In the summer of 2010, the Journal of Dental Research’s long standing Instructions for Authors were revamped to equip potential authors with all the tools needed to ensure a smooth submission process. As we approach the 2 year mark of having revised guidelines, I would like to revisit some of the significant changes to these Instructions in a series of posts.
Word Count and Figure/Table Limits – Research Reports submitted for publication consideration should not exceed 2,700 words and contain no more than 4 figures or tables. Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine and Clinical Review submissions should not exceed 4,000 words and contain no more than 6 figures or tables. Discovery submission should not exceed 2,500 words and contain no more than 2 figures or tables.
Final word counts include all material starting from the Abstract of the paper through the Acknowledgments section. In text citations are included in the word count, but the Reference section is not as there are separate guidelines for that section. Revised papers must adhere to the word count limits as well.
The JDR invites authors who have materials that exceed these limits to organize the material into a supplementary appendix file. These files are available for both the Editors and the reviewers during the peer review process. If a paper is accepted for publication, the supplementary appendices will be available online with article. Authors of revisions are asked to direct reviewers to their appendices if any materials requested are located there.