2012 JDR Year in Review

I am happy to review the JDR‘s 2012 year for our readership. I feel that the Journal has continued to make excellent progress in the promotion of excellence in scientific publication in the oral, dental and craniofacial sciences.   The JDR is currently ranked #1/81 journals in Dentistry for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.2171 and #3/81 journals in 2-year impact factor at 3.486.  As such, the journal remains strong in key metrics of scientific publication quality, especially in light of the largest journal years in the history of JDR in 2010 and 2011 for numbers of papers published (for the main JDR and for the eSupplement Advances in Dental Research).

The Journal owes much to several key individuals who support the JDR on a daily basis such as Dr. Christopher Fox, Denise Streszoff, Kourtney Skinner and Lily Knol at the JDR Headquarters in Alexandria. The editors are also highly appreciative of the staff at SAGE Publishing, in particular, Courtney Pugh and Debbie Sourgen, who have done an excellent job in developing a strong working relationship between the IADR/AADR Central Offices and SAGE to produce a quality product in the JDR.  Ms. Karen Gardner as my editorial assistant at the University of Michigan helps me on the day-to-day administration of the JDR and handling manuscript page proofs between the authors, our office and SAGE. I am also very grateful for the excellent progress the associate editors of the journal have made: (Professors Dana Graves and Marty Taubman, continuing on as Associate Editors for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine, and Discovery!, respectively) and for the associate editors of the journal, Professors Joy Richman, Jack Ferracane and Jacques Nör. I am highly appreciative of the excellent management of challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10% on research reports.

Annual Author and Reader Survey Results for 2011-12

Upon completion of an article, our publisher SAGE sends an automatic email to authors inviting them to participate in a survey. Authors are asked to give feedback on the peer review process, timeliness from submission to publication, the editorial process, and other production-related questions. These automatically emailed author surveys started in early 2011 and have continued. Results from feedback gathered between May 2011 and June 2012 are summarized below.

Timeliness from submission, through peer review to first decision:
92% of authors said: Good or Excellent

Value of peer review comments and feedback:
85% of authors said Good or Excellent

Levels and quality of communication from Editor(s):
95% of authors said Good or Excellent

Time from acceptance by the Editor(s) to publication in an issue:
85% of authors said Good or Excellent

Overall experience with online submission system:
90% of authors said Good or Excellent

Overall satisfaction level with the journal’s editorial office (on a scale of 1 to 5):
Average score: 4.94 (95%)

Based on these data over the past two years we find that the authors submitting and having their papers accepted and published in the JDR are generally satisfied with the quality and timeliness of publication of their research.

Below are some more significant accomplishments of the JDR for 2012:

1.    Manuscript Processing.  Table 1 illustrates the progress that has been sustained in since 2010* related to expeditious manuscript processing.  The time from submission to acceptance has gone from nearly 3 months to 17.4 days.  This increase in manuscript processing efficiency is due to several factors including our editors, journal staff and the SAGEtrack processing system. The above readership survey results verify that overall authors continue to submit quality manuscripts to the JDR and that the word is getting out that the JDR is a leading journal in manuscript turnaround time and quality.

Figure 1 demonstrates the high stringency of acceptance rate overall, especially when recognizing we receive invited papers from Critical Review, Advances in Dental Research, and Editorials.

2.    Manuscript Submissions.  The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews.  It is anticipated when we include Advances submissions, and revisions there will be > 1,000 manuscripts submitted for 2012.
3.    Promotion of JDR Research.  We have dedicated efforts on the multiple press releases on JDR manuscripts.  We generally have a perspective article or editorial co-publish on a particular paper of interest. In April we published an unsolicited manuscript on the Eigenfactor™ score and the uniqueness of dentistry as a highly specialized field.1 We also encourage the publication of Discovery! articles that may promote papers publish in other top tier journals (e.g., see the September 2012 work by Darveau and co-workers on P. gingivalis as a community activator of disease that was a JDR follow-up on the recent paper published by this group in Cell Host and Microbe).2 We published a provocative Clinical Review (a new section of the Journal added in 2011) by Caufield et al3 that was connected with a commentary by Satu Alaluusua.4 A Discovery! article was published in November on the highlights of the AADR Fall-focused Symposium held in Washington, D.C. last year on Oral Health Disparities and the Future Face of America.5 We had an original report on microRNAs and obesity and inflammation with main article and perspective.6, 7 In March we published the results of a very large PBRN on caries treatment8, 9 as well as an innovative study on the development of a caries vaccine.10, 11 An important paper on the prevalence of periodontal disease based on a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received a lot of interest from major news sources.12, 13

There are still plans and opportunities for pod-casting, video and other online materials for JDR subscribers. SAGE used the JDR as a first journal that was to take advantage of mobile usage for both the JDR and Advances in Dental Research (both apps available since 2011).  You can see below in Figure 2 the increased usage of these services by the JDR readership in just the 2nd year of launch.

4.    Continue Publication of Advances in Dental Research supplements.  2011 was a record year for Advances in Dental Research Publications.  In 2012 we published two e-supplements, the first edited by P. Phantumvanit and P-E Petersen on effective fluoride use in Asia14  and the second edited by J.M. ‘Bob’ ten Cate on the proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Novel Anti-caries and Remineralization Agents held in Chile.15
5.    Special Issues on Clinical Research.  I believe we had a very successful launch of the clinical research supplement that published in June 2012 in time for preview at the IADR meeting in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil.  We had a broad array of manuscripts as a part of the special issue including research advocacy, personalized medicine, endodontics, oral pathology, craniofacial genetics, pain control, orthodontics, prosthodontics, health services research and more. This work was put into the context of the emerging advances in clinical and translational research.16 See the link to this special issue (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/7_suppl.toc).  Of note, 10 of the 20 top cited papers for this most recent period are from the clinical supplement (http://jdr.sagepub.com/reports/most-cited). For 2013, two additional clinical supplements are planned (one to publish June 2013 and the other to publish December 2013/January 2014).

I thank the readership, our authors and reviewers as we continue to strive to grow the journal while maintaining our journal’s excellent tradition that has served the JDR in its greater than 90 years of existence.  I value the input from the board to maintain the high stature of the JDR.

William Giannobile
Journal of Dental Research


1.         Sillet A, Katsahian S, Range H, Czernichow S, Bouchard P. The Eigenfactor Score in highly specific medical fields: the dental model. J Dent Res 2012;91(4):329-33.

2.         Darveau RP, Hajishengallis G, Curtis MA. Porphyromonas gingivalis as a potential community activist for disease. J Dent Res 2012;91(9):816-20.

3.         Caufield PW, Li Y, Bromage TG. Hypoplasia-associated severe early childhood caries–a proposed definition. J Dent Res 2012;91(6):544-50.

4.         Alaluusua S. Defining developmental enamel defect-associated childhood caries: where are we now? J Dent Res 2012;91(6):525-7.

5.         Ebersole JL, D’Souza R, Gordon S, Fox CH. Oral health disparities and the future face of america. J Dent Res 2012;91(11):997-1002.

6.         D’Aiuto F, Suvan J. Obesity, inflammation, and oral infections: are microRNAs the missing link? J Dent Res 2012;91(1):5-7.

7.         Perri R, Nares S, Zhang S, Barros SP, Offenbacher S. MicroRNA modulation in obesity and periodontitis. J Dent Res 2012;91(1):33-8.

8.         Milgrom P, Tanzer JM. Perspectives on PACS: where is caries prevention clinical research going? J Dent Res 2012;91(2):122-4.

9.         Papas AS, Vollmer WM, Gullion CM, Bader J, Laws R, Fellows J, et al. Efficacy of chlorhexidine varnish for the prevention of adult caries: a randomized trial. J Dent Res 2012;91(2):150-5.

10.       Smith DJ. Prospects in caries vaccine development. J Dent Res 2012;91(3):225-6.

11.       Shi W, Li YH, Liu F, Yang JY, Zhou DH, Chen YQ, et al. Flagellin enhances saliva IgA response and protection of anti-caries DNA vaccine. J Dent Res 2012;91(3):249-54.

12.       Papapanou PN. The prevalence of periodontitis in the US: forget what you were told. J Dent Res 2012;91(10):907-8.

13.       Eke PI, Dye BA, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Genco RJ. Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res 2012;91(10):914-20.

14.       Petersen PE, Phantumvanit P. Toward effective use of fluoride in Asia. Adv Dent Res 2012;24(1):2-4.

15.       ten Cate JM. New agents for caries prevention: introduction to ICNARA 2. Adv Dent Res 2012;24(2):27.

16.       Giannobile WV, Joskow RW. Clinical and translational oral health research: prospects for the future. J Dent Res 2012;91(7):633-6.