Guidelines for Authors

Dental Health has produced these guidelines to assist prospective authors towards publication. The journal will consider for publication full-length research papers, clinical case reports, review articles, short communications, letters to the editor and professional issues. Please submit manuscripts to: Heather Lewis, Editor, Dental Health, 19 Cwrt-y-Vil Road, Penarth, South Glamorgan, Wales CF64 3HN.  Tel: 02920 710042 or Fax: 02920 710042 or Email:


Three copies of each manuscript, including tables and high-quality figures, should be sent either as hard copy accompanied by USB stick, or electronically via email as an attachment.


The mandatory submission and copyright form must be signed by all authors stating that they agree to the submission and that the material submitted has not been published and is not under editorial consideration in any other journal.  The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to Dental Health if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Peer review

Upon receipt, manuscripts are sent to two independent referees approved by the Editor. Manuscripts will not be returned to authors.

Length of contributions
For research papers and case reports authors should ideally limit their work to 2,500 words.  Tables and figures must be allowed for in the final count. (Approx. 100-500 words, depending on size.)


Titles must be descriptive and succinct.


A structured abstract is required of research papers and case reports. It should include objectives, methods, results and conclusions and state the purpose of the study, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions.  It may be up to 200 words and should be able to stand-alone. 


Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.  Each should be submitted on a separate sheet.  A caption should accompany each table


Illustrations must be submitted in a format suitable for direct reproduction in the journal.  Appropriate formats include glossy prints or photographs, high-resolution laser printer output or original artwork.  The first author's name and figure number in pencil should identify each illustration on the back.  The Editor and Publisher reserve the right to reject illustrations or figures based upon poor quality of submitted materials.


Legends should be typed double-spaced in consecutive order on a separate page.  They should be brief and specific. 


Acknowledge persons who have made substantive contributions to the study.  Authors are expected to disclose any commercial or other relationships that could constitute a conflict of interest.


The author is responsible for the accuracy of the reference list at the end of the article.  All references must be in the Vancouver style.  Number references consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and these numbers should appear as superscripts each time the author is cited. More than two authors use et al. All references cited, and only these, must be listed at the end of the paper.  This should include the names and initials of all authors unless they are more than six when only the first three should be given followed by et al. The authors' names are followed by the title of the article; the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus or the Index to Dental Literature; the year of publication; the volume number; first and last page numbers in full. Titles of books should be followed by the place of publication, the publisher and the year.


Reference to a journal article
Lewis MAO, Lee SM, Potts AJC and Nutes SJ. Mucous membrane pemphigoid in childhood. Dental Health 2000; 39 (3): 10-11.

Reference to a book
Cawson RA and Odell EN. Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine. London: Churchill Livingston, 1998. 

Reference to a chapter in a book
Bergenholtz G and Hasselgren G.  Endodontics and Periodontics.  In: Lindhe J, Karring T and Lang NP (eds.)  Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, pp 296-326.  Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1997.

The Editor reserves the right to edit material for clarity of style and to suit the space available.  A full copy of Guidelines for Authors is available on request from the Editor.