Journal of Prosthodontics

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Edited By: David A. Felton, University of Mississippi

Impact Factor: 1.071

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 57/88 (Dentistry Oral Surgery & Medicine)

Online ISSN: 1532-849X

Author Guidelines

Instructions to contributors

Editorial office contact information

David A. Felton, DDS, MS, FACP
West Virginia University School of Dentistry
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
PO Box 9400
Morgantown, WV 26506-9400


Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before, is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has been read and approved by all authors. The work shall not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the publisher. The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submission of Manuscripts Submit through our online submission and review site at Create an account, and upload the body of your manuscript. You will also be able to upload any digital figures associated with the manuscript. You will be able to track the progress of your manuscript through the peer review process. A Users Guide and online tutorial are available by clicking the “Get Help Now” link. All Journal of Prosthodontics forms and instructions are also available at the site. If you have any questions, please contact Alethea Gerding at

Please note: the Journal of Prosthodontics will no longer review the following manuscripts:

1) Those testing groups with sample sizes less than 10 per group, unless the manuscript also includes a power calculation to determine the small group's statistical validity, or if the manuscript includes a justification for the smaller sample size (i.e., citations to similar studies also using small sample sizes).
2) 2D FEA studies, unless a strong case can be made that the study cannot be conducted via 3D FEA.

Title page - The title page should contain the following information in the order given: 1) Full title of manuscript. 2) Authors' full names. 3) Authors' institutional affiliations including city and country. 4) A running title, not exceeding 60 letters and spaces. 5) The name and address of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript.

If the work has previously been presented, the name, place, and date of meeting(s) must be given. If any financial support was received, the grant/contract number, sponsor name, and city, state, and country location must be supplied.

Abstract page – An abstract is required for all manuscripts and must precede the body of the manuscript.  Abbreviations and references should not appear in the abstract.

Research manuscripts must conform to the Structured Abstract format. Structured Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and must contain the following information: (1) Purpose (2) Materials and Methods (3) Results (4) Conclusions

Clinical reports and Techniques and Technology manuscripts do not need a structured abstract.

Following the abstract and on the same page, there should be several words not appearing in the title of the manuscript to be titled: KEYWORDS.

Text – Research manuscripts should include the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, and References.  Experimental design should be clearly described (eg, randomized clinical trial, cohort study, case-control study, case series).

Other manuscripts should begin with an introductory paragraph of at least two to five sentences. The remainder of the manuscript should be divided into sections preceded by appropriate headings.

The Introduction will include the following: a description of the problem that inspired the study; a brief discussion of relevant published material that addressed the same problem or that documents methodology used in the study; and the goal of the study, the purpose statement or hypothesis.

The Materials and Methods section describes materials or subjects used and the methods selected to evaluate them, including information about the overall design, the nature of the sample studied, the type of interventions (or treatments) applied to the individual elements in the sample, and the principal outcome measure.  Statistical methodology should be included in this section.

Please note: All human subject research (including surveys) must include a statement of ethical or institutional review board approval.

Please note: For research reports, we require a minimum of ten (10) specimens per experimental group UNLESS a power calculation has been performed by a statistician to demonstrate that the sample size is capable of providing statistical significance. Or UNLESS the manuscript includes a justification for the smaller sample size (i.e., citations to similar studies also using small sample sizes).

The Results section will be a clear statement of the findings and an evaluation of their validity based on the outcome of statistical tests.

The Discussion section presents the research in its broader context, describes its clinical implications, identifies limitations or problems that emerged during the course of the study, characterizes the larger significance of the findings, and articulates any further questions remaining to be answered on the subject.

The Conclusion section includes only a brief and succinct summary of the findings.

References - Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in texts, tables, and legends by superscript Arabic numerals. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the format used by the US National Library of Medicine in Index Medicus. For abbreviations of journals, consult the 'List of the Journals Indexed' printed annually in the January issue of Index Medicus.

For standard journal articles list all authors when three or fewer; when three or more, list first three authors and add et al.

Raghoebar GM, Brouwer TJ, Reintesma H, et al: Augmentation of the maxillary sinus floor of autogenous bone for the placement of endosseous implants: A preliminary report. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 1993;51:1198-1203

Chapter in book
Phoenix, RD: Denture base resins: Technical considerations and processing techniques, in Anusavice KJ (ed): Phillips’ Science of Dental Materials, vol 1 (ed 10). Philadelphia, PA, Saunders, 1996, pp 237-271

Tables – Tables should be positioned following the references, not in the body of the manuscript. The tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet. Include any necessary legends on the same page with the associated table.

Illustrations – All graphs, drawings, and photographs are considered figures and should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals. Each figure should have a legend and all legends should be typed together on a separate sheet and numbered correspondingly.

The inclusion of color illustrations is at the discretion of the editor.  Details must be large enough to retain their clarity after reduction in size.  Micrographs should be designed to be reproduced without reduction, and they should be dressed directly on the micrograph with a linear size scale, arrows, and other designators as needed.

Figures submitted to the Journal of Prosthodontics

Photographs of People
The Journal of Prosthodontics follows current HIPAA guidelines for the protection of patient/subject privacy.

If an individual pictured in a digital image or photograph can be identified, his or her permission is required to publish the image. The corresponding author may submit a letter signed by the patient authorizing the Journal of Prosthodontics to publish the image/photo. Or, a form provided by the Journal of Prosthodontics (available by clicking the “Instructions and Forms” link in ScholaOne Manuscripts) may be downloaded for your use.  This approval must be received by the Editorial Office prior to final acceptance of the manuscript for publication.  Otherwise, the image/photo must be altered such that the individual cannot be identified (black bars over eyes, etc).

Manipulation of Digital Photos
Authors should be aware that the Journal considers digital images to be data. Hence, digital images submitted should contain the same data as the original image captured. Any manipulation using graphical software should be identified in either the Methods section or the caption of the photo itself. Identification of manipulation should include both the name of the software and the techniques used to enhance or change the graphic in any way. Such a disclaimer ensures that the methods are repeatable and ensures the scientific integrity of the work.

No specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. The grouping of images from different SEMS, different teeth, or the mouths of different patients must be made explicit by the arrangement of the figure (i.e., by using dividing lines) and in the text of the figure legend. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if they are applied to the whole image and as long as they do not obscure, eliminate, or misrepresent any information present in the original, including backgrounds.

The removal of artifacts or any non-integral data held in the image is not allowed. For instance, removal of papillae or “cleaning up” of saliva bubbles is not allowed.

Cases of deliberate misrepresentation of data will result in rejection of a manuscript, or if the misrepresentation is discovered after a manuscript’s acceptance, revocation of acceptance, and the incident will be reported to the corresponding author's home institution or funding agency.

Letters to the Editor - Letters to the editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics are welcomed. You may submit through our online submission site ( or email directly to the editor-in-chief at

While we will read and respond to all letters, we will only publish a select few. We are most likely to publish letters that deal with a controversial topic or that take issue with research published in the Journal of Prosthodontics. While a letter may be critical, in order to be considered for publication, it must not be insulting. Criticism should be constructive, and arguments made should be appropriately referenced to previously published work.

Upon approval for publication, we will publish the letter in the next available print issue of the Journal of Prosthodontics. When written in response to an article published in the Journal, we will also give the author of the original article the opportunity to respond. If they choose to do so, we will attempt to publish the letter and response in the same issue.

Abbreviations, symbols and nomenclature – Authors are to use current prosthodontic nomenclature and are referred to the Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms (8th Edition) for accepted terminology.  Generic names should be used for all drugs and equipment. When a trade name must be used, cite parenthetically the trade name and the name, city, state, and country of the manufacturer.  Measurements should be in the metric system.

Permissions – Any illustrations or tables that have been published previously must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher). Illustrations or tables that have been adapted or modified must also be accompanied by letters of permission.

For authors signing current licensing/copyright agreement

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

If you do not select the OnlineOpen option you will follow the current licensing signing process as described above. For authors choosing OnlineOpen If you decide to select the OnlineOpen option, please use the links below to obtain an open access agreement to sign [this will supersede the journal’s usual license agreement]. By selecting the OnlineOpen option you have the choice of the following Creative Commons License open access agreements:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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A note about plagiarism: Submitted manuscripts are randomly evaluated via the iThenticate Professional Plagiarism Prevention program (

The Journal of Prosthodontics defines major plagiarism as any case involving:

  • unattributed copying of another person's data/findings, or resubmission of an entire publication under another author's name (either in the original language or in translation), or

  • verbatim copying of >100 words of original material in the absence of any citation to the source material, or

  • unattributed use of original, published, academic work, such as the structure, argument or hypothesis/idea of another person or group where this is a major part of the new publication and there is evidence that it was not developed independently.

Minor plagiarism is defined as:

  • verbatim copying of <100 words without indicating that these are a direct quotation from an original work (whether or not the source is cited), unless the text is accepted as widely used or standardized (eg the description of a standard technique)

  • close copying (not quite verbatim, but changed only slightly from the original) of significant sections (eg >100 words) from another work (whether or not that work is cited).

If the editorial board of the Journal of Prosthodontics suspects a case of plagiarism, we will first contact the authors for clarification. If the authors are unable to sufficiently explain the potential plagiarism, we reserve the right to inform the authors' institutions and funding agencies. If a published article is suspected of plagiarism, we will take the further step of informing our readers.

Retractions – In the unfortunate event an article published in the Journal of Prosthodontics needs to be retracted, we will follow the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), available here: guidelines.pdf. Potential reasons for retraction include plagiarism, redundant publication, or unreliable results (either through error or misconduct).

Conflict of Interest – Authors are required to disclose any possible conflicts of interest. These include financial (for example patent, ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fee). Author's conflict of interest (or information specifying the absence of conflicts of interest) will be published under a separate heading entitled Disclosure.

Source of Funding – Authors are required to specify the source of funding for their research when submitting a paper. Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included. The information will be disclosed in the published article.

Proofreading – The designated corresponding author is provided with proofs and is asked to proofread them for typesetting errors.  Important changes in the data are allowed, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proof.

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