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Author Guidelines

1 - General Information

Brazilian Dental Science (BDS) publishes original scientific articles, invited reviews, short communications and case reports, which provide an international readership with up-to-date results of basic and clinical studies in the field of oral and maxillofacial science and aims to clarify the relevance of these results for a modern practice. 

Manuscript submission and publishing at BDS are free of charge.

To submit a manuscript for BDS, it is necessary to register in the website, providing a login and password. Important: Before concluding the registration form, please certify that the option author of the "Register as" item is checked. Once registered as author, enter 'User Home' (third link at the top menu), then enter 'author' and 'start a new submission.' The manuscripts should be written in concise and clear English for a proper comprehension. Paper with a maximum of six authors will be considered for reviewing. Research in humans must provide the protocol number of the Institutional Review Board in the "Material and Methods" session of the manuscript.

Editors and reviewers spend many hours reading manuscripts, and therefore they appreciate receiving material that has been carefully prepared in accordance with these Instructions to Authors.

Manuscripts which are not written in fluent English will be rejected automatically without refereeing.

Authors are required to suggest two potential reviewers for their submitted article. Reviewers must have no conflict of interest with manuscript. 

Laboratory or Clinical Research Manuscripts (in full and "Short Communication") must include:

  • Title (English and Portuguese)
  • Abstract (English and Portuguese)
  • Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion
  • References


Case Report / Clinical Technique Manuscripts must include: 

 - Submission of case reports is suspended until September  30, 2017.


Literature Review Manuscripts must include:

  • Title (English and Portuguese)
  • Abstract (English and Portuguese)
  • Critical Review
  • References

Critical Reviews: These manuscripts should summarize information that is well known and emphasize recent developments over the last five years with a prominent focus on critical issues and concepts that add a sense of excitement to the topic being discussed. Manuscripts are to be submitted by invitation only. Authors interested in submitting to this section must contact the Editor-in-chief of Brazilian Dental Science, Dr. Sergio Gonçalves, at for submission approval and instructions.


2 - Manuscript preparation

To facilitate the editing of your manuscript, and lessen the time to publication, please adhere to the following simple general guidelines and advices:


  1. Use double spacing throughout, with margins of 2 cm on each side, and Arial justified paragraph (size 12).
  2. The article should not contain any author identification.
  3. Be especially careful to use full stop as decimal point, not comma. As spell checker, use American English.
  4. Number the pages consecutively beginning with the Introduction. Do not number lines.
  5. Be consistent: use the same form of units, etc., and key these elements in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript. Put a space between the digits and the unit, e.g. 5.2 mm.
  6. When emphasizing words (seldom necessary), use the italics feature of your text processor software rather than the underline feature
  7. Do not use the uppercase l for 1 (one) or the uppercase O for 0 (zero), use the proper numerals instead.
  8. Use the space bar only as a word separator, not as a tabulator.
  9. Format tables using the table functions of your text processor.


Title Page

A title page should be submitted as supplemental material containing the article title, name of authors and affiliations (degree, department, university, city, and country), and the corresponding author's address.

Authors are required to suggest two potential reviewers for their submitted article. Reviewers' information (name, telephone, email address and affiliation) should be provided. Reviewers should declare any conflict of interest with the manuscript.

The role and contribution of each author should be stated in the title page.



Present the abstract limited to 250 words on a separate page. The abstract should briefly state the objective of the investigation, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions. Use only standard abbreviations, and include no references. For Research Manuscripts, structure the abstract in one paragraph using the headings: Objective, Material and methods, Results, and Conclusions.



Give not more than five keywords in alphabetical order after the abstract. Whenever possible, use terms from the Medical Subject Headings list of Index Medicus.

Abstract and keywords should be included in the main document file.



Provide a context or background for the study (i.e. the nature of the problem and its significance). Give only strictly pertinent references and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported. In the last paragraph of the section, state the aim of the study concisely, and, if applicable, give the research hypothesis. 


Material and Methods

In this section, describe all methods, materials and subjects so that researchers can readily repeat the study. Use appropriate subheadings for the different sections to obtain clarity. Define the material and equipment used in as detailed manner as necessary by, for example, name, product number and batch, and identify the manufacturer by product, city, and country in parentheses. For common methods, a brief description and a reference may be enough; however, if you deviate from the common method, give a full description. Quantitative estimates of the validity and reliability of the methods are desirable. Report length, height, weight, and volume in metric units (meters, kilograms, or liters), or their decimal multiples. Give temperatures in degrees Celsius and use of the International System of Units (SI) is recommended. Correct unit abbreviations should be used (e.g. ''yr'', ''wk'', ''d'', ''h'', ''min'', ''s'' and ''μm''). Scientific names of bacteria, binomials in italics, must be given in full when first mentioned. Subsequent mention may abbreviate genus, taking care that this abbreviation is unambiguous (Staph. or Strep. instead of S.).

Authors should provide information on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for studies with human or animals. 


Present your results in logical sequence giving the main or most important findings first, usually in past tense, without subjective comments and reference to previous literature. For clarity, the results section may have subheadings. The Result section is not the place for interpretation of the data, and must not include any references to other articles.

Do not repeat in the text, data easily found in the tables or illustrations (double documentation is not acceptable). Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess its support. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. 



Present each table in the body of the text. Do not submit tables as graphs but use the table facility of most text processors. Number the tables consecutively in Roman numerals and give each a short descriptive heading. Give each column a short or abbreviated head. Place explanatory matter in footnotes to the table, not in the heading.

If data from another published or unpublished source are used, obtain permission and acknowledge fully. As far as possible, tables have to be self-explanatory and understandable without reference to the text of the article.



Upload figures (illustrations) as supplemental material (step 4 of the submission process). The figures must be in electronic form in JPG or TIFF file format only. Optimize the size of the file for printing with 300 DPI and dimension of 10 X 15 cm.

Make sure that letters, numbers, and symbols added to illustrations are clear, in proportion to each other, and large enough to be legible when reduced for publication.

Give each figure a legend containing sufficient information to make it intelligible without reference to the text, and type all the legends together, double-spaced, on separate page(s) at the end of the main manuscript file. Consider all illustrations as figures and number them consecutively in Arabic numerals. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it. If images of persons are used, obtain written permission prior to submission.



The Discussion section should present the interpretation of the findings. This section is the only proper section for subjective comments. Authors are strongly urged to avoid undue repetition of what has already been reported in the results section, or introduced in the introduction.



This topic there ought to be a correspondence between the aims and hypotheses in the end of the introduction and conclusions.



Articles published in peer-reviewed journals are preferably accepted as references. Manuscripts being in the writing process, master dissertations or doctorate thesis, and abstracts presented at conferences are not acceptable as references. Book references should be kept at the indispensable minimum as they show the opinions of the respective authors and/or editors. References to the most recent books with international access will only be accepted.

References must be numbered (numbers between squared brackets - eg: [12] ) consecutively as they appear in the text and must follow the Vancouver Reference System (details may be found at


Examples as follows:


1. Costa TR, Ferreira SQ, Klein-Junior CA, Loguercio AD, Reis A. Durability of surface treatments and intermediate agents used for repair of a polished composite. Oper Dent. 2011 Mar-Apr;35(2):231-7.


For authors using EndNote, Brazilian Dental Science provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list.



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. The manuscript is original and has not been published previously, nor is under consideration elsewhere.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Arial font; employs italics, rather than underlining; tables are placed in the text body at appropriate points, rather than at the end; and figures and illustrations are not embedded in the text, being provided in separeted JPG or TIFF format files.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Submission Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. The contribution of each author is described on the title page
  7. The indication of potential reviewers for your manuscript was performed.
  8. Authors have read and agreed with the publication ethics and malconduct practice of the journal.

Copyright Notice



All manuscript's copyright ownership of the article "____________________________________________________________________" is transferred from the author(s) to the BRAZILIAN DENTAL SCIENCE, in the event the work is published. The manuscript has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

We hereby attest the study is original and does not present manipulated data, fraud or plagiarism. We made significant scientific contribution to the study and we are aware of the presented data and in agreement with the final version of the manuscript. We assume complete responsibility for the ethical aspects of the study.


This text must be printed and signed by all authors. The scanned version should be submitted as supplemental file during the submission process.


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