Journal of Dental Research, 2016 Year in Review

I am pleased to update with our Journal Stakeholders (authors, readers, reviewers and editorial board members) with my annual report as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dental Research. This summary gives a progress report on the JDR over the past year. I believe that the journal has continued to improve, expand, and evolve as a leading source of scientific information in the dental, oral, and craniofacial sciences.  The JDR is currently ranked # 1/89 journals in Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.02331 and #2 in 2-year impact factor at 4.602, the 3rd consecutive year that the journal has exceeded 4 for SIF.  Our 5-year SIF is 5.024, another high mark. The JDR generated 16,401 citations from 233 total articles during 2014-15 (a nearly 1,000 citation increase due to the expanded content of supplements, special issue and increased citations of our articles). I 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 others.

The journal owes much of this success to a team effort 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, including, Paulina Klein, Kate Williamson, Andrew Thompson, and Lorianne Sarsfield, who have done a 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 closely supports us on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs among the authors, our office, and SAGE. We are also highly fortunate for the outstanding dedication the associate editors: Professors Dana Graves, Jack Ferracane, Nicola Innes, Jessica Lee, Jacques Nör, Joy Richman, and our newest editor, Gustavo Garlet. I feel we continue to have a high degree of mutual respect and collaboration to make the challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10% on research reports.

The following are some highlights of progress of the JDR for 2016:

1.   Manuscript Processing. The current data on timing for decisioning following manuscript submission is efficient, with the time being 11.14 days for original submissions and 8.48 days for revised submissions. The time to publication has been well sustained over the past 6-1/2 years and remains very competitive within the scholarly publication field.

This increase in manuscript processing efficiency is due to several factors including our editors, journal staff and the SAGEtrack processing system. The strong workflow after a manuscript has been accepted has resulted in rapid acceptance to online and print publication (online available in ~20 working days, and print publication in 3-4 months from acceptance).

2.   Manuscript Submissions and Global Institutional Reach. The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews. Figure 1 displays the categories 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.

Figure 1. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Of the 1,264 manuscripts submitted after January 1, 2016 and decided through November 7, 2016, 1,066 of the papers were research-type articles to the JDR. Clinical Reviews represent the next most common submission at 76 manuscripts received in 2016 so far.

The latter categories are ones we are working on to consider stimulating more interest via greater promotion of this content. The access of the JDR has been strong through SAGE’s partnership and promotion of Journal content through a variety of outlets such as HINARI (free access of JDR to libraries in the developing world).  The financial picture for the JDR remains strong (please see corresponding budget report), while also allowing ready access of JDR content globally.  Figure 2 shows the geographic summary of content usage highlighting strong usage by Asia, the Americas and Europe in particular.

3.   Promotion of JDR Research. We have dedicated efforts on multiple press releases related to JDR manuscripts.  We generally have a perspective article or editorial co-publish on a particular paper of interest on a bi-monthly basis.  In 2016 multiple press releases were published relevant to the JDR and ADR research findings. 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. We remain very active in promoting JDR research directly by the journal or in collaboration with JDR authors directly with the global headquarters. Please see: .

Figure 2. Geographic Location of Visitors to the JDR-based on Google Analytics™ data to track users (Sage Reports, March, 2016).

The editors have made for good opportunities for pod-casting, video and other online materials for JDR subscribers that we encourage growth. We have increased podcasting and have enlisted many of the Associated Editors, Guest Editors to co-moderate podcasts.  We have had several very successful podcasts (One on dental caries for the Advances e-Supplement, co-moderated by JDR AE, Nicola Innes, and one from our January issue on the timely topic of peri-implantitis with Profs. Tord Berglundh and Dennis Tarnow). (See:

Continue Publication of Advances in Dental Research e-supplements.
The Advances in Dental Research Publication continues to be a good publication outlet for the AADR and IADR for the dissemination of research, particularly as a part of workshops and symposia.  Since 2010, we have published 12 e-supplements to the ADR.  In 2016, we published 2 e-supplements (See, one titled “Integrative Performance Analysis for Dental Implant Research”, edited by Michel Dard, and the second titled “Dental Caries: Terminology and Clinical Recommendations for Carious Tissue Removal” co-edited by Drs. Nicola Innes, Falk Schwendicke and Jo Frencken.

5.   Supplements on Clinical Research and JDR Clinical & Translational Research.
We published 6 JDR supplement issues on clinical research, an important focus for the journal with the last issue in 2015. The impact of the clinical supplements was strong and at many levels and helped pave the way for the birth of the new JDR Title, JDR Clinical and Translational Research. We work to emphasize that we want to continue to publish clinical works in the main JDR, while working diligently to promote the success of the new journal through its Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jocelyne Feine and new Associate Editor, Effie Ioannidou.  The Editorial team of the JDR remains very supportive of Dr. Feine as a strong champion for the new journal with a vision that provides a good opportunity for investigators wanting to consider this ­­­­journal venue.  The JDR Editorial leadership will continue to work closely with her on the communication of papers from JDR to JDR-CTR. We have a strong working relationship with Dr. Feine that has led to a beneficial synergy between the journals to greatly expand clinical content for the IADR research community.


6.    JDR Planning for 2017: Special Issues in the Journal. 2016 was the first year we moved to 13 main issues of the JDR to incorporate the use of special issues. In the September issue we published our 3rd special issue, this one on orofacial pain with Guest Editor, Dr. Ronald Dubner, internationally-recognized leader in the field. The special issue contained 16 manuscripts that highlighted developments in acute and chronic orofacial pain. The special issue provided an assessment of the current state-of-the-art of the biology, diagnosis and clinical management of pain disorders associated with the dental, oral and craniofacial complex. The issue targeted the interest to students, dental researchers and practitioners involved in the biology, translational research and management of pain with manuscripts in the discovery, preclinical, and clinical areas, as well as state-of-the-art reviews. In 2017, we will publish a Special Issue on Orofacial Clefting, Craniofacial, and Dental Anomalies in the 3rd quarter. This peer-reviewed special issue will provide a state-of-the-art assessment of biology, genetics, diagnosis and therapy for malformation of the dental, oral and craniofacial complex (see below).

I thank our board of directors, readership, authors and referees for their continued support of me as I serve the IADR and AADR as Editor-in-Chief. I 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 over near a century.

Yours respectfully,

William V. Giannobile
University of Michigan, USA
Journal of Dental Research