THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES MUST BE FOLLOWED CAREFULLY.
- The first page must contain the title of the manuscript, a short title
(maximum of 40 characters, to be used as a running head), author(s)
name(s) (no more than 6) and their Department(s), School(s) and/or University
(s). DO NOT INCLUDE the author's titles (DDS, MSc, PhD,
etc.) or position (Professor, Graduate student, etc.).
- Provide the name and complete address of the corresponding
author (inform email, telephone and fax numbers).
- The second page should contain a summary of no more than 250 words,
stating the aims, methods, results, and any conclusions drawn from the
study. Do not use topics and paragraphs and do not cite references in
- A list of key words (no more than 5) should be included below the
summary in lowercase letters, separated by commas.
- Summarize the purpose of the study, giving only pertinent references.
Do not review existing literature extensively. State clearly the working
Material and Methods
- Material and methods should be presented in sufficient detail to allow
confirmation of the observations. Indicate the statistical methods
used, if applicable.
- Present the results in a logical sequence in the text, tables and
figures, emphasizing the important information.
- Do not repeat in the text data contained in the tables and illustrations.
The important observations should be emphasized.
- Do not repeat the same data in tables and figures.
- Describe the statistical data in this section.
- Summarize the findings without repeating in detail the data given
in the Results section.
- Relate your observations to other relevant studies and point out the
implications of the findings and their limitations. Cite pertinent studies.
- Present your conclusions at the end of the Discussion, indicating
how your study is pertinent and/or its clinical implications. Presentation
of the conclusions in topics should be avoided.
Summary in Portuguese (for Brazilian authors only)
- The Summary in Portuguese should be IDENTICAL to the
English version (Summary). DO NOT INCLUDE title and key
words in Portuguese.
- Financial support by government agencies should be acknowledged. If
appropriate, technical assistance or assistance from colleagues may
- References must follow the Journal's style. Authors should refer to
a current issue of the BDJ for guidance on reference citation and presentation
of the reference list.
- References must be numbered consecutively in the text in order of
citation, within parentheses, without space between numbers: (1), (3,5,8),
(10-15). DO NOT USE superscript numbers.
- For papers with two authors, cite both authors in the text, as follows:
Ex: "According to Santos and Silva (1)...". If there
are more than 3 authors, cite only the first author and add "et
al.". Ex: "Pécora et al. (2) reported that..."
- All authors of each paper should be included in the Reference List
unless there are 7 or more. In this case, the first 6 authors should
be given, followed by "et al.".
- The reference list must be typed at the end of the manuscript in numerical
sequence. No more than 25 references may be cited.
- Citation of abstracts and books, as well as articles published in
non-indexed journals should be avoided, unless absolutely necessary.
Do not cite references in Portuguese.
- Abbreviations of journal titles should conform to those used in Dental
Index. The style and punctuation of references must follow the format
1. Lea SC, Landini G, Walmsley AD. A novel method for the evaluation of
powered toothbrush oscillation characteristics. Am J Dent 2004;17:307-309.
2. Shafer WG, Hine MK, Levy BM. A Textbook of Oral Pathology. 4th ed.
Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1983.
Chapter in a Book
3. Walton RE, Rotstein I. Bleaching discolored teeth: internal and external.
In: Principles and Practice of Endodontics. Walton RE (Editor). 2nd ed.
Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1996. p 385-400.
- Each table with its title must be typed after the text. Tables should
be numbered with Arabic numerals. DO NOT USE vertical
lines, bold letters and capital letters (except the initials).
- The corresponding title should appear at the top of each table.
- Tables must contain all necessary information and be understandable
without allusions to the text.
- BDJ WILL NOT ACCEPT FIGURES EMBEDDED IN FILES ORIGINATED IN TEXT-EDITING
SOFTWARE (WORD OR SIMILAR) OR FIGURES ORIGINATED IN POWER POINT.
- The digital files of the images should be generated in Photoshop,
Corel or any other image-editing software and saved in the CD-ROM. Image
files should have TIFF extension and 300 dpi minimum resolution. Only
BLACK & WHITE figures are accepted. Save the figures in the
- Lettering and identifying marks must be clear and sharp, and the critical
areas of x-rays and photomicrographs must be demarcated and/or isolated.
- Separate parts of composite figures must be labeled with capital letters
(A, B, C, etc). Single figures and composite figures must have minimum
width of 8 cm and 16 cm, respectively.
- Figure captions should be numbered with Arabic numerals and typed
on a separate page, after the lists of references or after the tables