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About the journal


Basic information


Brazilian Dental Journal, publishes Full-Length Papers, Short Communications and Case Reports, dealing with dentistry or related disciplines and edited six times a year.

Its abbreviated title is Braz. Dent. J., and it should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic strips.



Information services


The articles published in Brazilian Dental Journal are indexed or summarized by:

  • Medline
  • PubMed
  • ERL


Intellectual property


All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.





The publication of this journal is financially supported by:

  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)

  • Fundação Odontológica de Ribeirão Preto (FUNORP)



Editorial board





Assistant editors



Text & technical editor

  • Rafael Verardino de Camargo - Universidade de São Paulo - Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil


Editorial production



  • Carlos Feitosa dos Santos – Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil,


Digital midia



Editorial board




Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


The Brazilian Dental Journal is a peer-reviewed (double-blind system) scientific journal that publishes Original Full-Length Papers, Short Communications, Case Reports and Invited Reviews, dealing with the several fields of dentistry or related areas, with open access. Only original papers will be considered for publication. In submitting a manuscript, the authors should state in the cover letter that the material has not been published previously and is not under consideration by another journal in either electronic or printed versions.


MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH. Authors whose primary language is not English must have their manuscript reviewed by someone proficient in English. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be submitted to the Technical Review for revision of English grammar and scientific writing and to fit the text into the Journal's standards. The cost of the Technical Review will be charged to the authors. Submission of a manuscript to BDJ implies the acceptance of these terms. The decision of acceptance for publication relies on the Editors and is based on the recommendation of the Editorial Board and/or ad hoc reviewers. Authors of manuscripts not recommended for publication will receive an email explaining the decision. The concepts emitted in the papers published in the BDJ are the sole responsibility of the authors, not necessarily reflecting the Editorial Board's opinion.

All manuscripts will be submitted to peer-review. Authors and referees will be kept anonymous during the review process. Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal.

Brazilian Dental Journal is an open access journal, which means that all published articles are freely available on the Internet immediately upon publication.

The Brazilian Dental Journal shall retain the copyright and publishing rights of all published articles, including translations. Users can use, reuse and build upon the material published in the journal but only for non-commercial purposes and provided the source is clearly and properly mentioned.

The Journal adopts plagiarism identification system (AntiPlagiarist - ACNP Software)

The Brazilian Dental Journal in indexed by DOAJ database for public access.


Registration and publication of Errata
Errata are corrections of errors identified in an article or other type of document already published. The publication of an erratum is necessary when the author(s) of the article or the editor identifies one or more errors in the already published article. The procedure for publishing an erratum follows the guidelines of the international databases and aims to preserve the original record of the manuscript, informing, however, about eventual corrections. Corrections should be identified and informed to the Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian Dental Journal by e-mail The Editor-in-Chief will then initiate the publication process in SciELO informing about the error located in an already published article.

Retraction of published articles
Retraction is a public instrument to register problems in a published article (Partial Retraction) or to communicate its cancellation (Full Retraction) and it is an integral part of the scientific communication system. The procedure to register the withdrawal of an article published by the Brazilian Dental Journal is initiated after receiving a formal communication to the Editor-in- Chief of the journal, through the e-mail, who will communicate it to SciELO. The communication should be accompanied by the retraction text informing the reasons for which the article will be retracted. The retracted article will not be deleted from the journal where it was originally published. In the XML version for full retraction cases, only the text of the retraction with the justification sent by the editor and the article's basic data, such as title, author, affiliation, and abstract, will be published. Only the part in which the problem was identified will be suppressed for partial retraction. In both cases, the original PDF is kept, but with the text of the retraction aggregated before the original full text and with watermark stripes identifying it as a retracted article.

Publication of Addendum
The publication of an Addendum is carried out in cases where there are no text corrections or digital assets, but when there is the inclusion of information about a document already published. Addenda do not contradict the original publication and are not used to correct errors; they should be used when the addition of the information is beneficial to the reader's understanding of a significant part of the published contribution. Addenda may be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's editorial policy. All addenda are linked to the published article to which they relate. In this case, the added information is not effectively inserted in the already published document as it occasionally happens with an erratum, for example. The addendum publication procedure follows the guidelines of the international databases and aims at preserving the original record of the manuscript, informing, however, about eventual additions. The process of addendum publication can be initiated by a communication to the Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian Dental Journal, through the e-mail, who will communicate SciELO informing about the need for an addendum in an already published article.

Good practice guide for strengthening ethics in scientific publishing
The Brazilian Dental Journal follows the good practice guide for strengthening ethics in scientific publication standards for all the journals of the SciELO Network collections. The SciELO Program follows norms and recommendations of standards of ethics and responsibility in scholarly communication established by national and international institutions, among which we highlight: COPE, CSE, Equator Network, ICMJE, CNPq, FAPESP, and the SciELO Manual of Good Practices for Strengthening the Ethics in Scientific Publication. This guide promotes integrity and transparency in the process of manuscript evaluation and in the reproducibility of research, about the occurrence of manipulation or invention of data, the unreferenced copy of data or of another author's text, the duplicate publication of the same text or research, conflicts of interest or authorship. Everything that is published in the journal, as well as the corrective actions that may be necessary, are the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. In this sense, this guide explains concepts and actions that promote integrity in the publication process and referrals in cases of suspected or proven misconduct. Further information can be obtained through formal contact with the Editor-in-Chief of the journal via e-mail:


Form and preparation of manuscripts




  • The authors must submit the manuscript in Word and in PDF, comprising the title page, text, tables, figure captions and figures (photographs, micrographs, radiographs, schematic drawings, graphs, computer-generated images, etc).
  • The manuscript must be typed in Times New Roman 12 font, with 1.5 spacing, 2.5-cm margins at each side. DO NOT USE bold letters, watermarks or other resources to make the text visually attractive.
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with the summary.
  • Full-length manuscripts are assembled in the following sections:

1. Title Page
2.  Summary and Key Words
3. Introduction; Material and Methods; Results; Discussion
4. Summary in Portuguese (an item necessary for Latin American Indexing Services that will be provided for non-Brazilian authors by the Journal)
5. Acknowledgements (if any)
6. References
7. Tables
8. Figure captions
9. Figures

  • All titles of sections (Introduction, Material and Methods, etc) must be capitalized in regular font type (not bold).
  • Results and Discussion MUST NOT be joined in a single section.
  • Short Communications and Case Reports should be divided into appropriate sections.
  • Products, equipments and materials: the trade name must be followed by the manufacturer's name, city, state and country, within parentheses upon first mention. For further mentions, only the manufacturer's name is required.
  • All abbreviations must be explained at first mention.

Title page

  • 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 title page must be uploaded at the website as a separate file (not included in the body of the manuscript).


  • The first page of the manuscript must contain: title of the manuscript, short tile with no more than 40 characters, and NO authors' names or identification.


  • 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 the Summary.
  • 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 hypothesis.

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 be acknowledged. 


  • References must follow the Journal's style. Authors should refer to a current issue of the Brazilian Dental Journal (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 illustrated below:

Journal articles
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.


  • 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 CD-ROM.
  • 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 (if any)


Policies on Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal rights, and Informed Consent



The Brazilian Dental Journal reassures the principles incorporated in the Helsinky Declaration and insists that all research involving human beings, in the event of publication in this journal, be conducted in conformity with such principles and others specified in the respective ethics committees of authorsinstitution. In the case of experiments with animals, the same ethical principles must also be followed. When surgical procedures in animals were used, the authors should present, in the Methodology section, evidence that the dose of a proper substance was adequate to produce anesthesia during the entire surgical procedure. All experiments conducted in human or animals must accompany a description, in the Methodology section, that the study was approved by the respective Ethics Committee of authorsaffiliation and provide the number of the protocol approval.

The papers presenting experimental studies in human volunteers or in animals must contain the Ethical Committee approval of the reports as mandatory supplementary file. The Ethics Committee certificate written in different languages from English, Spanish and Portuguese must be full translated into English.

All authors and co-authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest when submitting their article (e.g. employment, consulting fees, research contracts, stock ownership, patent licenses, advisory affiliations, etc.). If the article is subsequently accepted for publication, this information should be included in the end section.


All research must have been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. If there is suspicion that work has not taken place within an appropriate ethical framework, Editors will follow may reject the manuscript, and/or contact the author(s)ethics committee. On rare occasions, if the Editor has serious concerns about the ethics of a study, the manuscript may be rejected on ethical grounds, even if approval from an ethics committee has been obtained.

  • Articles conducting any animal or clinical studies should contain a statement in accordance with the animal and human ethics committee.
  • Research should be carried out in a manner that animals do not get affected unnecessarily.
  • Registration is required for all clinical trials.


In the Brazilian Dental Journal, patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.

Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Patient consent should be written and archived either with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.


Submission of manuscripts



1. Submission letter;

2. Title page.

3. Manuscript file (text, tables, figure captions).

4. In the manuscript, observe:

- identification of authors only on the title page.
- text typed in Times New Roman 12 font, with 1.5 spacing, 2.5-cm margins at each side.
- tables, figure captions and figures at the end of the manuscript.

5. Digital files of figures, black & white, saved in TIFF format with minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

There are no fees for submission and evaluation of articles.

The Technical Review Fee is R$ 550,00 Reais Brasileiros (for Brazilian authors) or U$300 American dollars (for foreign authors) and will be charged to the corresponding author, even if only minor corrections to the manuscript are needed.





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