Manuscript must be prepared according to the "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journal" given by International Committee of Medical journal Editors (April 2010).

  1. The manuscript should be submitted as soft as well as hard copy, along with covering letter to the Editor signed by the author/s.
  2. Article types, such as original research articles, short communications, case reports and review articles can be submitted. Word/ reference limit for different types of articles:
    a.    Original research articles: Up to 2500 excluding references and abstract. Need up to 3 5 references.
    b.    Short communications: Up to 1000 excluding references and abstract. Need up to 8 references.
    c.    Case reports: Up to 2000 words excluding references and abstract. Need up to 10 references.
    d.    Review articles: Systematic reviews are desirable than narrative reviews. Up to 3500 words excluding
    references and abstract. No limit to references.
  3. For a study conducted in a single institute, the number of authors should not exceed six. The number of authors should not exceed four for a case report and review article, whereas for a short communication, the number of authors should not be more than three.
  4. The name of the authors should be identified as first author, co-author/s and the corresponding author. The order of placement in the journal of all the authors should also be mentioned.
  5. For a hard copy, the submission should be in A4 size bond paper, typed on one side only with 2.5 cm margins on all sides. Maintain a double spacing throughout the manuscript. Number the pages in arabic numerals at the foot of the page starting from the title page. Use Times New Roman font, size 12 for the entire manuscript.

The soft copy should be in a MS word document format, not in a PDF format. The following components should be present in the manuscript.

a) Title page: Should be typed in Title case (not all in capitals, but only the first letter of each word is capitalized), in bold. The type of article (case report/ original research, short communication/ review etc) should be mentioned below this in the same font, but in capitals. No abbreviations to be used in title. The expanded version with the abbreviations in parenthesis is acceptable. This will be followed by the authors' name/s, designation, institution affiliation. The corresponding author's name, communication address, contact number, email id should be given. Arunning title should be provided at the foot of this page, which will have maximum 50 characters including the spaces. Number of tables, photographs & illustrations present should be mentioned. The word count of the abstract as well as the text should also be mentioned.

b)Abstract page: A comprehensive abstract, of not more than 200 words should be submitted in a separate page. It should be typed in sentence case. In case of a research study, it should be a structured abstract with subtitles such as, Background, Aims and objectives, Method, Results, and Discussion. This should be followed by 3-10 key words. The key words should be fromMeSH database.

c)Text page: The text should be typed separately in sentence case. The IMRAD structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) is used only for the Research articles. The other articles will have appropriate subtitles. Refer to books or journals on scientific writing for correct presentation. All the references should be cited as number citations at the end of the sentence in superscript. All the figures, tables and photographs should be mentioned in the appropriate places in parenthesis using Arabic numerals. ( Table 1: etc) FDI tooth numbering system should be used wherever necessary. Metric system should be used for the values.

d)Acknowledgement page: Contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship should be mentioned

e)Reference page: All the references should be written in the Vancouver style, in sentence case. Align this section alone to the left; do not justify the paragraph here. For guideline of correct reference writing refer to the format used by NLM in the Index Medicus. Samples are as follows:

  1. Journal references: Young DA, Featherstone JDB, Roth JR. Curing the silent epidemic: Caries management in the 21st century and beyond. JCalifDentAssoc2007;35(10):681-85.
  2. Books and Other Monographs
    Personal author(s): Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany
    (NY): Dehnar Publishers; 1996.
    Editor(s), compilers) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New
    York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.
  3. Chapter in a book: Kidd EAM, Joyston-Bechal S. Fluoride supplementation in dental practice. In: Kidd EAM, JoystonBechal S, editors. Essentials of Dental caries. 2nded. Oxford universitypress;1997. pp 104-1

f.      Figures and Photographs:

i.   All the tables should be typed and printed out in a separate sheet. Number the table in Arabic numerals in  the order as present in the text. Brief title should be given on top of the table and type the details in the foot of the table. More than 10 columns and 25 rows are undesirable.
ii.    The art work (line diagrams, illustration) should be submitted as photo quality digital print out for the hard copy. They have to be created / scanned and submitted as either Tiff format, EPS and PPT file for the soft copy. Line art must have a resolution of at least 1200 dpi. All the scanned images including electronic radiographs and CT scans etc must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Colour images must be created/ scanned and submitted as CMYK files. Art work done using Office suite programs, such as Corel draw and MS word and art work downloaded from the internet (JPEG, Gif files) cannot be used.
iii.    High quality glossy photographs should be submitted for the hard copy. The photo has to be numbered at the back according to the text in pencil with an arrow pointing out the top side. The digital format for soft copy should be submitted as a TIFF or JPEG image. All figures and photographs should be of 5x7 inches dimension. The editors reserve the right to cut, crop and rotate the image.

G. Legends: The legends for the figures and photographs and X-rays should be typed separately. Font character should be similar to that used for the text. They have to correctly numbered according the numbers provided in the figures.

 Covering letter with copyright information:

The covering letter duly signed by all the authors in the order of appearance in the journal, should include the following statements also:

"In consideration of the editors of Journal of Scientific Dentistry taking action in reviewing and editing this submission, the author/s undersigned hereby transfer, assign or otherwise convey all copyright ownership to Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences in the event that such work is published in that journal. I/We warrant that the article is original, is not under consideration by any other journal, has not been previously published and takes responsibility for the contents. Furthermore, I/we warrant that all investigations reported in the publication were conducted in conformity with the recommendations from the Declaration of Helsinki and the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research involving animals. That the ethical committee clearance has been obtained for experiment on animals or trail involving human beings. I/We affirm that I/We have no financial affiliation or involvement with any commercial organization with direct financial interest in the subject or materials discussed in this manuscript, nor have any such arrangements existed in the past three years. Any other potential conflict of interest is disclosed. I/We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf."

Article should be sent to :

Dr. Saravana kumar
Journal of Scientific Dentistry Head,
Periodontics IGIDS,
Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth, Puducherry. Email id:

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