Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine

Cover image for Vol. 44 Issue 4

Edited By: Erik Dabelsteen

Impact Factor: 1.87

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 24/83 (Dentistry Oral Surgery & Medicine); 44/76 (Pathology)

Online ISSN: 1600-0714



Author Guidelines


Content of Author Guidelines: 1. General, 2. Ethical Guidelines, 3. Manuscript Submission Procedure, 4. Manuscript Types Accepted, 5. Manuscript Format and Structure, 6. After Acceptance


Useful Websites: Submission Site, Articles published in Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, Author Services, Blackwell Publishing's Ethical Guidelines, Guidelines for Figures

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

1. GENERAL

Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine publishes manuscripts of high scientific quality representing original clinical, diagnostic or experimental work in oral pathology and oral medicine. Papers advancing the science or practice of these disciplines will be welcomed, especially those which bring new knowledge and observations from the application of techniques within the spheres of light and electron microscopy, tissue and organ culture, immunology, histochemistry, immunocytochemistry and molecular biology. Review papers on topical and relevant subjects will receive a high priority and articles requiring rapid publication because of their significance and timeliness will be included as brief reports not exceeding three printed pages. All submitted manuscripts falling within the overall scope of the Journal will be assessed by suitably qualified reviewers, but manuscripts in an incorrect format will be returned to the author without review.

Please read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine. Authors are encouraged to visit Wiley Blackwell Publishing Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance.  This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication.  For further information, see www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.

2. ETHICAL GUIDELINES


Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research. 

2.1. Authorship and Acknowledgements
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.

Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine 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 substantial contributions to conception and design of, or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, and  drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements: Under acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Acknowledge only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from everyone acknowledged by name because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions.

2.2. Ethical Approvals
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 www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm) 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.

2.3 Clinical Trials

Clinical trials should be reported using the CONSORT guidelines available at www.consort-statement.org. A CONSORT checklist should also be included in the submission material.

Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
encourages authors submitting manuscripts reporting from a clinical trial to register the trials in any of the following free, public clinical trials registries: www.clinicaltrials.gov, http://clinicaltrials-dev.ifpma.org/, http://isrctn.org/. The clinical trial registration number and name of the trial register will then be published with the paper.

2.4 Conflict of Interest

All sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential grant holders should be listed. Please see Conflicts of Interest for generally accepted definitions on conflict of interest? Please enclose this information under the heading 'Conflict of Interest Statement'.

2.5 Appeal of Decision

Authors who wish to appeal the decision on their submitted paper may do so by emailing the editor with a detailed explanation for why they find reasons to appeal the decision.

2.6 Permissions
If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

2.7 Copyright Assignment

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

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 License 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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

2.8 OnlineOpen
Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine offers authors the opportunity to publish their paper OnlineOpen. OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers 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 made available to non-subscribers 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 http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406241.html. Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp. Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an 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.

3. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jopm. The use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts. Complete instructions for submitting a paper is available online and below. For further instructions, please contact Editorial Assistant Anne-Marie Engel at ame@dadlnet.dk

3.1. Getting Started
• Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, Safari 1.2.4, or Firefox 1.0.4 or higher) and go to the journal's online Submission Site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jopm.
• Log-in or, if you are a new user, click on 'register here'.
• If you are registering as new user.
- After clicking on 'register here', enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important.
- Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next.'
- Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your areas of expertise. Click 'Finish'.
• If you are registered as user, but have forgotten your log in details, enter your e-mail address under 'Password Help'. The system will send you an automatic user ID and a new temporary password.
•  Log-in and select 'Author Centre'.

3.2. Submitting Your Manuscript
• After you have logged into your 'Author Centre', submit your manuscript by clicking the submission link under 'Author Resources'.
• Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.
• Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
• You are required to upload your files.
- Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
- Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
- When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
• Review your submission (in HTML and PDF format) before completing your submission by sending it to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

3.3. Manuscript Files Accepted

Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.) or Rich Text Format (.rft) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to HTML and PDF on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, abstract, text, references, acknowledgements and conflict of interest statement, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. In the text, please reference figures as for instance 'Figure 1', 'Figure 2' etc to match the tag name you choose for the individual figure files uploaded. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

3.4. Blinded Review
All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine uses single blinded review. The names of the reviewers will thus not be disclosed to the author submitting a paper.

3.5. Suggest a Reviewer

Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication of new scientific data. In order to facilitate this process, the name and current email address of a potential international reviewer whom you consider capable of reviewing your manuscript is requested. Additionally, you may mention non-preferred reviewers as well.

3.6. Suspension of Submission Mid-way in the Submission Process
You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. The manuscript can then be located under 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts' and you can click on 'Continue Submission' to continue your submission when you choose to.

3.7. E-mail Confirmation of Submission

After submission you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail after 24 hours, please check your e-mail address carefully in the system. If the e-mail address is correct please contact your IT department. The error may be caused by some sort of spam filtering on your e-mail server. Also, the e-mails should be received if the IT department adds our e-mail server (uranus.scholarone.com) to their whitelist.

3.8. Manuscript Status

You can access ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) any time to check your 'Author Centre' for the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

3.9. Submission of Revised Manuscripts

To submit a revised manuscripts please locate your manuscript under 'Manuscripts with Decisions' and click on 'Submit a Revision'. Please remember to delete any old files uploaded when you upload your revised manuscript.

4. MANUSCRIPT TYPES ACCEPTED


Original Research Articles: of high scientific quality representing original clinical, diagnostic or experimental work in oral pathology and oral medicine. Papers advancing the science or practice of these disciplines will be welcomed, especially those which bring new knowledge and observations from the application of techniques within the spheres of light and electron microscopy, tissue and organ culture, immunology, histochemistry, immunocytochemistry and molecular biology.

Review Papers
: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine commissions review papers and also welcomes uninvited reviews. Reviews should be submitted via the online submission site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jopm and are subject to peer-review.

Case Reports
: Please note that Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine no longer accepts submissions of case reports.

Brief Reports
: Original research material requiring rapid publication because of their significance and timeliness will be included as Brief Reports. They should not exceed three pages.

Letters to the Editor
: Letters, if of broad interest, are encouraged. Letters should not be confused with Brief Reports. Letters may deal with material in papers published in Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine or they may raise new issues, but should have important implications.

5. MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE


5.1. Page Charge
Articles exceeding 6 published pages are subject to a charge of USD 163 per additional page. One published page amounts approximately to 5,500 characters (excluding figures and tables).

5.2. Format


Language
: The language of publication is English. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Abbreviations, Symbols and Nomenclature
: Use only standard abbreviations (Vancouver System). All units will be metric. Use no roman numerals in the text. In decimals, a decimal point, and not a comma, will be used. Avoid abbreviations in the title. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Useful is Baren DN, ed. Units, symbols, and abbreviations. A guide for biological and medical editors and authors. 4. ed. London: Royal Society of Medicine.

Font
: When preparing your file, please use only standard fonts such as Times, Times New Roman or Arial for text, and Symbol font for Greek letters, to avoid inadvertent character substitutions. In particular, please do not use Japanese or other Asian fonts. Do not use automated or manual hyphenation.

5.3. Structure

All papers submitted to Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine should include: title page, abstract, main text, references and tables, figures, figure legends and conflict of interest statement where appropriate. Manuscripts must conform to the journal style. Manuscripts not complying with the journal format will be returned to the author(s).

Title Page
: Should be part of the manuscript document uploaded for review and include: The title of the article, a running title of no more than 50 letters and spaces, 2-5 keywords, complete names and institution for each author, corresponding author's name, address, email address and fax number.

Abstract
: is limited to 250 words in length and should contain no abbreviations. The abstract should be included in the manuscript document uploaded for review as well as inserted separately where specified in the submission process. The abstract should convey the essential purpose and message of the paper in an abbreviated form. For original articles the abstract should be structured with the following headings in accordance with Index Medicus (Medical Subject Headings): background, methods, results and conclusions. For other article types, please choose headings appropriate for the article.

Main Text of Original Articles
: should be divided into introduction, material and methods, results and discussion.

Introduction
: should clearly state the purpose of the article. Give only strictly pertinent references. Exhaustive literature reviews are inappropriate.

Materials and Methods
: must contain sufficient detail such that, in combination with the references cited, all clinical trials and experiments reported can be fully reproduced. As a condition of publication, authors are required to make materials and methods used freely available to academic researchers for their own use. This may for example include antibodies etc. Other supporting data sets must be made available on the publication date from the authors directly.

(i) Clinical trials: Clinical trials should be reported using the CONSORT guidelines available at www.consort-statement.org. A CONSORT checklist should also be included in the submission material.

Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
encourages authors submitting manuscripts reporting from a clinical trial to register the trials in any of the following free, public clinical trials registries: www.clinicaltrials.gov, http://clinicaltrials-dev.ifpma.org/, http://isrctn.org/. The clinical trial registration number and name of the trial register will then be published with the paper. .

(ii)Experimental subjects
: 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 www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm) 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.

(iii) Suppliers
: Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included.

Results
: Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables, illustrations, or both: emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Discussion
: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data given in the Results section. Include in the Discussion the implications of the findings and their limitations and relate the observations to other relevant studies.

Main Text of Review Articles
comprise an introduction and a running text structured in a suitable way according to the subject treated. A final section with conclusions may be added.

Acknowledgements
: Under acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Acknowledge only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from everyone acknowledged by name because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions. See also above under Ethical Guidelines.

Conflict of Interest Statement
: All sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential grant holders should be listed. Please see Conflicts of Interest for generally accepted definitions on conflict of interest? See also above under Ethical Guidelines.

5.4. References

References should be kept to the pertinent minimum and numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals (in parentheses). References cited only in the tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification of that figure or table in the text. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used in Index Medicus. Try to avoid using abstracts as references. Include manuscripts accepted, but not published; designate the abbreviated title of the journal followed by (in press). Information from manuscripts not yet accepted, should be cited in the text as personal communication. The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. Titles should be abbreviated in accordance with the style used in Index Medicus and the Vancouver System.

We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here: www.refman.com/support/rmstyles.asp 

Examples of the Journal's reference style:

(1) Standard journal article
(List all authors when 6 or less; when 7 or more, list only the first 3 and add et al.)
BUCHNER A, SCIUBBA JJ. Peripheral epithelial odontogenic tumors: a review. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1987; 63: 688-97.
HEINIC GS, GREENSPAN D, MACPHAIL LA, et al. Oral Histoplasma capsulatum infection in association with HIV infection: a case report. J Oral Pathol Med 1992; 21: 85-9.

(2) Corporate author
European Collaborative Study. Risk factors for mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1. Lancet 1992; 339: 1007-12.

(3) No author given
Anonymous. `The importance of being early' [leader]. Br Dent J 1991; 170: 167.

(4) Journal supplement

MØLLER-PETERSEN J. Evaluation of diagnostic tests. Design and phases. Scand J Clin Lab Invest 1992; 52: suppl. (208): 35-50.
CROSS SS, SCHOLFIELD JH, KENNEDY A, COTTON DWK. Measuring the fractal dimension of tumour borders. J Pathol 1992; 168: 117A (abstr).

(5) Journal paginated by issue

HILLAM C. Dentistry in Europe in the 1790's. Dent Historian 1992; 22: (May): 31-4.

(6) Book

PINDBORG JJ. Atlas of diseases of the oral mucosa. Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1992: 50-66.

(7) Chapter in a book
VAN DER WAAL I. Salivary gland neoplasms. In: PRABHU SR, WILSON DF, DAFTARY DK, JOHNSON NW, eds. Oral diseases in the tropics. Oxford: Oxford Medical, 1992; 478-86.

(8) Published proceedings paper

DRINNAN AJ. Review of the literature: educational aspects of oral medicine. In: MILLARD HD, MASON DK, eds. World workshop on oral medicine. Chicago: Year Book Medical, 1989; 5-11.

(9) Agency publication

MUIR C, WATERHOUSE J, MACK T, POWELL J, WHELAN S. Cancer incidence in five continents: Vol. 5. Lyon: International Agency for Research on Cancer, 1987; IARC Scientific Publications No. 88.

(10) Dissertation or thesis

CHUNGPANICH S. The diagnostic and prognostic potential of nucleolar organizer regions in oral epithelial dysplasia. MMedSci Thesis, University of Sheffield, 1989.

5.5. Tables, Figures and Figure Legends


Tables
: should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Type each table on a separate sheet, with titles making them self-explanatory. Due regard should be given to the proportions of the printed page.

Figures
: All figures should clarify the text and their number be kept to a minimum. Text on figures should be in CAPITALS. Line drawings should be professionally drawn; half-tones should exhibit high contrast.

All figures and artwork must be provided in electronic format. Figure legends should be a separate section of the manuscript, and should begin with a brief title for the whole figure and continue with a short description of each panel and the symbols used: they should not contain any details of methods.

Submit your figures as EPS, TIFF or PDF files. Use 300 dpi resolution for photographic images and 600 dpi resolution for line art.Full details of the submission of artwork are available at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.

6. AFTER ACCEPTANCE

6.1 Proofs
Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file.

6.2 Supporting Information
If you have previously provided Supporting Information with your article, please note it will not be edited or altered from its original format during the Production process. Although a proof of your Supporting Information is not available, it will appear online when your article is published.

6.3 Early View
Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine is covered by Wiley Blackwell Publishing’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed 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 online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

6.4 Offprints
The corresponding author will receive a free PDF offprint that can be downloaded via Author Services. Please sign up for the service if you would like to access your free article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor for more information.

6.5 Author Services
Online production tracking through Wiley Blackwell’s 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. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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