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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP

Instructions for Authors

Mission: The Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, published by the Piracicaba Dental School – UNICAMP, is an international non-profit journal, which publishes full-length papers, original research reports, literature reviews, special reports, clinical cases, current topics and short communications, dealing with dentistry or related disciplines. The periodicity of this journal is thri-monthly.

Whilst every effort is made by publishers and Editorial Board to see that no inaccurate or misleading opinion or statement appears in this Journal, they wish to make clear that the opinions expressed in the article, correspondence, advertisements, etc., herein are the responsibility of the contributor, author or advertiser concerned. According, the publishers, the Editorial Board and their respective employees, offices and agents accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading opinion or statement.

Manuscripts, prepared in accordance with the Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences – “Instructions for Authors”, should be submitted to the Editor. Original papers will be considered for publication with the understanding that they are contributed solely to the BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF ORAL SCIENCES, submitting an article, the author(s) should state in the cover letter that the material has not been published previously, is not under consideration by another journal and follow the ethical rules in the conduct and reporting of research (

Peer Review: All papers will be first checked based on the guidelines for authors. Manuscripts improperly formatted will be returned to the sender before any evaluation of their merit. After the first evaluation, the manuscripts will be submitted to appreciation of at least two reviewers from the advisory board in a blind basis (both the reviewers and the authors are not known by the other party). Based on reviewer’s recommendation, the scientific council will decide over the convenience of rejecting, accepting or returning the manuscript to the authors with suggestions for alterations. In this last case, the manuscript will be reevaluated by the Advisory Board and the Scientific Council. After acceptance of the manuscript with request of alterations by the reviewers, the author will be asked to send the revised version containing the alterations required. Any alterations that are not accomplished should be accompanied by an explaining letter from the author. After approval, the paper will be submitted to a technical review concerning English language and the statistic accuracy. If the manuscript is considered improper based on these criteria, the paper will be returned to the authors for accomplishment of the changes required. All studies considered improper for publication will be returned to the authors together with an explaining letter.


A/C: Dagmar de Paula Queluz - DDS, MSPH, PhD, Editor-in-chief
Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba
Av. Limeira, 901 – 13.414-903 – Piracicaba, Brasil
Fax: +55 19 3412-5218 – Phone: +55 19 2106-5706

The Journal publishes Full-Length Papers, Original Research Reports, Literature Reviews, Special Reports, Case Reports, Current Topics and Short Communications, dealing with dentistry or related disciplines. Manuscripts must be submitted in English and must be accompanied by a diskette. Authors whose primary language is not English must have their article reviewed by a native English speaker. The decision of acceptance for publication lies with the Editors and is based on the recommendation of the Editorial Board and/or ad hoc reviewers. The following guidelines must be followed carefully. Correction of technical presentation and English revision, if necessary, will be charged to the author at the time of acceptance.

Audience: Oral biologists, physiologists, anatomists, pathologists.


Three complete sets of the manuscript, illustrations and tables must be submitted.
The authors’ names, institutions and address for correspondence should appear on only ONE copy. The other two copies will be sent to the referees for scientific evaluation.
The complete address, including e-mail, of one responsible author must be indicated for correspondence.
The manuscript must be accompanied by a computer diskette with the file in Word.
The manuscript must be printed double-spaced, on good quality paper, with ample margins (3 cm) at the top, bottom and both sides.
Pages should be numbered consecutively, starting with the title page.
Full-length papers are assembled in the following sections:

  1. Title Page;
  2. Abstract and Key Words;
  3. Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion;
  4. References;
  5. Tables (each on a separate page);
  6. Figure    

Results and Discussion may be joined. Short Communications and Case Reports should be divided into appropriate sections.
The trade name of material used must be followed by the manufacture, city, state and country, within parentheses upon first mention. All abbreviations must be explained at first mention.


On the first page should be typed the title, author(s) full name(s), institutions and the name and address of the responsible author for correspondence, including e-mail. On 2 copies only the title should be typed. These copies are for the referees. The title should be limited to 10 words, if possible, and should not exceed 15. It should describe the article’s content specifically, clearly, and concisely.


On a separate page, an abstract of no more than 200 words should clearly state the aims, methods, results, and any conclusions drawn from the study. Section separation must be performed in the abstract (aim, method, result and conclusion). A list of key words (no more than 5) should be included below the abstract. For this must be followed the “DeCS - Health Sciences Descriptors” vocabulary (consult


Summarize the purpose of the study, giving only pertinent references. Do not review existing literature extensively. State clearly the working hypothesis.


Material and methods should be presented in sufficient detail to allow confirmation of the observations. Indicate the statistical methods used, if applicable.

Ethical Considerations: The authors should indicate their adherence to ethical standards considering investigations in living organisms (human or animal). Indication of the approval by ethics committee must be indicated when this is relevant. Patients must not be referred to by their own initials or numbers. Manuscripts must be carried out conform to the standards for experimentation and care according to international standards such as the Declaration of Helsinki (1965). Authors who are in doubt about these statements should contact the Editorial Office.


Present the results in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. Do not repeat the same data in both tables and figures. Do not repeat in the text all data in the tables and illustrations.

The important observations should be emphasized. Report statistical data here.


Summarize the findings without repeating in detail the data given in the Result section. Present your conclusions within the Discussion.

Relate your observations to other relevant studies and point out the implications of the findings and their limitations.


References must follow the Journal’s style. The reference list must be typed double-spaced at the end of the article in numeric sequence.

Reference must be numbered consecutively in the text in order of citation. The reference must be write up to six authors; more than six, to use expression et al. after the sixth (Vancouver Style – IV.A.9). The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index to Dental Literature and Index Medicus. Consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, published annually as a separate publication by the library and as a list in the January issue of Index Medicus. The list can also be obtained through the library's web site (". The style and punctuation of reference follow the format illustrated below:

  1. Blomlof JP, Blomlof LB. Lindskog SF. Smear rioval and collagen exposure after non-surgical root planning followed by etching with an EDTA gel preparation. J Periodontol. 1996;67:841-5.
  2. Bikker FJ, Ligtenberg AJ, van der Wal JE, van den Keijbus PA, Holmskov U, Veian EC et al. Immunohistochiical detection of salivary agglutinin/gp-340 in human parotid, submandibular,and labial salivary glands. J Dent Res. 2002; 81:134-9.
  3. Shafer WG, Hine MK, Levy BM. Tratado de Patologia Bucal. 4. ed. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Guanabara, 1987.
  4. Walton RE, Rotstein I.Bleaching discolored teeth: internal and external. In: Walton RE. Editor. Principles and Practice of Endodontics. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1996. v.2. p.385-400.
  5. Hyde DG. Physical properties of root canal sealers containing calcium hydroxide. [Master’s thesis]. Michigan: University of Michigan; 1986. 80p.

The citation of the reference should be pointed in the body of the test, as to proceed:

Aside from prevalence reports very few studies have evaluated the response to therapy according to the individual genotype 4,10,12 This finding is in accordance with previous data of BRAND et al.17, which showed…


Each table with its legend must be typed double-spaced on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals and the title should be above the table. Each table must contain all necessary information so that it may stand alone, independent of the text. Vertical lines should not be used in tables.


All figure legends should be typed on a separate page and the title should be below the figure. Three sets of figures be submitted, either uncounted black India ink drawings of professional quality or uncounted glossy photographs. 

Computer-generated artwork must be laser-printed on high-quality paper. Lettering and identifying marks must be clear and sharp, and the critical areas of X-rays and photomicrographs are isolated. 

Separate parts of composite figures must be labeled with letters A, B, C, etc. Single figures may not exceed 8 cm in width or groups of figures may not exceed 16 cm in width. Figures should be labeled on the back with the title of the article. Only black and white figures can be used. No color figures can be accepted. Do not send slides. Only files in Excel, Word or Photoshop (saved with extension TIF or JPG – 300 dpi resolution) can be accepted. Figures in Power Point are not accepted.


Financial support by government agencies should be acknowledged, technical assistance or assistance from colleagues may be acknowledged.

Conflict of Interest: All authors are expected to disclose, in the manuscript submittal letter, any commercial affiliations as well as consultancies, stock or equity interests, and patent-licensing arrangients that could be considered to pose a conflict of interest regarding the submitted article. (Inclusion of a company name in the author address lines of the manuscript does not constitute disclosure.) In addition, if a manuscript concerns a commercial product, the manufacturer’s name must be indicated at the first occurrence in both the abstract and the text. Specifics of the disclosure will riain confidential. If appropriate, however, the editor may recommend that a general statient regarding the disclosure be included in this section. 


  1. Submission letter.
  2. Original and two (2) copies of the article, figures and tables.
  3. Names of authors, institutions and address for correspondence only on the original. The other two copies will be sent to referees without identification.
  4. Article double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12.
  5. References (double-spaced).
  6. Tables with their respective legends each on a separate page (double-spaced) at the end of the article.
  7. Figure legends on a separate page (double-spaced).
  8. Figures (3 copies) with name of article on back.
  9. Disk with file in MicrosoftWord® for Windows®.

Last updated: November 29, 2012.

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