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Author Guidelines


1. The manuscript should be written in English (USA) language, in a clear, concise and objective form.

2. The text should be provided as a Word for Windows file (doc or rtf), using a size 12 Arial font, A4 page size, double-spacing and margins of 3 cm. The length of the manuscript is limited to 15 pages, excluding references, tables, and figures.

3. The number of tables and figures should not exceed a total of six items (e.g., two tables and four figures).

4. Units of measure should follow the International System of Measurements.

5. All the abbreviations should be defined when first mentioned, thus the word written out fully.

6. In the first mention of commercial brands, the name of the manufacturer and its location should be given in parentheses (city, state, country).


1. Title page

1.1 Title: written in English and Portuguese.

1.2 Author(s): Complete name, title, main activity (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor; Graduate Student; Research Fellow), affiliation (institution or private clinic, department or graduate course/specialty training, city, state, and country), and e-mail. The number of authors should be limited to six, except in cases of a multicenter or similar study.

1.3 Author for correspondence: name, postal and electronic (e-mail) addresses and telephone.

1.4 In case of any relationship between the authors and public or private entity that could result in a conflict of interest, this possibility should be disclosed. Observation: The title page will be removed from the file before building the PDF file to be sent for peer-review.

2. Structured abstract and key words (in English and Portuguese)

2.1 Abstract: A maximum of 200 words, in English and Portuguese. The abstract should be structured with the following divisions: - Original Article: Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. - Case Report: Purpose, Case description, and Conclusion. - Literature Review: the structured form for an original article can be followed but is not mandatory.

2.2 Key words: A maximum of six key words, preferably from the list of Medical Subject Headings of the U.S. National Library of Medicine or the list of Health Siences Descriptors (DeCS) in BIREME.

3. Text

3.1 The original research article should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods (or Casuistics), Results, Discussion, and Conclusions.

- Introduction: This section should be objective and present the research problem and background to justify the work and provide available data on the subject of the study. The objective(s) and/or hypothesis of the study should be stated in the last paragraph.

- Methods (or Casuistics): This section should describe in a logical order the population/sample or specimens, the variables and the procedures of the study with sufficient detail so that it can be duplicated. Methods already published and established in the literature should be briefly described, and the original reference should be cited. Methods used for statistical analysis should be briefly described at the end of the section.

IMPORTANT: All research work that involves the study of human subjects should state at the beginning of this section that the research was approved by the institutional review board or ethics committee in accordance with national and international guidelines and regulations, e.g., the Declaration of Helsinki. The registration number of the research project in SISNEP/Brazilian Ministry of Health or the document of approval from an internationally comparable ethics committee should be sent as a supplementary file in online submission (mandatory). Similarly, studies with other animals should be approved by the appropriate institutional and/or licensing committee, and the document of approval should be sent as a supplementary file.

- Results: They should be written in the text in a direct manner, without subjective interpretation. The results presented in tables and figures should not be repeated in the text.

- Discussion: This should present an interpretation of the results and any contrast with the literature, a report of inconsistencies and limitations of the findings, suggestions for future studies, and the practical application and/or importance of the results. Inferences, deductions, and conclusions should be limited to the findings of the study (conservative generalization).

- Conclusions: They should be supported by the results and be consistent with the objectives of the study.

3.2 Case report: This type of manuscript should be divided into Introduction, Case description, and Discussion.

4. Acknowledgment: They should be brief and objective, to persons or institutions that contributed significantly to the study, but that did not meet the criteria for authorship. The financial support from the research-promoting funding organization and the grant number should be mentioned in this section. Previous presentation in scientific events may be mentioned here.

5. References: The format of the references should follow the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver Group).

5.1 The references should be numbered in order of appearance in the text and cited between parentheses: (1), (3,5,8), (10-15). In direct citations in the text, articles with two authors are cited using the two names. For example: "According to Santos and Silva (1)..." For articles with three or more authors, the first author is cited followed by "et al." For example: "Silva et al. (2) observed..."

5.2 Cite a maximum of 25 references for an original research article, 15 for a case report, and 50 for a literature review.

5.3 The list of references should be double-spaced, in numerical order. The reference must be complete, including the names of all authors (if seven or more authors, list up to six followed by “et al.”).

5.4 The abbreviations of the names of the journals cited should be in accordance with PubMed or LILACS and BBO.

5.5 The style and punctuation of the references must follow the format indicate below.

Articles in journals:

Wenzel A, Fejerskov O. Validity of diagnosis of questionable caries lesions in occlusal surfaces of extracted third molars. Caries Res 1992;26:188-93.

Articles in online journals:

Baljoon M, Natto S, Bergstrom J. Long-term effect of smoking on vertical periodontal bone loss. J Clin Periodontol 2005 [cited 2006 June 12];32:789-97. Available at:


Paiva JG, Antoniazzi JH. Endodontia: bases para a pratica clinica. 2.ed. São Paulo: Artes Medicas; 1988. Book chapter Basbaum AI, Jessel TM, The perception of pain. In: Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessel TM. Principles of neural science. New York: McGraw Hill; 2000. p. 472-91.

Dissertations and Theses:

Polido WD. The evaluation of bone alterations around dental implants during the osseointegration period by direct digital radiography [thesis]. Porto Alegre (RS): School of Dentistry, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul; 1997.

Online document:

Ueki N, Higashino K, Ortiz-Hidalgo CM. Histopathology [monograph online]. Houston: Addison Boocks; 1998. [Accessed on 2001 Jan 27]. Available at

Observations: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of all citations and references. Please do not include summaries/abstracts, personal communications or bibliographic materials without publication information in the list of references.

10. Tables: The tables should be constructed with the Table tool of Word for Windows, numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order of mention in the text (for example: Table 1, Table 2, etc), and placed on separate pages after the list of references. The title should be explanatory and concise, double-spaced, and placed at the top of the table. All the explanations should be presented in footnotes, identified by the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ||, **, ††, ‡‡. Do not underline or draw lines inside the tables, nor use spaces to separate columns. Do not use a space on either side of the symbol ±.

11. Figures: Illustrations (photographs, graphs, charts, drawings, pictures, etc.) should be considered as figures. They should be limited to those absolutely necessary and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, following the order in which they are cited in the text (for example: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc).

Figures (low resolution only) should be included at the end of the manuscript, after the list of corresponding legends typed on a separate page. All explanations should be provided in the legends, including abbreviations occurring in the figure. Individual files (high resolution, tif ou jpeg format) should also be sent as SUPPLEMENTARY FILES (one file per figure or figure part) after the submission window of the main text file during the online submission process.

11.1 Digital photographs and digitized images should be saved in tif or jpg format, with a minimal resolution of 600 dpi and 8 cm in width.

11.2 Letters and identification marks should be clear and defined. Critical areas of radiographs and microphotographs should be presented separately and/or outlined. Microphotographs should have internal scales and arrows that contrast with the background. 11.3 Separate parts of the same figure should be labeled A, B, C, etc. Single figure and groups of figures should not exceed 8 cm and 16 cm in width, respectively. 11.4 Clinical photographs should not allow the identification of the patient. In case there is the possibility of identification, it is obligatory to send a written document providing signed informed consent for publication. 11.5 Figures reproduced from other sources already published should indicate this condition in the legend, and should be accompanied by a letter of permission from the copyright holder.


The Revista Odonto Ciencia (Journal of Dental Science) adopts the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Authorship and Contributorship as follows: "Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript (3). These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship/contributorship defined above, and editors will ask these individuals to complete journal-specific author and conflict-of-interest disclosure forms.

When submitting a manuscript authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and identify all individual authors as well as the group name. Please list other members of the group in the Acknowledgments. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship. All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content."


The submission of originals to the Revista Odonto Ciência (Journal of Dental Science) implies the transfer of copyrights of the printed and digital publication. Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the Revista Odonto Ciência (Journal of Dental Science). All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. By virtue of their appearance in this open-access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.


When there is some relationship between the authors and some public or private entity that could give rise to some conflict of interest, this possibility should be made known on the title page of the manuscript and in the letter of submission. In case there is no conflict of interest, the author should state so (for example: “I declare that I do not have any commercial or associative interest that represents a conflict of interest in connection with the work submitted”). All authors are required to provide a Conflict of Interest Statement and should complete a standard form, which is available at ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. This form should be uploaded with the manuscript at submission as a supplementary file (one for each author).


The Revista Odonto Ciencia (Journal of Dental Science) supports the policies for the registration of clinical trials expressed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international dissemination of information on clinical studies, in open access. Therefore, articles of clinical trials should have received an identification number from one of the Register of Clinical Trials validated by the criteria established by the ICMJE, the WHO and Rebec (Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry / Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos):

WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry / Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos (Rebec)

The identification number should be cited at the end of the abstract.


"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. Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance, and editors should so note, that such alterations do not distort scientific meaning. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article." FROM: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") - 2009


All manuscripts should be submitted through the Online Submission system in our website:

Please note that the submission online system only allows upload of individual files with a maximum of 4 Mb.

In case of extreme difficulties encountered when submitting online, please contact the editorial office:



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Letter of submission (cover letter): This should be signed by all the authors, taking responsibility for the original content of the work. It should contain a declaration of copyright transfer in case of acceptance of the work and the existence or not of a conflict of interest. The manuscript in whole or in part has not been submitted to another journal elsewhere.

  2. Manuscript is formatted in accordance with the Instructions to Authors, found in the section "About” the journal. The submissions that are not in accordance with the guidelines will be returned.

  3. The text files of the manuscript are written in Microsoft Word.

  4. Main document file (manuscript): The text is double-spaced, in Arial 12, with tables, list of legends to figures and figures included at the end of the manuscript.

  5. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are active.

  6. Registration of the research protocol of studies in human subjects in Plataforma Brasil, SISNEP or equivalent document, when feasible, is sent as a supplementary file.

  7. Individual files of the figuresare in TIF or JPEG format in high resolution (minimum: 600 dpi) and are sent individually as supplementary files.


  8. All authors are required to provide a ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and should complete a standard form, which is available at This form should be uploaded as a supplementary file (one for each author).


Copyright Notice

Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the Revista Odonto Ciência (Journal of Dental Science). All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. This Creative Commons license means that anyone is able to freely copy, download, reprint, reuse, distribute, display or perform the work we publish as long as it is not used for a commercial purpose. Any non-derivative work should be attributed to the author and to Revista Odonto Ciência (Journal of Dental Science). By virtue of their appearance in this open-access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.


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