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Information for Contributors

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Texas Dental Journal Mission Statement
To publish peer-reviewed scientific articles, clinical reports, research, and case studies, featuring up-to-date information, techniques, and materials to assist dental professionals in providing informed and evidence-based care of their patients. 

Exclusive Publication
Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the condition that they are contributed solely to the  Texas Dental Journal and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Permission for subsequent publication must be obtained from both the editor and the author (see Copyrights and Photocopying).

Instructions for Preparation of Manuscripts
Research papers, policy papers, professional practice papers, case reports, and literature reviews are solicited for publication in the Journal, all of which are of interest to Texas dentists. The Journal recognizes the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. A detailed description of these requirements has been prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and can be found on-line at In addition, the Texas Dental Journal provides the following information for authors. The Journal uses the AMA Manual of Style 10th Edition. 


Electronic Specifications

All submissions are to be made electronically. Use Microsoft Word in either Times or Helvetica typeface, 10 point. Photographs, graphs, and tables must be sent as separate files and not embedded in the manuscript. Graphic files should be saved in .TIF, .EPS, or .JPEG format; minimum 300 dpi. Manuscripts must be clearly written and concise. 


Title Page

The title page should include: 

  1. the title of the article, which should be concise but informative; 
  2. first name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with professional academic degree(s); 
  3. name of the department and institution to which the work should be attributed, if applicable; 
  4. full address, e-mail, phone, and fax numbers of the first author; 
  5. disclaimers, if any; 
  6. name and address of person to whom reprint requests should be directed; and 
  7. the source(s) in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these. As separate files, the corresponding author should also include head shot photographs of himself or herself and each contributing author (please see above Electronic Specifications). 


Abstract and Key Words

A structured abstract of 200-400 words must be included that contains the background on the topic, the methods used, the results, conclusions, and pertinent clinical applications. Readers should be able to determine the major concepts of an article by reading the abstract. Also, provide 3 to 6 key words that are in accordance with the MESH terms listed by the National Library of Medicine  (see 



The introduction is a short section that provides background information about the topic under consideration and the purpose of the article. A hypothesis should be included in a research article. 



A detailed description of the methods used for the project or report is required such that other authors could duplicate the study or report. Outcome measures should be clearly stated and statistical analysis methods listed. The body of the article should be divided into sections preceded by appropriate headings. Major headings should be typed in capital letters at the left-hand margin; subheadings should appear at the left-hand margin with only the first letter of each word capitalized; additional subdivisions should be underlined. 



The results section should completely state the data obtained using the methods used in the study. The use of appropriate tables, illustrations, and the results of statistical testing must be included. 


Compare of the results of the study with those in the related published literature is important. Any limitations of the project should be included. 


State the conclusions that can be supported by the results of this study.

Word Count

Submitted manuscripts should be approximately 2,500 words with the following sections: Introduction, 500 words; Methods, 700 words; Results, 700 words; Discussion, 500; Conclusion, 100. A 200- to 400-word Abstract is also required.


All tables must have a title and at least 2 columns. Arrange column headings so their relation to the data is clear. Indicate explanatory notes to the table by reference marks (*, =). Cite each table in the text in the order in which it is to appear. Identify tables with Arabic numerals (eg, Table 1).


A reasonable number of illustrations are allowed without cost to the author. For electronic submissions, do not embed photographs or graphics in the document (tables are acceptable to embed). E-mail photos and graphics separately or put in separate folder on CD.  Illustrations should be built in Photoshop, Microsoft Word or saved as a press-quality PDF. Photos should be high resolution, shot at the highest pixel setting on the camera. Cite each figure in the text in the order in which it is to appear. Identify figures with Arabic numbers (eg, Figure 1).


Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals and place in parentheses at end of sentence. For example, “Smith and Jones stated that the DMF was higher in Ireland (18).” Use the style of the examples given, which are based on the formats used in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used by this index.



  1. Risley TR, Wolfe MM. Strategies for analyzing behavioral changes over time. In: Nesselroade JR, Reese HW, eds. Lifespan developmental psychology:  methodological issues. New York: Academic Press, 1973:90-5.Journal (if more than 6 authors, list the first 3 and add et al)
  2.  Kress GC, Howell TH, Spinell D. Effects of a curriculum change on dental student attitudes. J Dent Educ 1985; 49:275-9.Report
  3. American Dental Association, Council on Dental Education. Annual report on dental education 85/86. Chicago: American Dent Association, 1986. Item in electronic format
  4. Pickett KL, Sadowsky PL, Jacobson A, et al. Orthodontic in vivo bond strength: comparison with in vitro results. Angle Orthod [serial online] 2001 [cited 2001 Mar 27]; 71(2):[25 screens]. Available from: URL:


Steps Before Publication
Manuscripts should be e-mailed to the managing editor at the Texas Dental Association at the e-mail address listed under Correspondence. Acknowledgment of receipt will be sent to the author. The Journal uses a single-blind review process. The paper will be reviewed by the editor and at least 2 members of the Editorial Advisory Board or by special consultants to the Texas Dental Journal as indicated by the subject matter. Unless the paper is rejected, it will be returned to the author with the reviewers’ comments for revision. After the author has made the necessary changes, the paper should be returned to the managing editor for final review. Usually, the author will receive notification of the initial disposition of the manuscript within 6 weeks after its receipt. Authors will be notified if a paper is rejected.

Experimental Procedures in Human and Animals
The Journal endorses the principles embodied in the World Medical Association’s (WMA) Declaration of Helsinki and requires that all investigations involving human subjects to be reported in articles in this publication be carried out in strict conformity with these principles. Similarly, investigations involving animal experiments to be reported in articles in this publication must be conducted in conformity with the principles set forth in the WMA’s Statement on Animal Use in Biomedical Research. Specifically, proposed investigations involving human and/or animal subjects must be approved by a properly constituted institutional Review Board as defined by the Office of Protection from Research Risk, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, and documentation attesting to that approval must be submitted with each such manuscript. To view the WMA’s complete statements and recommendations on Animal Use in Biomedical Research, Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, and the Rights of Patients, please visit the Policies section of the WMA website:

Informed Consent
The Journal adopts the Informed Consent requirements of the ICMJE: “Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.”
As per these requirements, informed consent must be obtained by authors submitting manuscripts to the Journal. (Source: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals,”

Copyrights and Photocopying
The U.S. Copyright Law (October 2007), effective January 1, 1978, has affected the procedure by which the  Texas Dental Journal can accept articles for publication. The Texas Dental Journal’s policy is to permit photocopying of articles for the noncommercial purpose of educational and scientific advancement. Therefore, upon submitting manuscripts for publication, every author is required to sign and submit the following statement, which transfers copyright to the Texas Dental Journal, and return it with the manuscript: “The author(s) warrants that the manuscript is the original work of the author and has not been published previously, nor is it under consideration for publication elsewhere. The author further warrants that he/she owns all copyrights in the work, that he/she has not licensed any of the copyright in the work to any other person, and that the work does not infringe on any of the copyrights of any other person. In consideration of TDA’s taking action in reviewing and editing the submitted manuscript, the author hereby transfers, assigns, and conveys to the TDA all of his/her copyrights in the work (including without limitation the right to publish, display, and distribute copies of the work electronically, individually, as part of a compilation or searchable database, or otherwise). In the event that the TDA declines to publish the work, the TDA will transfer, assign, and convey the copyrights in the work to the author, on the author’s written request.” This release form will be kept on permanent file at the TDA central office in Austin, Texas.

Notices and Disclaimers

Contributors must acknowledge that the Texas Dental Association accepts no responsibility for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence, or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions, or ideas contained in the published material. Contributors are responsible for independent verification of diagnoses and drug usages considering the rapid advances in the medical sciences. Publication of advertisements in this journal does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the quality of value of such product or of the claims made of it by its manufacturer. The authors must declare potential conflicts of financial interest, relationships and/or affiliations relevant to the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript and these are fully disclosed in an Acknowledgment section of the manuscript. (Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: employment/affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria, speakers bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents filed, received, pending, or in preparation). Authors must sign a disclaimer statement, which is kept on permanent file at the TDA central office in Austin, Texas. 



On a limited basis, by advance arrangement, and at the author’s expense, reprints may be ordered by contacting Billy Callis, Texas Dental Association, 1946 S IH-35 Ste 400, Austin, TX 78704-3698, 512-443-3675.

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