Author Guidelines

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS The Nigerian Dental Journal is the official publication of the Nigerian Dental Association, designed to meet the continuing educational and information needs of dental practitioners in Nigeria, Africa and the International community interested in the dental practice in the developing world. The Nigerian Dental Journal is published biannually and accepts reports of original research, review articles, clinical case reports and innovations in surgical techniques related to dentistry and allied subjects. Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editors or Publisher. The Editor(s) and Publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such materials and do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or service advertised in this publication nor any claim made by the manufacturer of such product or service. Manuscript Submission The format of the Nigerian Dental Journal follows the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals. Three typewritten copies (original and duplicates) of the manuscript, figures and illustrations, including one copy stored in a 3.5” floppy should be sent to the Editor, Nigerian Dental Journal. These should be accompanied by a covering letter signed by all the authors and stating that the manuscript is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Only those actively involved in the work should be named as co-authors. Copies of permission to produce published materials or the use of illustration that may identify subjects should be included. The manuscript would be reviewed anonymously and decisions regarding acceptance will be based on the advice of the reviewers, whose reports will normally be forwarded to the author for consideration. The Editor reserves the right to edit the manuscript while the edited manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author. Once accepted for publication, the manuscript becomes the property of the NDJ and may not be published elsewhere without the written consent of the Editor. Manuscript Preparation Manuscript should be typed, double-spaced, on one side of A4 paper leaving at least 2.5cm margins all round. Pages should be numbered on the upper right corner beginning with the title page. Each manuscript component should begin on a new page in the following sequence: Title Page. This should bear a concise but informative title of the manuscript, full names, qualifications and institutional affiliations of authors, address for correspondence and emails of all authors. Abstract of original research should be structured with objectives, materials and methods, results and conclusions briefly stated and not more than 400 words. Abstracts of case reports should not be structured but should briefly describe the case(s) reported, highlighting the unique features, treatment method employed, and conclusions drawn. The abstract page should bear 4-5 key words and a short running title of no more than 40 characters. Introduction should be brief and end with a statement of the objective of the study. A review article should be a major didactic article that clarifies and summarizes the exhaustive review of the literature. Methods should describe clearly and concisely the method, including selection of observational and experimental subjects, apparatus and procedures in sufficient detail to allow the results to be duplicated. The statistical test utilized should be mentioned. Results should be presented in a logical sequence in the text of the manuscript. Repetition of data in the text and in the tables should be avoided. Emphasis should only be on important observations. Discussion. Repetition of results should be avoided. Rather, there should be analytical discussion of the implications of the results and other observations as related to the study. Description of Teeth: In the text, individual teeth should be named (e.g. maxillary right permanent first molar); while the Palmer system should denote groups of teeth, thus: A E D 1 6 Case Reports. The main body of the report should include a short introduction, the case report and a discussion of specific aspects of the case, with reference to reports of similar cases. Acknowledgement. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission and approval from any one acknowledged by name, as readers may infer his/her endorsement of the data and conclusion. Only persons who have made contributions to the study and/or to the preparation of the manuscript should be acknowledged. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, tables or legends, using Arabic Numerals (superscript). References must be verified by the author(s) against the original quoted documents. Title of journals and books should be abbreviated according to the format used in Index Medicus. Journal Article: (List all authors when six or less, when more than six, list only the first three and add et al), e.g. Akinosi JO. A new approach to the mandibular nerve block. Br J Oral Surg 1977; 15:83-87. Book Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading micro-organisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA eds. Pathologic physiology: mechanism of disease. Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co. 1974, 457-472. Dissertation or Thesis Cains RB. Infrared spectroscopic studies of solid oxygen. Beckley, California, University of California 1965. Tables. Each table should be typed on a separate page, double spaced with no internal lines. Tables should be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals as cited in the text with a brief explanatory title supplied for each. Illustrations. Submit three sets of figures, loose unmounted. Figures should be professionally drawn and or photographed. Freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. Please send sharp, glossy color/black and white photographic prints usually 127mm x 173mm (5ins x 7ins) but no larger than 203mm x 254mm (8ins x 10ins). Titles and detailed explanations should be in the legends for illustrations, and not on the illustrations themselves. Each figure should have a label pasted on its back indicating the number of the figure. Do not write on the back of the figures or mar them using paper clips. Legends for illustration. Type legends of illustrations double-spaced, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to illustrations. Explain internal scale and identify method of staining in photo-micrographs. Permission of author(s) and publisher(s) must be obtained for the use of previously published material (text, photographs, illustrations) and must accompany the manuscript when it is submitted for consideration for publication. The Journal bears no responsibility for authors violating such rule. Proof, offprint and reprints. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for checking and speedy return to the publisher. Offprint can be ordered at the time of printing while reprints can be printed subsequently but at greater costs. Copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the permission of the Editorial Board of the Nigerian Dental Journal. All correspondence including reprints orders, advertising and submission of manuscripts should be addressed to: Dr F A Oredugba, Editor Nigerian Dental Journal, Editorial Office, Room 221, 2nd Floor, School of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, PMB 12003, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria. E-mail:

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