Instructions to Authors
IJODS is the official journal of the Lebanese University School of Dentistry. The Journal publishes papers on research, clinical developments, clinical opinions and treatments as well as other key issues of relevance to dentistry. The Journal is distributed twice a year.

Author Submission Guidelines

The IJODS accepts manuscripts submitted electronically. It is a condition of acceptance of manuscripts that they are the work solely of the author or authors stated and that they have not been previously published elsewhere nor are under consideration by any other journal. The submitting author is responsible for acquiring all co- authors’ approval for the nal manuscript as well as the approval from any institution that the manuscript is originating from. Manuscripts should be word- processed (.doc,.docx,.rtf). The manuscript must contain the title of the article, the authors’ names, qualifications and address/es. Tables should also be in Word format as part of the article.

Acknowledgement of receipt is sent for all articles, with instructions for future correspondence.

Peer Review All papers undergo initial screening for suitability for the IJODS by the Editors. Suitable papers are then peer reviewed by two or more referees. Additional specialist advice may be sought if necessary.

Length of contributions Ideally contributions should be no more than 3,500 words, including tables and figures. Please note that tables and figures count as 100- 500 words each, depending on size.

Titles must be descriptive and concise. An informative title limited to 15 words with no more than 150 characters.

Abstract Research articles must have a structured abstract. General articles should be introduced with a short abstract. Do not insert references in the abstract and use few abbreviations. Abstracts may be up to 250 words in length, depending on the paper’s complexity and should be submitted with the following subheadings: Purpose/Aims: Brie y summarize the issue/problem being addressed.

Methods: Describe how the study was conducted. Results: Describe the results.

Conclusion(s): Report what can be concluded based on the results

Abstracts for other types of manuscripts should be in paragraph form, with no subheadings.

Keywords 3-5 keywords that capture the main topic of the manuscript. Terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus should be used (www.nih.gov/mesh).

Illustrations Figures /images should be submitted separately in TIFF, JPEG format in either gray scale or color. Please ensure that figures or photographs are not embedded in Word or PowerPoint files but are individual files at a high resolution of 300 pixels per inch. NB: If a person is recognizable from a photograph, written consent of the patient to publication must be obtained by the author and a copy sent to the IJODS.

References must be in the Vancouver style. They should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text, and these numbers should be inserted as superscripts each time the author is cited (Smith3-5 reported similar findings). Other references to the paper should be given in the same way after punctuation. (For example: other studies have shown this to be true.4,5 Jones et al6 demonstrated...) At the end of the article the full list of references should give the names and initials of all authors unless there are more than six, in which case only the first three should be given followed by et al. The authors’ names are followed by the title of the article; the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus and Index to Dental Literature; the year of publication; the volume number; and the first and last page numbers in full. Titles of books should be followed by the place of publication, the publisher, and the year. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the reference list at the end of the article.

Wu TY, Kuang SH, Wu CH. Factors associated with the stability of mini-implants for orthodontic anchorage: a study of 414 samples in Taiwan. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2009;67(8):1595-9.

Ethics Articles involving clinical research should conform to the guidelines issued in the Declaration of Helsinki where applicable, and in general should have ethical committee approval.

Reports of clinical trials must conform to the CONSORT statement and reports of systematic reviews of clinical trials must conform to the PRISMA statement.

Acknowledgements should be grouped in a paragraph at the end of the text and before the references. Permission and approval of the wording must be obtained from the person thanked. Where the research project was supported by industry, this should be acknowledged in the covering letter to the Editor on submission of the manuscript. The Editor-in- Chief reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity of expression and to conform to acceptable style and the limits of space available. Corrected proofs will be sent to authors and prompt response within 1-week limit is appreciated to prevent the delay in printing of the manuscript.