version is not returned in 72 hours, the Scientific Editor will consider it without alterations, and no further changes will be allowed. Only small modifications, such as spelling corrections and illustration verifications, will be accepted. Extensive alterations will imply on its reevaluation by the referees and, consequently, its publication delay.
- The inclusion of new authors is not permitted in this phase of the publication process.
- The journal has strict attention to the ethical standards for conducting research in animals and humans. Certificates of ethics committees in animals and humans are required at the submission process. In case of doubt on the documentation submitted, the journal may refuse the article.
Format and Preparation of Manuscripts
Submission of Articles
All texts must be accompanied by ‘Letter of Submission’, ‘Certificate from the Institution’s Ethics Committee’, as well as ‘Statement of Responsibility/Copyright Statement’ and ‘Statement of Conflict of Interests’ (a document explaining whether there is any conflict of interest in the impartiality of the scientific work) signed by the author(s). Models of the documents aforementioned are attached to this guideline. The original shall be sent in two files: one copy must contain only the research title and its respective author’s(s’) name(s); while the other copy must bring the complete article without author’s(s’) identification.
The Journal charges a fee of R$ 450.00 per article accepted for publication
Preparation of Articles
Files for initial submission:
- Cover page
- Main text
- Illustrations and Tables
- letter of submission
- the approval protocol from the author’s Institution’s Ethic Committee for Research,
Statement of Responsibility/Copyright Statement’ and ‘Statement of Conflict of Interests’
The identification page must contain the following information:
- title in Portuguese and English, which must be concise and reflect the purpose of the study;
- author’s(s’) full name(s), highlighting the surname(s) in the order to be published, containing the department and institution which the author(s) is/are affiliated to (including the acronym), and the complete addresses (including city, and country), e.g.: Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, UNESP – State University of Sao Paulo, Araraquara, SP, Brazil. The “Revista de Odontologia da UNESP” limits the number of authors to five. A justification letter with a description of the contribution of each author is requested when the number of authors exceeds the limit. The justification will be analyzed according to the orientation of the “International Committee of Medical Journal Editors", available in the website: http://www.icmje.org/
recommendations/browse/roles- and-responsibilities/defining- the-role-of-authors-and- contributors.html.
- complete address of the corresponding author – to whom all correspondence shall be sent – including phone/fax number and e-mail address.
- E-mail of all authors.
The text, including the abstract, tables, figures and references, must be created in Microsoft Word 2007 or later version, Times New Roman source, size 12, double space between lines, with three-centimeter side margins and 2.5-centimeter bottom and top margins and not exceeding 20 pages per article including Tables, Figures and References. The pages shall be numbered as from the identification page.
Abstract (in English and Portuguese)
All types of articles must contain ABSTRACT in English and Portuguese before the text with a maximum of 250 words, structured as follows: introduction, objective, materials and methods, results, and conclusion. They must have no abbreviations or references.
Three words at the least and six at the most, with information that allows for comprehension and indexation of the work. Descriptors should be mentioned right after the Abstract. For selection of keywords, authors should consult the list of topics at the following database: Medical Subject Headings - MeSH database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh) and Descriptors in Health Sciences – DeCS database (http://decs.bvs.br).
They must be separated by semi-colons; the first word must be capitalized, e.g. Descriptors: Photoelasticity; passive fit.
Provide a precise explanation of the problem using pertinent literature, identifying any gaps that justify the proposition of the study. The hypothesis to be validated shall be established at the end of the introduction.
Materials and methods
They should be presented with enough detail to allow confirmation of observations and enable their reproduction. City, State and Country of all products, instruments, reagents or equipment manufacturers shall be included right after the first citation. Methods that have already been published must be referenced, unless modifications have been made. The statistical methods utilized shall be described at the end of the chapter.
Results should be presented following the Materials and Methods sequence, with tables, illustrations, etc. All the information on data contained in the tables and illustrations should not be repeated in the text; only important observations should be emphasized. The use of tables and illustrations should be limited to the minimum possible
Results should be discussed in relation to the hypothesis to be validated and literature (agreeing or disagreeing with other studies, explaining divergent results). Only the study findings should be highlighted and the information mentioned in the Introduction or Results should not be repeated. Study limitations should be reported and future studies should be suggested.
Conclusions should be consistent with the objectives and not merely repeat the results.
People that have significantly contributed to the study should be acknowledged. Financial aids should be specified, mentioning the name of the funding organization and process/grant identification number.
Illustrations and Tables
Illustrations (figures, graphs, drawings, etc.) will be considered in the text as figures; they should be limited maximum of four (4) figures. They should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order they appear in the text. All illustration should be included and cited in the main text. Illustration captions should be placed above the figure.
Figures should be attached to the e-mail message that contained the article, in original colors, digitalized in tif, gif or jpg format, with 300 dpi minimum resolution, 86 mm (column size) or 180 mm (full page).
Tables should be logically organized and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables should be included and cited in the main text. Table captions should be placed above the table. Tables must be open on the sides (right and left). Footnotes shall be indicated by asterisks and restricted to the absolute minimum.
Citation of Authors in the Text
The references must be cited superscript in ascending order within the paragraph.
The citation of authors in the text can be done in one of the two following ways:
1. Only numerically:
Example: “The ‘ladder’ standard is commonly observed radiographically, it is characterized by the radiolucency between the apices of the teeth and the lower border of the mandible.” 6,10,11,13
2. Or alphanumerically:
- one author: Ginnan4 (2006)
- two authors: Tunga, Bodrumlu13 (2006)
- three or more authors: Shipper et al.2 (2004)
Example: “The dental obturation techniques utilized in the studies discussed did not seem to have influenced the results obtained, according to Shipper et al.2 (2004) and Biggs et al.5 (2006). Shipper et al.2 (2004), Tunga, Bodrumlu13 (2006) and Wedding et al.18 (2007)…”
References shall obey the requirements of the National Library of Medicine (available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/).
Every reference must be cited in the text. They should be listed by the authors’ surnames and numbered in the same order they appear in the text.
Periodicals’ titles shall have abbreviated references, with no bold, italics or underline source, in compliance with the Journals Data Base (PubMed) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/journals); the , “Portal de Revistas Científicas em Ciências da Saúde’ by ‘Bireme’ (http://portal.revistas.bvs.br/?lang=pt) should be consulted for domestic periodicals.
The accuracy of references in the list and the correct citation in the text are of author’s(s’) full responsibility. Only references that are relevant to the study should be cited.
References to personal communication, ongoing works, or works under submission process for publication should not be in the list of references. When essential, these citations should be marked in the footnotes of the text page where they are mentioned.
Examples of References
Duane B. Conservative periodontal surgery for treatment of intrabony defects is associated with improvements in clinical parameters. Evid Based Dent. 2012;13(4):115-6.
Litonjua LA, Cabanilla LL, Abbott LJ. Plaque formation and marginal gingivitis associated with restorative materials. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2012 Jan;33(1):E6- E10.
Sutej I, Peros K, Benutic A, Capak K, Basic K, Rosin-Grget K. Salivary calcium concentration and periodontal health of young adults in relation to tobacco smoking. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2012;10(4):397-403.
Tawil G, Akl FA, Dagher MF, Karam W, Abdallah Hajj Hussein I, Leone A, et al. Prevalence of IL-1beta+3954 and IL-1alpha-889 polymorphisms in the Lebanese population and its association with the severity of adult chronic periodontitis. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2012 Oct-Dec;26(4):597-606.
Goyal CR, Klukowska M, Grender JM, Cunningham P, Qaqish J. Evaluation of a new multi-directional power toothbrush versus a marketed sonic toothbrush on plaque and gingivitis efficacy. Am J Dent. 2012 Sep;25 Spec No A(A):21A-26A.
Caraivan O, Manolea H, Corlan Puşcu D, Fronie A, Bunget A, Mogoantă L. Microscopic aspects of pulpal changes in patients with chronic marginal periodontitis. Rom J Morphol Embryol. 2012;53(3 Suppl):725-9.
Domitti SS. Prótese total articulada com prótese parcial removível. São Paulo: Santos; 2001.
Todescan R, Silva EEB, Silva OJ. Prótese parcial removível : manual de aulas práticas disciplina I. São Paulo: Santos ; 2001.
Gold MR, Siegal JE, Russell LB, Weintein MC, editors. Cost‑ effectiveness in health and medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1997.
Ethic Principles and Clinical Trial Registration
Experimental procedures with human beings and animals
Research involving human beings: All works reporting experiments with human beings or using parts of human bodies or organs (such as teeth, blood, biopsy fragments, saliva, etc.) must follow established ethical principles and present document attesting their approval by the Ethic Committee for Research with Human Beings (registered in CONEP) from the author’s institution or from the institution where the research subjects were enlisted, according to the Decision # 196/96 and its supplementary legislation at the National Health Council of the Ministry of Health.
Research involving animals: Studies involving experiments with animals shall present the approval protocol from the author’s Institution’s Ethic Committee for Research with Human Beings or the Committee from the Institution where the animals were obtained and the experiments were carried out.
The Scientific Editor and the Editorial Board of this periodical reserve the right to refuse submitted articles that do not show clear evidence that these principles have been abided or that, to their judgment, the methods used were not appropriate to research with human beings or animals.
Ethics in Research: The “Revista de Odontologia da UNESP” praises the high ethical standards through all the manuscript evaluation process. Authors, Editors and Reviewers are encouraged to study and follow the orientations of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE (http://publicationethics.org, http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standards_authors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf, http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standard_editors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf). When suspecting ethical misconduct, the Editor in chief will evaluate the situation aiming at clarification of the problem. Corrections, withdrawals or clarifications may be published by the journal if necessary.
Cases not listed in these norms will be resolved by the Scientific Editor and the Editorial Board.
Abbreviations, Acronyms and Units of Measure
Legal units of measure from the International System of Units (SI) shall be used.
Medicine and Materials
Names of registered medicines and materials, as well as commercial products, must appear only once (at the first time) in brackets after the citation of the material.