The January 2012 issue of the JDR showcases some highlights in what the editors believe are important advances in the field, a way to start the year off in the right direction. There is an important paper by Offenbacher and colleagues demonstrating the inter-relationship of periodontal infection with a greater propensity in overweight or obese individuals (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/1/33.full). The group showed that MicroRNAs are affected in human biopsy material harvested from patients in healthy versus diseased conditions. This work is put into context to the field of oral inflammation and obesity in an excellent editorial by D’Aiuto and Suvan (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/1/5.full). Po and colleagues use a technology termed FISH, fluorescent in situ hybridization to identify oral premalignant lesions (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/1/52.full). They found that alterations of EGFR and CCND1 and their centromeres might be an effective means for identifying oral premalignant lesions placing patients at risk for oral cancers. They showed that “high gene gain of CCND1 was associated with an 8-fold elevated risk of progression compared with those with no gain in time-to-progression analysis.” Other areas highlighted include the newly introduced Clinical Review section of the journal with a study by Annibali and co-workers demonstrating the long-term clinical success that is achievable with short dental implants for oral rehabilitations via a systematic review (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/1/25.full).
The JDR editorial office is committed to the membership of IADR, AADR and the entire research community by posting content online as quickly as possible. The JDR has upgraded the manuscript submission system and this advance has led to fewer days between submission and first decision and further deceased the amount of time before research reports appear online.
#JDR began publishing articles using the Online First feature in mid-2010
The JDR remains one of the highest regarded journals in the field, retaining the #1 Eigenfactor score (.02261) as well as the #1 Article Influence ranking of journals published in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category. Additionally the Five-Year Scientific Impact Factor (SIF) rose from 4.195 to 4.389.
Be sure to check daily the Online First area for new JDR content. To access the full-text articles login to the IADR Members Only area at www.iadr.org. Then choose the JDR link in the center of the screen, you will then be redirected to the JDR site and be able to view the full-text articles.
In December’s issue of the JDR we conclude 2011 with a variety of important summaries of advances in oral biology via our Critical Reviews: Larjava and co-workers showcase the importance of oral epithelia cell adhesion molecules integrins on intraoral tissues (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/12/1367.full); while Duncan and colleagues introduce the rapidly developing area of histone deacetylases (HDACs) which are gene silencing cellular enzymes (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/12/1377.full) with potential impacts on reconstructive dentistry; and lastly Gittens et al. present the interesting and often understudied area of biological electrical implications in oral implantology, with emphasis on implant corrosion (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/12/1389.full)
Marazita and colleagues report an important advance in human caries genetics (using used Genome-wide association scans (GWAS)) in a large clinical investigation of 1,305 children (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/12/1457.full). The investigation underscores “the complexity of dental caries, suggesting that numerous loci, mostly having small effects, are involved in cariogenesis. Verification/replication of suggestive loci may highlight biological mechanisms and/or pathways leading to a fuller understanding of the genetic risks for dental caries.”
Lastly Tim Wright pays tribute as we mourn the loss of Jim Bawden, our 13th president of the AADR (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/90/12/1365.full). Dr. Wright gives an important summary of Dr. Bawden’s many contributions to dentistry as a leader, pediatric dentist and researcher. His service to the profession as former Dean of the University of North Carolina including his promotion of research are nicely highlighted in this month’s memoriam.