AUTHOR GUIDELINES

Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine (ISSN 2335-0245 print; ISSN 2738-0807 online) is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge and information on all science relevant to dentistry and to the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease.

The journal is the official publication of the Balkan Stomatological Society (BaSS). The journal’s publishers is the Sciendo (De Gruyter Poland Sp. z.o.o., Bogumila Zuga 32a Str., 01-811 Warsaw POLAND, tel: +48 22 701 5015, e-mail: info@sciendo.com).

Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine (BJDM) is an open access journal which publishes papers in English, not published, nor submitted to any other journals, in the order determined by the Editorial Board. When submitting a paper a statement signed by corresponding author should be enclosed.

From March 1, 2017 the BJDM turned to e-Ur: Electronic Journal Editing. All the users of the system: authors, editors and reviewers should be

registered at: http://balkandentaljournal.com/ojs/index.php/bjdm. For any assistance, please use the contact: balkan.dentistry@hotmail.com.

All manuscripts submitted to the BJDM are checked using CrossCheck iThenticate plagiarism detection system for duplicate and unattributed content.

The BJDM publishes: reviews/meta-analyses original papers and case reports. Papers should be written in Word for Windows (.doc) file, using 12 pt font, and single spacing, with 2.5 cm margins. Bold and italic letters should be avoided as reserved for subtitles. Reviews/meta-analyses original papers and case reports should not exceed 15 pages.

Ilustrations should be made using standard Windows programs, Micro-soft Office (Excel, Word Graph). The use of colors and shading in graphs should be avoided.

All measurements should be reported in the metric system of the International System of Units (SI), and the standard internationally accepted terms (except for mm Hg and °C).

Preparation of manuscript

Parts of the manuscript are: Title page (separate file), Summary with Key words, Text, Acknowledgements (to the authors’ desire), References.

Title page

  • The title should be concise but informative, while subheadings should be avoided,
  • Full names of the authors,
  • Exact names and places of department(s) and institution(s) of affiliation where the studies were performed, city and the state for any authors,
  • Data of the corresponding author.

Summary and key words

The second page should carry a structured abstract (250-300 words for original articles and meta-analyses) with the title of the article. In short, clear sentences the authors should write the Background/Aim, major procedures – Material and Methods (choice of subjects or laboratory animals; methods for observation and analysis), the obtained findings – Results (concrete data and their statistical significance), and the Conclusions. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. A structured abstract for case reports (up to 250 words) should contain subtitles Introduction, Case report, Conclusions. Reviews/meta-analyses papers should contain non structured abstarct. Below the abstract Key words should provide 3–10 key words or short phrases that indicate the topic of the article according to Index Medicus.

Text

The text of the articles includes: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.

Introduction. After the introductory notes, the aim of the article should be stated in brief (the reasons for the study or observation), only significant data from the literature, but not extensive, detailed consideratuion of the subject, nor data or conclusions from the work being reported. Material and Methods. The selection of study or experimental subjects (patients or experimental animals, including controls) should be clearly described. The methods, apparatus (manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures should be identified in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Also, give references to established methods, including statistical methods. State the approval of the Ethnics Committee for the tests in humans and animals. Results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observations. Discussion is to emphasize the new and significant aspects of the study and the conclusions that result from them. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. Conclusions sholud be linked with the goals of the study, but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by your data.

Ethics

When reporting experiments on human subjects, manuscripts must include assurance that informed consent was obtained and that the study was performed in conformance with the Declaration of Helsinki ethical guidelines (http://ohsr.od.nih.gov/helsinki.php3) as reflected in a priori approval by the local institution’s, regional or national, human research review committee. Do not use patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in any illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the national law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Articles which do not give assurance of compliance with these principles will be rejected.

References

References are identified in the text by Arabic numerals in in superscript, and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Abbreviations of journals conform to those used in Index Medicus (List of Journals Indexed). List all authors; if the number is seven or more, cite first six names followed by et al. Do not use italic font in the reference section. References must be given in the following format:

  • Articles:

Pugia MM, Sammer R, Corey P, Lott JA, Anderson L, Gleason S, et al. The uristatin dipstick is useful in distinguishing upper respiratory from urinary tract infections. Clin Chim Acta 2004; 341: 73–81. Mizon D, Piva F, Queyrel V, Balduyck M, Hachulla E, Mizon J. Urinary bikunin determination provides insight into proteinase/proteinase inhibitor imbalance in patients with inflammatory diseases. Clin Chem Lab Med 2002; 40: 579–86.

  • Supplements:

Williams DN. Reducing costs and hospital stay for pneumonia with home intravenous cefotaxime treatment: results with a computerized ambulatory drug delivery system. Am J Med 1994; 97: Suppl 2A: 50–5.

  • Abstracts:

Henney AM. Chronic plaque or acute rupture? The yin and yang of vascular tissue remodeling [abstract]. Atherosclerosis 1997; 134: 111.

  • Books and Monographs:

Kahn CR, Weir GC, editors, Joslin’s diabetes mellitus, 13ed. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger, 1994: 1068pp.

  • Chapters: Karnofsky DH, Burchenal JH. The clinical evaluation of chemotherapeutic agents in cancer. In: Macleod CM, editor. Evaluation of chemotherapeutic agents. New York: Columbia University Press, 1949: 191–205.

Tables

Each table should be typed single-spaced, numbered in the order of their first citation in the text and supplied with a brief title each. Explanatory notes are printed under a table. Each table should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. If data from another source are used, acknowledge fully.

Illustrations

All illustrations, labelled as figures (such as photographs, line drawings, charts or tracings) should be submitted as high-contrast prints, suitable for publications. Illustrations should have a final resolution of 300 dpi, and line drawings of 800-1200 dpi. They must be numbered with Arabic numerals in the same order as they are cited in the text. Photomicrographs should have the magnifications and details of staining techniques shown. Short explanatory captions of all illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet.

Abbreviations and symbols

Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstracts. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text.

Article processing charges

From September 1, 2021 BJDM levies an Article Processing Charge (APC) of 100 EUR for all types of accepted articles. Payment will not be required unless your article is accepted. Accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received.

Review

Papers are reviewed anonymously by at least two editors and/or invited reviewers based on their fields of expertise. BJDM operates a double-blind review process in which the identities of the authors are hidden from the reviewers, and identities of the reviewers are hidden from the authors. Using this online system, authors may submit manuscripts and track their progress through the system to publication. Reviewers can download manuscripts andsubmit their opinions to the editor. Editors can manage the whole submission/review process. Remarks and suggestions are sent to the author for final composition. Average time from submission to first decision is 30 days, and 180 days for publication.

Galley proofs are sent to the corresponding author for final agreement.

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