April JDR Highlights

In April’s issue of the JDR we see in our lead article a paper by Sillet and co-workers the value of the Eigenfactor (EF) Score in biomedical journal rankings given that EF appears to be a better measure of the prestige of a journal (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/4/329.full ).
The EF does not consider self-citations in the ranking of a journal within a field.  Of particular interest in this manuscript is the comparison of dentistry to other medical fields in terms of its “specialized nature” as a medical discipline.  When compared to medical fields such as Rheumatology, Pediatrics, Hematology or Cardiovascular systems, Dentistry was demonstrated to be much more specialized in terms of its publication orientation.  This group with expertise in the bibliometric area does an excellent job in interpreting this topic for dentistry.

The rapidly developing area of cancer stem cells is nicely highlighted by Krishnamurthy & Nor (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/4/334.full) with a related article on Childhood cancers by Wang (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/4/341.full).  Further, a systematic review on key parameters of dental bonding is presented by De Munck and co-workers (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/4/351.full).

Our cover image shows a provocative study on the novel concept of high-frequency acceleration on bone regeneration is demonstrated by Alikhani and co-workers (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/4/413.full).

IADR/AADR Publish Studies on Severe Early Childhood Caries-Proposes New Classification

The International and American Associations for Dental Research have published two studies about dental caries in children. These articles, titled “Hypoplasia-Associated Severe Early Childhood Caries – A Proposed Definition” (lead author Page Caufield, New York University College of Dentistry) and “Deciduous Molar Hypomineralization and Molar Incisor Hypomineralization” (lead author M.E.C. Elfrink, Academic Centre for Dentistry, Amsterdam) discuss the definitions of dental caries susceptibility to the hypomineralization and hypoplasia.

The press release for these papers and its accompanying perspective article entitled “Defining Developmental Enamel Defect-Associated Caries: Where are we now?” by Satu Alaluusua can be found at http://www.iadr.org/files/public/12JDRNewsRelease_EarlyChildhoodCaries.pdf