2014 JDR Year in Review

I am delighted to update the readership on our 2014 year in review. This report gives a status update on progress the JDR over the past nearly 5 years as well. I feel that the journal has been able to continue to improve as a leading source of scientific information in the oral, dental and craniofacial sciences.   The JDR remains ranked # 1/82 journals in Dentistry for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.2235 and #2/82 journals in 2-year impact factor at 4.144, the first time the journal has exceeded 4 for SIF.  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.

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The journal owes much of this success 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, Paulina Klein and Courtney Pugh, who have done an fine 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: (Professor Dana Graves as Associate Editor for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine) and for Professors Jack Ferracane Nicola Innes, Jessica Lee, Jacques Nör and Joy Richman as AEs. I am highly appreciative of the excellent management of challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10% on research reports that have continued to increase each year since 2010 (see below). Further, based on data from the recent JDR author satisfaction survey from 2012, we find that the submitting authors 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 2014:

1.    Manuscript Processing.  Table 1 shows the time from submission to first decision for original and revised manuscripts.  The timing for decisioning following manuscript submission is expeditious with the time being 13.9 days for original submissions and 10.3 days for revised submissions. The time to publication reduced significantly over the past 4-1/2 years and is considered very competitive with the scholarly publication field.  We have been told that among the SAGE journals, JDR is one of if not the most rapid in terms of providing final decisions on manuscript submissions. The numbers of papers triaged is now on the order of nearly 60% at entry and just under 50% overall to enable submitting authors a quick turnaround to identify other venues for their research (Figure 1).

Table 1. Time from submission to first decision from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014 (n =1,372 manuscript decisions).

Table 1. Time from submission to first decision from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014 (n =1,372 manuscript decisions).

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 (online available in ~19 working days, and print publication in < 90 days from acceptance).

Figure 1. Original and Revised manuscript decisions for the JDR from January 1 – November 15, 2014. Significant numbers of manuscripts submitted to the JDR receive a rapid decision (generally in < 7 days) to return without external review primarily due to improper fit within the scope of the JDR. The overall acceptance rate is 14.1% for invited papers (Critical Reviews, Clinical Reviews, editorials, Discovery! and Advances in Dental Research e-Supplements in addition to original reports). Total number for this period was 1,448 decisions.

Figure 1. Original and Revised manuscript decisions for the JDR from January 1 – November 15, 2014. Significant numbers of manuscripts submitted to the JDR receive a rapid decision (generally in < 7 days) to return without external review primarily due to improper fit within the scope of the JDR. The overall acceptance rate is 14.1% for invited papers (Critical Reviews, Clinical Reviews, editorials, Discovery! and Advances in Dental Research e-Supplements in addition to original reports). Total number for this period was 1,448 decisions.  

2.    Manuscript Submissions and Global Institutional Reach.  The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews. Figure 2 displays the variety of submissions received by the journal offices, mostly research reports in the biological, biomaterials/bioengineering and clinical disciplines.  Further, one can appreciate the types of reviews, editorials and perspectives being received.  The latter categories are ones we are working on to consider stimulating more interest via greater promotion of this content.  The recent appointment of Dr. Jessica Lee has been designed based on the interest in promoting greater importance of research science policy.  This is a strong area of expertise that Dr. Lee brings to the journal in this important area of value to our IADR constituencies.

Figure 2. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Of the 1,098 manuscripts submitted through November 15, 2014, 90% of the papers are research-type articles to the JDR.

Figure 2. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Of the 1,098 manuscripts submitted through November 15, 2014, 90% of the papers are research-type articles to the JDR.

3.    Promotion of JDR Research. We have dedicated efforts on multiple press releases on JDR manuscripts.  We generally have a perspective article or editorial co-publish on a particular paper of interest.  The IADR Global Headquarters office through support by Ingrid Thomas and Denise Streszoff disseminate press releases that go to a variety of media outlets. I also provide annual highlights on issues or specific content on the JDR Blog site. The following link demonstrates the journal’s strong commitment to the promotion of science to the scientific, clinical and lay communities to engage interest by these constituencies on JDR-research (See: http://iadr.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3334#.VGoJxr7uS1k .

The editors have good opportunities for pod-casting, video and other online materials for JDR subscribers were piloted in 2014. In the July 2014 clinical research supplement, Dr. Harold Slavkin, former Director of NIDCR gave the inaugural and provocative podcast on genomics and the transformation of primary healthcare from a global context (See: http://jdr.sagepub.com/site//misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml). SAGE used the JDR as a pioneer journal that was to take advantage of mobile usage for both the JDR and Advances in Dental Research (both apps available since 2011).  The usage of these applications is being continually monitored and appears to be growing at a good rate.  The access of the JDR has been strong through SAGE’s partnership and promotion of JDR content through a variety of outlets such as HINARI (free access of JDR content to libraries in the developing world).  The agreement with EBSCO has allowed greater revenue for the JDR (see budget report), while also allowing very good access of JDR content globally.  Figure 3 shows the institutional geographic summary of JDR content.

Figure 3. Geographic reach of institutional JDR subscribers, traditional, consortia, and Research4Life combined by JDR Region (Sage Reports, March, 2014).

Figure 3. Geographic reach of institutional JDR subscribers, traditional, consortia, and Research4Life combined by JDR Region (Sage Reports, March, 2014).

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4.    Continue Publication of Advances in Dental Research e-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.  Since 2010, we have published 9 e-supplements to the ADR.  Most recently, we published a special issue celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Department of Oral Biology at the University at Buffalo guest edited by Frank Scannapieco. In 2015 we have 2 supplements planned including one to be guest edited by Dr. Stephen Challacombe from King’s College London (on the Mouth and AIDS) and another following a Cape Town session edited by Dr. Eino Honkala.

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5.    Supplements on Clinical Research.  We have published 4 JDR supplement 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) a special supplement on implant dentistry in December, 2013  (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/12_suppl.toc), and most recently a supplement in July, 2014 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/93/7_suppl).  We have a queue of papers lined up for another clinical research supplement to publish in March, 2015 and potentially another late 2015/early 2016.  I still strongly believe we can expand the dissemination of clinical content to other constituencies and think we have not yet realized our full potential of clinical research opportunities.  We look forward to identifying growth areas with our clinical content to the research and dental practice communities.

EditorReport_ClinicalSupp6.    Develop Special Issues in the Journal.  We are very pleased to have piloted the first special issue (outside of traditional abstract proceedings) for the JDR this month.  The board will find the publication of the December 2014 issue on novel materials and technologies in dental, oral and craniofacial sciences available online by the time of the meeting.    We are appreciative of Dr. Jack Ferracane, a leader in dental biomaterials who guest edited this issue.  We believe this special issue will draw in and showcase excellent topics in this dynamic field, one that has an important audience in the JDR.  Given this early success, the editors will have a new call for a special issue on Craniofacial Stem Cells in Health and Disease.  This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art of the biology of stem cells in craniofacial development and health, as well as their role in the etiology of diseases/conditions affecting craniofacial tissues. The issue will be of interest to all oral health researchers and practitioners. The special issue, will provide several in depth reviews of some of the most promising directions for stem cell biology.  We expect that the special issue will be well read by stem cell field in craniofacial biology.

ithenticate7.    Raising the Standard for Ensuring Originality of JDR Content.  In the fall of 2014, the JDR implemented Crossref™ and iThenticate™ software to screen every manuscript submitted to the JDR to identify manuscripts that demonstrate high similarity/redundancy to the published literature.  The inclusion of this software at the check-in step of manuscript administrative processing is assisting the journal in the identification of plagiarism.  We can identify these papers before sending them out for peer review.  This quality control step is in keeping with publication best practices and in accordance of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for the integrity of the publications process accepted by the International Committee on Medical Journal Editors.  The JDR is a member of both of these organizations.

EditorReport_ClinicalSupp8.    New JDR Design and Planning for 2015-16.  After in-depth discussions and surveys that went out to key stakeholders of the journal over this past year, we have come up with a new journal design that will come out in January 2015.  The approach to develop a more contemporary design of the journal that had not changed since merging of the JDR with Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine after the final journal year of 2004.  We will retain the Critical Reviews as a special section that will continue to be edited by Dr. Dana Graves for the JDR.  Further to this evolution of the journal to broaden our appeal and scope, we have changed the tag line to now read: “The journal for dental, oral and craniofacial research”.  Other enhancements will include different formatting with a more consistent CSE journal citation and bibliography format, identification of author contributions (prior to the acknowledgments section) and a general fresh new look of the journal.

I thank the dedicated authors, referees and readership for their continued confidence and support of the editors as we serve the IADR and AADR. We will continue to work diligently alongside our talented editors, staff, authors and readership to continue to innovate and preserve the outstanding legacy the journal has enjoyed in its nearly 100 years of contributions to our field.

Yours respectfully,

William V. Giannobile
University of Michigan, USA
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Dental Research

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