Published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Dental Research, “Body Mass Index as a Predictive Factor of Periodontal Therapy Outcomes” has been featured on Dr. Bicuspid.com. The full text of this article by lead author, J. Suvan can be found online at jdr.sagepub.com.
I am happy to update our readership on the year in review for 2013 on the JDR. I feel that the journal has been able to continue to prosper as a leading source of scientific information in the oral, dental and craniofacial sciences. The JDR remains ranked # 1/83 journals in Dentistry for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.2325 and #2/83 journals in 2-year impact factor at 3.826. We 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 other metrics.
The journal owes much to several key individuals who support the JDR on a daily basis 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, in particular, Courtney Pugh and Debbie Sourgen, who have done an exemplary 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 helps me on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs among 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, as Associate Editors for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine, and Discovery! respectively) and for the associate editors of the journal, Professors Jack Ferracane Nicola Innes, Jacques Nör and Joy Richman. I am highly appreciative of the excellent management of challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10-15% on research reports.
Based on these data over the past three 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.
In the following are some more significant accomplishments of the JDR for 2013:
1. Manuscript Processing. Figure 1 illustrates the progress that has been sustained since 2009 related to expeditious manuscript processing after acceptance. The time to publication reduced significantly over the past 4 years. The current average time to publication after acceptance is 19 business days (4 weeks). This includes time for the author corrections as well as time for the editor and staff to turn around corrections (data provided directly from SAGE). 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 readership survey results reported in 2012 verify that authors are generally satisfied with the review process and continue to submit quality manuscripts to the JDR. The improved workflow after a manuscript has been accepted has resulted in arguably the most rapid acceptance to online and print publication in the oral health sciences (Figure 2).
2. Manuscript Submissions. The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews. For 2013 we will receive greater than 1,000 manuscripts. Based on the nearly doubling of JDR submissions since 2010, we brought on board a new Associate Editor (Dr. Nicola Innes, University of Dundee Scotland), with specific expertise in the area of Clinical/Health Services Research. Figure 3 displays the variety of submissions received by the journal offices, mostly research reports in the biological, biomaterials/bioengineering and clinical disciplines.
3. Publication of Advances in Dental Research supplements. The Advances in Dental Research Publication remains a valuable tool for the AADR and IADR for the dissemination of research, particularly as a part of workshops and symposia. In 2013, we published an e-supplement on the Dental Materials workshop held in December 2012 in London England. This Advances Issue was guest edited by IADR past-president Dr. Dianne Rekow and was published in November, 2013 (Rekow et al., 2013). The lead article on future innovation and research in dental restorative materials in the ADR showcased the supplement that included 7 valuable manuscripts that provide timely information on the e-Supplement. Dr. Rekow also promoted the ADR in an editorial in the main December 2013 issue of the JDR. Two more ADR e-supplements are planned for 2014 to be edited by Drs. Stephen Challacombe from King’s College London (on the Mouth and AIDS) and Frank Scannapieco from the University at Buffalo (on the 50th Anniversary of the Oral Biology Program at Buffalo).
4. Supplements on Clinical Research. We have now published 3 supplemental issues on clinical research, a growing area of potential impact for the journal. We published issues in July, 2012 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/7_suppl.toc), July, 2013 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/7_suppl.toc) and most recently a special supplement on implant dentistry in December, 2013 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/12_suppl.toc), co-edited by Tord Berglundh from Gothenburg University Sweden (Berglundh and Giannobile, 2013). This latest supplement should be of value to the implant dentistry community with original research articles of human clinical trials, systematic reviews and other clinical investigations
5. Special Issues in the Journal. We plan to offer an opportunity to present new information through special issues on focus areas in the field of craniofacial, oral and dental research. We will have a special issue on Novel Biomaterials and Technologies for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, launch in 2014 (please look for upcoming call for papers!). Associate Editor, Jack Ferracane, and a leader in dental biomaterials developed this concept. We believe this special issue can draw in and showcase excellent topics in this dynamic field, one that has an important audience in the JDR. This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art in dental, oral and craniofacial biomaterials, as well as the current and future strategies for developing novel materials for enhanced oral health care. The issue will be of interest to biomaterials scientists, dental researchers and practitioners. The special issue, will provide several in depth reviews of some of the most promising directions for new materials, framed around providing a historical setting of what we already know, and the individual articles will be original research on novel approaches. We expect that the special issue will be well read by the materials and bioengineering communities.
6. Continuing to advance the measures of “impact” of our research. The use of impact factor is becoming more limited due to a variety of environmental factors. Given the increasing impacts of the value of access to research by a variety of communities (in the form of article downloads, page views, social media, news media contacts, other measures) may be as good or possibly even more comprehensive than the existing metric of impact factor. Below, find an example of the newly launched article metrics (Altmetrics) that provides detailed information on our research. This was made available in a beta version to the JDR in September, 2013. Below see a manuscript (Angelova Volponi et al., 2013) published in April that is the most read article in the JDR for the period of November 2012-October 2013:
I thank the readership, our authors, reviewers and editorial board as we continue to strive to grow the journal while maintaining our journal’s excellent tradition that has served the JDR in our nearly 95 years of existence. I value the input from each of you to maintain the high stature of the JDR.
William V. Giannobile
Journal of Dental Research
Angelova Volponi A, Kawasaki M, Sharpe PT (2013). Adult human gingival epithelial cells as a source for whole-tooth bioengineering. J Dent Res 92(4):329-334.
Berglundh T, Giannobile WV (2013). Investigational Clinical Research in Implant Dentistry: Beyond Observational and Descriptive Studies. J Dent Res 92:107S-108S.
Rekow ED, Fox CH, Petersen PE, Watson T (2013). Innovations in materials for direct restorations: why do we need innovations? Why is it so hard to capitalize on them? J Dent Res 92(11):945-947.
Dr. Martin Taubman, Associate Editor of the JDR, was recognized at the recent Annual Meeting of the Japanese Periodontology Society (JPS) as an honorary member of the society. Here Dr. Taubman was presented with a plaque from the Chairman of the JPS, Dr. Hiromasa Yoshie, who was Dr. Taubman’s first post-doc student. Many of Dr. Taubman’s former post-doc students were in attendance, speaking to how impactful his mentoring has been.
The Journal of Dental Research is very happy to announce the publication of our fourth supplement encompassing all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences. This peer-reviewed supplement will bring emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community.
This special issue will focus on addressing the need in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences for a place unique to publish the highest quality research articles on clinical and translational research including, but not limited to behavioral sciences, epidemiology, cariology, oral & pharyngeal cancer, disease diagnostics, evidence based health care delivery, human genetics, health services research, periodontal diseases, and oral medicine, radiology and pathology. In particular, human clinical trials, and large epidemiological studies in the oral health sciences will be given highest priority for publication.
All manuscripts submitted for consideration will be subject to the peer review process in a manner identical to the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Dental Research.Manuscript should adhere to the following guidelines: a limit of 2,700 words (including introduction, materials, methods, results, discussion; excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends and references); 4 total figures or tables; 30 references; and must contain a 250 word abstract. Additional information regarding requirements and formatting of manuscripts can be found at http://www.iadr.org/files/public/JDRInstructionstoAuthors.pdf.
Papers should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jdr, no later than January 12, 2014 to be given full consideration. Papers after this date will be considered for publication in the regular issue of the Journal. Please include in your cover letter that your paper is being submitted for publication consideration in the JDR special issue on Clinical Research.
The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have just released the third clinical supplement to the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). Clinical implant dentistry is the focus of the latest clinical supplement, the second in 2013, which will serve as a companion to the December issue of the Journal.
This peer-reviewed supplement is dedicated to clinical research in implant dentistry and includes studies representing different designs including randomized controlled trials (RCTs), case-control studies, prospective case series and systematic reviews. The RCTs have addressed important questions on (i) patient-centered outcomes (Hamdan et al., 2013), (ii) effect of immediate load on biological markers (Prati et al., 2013) and (iii) influence of abutment-implant connections on crestal bone changes (Enkling et al., 2013). Cost-effectiveness of anterior implants vs. fixed dental prosthesis was evaluated in a case-control study (Zitzmann et al., 2013). Two prospective case series described early implant placement with contour augmentation and 3D-evaluations of ridge alterations after tooth extraction (Buser et al., 2013; Chappuis et al., 2013). Finally, systematic reviews assessed the outcome of dental implants installed in irradiated jaws (Chambrone et al., 2013) and another assessing outcomes of reconstructive procedures in treatment of peri-implantitis (Khoshkam et al., 2013). The supplement was co-edited by Professor Tord Berglundh from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
“I am thankful to the authors who submitted their research for publication in the JDR clinical implant dentistry supplement,” said JDR Editor William Giannobile. “I am also grateful to Tord Berglundh who served as guest editor of this clinical supplement. This issue contains a valuable collection of advances in the field that can benefit researchers, clinicians and ultimately our patients.”
Please visit http://jdr.sagepub.com/site//misc/Index/Clinical_Supplement.xhtml to read the current clinical supplement to the JDR and to read the previous issues.