Oral Surgery

Cover image for Vol. 7 Issue 4

Edited By: Paul Coulthard

Online ISSN: 1752-248X



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

Relevant Documents:

Useful Websites: Submission Site, Articles published in Oral Surgery, Author Services, Wiley-Blackwell’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.

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1. GENERAL

Oral Surgery presents rigorous, objective investigation and science to inform oral surgery clinical practice and so improve the quality of patient care. The scope of the journal Oral Surgery is wide including oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial pathology and dental and maxillofacial radiology. The scope of surgical practice in the specialty of oral surgery varies around the world and this journal is therefore not restrictive but encompasses the widest range described globally.

The journal will publish clinical trials and studies but also preclinical original articles. Case reports bring our surgical community awareness of new or rare pathology and highlight adverse events of surgical management. High quality reviews are also a feature as well as abstracts from other journals. Oral Surgery also publishes articles describing technical advances, oral surgery teaching and training methodology, and research methodology and dissemination.

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 Oral Surgery. Authors are encouraged to visit Wiley-Blackwell Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.


2. ETHICAL GUIDELINES

Oral Surgery 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 manuscript have been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal.

Oral Surgery 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 acquisiation 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.

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. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interests if appropriate.

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 2008) 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.

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. All manuscripts reporting results from a clinical trial must indicate that the trial was fully registered at a readily accessible website, e.g., www.clinicaltrials.gov.

2.4 DNA Sequences and Crystallographic Structure Determinations
Papers reporting protein or DNA sequences and crystallographic structure determinations will not be accepted without a Genbank or Brookhaven accession number, respectively. Other supporting data sets must be made available on the publication date from the authors directly.

2.5 Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding
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. This information should be disclosed under Acknowledgements

2.6 Appeal of Decision
Authors who wish to appeal the decision on their submitted paper may do so by e-mailing the editor with a detailed explanation for why they find reasons to appeal the decision.

2.7 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.

2.8 Copyright Assignment
Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work and its essential substance have not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to BAOS and Wiley-Blackwell if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. 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 database and the like or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of the publisher.

For questions concerning copyright, please visit Wiley-Blackwell’s Copyright FAQ

2.9 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://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms
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.

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

3. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site ScholarOne Manuscripts http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ors. 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. Further assistance can be obtained from the editorial office at orsedoffice@wiley.com

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/ors 
*Log-in or, if you are a new user, click on “register here'.
*If you are registering as a 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, 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 Center'

3.2. Submitting Your Manuscript
After you have logged into your “Author Center”, 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 sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

3.3. Manuscript Files Accepted
Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc) 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, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. In the text file, please reference figures as for instance “Figure 1”, “Figure 2” etc to match the tag name you choose for the individual figure files you upload. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

3.4. Blinded Review
All manuscripts submitted to Oral Surgery will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Oral Surgery 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
Oral Surgery attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication of new scientific data. In order to facilitate this process, please suggest the names and current e-mail addresses of 2 potential international reviewer whom you consider capable of reviewing your manuscript.

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 manuscript, 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: may deal with oral surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology. The journal also welcomes articles on new clinical methods and techniques.

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

Case Reports: Illustrating unusual and clinically relevant observations are acceptable, but their merit needs to provide high priority for publication in the journal.

Letters to the Editor: Letters, if of broad interest, are encouraged. They may deal with material in papers published in Oral Surgery or they may raise new issues, but should have important implications.


5. MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE

5.1. Format

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: Oral Surgery adheres to the conventions outlined in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations: A Guide for Medical and Scientific Editors and Authors. Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum, particularly those that are not standard. Non-standard abbreviations must be used three or more times and written out completely in the text when first used.

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.

5.2. Structure
All manuscripts submitted to Oral Surgery should include: Title Page, Abstract, Clinical Relevance, Main Text, References and Tables, Figures, Figure Legends and Acknowledgements where appropriate. Manuscripts must conform to the journal style. Manuscripts not complying with the journal style will be returned to the author(s).

Title Page: Should be part of the manuscript document uploaded for review and include: A title, a running title of no more than 50 characters, 3-6 keywords, complete names and institution for each author, corresponding author's name, address, e-mail address and fax number, date of submission.

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: aim, material and methods, results and conclusions. For other article types, please choose headings appropriate for the article.

Clinical Relevance: This section is aimed at giving clinicians a reading light to put the present research in perspective. It should be no more than 100 words and should not be a repetition of the abstract. It should provide a clear and concise explanation of the rationale for the study, of what was known before and of how the present results advance knowledge of this field. If appropriate, it may also contain suggestions for clinical practice. It should be structured with the following headings: scientific rationale for study, principal findings, and practical implications. Authors should pay particular attention to this text as it will be published in a highlighted box within their manuscript; ideally, reading this section should leave clinicians wishing to learn more about the topic and encourage them to read the full article.

Main Text of Original Articles: should be divided into Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion.

Introduction: should be focused, outlining the historical or logical origins of the study and not summarize the results; exhaustive literature reviews are inappropriate. It should close with the explicit statement of the specific aims of the investigation.

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 includes antibodies and the constructs used to make transgenic animals, although not the animals themselves. Other supporting data sets must be made available on the publication date from the authors directly.

(i) 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. All manuscripts reporting results from a clinical trial must indicate that the trial was fully registered at a readily accessible website, e.g., www.clinicaltrials.gov.

(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 2008) 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. The editor reserves the right to reject papers if there are doubts as to whether appropriate procedures have been used.

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

Results: should present the observations with minimal reference to earlier literature or to possible interpretations.

Discussion: may usually start with a brief summary of the major findings, but repetition of parts of the abstract or of the results sections should be avoided. The section should end with a brief conclusion and a comment on the potential clinical relevance of the findings. Statements and interpretation of the data should be appropriately supported by original references.

Main Text of Review Articles comprises 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: 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. Acknowledgements should be brief and should not include thanks to anonymous referees and editors. Where people are acknowledged, a covering letter demonstrating their consent must be provided.

5.3. References
The journal policy is to encourage references to original papers, not to literature reviews. Avoid reference to 'unpublished observations', and papers not yet accepted for publication. References to abstracts should be avoided if possible; such references are appropriate only if they are recent enough that time has not permitted full publication. References to written personal communications (not oral) may be inserted in parentheses in the text.

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

Oral Surgery adheres to the Vancouver format for reference. The list of references should begin on a fresh page in the manuscript.

Examples of the Vancouver reference style:

Journals
Standard journal article:
(List all authors when six or fewer. When seven or more, list first six and add et al.)
Andreasen JO, Hjørting-Hansen E. Replantation of teeth. I. Radiographic and clinical study of 100 human teeth. Acta Odontol Scand 1966;24:263-86.
WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Precancerous Lesions. Definition of leukoplakia and related lesions: an aid to studies on oral precancer. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 1978;46:518-39.

Books and other monographs
Personal author(s)
Fejerskov O, Baelum V, Manji F, Møller IJ. Dental fluorosis; a handbook for health workers. Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1988:41-3.
Chapter in a book
Andreasen FM, Andreasen, JO, Root Fracture. In: Andreasen, JO, Andreasen, FM editors: Textbook and Colour Atlas of Traumatic Injuries to the Teeth. 3rd edition, Copenhagen, Munksgaard, 1994; 279-314.

5.4. Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Figures: All figures and artwork must be provided in electronic format. Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in Encapsulated Postscript Format (EPS) and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) or clinical or in vitro pictures in Tagged Image Format (TIFF). Detailed information on our digital illustration standards can be found at http://authorservices.Wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp 

Unnecessary figures and parts (panels) of figures should be avoided: data presented in small tables or histograms, for instance, can generally be stated briefly in the text instead. Figures should not contain more than one panel unless the parts are logically connected

Figures divided into parts should be labeled with a lower-case, boldface, roman letter, a, b, and so on, in the same type size as used elsewhere in the figure. Lettering in figures should be in lower-case type, with the first letter capitalized. Units should have a single space between the number and unit, and follow SI nomenclature common to a particular field. Unusual units and abbreviations should be spelled out in full or defined in the legend. Scale bars should be used rather than magnification factors, with the length of the bar defined in the legend rather than on the bar itself. In general visual cues (on the figures themselves) are preferred to verbal explanations in the legend (e.g. broken line, open red triangles etc)

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (lineart) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: lineart:  >600 dpi; half-tones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley-Blackwell’s guidelines for figures: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp .

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/eachecklist.asp

Colour figures: Any figure submitted in colour will be reviewed and processed with the understanding that it will be published in colour. Colour illustrations are printed free of charge if their use contributes significantly to the scientific value of the article.

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.

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.

5.5. Supporting Material
Publication in electronic formats has created opportunities for adding details or whole sections in the electronic version only. Authors need to work closely with the editors in developing or using such new publication formats.

Supporting Material, such as data sets or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the print edition of the journal, but which will be viewable via the online edition, can be submitted.

It should be clearly stated at the time of submission that the Supporting Material is intended to be made available through the online edition. If the size or format of the Supporting Material is such that it cannot be accommodated on the journal's Web site, the author agrees to make the Supporting Material available free of charge on a permanent Web site, to which links will be set up from the journal's website. The author must advise Wiley-Blackwell if the URL of the website where the Supporting Material is located changes. The content of the Supporting Material must not be altered after the paper has been accepted for publication.

The availability of Supporting Material should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the References, headed 'Supporting Material' and providing titles of figures, tables, etc. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on the authors Web site cannot be reviewed. The Supporting Material is an integral part of the article and will be reviewed accordingly.

6. AFTER ACCEPTANCE

6.1 Copyright
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.

6.2 Proofs
The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to download their proof as a PDF (portable document format). Corrections must be returned to the typesetter at ceillaliang@toppanleefung.com within 3 days of receipt.

6.3 Offprints
Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint.

7. ONLINE OPEN
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://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms

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.

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