Article submission

Authors must state that their manuscript is not being considered for publication in another journal. Copies of a permission to reproduce material that has been published elsewhere, or to use illustrations that may enable readers to identify subjects or individuals, should be included.

Manuscript preparation

Manuscript length

Papers submitted to the Italian Journal of Dental Medicine must be in English language, typed in a 12-point font and double-spaced; they should not exceed 20 typescript pages (including title page), plus a typical number of figures (about 10 to 15).


  • Common Latin terms such as in vitroin vivog., or i.e.should be italicized;
  • Use a block style; do not tabulate or indent material;
  • Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units or their decimal multiples;
  • Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius;
  • Blood pressure in millimeters of mercury;
  • All hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI);
  • Description of teeth should use the American Dental Association (i.e., Universal/National) numbering system.
  • Companies and Products should include brand name, company, and location in brackets. All brand names should be replaced with generic terms into the text;
  • Terms: Spell out at first mention in abstract and again in the text.

Title page

Provide the following data on the title page (in the order given): title, author names, titles and affiliations (where the work was actually done), corresponding author (telephone and fax numbers, with country and area code, e-mail and complete postal address).

The title page should contain:

  • A concise but informative title;
  • First name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with the highest academic degree and the current institutional affiliation, including department, for each author;
  • Disclaimers, if any;
  • The name and address (including fax number and e-mail) of the corresponding author (please indicate whether fax number and e-mail can be published);
  • Word count and number of figures, tables, and references in the manuscript;
  • A short running title of no more than 60 characters, including spaces.


Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should be structured as follows: Aim, Materials and methods, Results, and Conclusions.

  • Aim: Describes the problem being addressed;
  • Materials and methods: Describes how the study was performed;
  • Results: Describes the primary results;
  • Conclusion(s): Reports what authors have concluded from these results, and notes their clinical implications.


Authors should list 4 to 6 keywords or short phrases, drawn from the MeSH documentation, that appropriately represent the contents of the work.


The Introduction should not exceed 2 typed pages. It contains a concise review of the subject area and the rationale for the study.

Materials and Methods

This section lists the methods used in the study in sufficient detail so that other investigators would be able to reproduce the research. Identify all drugs and chemicals used, including both generic and, if necessary, proprietary names and doses.


Results should be presented in a logical sequence with reference to tables, figures, and supplemental material as appropriate.


The Discussion should not exceed 2 typed pages. The Discussion should compare the present data to previous findings. Limitations of the experimental methods should be indicated, as should implications for future research. New and possible important findings of the study should be emphasized, as well as any conclusions that can be drawn.


Following the Discussion, acknowledgments may be made to individuals who contributed to the research or the manuscript preparation at a level that did not qualify for authorship. This may include technical help or participation in a clinical study. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from persons listed by name. Acknowledgments must also include a statement that includes the source of any funding for the study, and defines the commercial relationships of each author.


The component parts of the main text of a manuscript will normally be Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion. Other parts of the manuscript will normally include a list of references, tables, figure legends, and figures.

Studies involving animals or humans

When data from animal or human subjects are reported, approval of the protocol by an institutional committee is required and a statement should be included in the “Materials and methods” section of the text. Moreover, a declaration that the procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 must also be included. For human subject data, an informed consent of the subjects should be also provided.


References should be listed according to the Vancouver style of referencing, that is numbered in sequence as they are cited in the text. They should be also included on a separate page in the manuscript.

Examples for arranging the reference list.


Mangano C, Scarano A, Perrotti V, Iezzi G, Piattelli A. Maxillary sinus augmentation with a porous synthetic hydroxyapatite and bovine-derived hydroxyapatite: a comparative clinical and histologic study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2007;22:980-6.


Matthews DE, Farewell VT. Using and understanding medical statistics. Basel: Karger; 1985.

Edited books

Piattelli A, Misch CE, Farias Pontes AE, Iezzi G, Scarano A, Degidi M. Dental Implant surfaces: a review. In: Carl E. Misch. Contemporary Implant Dentistry. Third edition. Mosby Elsevier 2008:599-620.

Authors will be responsible for the accuracy of the references both within the main text and the reference list.

Tables and figures

Each table should be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, and numbered consecutively.

Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

Figures, charts, and graphs should be professionally drawn. Text should be large enough to be read after reduction.

Resolution must be at least 300 dpi when the image is 3 inches wide. Files saved in TIFF or JPEG format are preferred.

Please do not send images embedded in word processing programs (eg, Word) or “office suite” programs (Excel, PowerPoint, etc).

Figure legends should be typed as a group on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

There should be an individual legend for each illustration.

Detailed captions are encouraged.

For microphotographs, specify original magnification and stain.