Journal of Oral Rehabilitation

Cover image for Vol. 43 Issue 9

Edited By: Peter Svensson

Impact Factor: 1.926

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 23/89 (Dentistry Oral Surgery & Medicine)

Online ISSN: 1365-2842

Author Guidelines

Relevant Documents: Colour Work Agreement Form

Useful Websites: Submission Site, Author Services, Blackwell Publishing’s Ethical Guidelines, Guidelines for Figures

Journal of Oral Rehabilitation  is an international journal for those active in research, teaching and practice in oral rehabilitation and strives to reflect the best of evidence-based clinical dentistry. The content of the journal also reflects documentation of the possible side-effects of rehabilitation, and includes prognostic perspectives of the treatment modalities.

Journal of Oral Rehabilitation aims to be the most prestigious journal of dental research within all aspects of oral rehabilitation and applied oral physiology.   It covers all diagnostic and clinical management aspects necessary to re-establish a subjective and objective harmonious oral function. 

The focus for the journal is to present original research findings; to generate critical reviews and relevant case stories, and to stimulate commentaries and professional debates in Letters to the Editor.   We will invite relevant commercial interests to engage in the journal in order to make it the international forum for debate between dental clinical dental clinical sciences and industry, which share a common goal: to improve the quality of oral rehabilitation.

We would particularly like to encourage the reporting of randomised controlled trials.

We will support our authors by posting the accepted version of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance by the journal. Authors must ensure that manuscripts are clearly indicated as NIH-funded using the guidelines below.

Keywords: dental disease, dental health, dental materials, gerodontology, oral health, oral medicine, oral physiology, oral prostheses, oral rehabilitation, restorative dentistry, TMD.

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript have been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal.

Journal of Oral Rehabilitation adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE authorship criteria should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of, or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2 and 3.

Experimentation involving human subjects will only be published if such research has been conducted in full accordance with ethical principles, including the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (version, 2002 and the additional requirements, if any, of the country where the research has been carried out. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject and according to the above mentioned principles. A statement regarding the fact that the study has been independently reviewed and approved by an ethical board should also be included. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there are doubts as to whether appropriate procedures have been used.

When experimental animals are used the methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the Guidelines laid down by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures or with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) and in accordance with local laws and regulations.

All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Material and Methods section identifying the review and ethics committee approval for each study, if applicable. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt as to whether appropriate procedures have been used.

Consent for publication
If individuals might be identified from a publication (e.g. from images or description) authors must obtain explicit informed consent from the individual. Please do not confuse this with consent for the procedure (above). Consent for publication is required for studies involving human subjects ALL case reports, letters that describe cases and some original articles. Cohort studies are exempt; instead evidence of IRB approval (name of IRB, date of approval and approval code/reference number) must be provided.

Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding
Journal of Oral Rehabilitation requires that all authors (both the corresponding author and co-authors) disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. If authors are unsure whether a past or present affiliation or relationship should be disclosed in the manuscript, please contact the editorial office at The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

The above policies are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to have all authors of a manuscript fill out a conflict of interest disclosure form, and to upload all forms together with the manuscript on submission. The disclosure statement should be included under Acknowledgements. Please find the form below:

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

Peer review
All papers published in Journal of Oral Rehabilitation are subject to peer review. Papers that are outside the scope of the journal, that do not comply with the guidelines below or are otherwise judged to be unsuitable by the editor will be rejected without review.

Appropriate papers are sent to at least two independent referees for evaluation.
  Authors are encouraged to suggest reviewers of international standing. Referees advise on the originality and scientific merit of the paper; the Editor in Chief and editorial board, decide on publication. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

The decision on a paper is final and cannot be appealed.

Before submitting your manuscript, ensure that you refer to the requirements below, which explain the file types, structure and supporting information required for a successful submission.


Writing should be clear and simple, avoiding excessive use of the passive, and written in good clear 'international' English.

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service please see The Editor may recommend an English Language Editing Service to an author as a condition of acceptance. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Manuscripts and tables
In order to be processed by our production team, all files should be editable, prepared in an appropriate word processing package and saved as .doc or .rtf.  Please note: PDF (.pdf) is not a .doc or .rtf file format and is therefore not an appropriate file type. Manuscripts should be double line spaced with 2.5cm margins. Use 10pt Helvetica font. Headings: main (section) headings [A] in bold sentence case; sub-headings [B] in italic sentence case; sub-sub-headings [C] in italic sentence case with the text continued on the same line.

For help and advice on preparing your artwork, see

TIFF and EPS are preferred file formats. Figures should be prepared in an appropriate graphic package and named according to DOS conventions, e.g. 'figure1.tif'.  PLEASE NOTE our submission system does not accept RAR files. Space in the print version is limited. Please consider if any of your figures (or tables) could appear online only. Additional figures and tables can be made available on the web version of the journal – please see below.


Line work (vector graphics) and combined images (photographs with lines/ bars)- .ai (Adobe Illustrator)/ Encapsulated PostScript (.eps). There is a ‘save as’ function in most statistical/ spreadsheet packages such as Microsoft Excel that allows files to be saved in eps format.

Lines should not be thinner than 0.25 pts and in-fill patterns and screens should have a density of at least 10%. Use 10pt Helvetica font for labels. The optimal resolution for these images is 600‒1200dpi.

Photographs should be saved as high-resolution (300dpi) .tif files at 1.5x desired print size. Lower resolutions (<300 dpi) may compromise output quality.

Supplementary data
Supporting material that is too lengthy for inclusion in the full text of the manuscript, but would nevertheless benefit the reader, can be made available by the publisher as online-only content, linked to the online manuscript. The material should not be essential to understanding the conclusions of the paper, but should contain data that is additional or complementary and directly relevant to the article content. Such information might include the study protocols, more detailed methods, extended data sets/data analysis, or additional figures (including).

All material to be considered as supplementary data must be uploaded as such with the manuscript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication. Please indicate clearly the material intended as Supplementary Data upon submission. Also ensure that the Supplementary Data is referred to in the main manuscript. Please label these supplementary figures/tables as S1, S2, S3, etc. Full details on how to submit supporting information, can be found at

Permission to include other’s work
Permission to reproduce material within the manuscript must be obtained in advance by the corresponding author. Refer to the original publisher, who is responsible for managing the rights of the original author. Expect this to take up to six weeks. Once granted, upload a copy of the approval as a supporting file. An acknowledgement to the source must be made in your text.

All submissions to Journal of Oral Rehabilitation should conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, drawn up by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) see

General requirements
All submissions should include the following:

Main document

1.   Title and running head (short title);

2.       Article category;

3.       First name, middle initial (if any) and family name of all authors – no degree/ titles/ positions of responsibility. All those listed as authors must fulfil the ICMJE criteria;

4.       Affiliations should be written after the authors list as follows: Department/Division/Unit name, if any; affiliation name/City (without state)/Country;

5.       Correspondence should be written after the affiliations list as follows: write only the title of one corresponding author (Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr/Prof), first name(s) written with initials only, and followed by the last name    e.g. Dr. J. E. Smith; add Department/Division/Unit name, if any/ affiliation name/Street address/ City/ postal code /Country/ Email address;

6.       A structured abstract (summary  for review papers);

7.       Six MeSH-compliant keywords

8.       Main body containing sections on background, methods, results and conclusions, with the appropriate heading.

9.       Disclosure/ Acknowledgements: I ndicate at the end of the text before references: 1. Any necessary ethical approval(s); 2. The source of funding for the study; and 3. Any conflict of interest.

10.   A reference list in Vancouver style (Ann. Intern. Med. 1997; 126: 36-47), in the order made in the text. Example: confirmed by other studies.23 /  23 Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG. Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses: the PRISMA statement. BMJ 2009; 339: b2535.

For books, names and initials of all authors, the full title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication and page number should be given.

11.   Tables – if appropriate, in tabulate text. Do not embed tables.

12.   Figure legends – if appropriate, in a list following the references/ tables. (Figures must be uploaded additionally as individual graphic files. Please do not embed figures.)

Accepted article types
Original research    
structured abstract of no more than 250 words should include the following: background, objective(s), methods (include design, setting, subject and main outcome measures as appropriate), results and conclusion. Original articles that describe cases require parental/ patient consent. For cohort studies, please upload a copy of your IRB approval.
Maximum words – 3000; maximum figures and tables – 6; maximum references – 30.

Reviews  –  structured summary giving information on methods of selecting the publications cited.
Maximum words – 3000; maximum figures and tables – 6; maximum references – no limit.

Case reports    only exceptional reports that have important education or safety messages will be considered. Our current rejection rate is 90%. Conclude with 3 learning points for our readers. All case reports require parental/ patient consent for publication.
Maximum words – 2000; maximum figures or tables – 1; maximum references – 5

We work together with Wiley’s Open Access journal, Clinical Case Reports, to enable rapid publication of good quality case reports that we are unable to accept for publication in our journal. Authors of case reports rejected by our journal will be offered the option of having their case report, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Clinical Case Reports editorial team. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. Clinical Case Reports will consider case reports from every clinical discipline and may include clinical images or clinical videos. Clinical Case Reports is an open access journal, and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to

Correspondence – Letters to the editor are encouraged, particularly if they comment, question or criticize original articles that have been published in the journal. Letters that describe cases require parental/ patient consent for publication.

Maximum words – 1500; maximum figures and tables – 1; maximum references – 5.

Guidelines on specific papers
Randomised clinical trials (RCTs)
must conform to the CONSORT statement on the reporting of RCTs. A flow diagram of subjects, the trial protocol, and the registration details of the trial must be included in the paper along with and a numbered checklist provided as supplementary material.

Diagnostic studies must conform to the STARD statement  A flow diagram of subjects, the trial protocol, and the registration details of the trial must be included in the paper along with and a checklist provided as supplementary material.

Qualitative research – authors should refer to the EQUATOR NETWORK resource centre guidance on good research reporting,which has the full suite of reporting guidelines (both quantitative and qualitative).

Observational studies (Epidemiology) please follow the STROBE guidelines http:// submit the study protocol as supplementary material.

Systematic reviews/ meta-analysis of randomised trials and other evaluation studies must conform to PRISMA guidelines (these have superseded the QUOROM guidelines) and submit the study protocol as supplementary material.

Submissions must have been read and approved by all authors. Submission of a manuscript implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under active consideration for publication elsewhere, nor been accepted for publication, nor been published in full or in part (except in abstract form).

All material to be considered for publication in Journal of Oral Rehabilitation should be submitted via the journal's online submission system at ScholarOne Manuscripts

Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you have any queries please contact Lou Whelan, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation Editorial Office:

Once you are ready to submit, check:
Your main document conforms to our requirements;
Figures are uploaded as graphic files;
Supporting documents are uploaded and designated correctly; and
You have completed all submission steps.

Failure to do so will result in your files returned to your author centre. You will receive an email detailing corrections required.



If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying your Funder requirements . For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK, Wellcome Trust, FWF authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

Journal policy states authors pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. On acceptance of your paper for publication, if you would like for your figures to appear in colour complete and sign the Colour Work Agreement Form (CWAF). The form can be downloaded from here.

Once completed, please return the form (hard copy with original signature) to Customer Services via regular mail to the address below:

Customer Services (OPI), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre, New Era Estate, Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO22 9NQ, UK

Manuscripts received with colour files WILL NOT be reproduced in colour unless a CWAF has been received.

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt to avoid delay in publication. Overseas contributors should ensure that a rapid airmail service is used. Authors are encouraged to use E-annotation tools available in Adobe Acrobat Professional or Acrobat Reader (version 7.0 or above) to e-annotate the PDF copy of their proofs, which can be returned electronically.


Open Access Publishing
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available openly on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is openly available  upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at

Prior to acceptance, there is no requirement to inform the Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Early View
Journal of Oral Rehabilitation  has an Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after Early View publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which, if cited with the journal name and year of publication. allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Author Services
Online production tracking is available for your article through
  Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available only via Author Services. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click on the following link, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: Offprint.Cosprinters . If you have queries about offprints please email

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