Jakubovics Named Associate Editor for the Journal of Dental Research

Alexandria, Va., USA – The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) are pleased to announce that Dr. Nicholas Jakubovics has been selected as a new Associate Editor of the IADR/AADR publication Journal of Dental Research (JDR) starting October 1, 2017. He succeeds Prof. Nicola Innes who completed a four-year term with the Journal last month.

Jakubovics is a Senior Lecturer in Oral Microbiology at Newcastle University, UK. He has studied the mechanisms of dental plaque formation by oral bacteria for nearly 20 years and has published over 60 papers and book chapters in the area. He originally obtained a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, followed by a Ph.D. on biofilms in drinking water at the University of Warwick. He started working in the field of oral microbiology as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof. Howard Jenkinson at the University of Bristol, UK from 1998-2004, where he studied gene regulation and adhesion of oral streptococci. Continue reading


Alexandria, Va., USA – Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research announced the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) holds its highest 2-Year Impact Factor in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category at 4.755 and ranks #2 of 90 journals in that same category. At 1.529, the Journal also ranks #1 in Article Influence. This news comes from the just released 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2017). The Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The Impact Factor helps to evaluate a journal’s relative importance, especially when compared with others in the same field.

The JDR’s Eigenfactor Score is 0.02225 and continues to rank #1 of 90 journals published in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category. Additionally, the JDR’s 5-year Impact Factor remained above 5.0 for the second year at 5.016—ranking #2 of 90 journals. The Eigenfactor Score calculation is based on the number of times articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year, but it also considers which journals have contributed these citations so that highly cited journals will influence the network more than lesser cited journals. References from one article in a journal to another article from the same journal are removed, so that Eigenfactor Scores are not influenced by journal self-citations. Continue reading

Journal of Dental Research, 2016 Year in Review

I am pleased to update with our Journal Stakeholders (authors, readers, reviewers and editorial board members) with my annual report as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dental Research. This summary gives a progress report on the JDR over the past year. I believe that the journal has continued to improve, expand, and evolve as a leading source of scientific information in the dental, oral, and craniofacial sciences.  The JDR is currently ranked # 1/89 journals in Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.02331 and #2 in 2-year impact factor at 4.602, the 3rd consecutive year that the journal has exceeded 4 for SIF.  Our 5-year SIF is 5.024, another high mark. The JDR generated 16,401 citations from 233 total articles during 2014-15 (a nearly 1,000 citation increase due to the expanded content of supplements, special issue and increased citations of our articles). I feel the journal remains strong not only in these metrics, but also in other important measures of success including numbers of full-text downloads, page views, article influence score among others.

The journal owes much of this success to a team effort including Dr. Christopher Fox, Denise Streszoff, Kourtney Skinner, and Lily Knol at the JDR Headquarters in Alexandria. The editors are also fortunate to be supported by the capable staff at SAGE Publishing, including, Paulina Klein, Kate Williamson, Andrew Thompson, and Lorianne Sarsfield, who have done a fine job in developing a strong working relationship between the IADR/AADR Central Offices and SAGE to sustain the excellence of JDR.  Ms. Karen Gardner as the local editorial assistant at the University of Michigan closely supports us on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs among the authors, our office, and SAGE. We are also highly fortunate for the outstanding dedication the associate editors: Professors Dana Graves, Jack Ferracane, Nicola Innes, Jessica Lee, Jacques Nör, Joy Richman, and our newest editor, Gustavo Garlet. I feel we continue to have a high degree of mutual respect and collaboration to make the challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10% on research reports.

The following are some highlights of progress of the JDR for 2016:

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IADR/AADR Publish Advances Issue on Dental Carious Lesion Management and Recommendations on Less Invasive Approaches

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published an issue of Advances in Dental Research on the International Caries Consensus Collaboration’s (ICCC) recommendations for carious lesion management and related terminology, developed from evidence-led consensus. Jo Frencken, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands; JDR Associate Editor Nicola Innes, University of Dundee, Scotland; and Falk Schwendicke, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, served as guest editors of this special issue.

Although the prevalence of dental caries has decreased in many countries over the last three decades, it remains one of the most prevalent diseases worldwide, burdening billions of people and generating significant global healthcare costs. The management of carious lesions should be guided by evidence-based, patient-centered recommendations founded on agreement between professionals, easing clinical decision-making.

Various terms are used to describe the clinical management of carious lesions, which has contributed to a lack of clarity in scientific literature. The Advances article titled “Managing Carious Lesions: Consensus Recommendations on Terminology” by Nicola Innes et al presents ICCC recommendations on agreed terms and definitions. A comprehensive list of terms to encompass the full spectrum of carious tissue removal options are presented in the article.

The Advances article titled “Managing Carious Lesions: Consensus Recommendations on Carious Tissue Removal” by Falk Schwendicke et al expounds upon the ICCC’s recommendations that avoid the restorative cycle as long as possible. The first line of treatment to control the disease in carious lesions should be methods aimed at biofilm removal or control (brushing, fluoride, diet). Restorative interventions are indicated only when cavitated carious lesions either are noncleansable or can no longer be sealed to stop the progress of the biofilm-mediated lesion. When a restoration is indicated, the priorities are as follows: preserving healthy and remineralizable tissue; achieving a restorative seal; maintaining pulpal health; and maximizing restoration success. Carious tissue is removed purely to create conditions for long-lasting restorations. Bacterially contaminated or demineralized tissues close to the pulp do not need to be removed. In deeper lesions in teeth with sensible (vital) pulps, preserving pulpal health should be prioritized, while in shallow or moderately deep lesions, restoration longevity becomes more important.

The evidence and, therefore, these recommendations support less invasive carious lesion management, delaying entry to, and slowing down, the restorative cycle by preserving tooth tissue and retaining teeth long-term.

“It is believed that if general recommendations around less invasive and more contemporaneous management of carious lesions could be drawn up, they could be tailored to all types of patients, countries, healthcare remuneration settings, dental care professionals and dental education systems,” said Guest Editor and JDR Associate Editor Nicola Innes. “Understanding that we do not need to remove all carious tissue to achieve an optimal outcome is a big change for the profession. The recommendations and terminology publications in this special issue address the lack of international guidance on carious lesion management that is causing considerable uncertainty for the dental profession.”

A companion podcast interview with Nicola Innes, Falk Schwendicke and Jo Frencken is available at http://jdr.sagepub.com/site//misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml. To read the May issue of Advances in Dental Research, please visit http://adr.sagepub.com or contact Ingrid L. Thomas at ithomas@iadr.org to access the issue.