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The following guidelines will help authors to correctly prepare and submit articles to the Journal of Dentofacial Sciences. They are general instructions that apply to all types of paper in the JDS.

Important preliminary information
The JDS accepts manuscripts via e-mail. Authors who are unable to submit via email should send their manuscript on compact disk to the editorial office at: The Editor, Journal of Dentofacial Sciences, 2/140 Vishal Khand – II, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow – 226010, Uttar Pradesh, India.
It is a condition of acceptance of manuscripts that they are the work solely of the author or authors stated and that they have not been previously published elsewhere (either in print or electronic format) nor are they under consideration by any other periodical.

Peer Review:
All papers undergo initial screening for suitability for the JDS by the Editors. Suitable papers are then peer reviewed by two or more referees. Additional specialist advice may be sought if necessary, for example from a statistician, before a final decision is made by the Editor.
Acknowledgement of receipt is sent for all articles, letters or comment, with a reference number for future correspondence.
Manuscripts and general items should meet the following criteria

The articles should be original, clearly written, relevant to dentistry, reader-orientated (in other words written to appeal to the readership of dentists) and designed to inform, add to discussion or debate. Research papers should also have appropriate study methods, valid data and conclusions that are supported by the data.

Letter to the Editor   DOWNLOAD
The form should be downloaded and appropriately filled and submitted electronically with the manuscript.

First Page    DOWNLOAD
The form should be downloaded and appropriately filled and submitted electronically with the manuscript. The first page of the manuscript should give only the title of the article, the authors' names, qualifications and address(es) of corresponding author(s) and type of article. Titles must be descriptive and concise (upto 15 words only).

Authorship Criteria:
The names of the authors should be written in according to the order of appearance in the article. Their educational qualifications and affiliations (both institutional and commercial) should be stated. Corresponding author should have a valid e-mail address and corresponding address with phone number for communication with the editorial office. All authors should have some involvement in at least one of the following: intellectual content of the paper by involvement in the design of the study, the collection of data and/or the analysis and interpretation of data the drafting and editing of the manuscript the statistical analysis of the manuscript substantial involvement in obtaining funding, administrative and/or technical support or supervision of the study.

Manuscript    DOWNLOAD
This file will not contain any details of author(s) and should not in any way make references which may disclose the identity of the author(s) or any organization. All such details will be in the First Page file only.
Manuscripts should be in MS WORD and double-spaced with a margin of at least 4 cm on the left-hand side. The pages should be numbered consecutively. Please save Word documents using the file extension .doc
Length of contributions: Ideally contributions should be no more than 3000 words, including tables and figures. Tables count as 100-500 words depending on size and figures represent the same.
Units used in manuscripts must conform to the Système Internationale d'Unités (SI).

Abstract and Keywords
All Research articles must have a structured abstract; Practice articles (including Case Reports), Education, Opinion and General articles should be introduced with a short abstract. Abstracts should be able to stand alone. Do not insert references in the abstract and use few abbreviations. Abstracts may be up to 200 words in length, depending on the paper's complexity. Include 3 to 6 keywords at the end of the abstract which will help to select appropriate reviewers for the article.

Acknowledgements should be grouped in a paragraph at the end of the text and before the references. Permission and approval of the wording must be obtained from the person thanked. Where the research project was supported by industry, this should be acknowledged in the covering letter to the Editor on submission of the manuscript.

Declaration of interests: Please ensure that you declare any possible conflicts of interest in your paper. This includes matters such as: funding from an organisation or company directly for the research; funding you have received (or payment in kind) for any work you have been involved in from an organisation or company that could be linked to the research; consultation or advisory positions you may hold in an organisation or company involved in the research or an organisation involved in similar research; any other situation that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

The author is responsible for the accuracy of the reference list at the end of the article. References must be in the Vancouver style. They should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text, and these numbers should be inserted as superscripts each time the author is cited (Sharma 3-5 reported similar findings). Other references to the paper should be given in the same way after punctuation (Other studies have shown this to be true.4,5 Agrawal et al.6 demonstrated...) At the end of the article the full list of references should give the names and initials of all authors unless there are more than six, in which case only the first three should be given followed by et al. The authors' names are followed by the title of the article; the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus and Index to Dental Literature; the year of publication; the volume number; and the first and last page numbers in full. Titles of books should be followed by the place of publication, the publisher, and the year. Examples of reference styles Reference to an article
1 Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D. Title of the cited article. Journal Title 2010, 6, 100-110.
2. Author 1, A.; Author 2, B. Title of the chapter. In Book Title, 2nd ed.; Editor 1, Editor 2, Eds.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, 2007; Volume 3, pp. 164-187.
3. Author 1, A.; Author 2, B. Book Title, 5th ed.; Publisher: Publisher Location, Country, 2008; pp. 154-196.
4. Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C. Title of Unpublished Work. Journal Abbreviation, phrase indicating stage of publication.
5. Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Presentation. In Title of the Collected Work (if available), Proceedings of the Name of the Conference, Location of Conference, Country, Date of Conference; Editor 1, Editor 2, Eds. (if available); Publisher: City, Country, Year (if available); Abstract Number (optional), Pagination (optional).
6. Author 1, A.B. Title of Thesis. Level of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.
7. Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D. Title of the article. Abbreviated Journal Name, Year, Volume, (Page range), DOI or other identification number. Available online: URL (accessed on Day Month Year).
8. Title of Site. URL (accessed on Day Month Year).

Data or Tables should be submitted at the end of the document in MS Word format.

Illustrations: figures/graphs/images should be in TIFF, JPEG or EPS format in either greyscale or colour. Please ensure that photographs are not embedded in Word but are individual files at a high resolution of 300 pixels per inch. NB: If a person is recognisable from a photograph, written consent of the patient to publication must be obtained by the author and a copy sent to the JDS.

Copyright:    DOWNLOAD
All authors assign copyright of their articles to the Journal of Dentofacial Sciences upon acceptance. All rights reserved.

All reviewers comments should be corrected point wise and submitted to the editorial office within 3 working days, failing which it cannot be guaranteed that these revisions would be included in the final publication. The Editor reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity of expression and to conform to acceptable style and the limits of space available. Proofs are supplied for the correction of misprints only. Materials should only be added or removed at this stage in exceptional circumstances.

General points
Confidentiality:The existence and content of all manuscripts under review is kept confidential within the offices of the JDS. All referees are requested to respect that confidentiality. Following acceptance all information relating to a paper will be kept confidential within the JDS offices. Authors of papers should not contact the media prior to publication without first contacting the JDS Office.

Ethics: Articles involving clinical research should conform to the guidelines issued in the Declaration of Helsinki where applicable, and in general should have received ethical committee approval.
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