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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

AIM, SCOPE AND SUBMISSION POLICY

The Brazilian Oral Research - BOR (online version ISSN 1807-3107) is the official publication of the "Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica - SBPqO" (Brazilian Division of the International Association for Dental Research - IADR). It is a peer-reviewed journal (double blind system), and its aim is to disseminate and promote an exchange of information about the various areas related to dental research.

The BOR welcomes the submission of papers of the following types: Original Research Report (full report or Short Communication), Critical Review of the Literature, Systematic Review (and Meta-analysis), in addition to Letters to the Editor. All submissions must be exclusive to the BOR.

Manuscripts and all other related documentation must be submitted exclusively through the BOR on-line submission link (http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/bor-scielo).

The manuscript review process begins only after full compliance with all of the requirements described in these Instructions to Authors. Manuscripts that fail to comply with these requirements will be returned to the corresponding author, to perform the required modifications.

Note: After being accepted on the basis of scientific merit, all manuscripts should be revised for proper English grammar and style by one of the English-editing companies listed below (according to recommendations by the Journal of Dental Research - JDR). The authors should then send their revised text, together with a certificate of English review provided by the selected English-editing company.

 

MANUSCRIPT PRESENTATION

The text of the manuscript should be written in English and be submitted as a digital file compatible with "Microsoft Word" (in DOC, DOCX or RTF format).

All figures should be submitted individually, in separate files.

Photographs, micrographs, and radiographs should be submitted in TIFF format.

Graphs, charts, drawings, schematics and other line-art illustrations should be submitted in PDF format.

The use of initials, names and record numbers of patients should be avoided when reproducing clinical documentation. Identification of the patient is not allowed. An informed consent form signed by the patient regarding use of the patient's image and dental documentation must be submitted by the author(s) when required by the BOR.

Applicable copyright laws should be observed when previously published materials (texts, graphs, tables, figures or any other materials) are reproduced in the manuscript, including citation of the orginal source.

Manuscript sections should be presented observing the specific characteristics of each manuscript type: cover page, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements and references.

Cover Page (mandatory data)

  • Indication of the specialty or research field focused on in the manuscript.
  • Informative and concise title, limited to a maximum of 110 characters including spaces.
  • Full names and surnames of all authors (same as those listed in the Copyright Transfer and Compliance Statements), complete with telephone numbers and email addresses. A maximum of five (5) authors are accepted. When there are more than five, the participation of each author must be justified in writing on a separate sheet (and submitted in a PDF file), observing the criteria for authorship and contributorship adopted by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors available at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.
  • Institutional/professional affiliation data of all authors, complete with department, college, and university (or other institution), as well as city, state and country, presented in accordance with the internal citation guidelines established by each author's institution. Only one institutional/ professional affiliation per author will be accepted.
  • Corresponding author, with full postal address, telephone number and email.

Main Text

Abstract: should be submitted as a single, unstructured paragraph (do not subdivide into sections), containing the study's aim, methodology, results and conclusion.

Descriptors: From three (3) to five (5) main descriptors should be provided, chosen among the descriptors listed at http://decs.bvs.br/ or http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html (synonyms will not be accepted).

Introduction: should provide information on the state-of-the-art of the research subject, the study's importance, and its bearing on other studies in the same line of research or field, including its limitations and possible bias. The aim of the study should be presented concisely at the end of this section.

Methodology: All relevant characteristics of the material that constitute the subject of the research should be provided (e.g., tissue samples, patients or population). The experimental, analytical and statistical methods should be described concisely, but in enough detail to allow others to repeat the work. Manufacturer or supplier data for products, equipment or software, should be stated clearly when first mentioned in the text, as follows: manufacturer's name, city and country. Statistical methods and software should also be specified. Unless the purpose of the study is to compare specific products or systems, the commercial names of techniques as well as those of scientific or clinical products or equipment should be cited only in the "Methodology" and "Acknowledgements" sections, as the case may be. Elsewhere in the manuscript, generic terms should be used (even in the manuscript title). In manuscripts involving radiography, microradiography or SEM imaging, the following information must be included: the radiation source, filters and kV setting used. Manuscripts that report studies on human subjects should include evidence that the research was conducted ethically in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (World Medical Association). The approval protocol number issued by an Institutional Ethics Committee should be stated. Clinical trials should be reported according to the standardized protocol of the CONSORT Statement. The CONSORT checklist must be submitted together with the manuscript and, when required by the BOR, should contain analytical comments about the clinical trial performed. Manuscripts that report studies on animals should also include evidence that the research was conducted ethically, and should provide the relevant approval protocol number issued by the pertinent Institutional Ethics Committee. If the research involves public gene data, the novel gene sequences should be deposited in a public database prior to submission, and the accession number provided to the BOR. Authors may want to use the following databases:

Submissions of manuscripts that provide microarray data should include the information recommended by the MIAME guidelines ("Minimum Information About a Microarray Experiment" - http://www.mged.org/index.html), and/or describe, giving an itemized account, how the experiment details were submitted to one of the publicly available databases, such as:

Results: should be presented in the same order in which the experiment was conducted, as described in the "Methodology" section. The most significant results should be described. Text, tables and figures should not be repetitive. Significant results must be accompanied by their respective p values.

Tables: should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. All tables should be included and cited in the main text. Table captions should be placed above the table.

Discussion: should discuss the study results in regard to the working hypothesis and to the relevant literature. It should describe the similarities and differences of the study as compared to other related studies found in the literature, and provide reasons for the possible differences encountered. It should also state the study's limitations and make suggestions for further research.

Conclusions: should be presented concisely and based strictly on the results obtained in the study. Result presentation details, including numeric values, etc., should not be repeated.

Acknowledgements: The contributions of colleagues (for technical assistance, critical comments, etc.) should be acknowledged, and any professional affiliation of authors with business companies should be disclosed. This section should describe the funding source(s) of the study, including the respective grant numbers.

References: Only articles published in peer-reviewed journals are accepted as references. Manuscripts in the process of being written, theses or dissertations, and abstracts presented at conferences are not acceptable as references. Only the most recent books will be accepted as references.

Reference citations should be identified with superscript Arabic numerals in the text. The complete list of references should follow the "Acknowledgements" section, and be numbered and formatted in accordance with the Vancouver style, following the guidelines provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/). Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the "List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus" (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/). Authors are solely responsible for the accurate presentation of references.

Footnotes in the main text: should be indicated with asterisks and be limited to a bare minimum.

Spelling of scientific terms: Scientific names (binomials of microbiologic, zoological and botanical nomenclature) should be spelled in full. Chemical elements and compounds should also be spelled in full.

Units of measure: should be presented according to the International System of Units(http://www.bipm.org or http://www.inmetro.gov.br/infotec/publicacoes/si_versao_final.pdf).

Figures
Photographs, micrographs, and radiographs should have a minimum width of 10 cm and a minimum resolution of 500 dpi, and should be submitted in TIFF format. Graphs, charts, drawings, schematics and other line-art illustrations should be submitted in PDF format. All figures should be submitted individually, in separate files (not embedded in the text file), and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. All figures must be cited in the main text. Figure captions should be placed together at the end of the text, following the study references.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND FORMATTING OF MANUSCRIPT TYPES

Original Research

Original research reports should be limited to 23,000 characters including spaces (for the introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements, tables, references and figure captions). A maximum of six (6) figures and 30 references will be accepted. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.

Formatting - Text files

  • Cover page - as described above
  • Main text (23,000 characters including spaces)
  • Abstract - maximum of 250 words
  • Descriptors - from three (3) to five (5) main descriptors
  • Introduction - as described above
  • Methodology - as described above
  • Results - as described above
  • Discussion - as described above
  • Conclusion - as described above
  • Acknowledgements - as described above
  • Tables - as described above
  • References - maximum of 30 references, as described above
  • Figure captions - as described above

Formatting - Figure files

  • Figures - maximum of six (6) figures, as described above

Short Communication

Short communications should be limited to 10,000 characters including spaces (for the introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements, tables, references and figure captions). A maximum of two (2) figures and 12 references will be accepted. The abstract must not exceed 100 words.

Formatting - Text files

  • Cover page: as described above
  • Main text (10,000 characters including spaces)
  • Abstract - maximum of 100 words
  • Descriptors - from three (3) to five (5) main descriptors
  • Introduction - as described above
  • Methodology - as described above
  • Results - as described above
  • Discussion - as described above
  • Conclusion - as described above
  • Acknowledgements - as described above
  • Tables - as described above
  • References - maximum of 12 references, as described above
  • Figure captions - as described above

Formatting - Figure files

  • Figures - maximum of two (2) figures, as described above

Critical Review of the Literature

In general, submission of this type of manuscript will be based on an invitation made by the BOR Publishing Commission. Authors who have expertise on a specific subject may submit critical reviews, but acceptance of the manuscript for evaluation in the BOR peer-review process will be subject to approval by the Publishing Commission. All manuscripts, whether invited or submitted spontaneously, will be submitted to peer review. Manuscripts should have a descriptive-discursive content focusing on a comprehensive presentation and discussion of important and innovative scientific issues, and should be limited to 23,000 characters including spaces (for the introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements, tables, references, and figure captions). They should include a clear presentation of the scientific object of interest, logical argumentation, a methodological and theoretical review of studies, and a summarized conclusion. A maximum of 50 references will be accepted. The abstract must not exceed 250 words. A maximum of six (6) figures will be accepted.

Formatting - Text files

  • Cover page - as described above
  • Main text (23,000 characters including spaces)
  • Abstract - maximum of 250 words
  • Descriptors - from three (3) to five (5) main descriptors
  • Introduction - as described above
  • Methodology - as described above
  • Results - as described above
  • Discussion - as described above
  • Conclusion - as described above
  • Acknowledgements - as described above
  • Tables - as described above
  • References - maximum of 50 references, as described above
  • Figure captions - as described above


Formatting - Figure files

  • Figures - maximum of six (6) figures, as described above

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Insofar as this manuscript type summarizes the results of original, quantitative or qualitative studies, it should answer a specific question, and be limited to 23,000 characters including spaces, following the Cochrane style and format (www.cochrane.org). The manuscript should detail the search process for retrieving original studies as well as the selection criterion for studies included in the review, and should also give a summary of the results obtained from the studies reviewed (with or without a meta-analysis approach). There is no limit to the number of references. When tables and figures are included, they should present the characteristics of the studies reviewed, the interventions compared and their results, and the studies excluded from the review. Other tables and figures relevant to the review should be presented as described above. The abstract must not exceed 400 words.

Formatting - Text Files

  • Cover page - as described above
  • Main text (23,000 characters including spaces)
  • Abstract - maximum of 400 words
  • Posing the question - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • Finding the studies - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • Critical evaluation - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • Data gathering - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • Analysis and presentation of data - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • Enhancement - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • Updating the review - should follow the guidelines described at www.cochrane.org
  • References - There is no limit to the number of references, as described above.
  • Tables - as described above

Formatting - Figure files

  • Figures - There is no limit to the number of figures, as described above.

Letter to the Editor

Letters must include evidence to support an opinion of the author(s) about the scientific or editorial content of the BOR, and must be limited to 500 words. No figures or tables are permitted.

 

COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AND COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS

The manuscripts submitted for publication should be accompanied by a Letter of Copyright Transfer and Compliance Statements, signed by all authors, according to the model presented below. Authors must submit this letter online and in PDF format.

COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AND COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS

To the Publishing Commission of the Brazilian Oral Research Journal (BOR)

The authors [include full name and surname of all authors, without abbreviations]

(hereinafter referred to as "Authors") hereby submit the original manuscript entitled [include the manuscript title] to the Brazilian Oral Research - BOR, represented by the
Journal's Publishing Commission. The authors certify that said manuscript is original and does not infringe any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret rights or any other proprietary rights of third parties.

The Authors also declare that, except where explicitly disclosed, they have no financial interest or agreement with any entity that may be perceived as bearing on
the objectivity of the manuscript, unless said financial interest or agreement has been
disclosed in writing to the BOR, in a separate document, signed by all Authors.

The Authors further declare that the study, whose results are reported in the manuscript, was performed in compliance with the current policies of the institutions
to which the Authors are affiliated, related to the use of animal and/or human subjects, and/or animal- or human-derived material (Institutional Ethics Committee
approval).

The Authors agree to indemnify the BOR and to hold the BOR harmless from any claims, costs, lawyers' fees, indemnity or license fees incurred by the BOR as a
result of any claim of infringement of rights, or of any violation of Institutional Ethics
Committee compliance, arising in whole or in part from publication of the manuscript.

Publication: Brazilian Oral Research
Manuscript title: [include full title of the manuscript]
Place and date [include place and date]
Authors: [include full names and surnames of all authors, without abbreviations]
Signatures: [include the signatures of all authors]

CHECKLIST FOR INITIAL SUBMISSION

  • Cover page file (in DOC, DOCX or RTF format) containing the full names and surnames of all authors, complete with their telephone numbers and email addresses. The full postal address of the corresponding author should be included
  • Main text file (manuscript), in DOC, DOCX or RTF format
  • Copyright transfer and compliance statements, in PDF format
  • Declaration of Interests and funding, if applicable, submitted as a separate document, in PDF format
  • When applicable (more than 5 authors), justification for the participation of each author, submitted as a separate document, in PDF format
  • Photographs, micrographs, and radiographs (10 cm minimum width, 500 dpi) in TIFF format http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pub/filespec-images/
  • Graphs, charts, drawings, schematics and other line-art illustrations in PDF format
  • All figures should be submitted individually, in separate files (not embedded in the text file)

 

EXAMPLES OF REFERENCES

Journals

Goracci C, Tavares AU, Fabianelli A, Monticelli F, Raffaelli O, Cardoso PC, et al. The adhesion between fiber posts and root canal walls: comparison between microtensile and push-out bond strength measurements. Eur J Oral Sci. 2004 Aug;112(4):353-61.

Bhutta ZA, Darmstadt GL, Hasan BS, Haws RA. Community-based interventions for improving perinatal and neonatal health outcomes in developing countries: a review of the evidence. Pediatrics. 2005;115(2 Suppl):519-617. DOI:10.1542/peds.2004-1441.

Usunoff KG, Itzev DE, Rolfs A, Schmitt O, Wree A. Nitric oxide synthase-containing neurons in the amygdaloid nuclear complex of the rat. Anat Embryol (Berl). 2006 Oct 27. Epub ahead of print.

Papers with non-English Title and Text
Li YJ, He X, Liu LN, Lan YY, Wang AM, Wang YL. [Studies on chemical constituents in herb of Polygonum orientale]. Zhongguo Ahong Yao Za Zhi. 2005 Mar;30(6):444-6. Chinese.

Supplements or Special Issues
Pucca Junior GA, Lucena EHG, Cawahisa PT. Financing national policy on oral health in Brazil in the context of the Unified Health System. Braz Oral Res. 2010 Aug;24 Spec Iss 1:26-32.

Online Journals
Barata RB, Ribeiro MCS de A, De Sordi M. Desigualdades sociais e homicídios na cidade de São Paulo, 1998. Rev Bras Epidemiol. 2008;11(1):3-13 [citado 23 fev. 2008]. Disponível em: http://www.scielosp.org/pdf/rbepid/v11n1/01.pdf.

Books
Stedman TL. Stedman's medical dictionary: a vocabulary of medicine and its allied sciences, with pronunciations and derivations. 20th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1961. 259 p.

Online Books
Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074029/html/.

Websites
Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística [homepage]. Brasília (DF): Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística; 2010 [citado 27 nov. 2010]. Disponível em: http://www.ibge.gov.br/home/default.php.

World Health Organization [homepage]. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011 [cited 2011 Jan 17]. Available from: http://www.who.int/en/.

 

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