Journal of Orofacial Pain
Guidelines for Authors
Journal of Orofacial Pain is a quarterly journal that
publishes scientifically sound articles of interest to practitioners
and researchers in the field of pain, in particular orofacial
pain and related conditions such as headache, temporomandibular
disorders, and occlusally related disorders. The Journal publishes
several types of peer-reviewed original articles:
- Clinical and basic science research reportsbased
on original research in pain, especially orofacial pain
and related conditions. Well-documented case reports will
also be considered.
- Topical reviewsdealing with a subject of
relevance to pain, in particular orofacial pain and related
- a. Invited focus articlespresenting a position
or hypothesis on a basic science or clinical subject of
relevance to orofacial pain and related conditions. These
articles are not intended for the presentation of original
results. Authors are selected by the Editorial Board.
b. Invited commentariescritiquing a focus article
by addressing the strong and weak points of the focus article.
Authors of the commentaries are selected by the Editorial
Board in consultation with the focus article author, and
the focus article and the commentaries on it are published
together in the Journal.
- Proceedings of symposia, workshops, or conferencescovering
topics of relevance to orofacial pain and related conditions.
In addition, the Journal publishes:
- Abstractsselected by the Editorial Board
from those accepted by the AAOP or other affiliated academies.
Criteria include originality and significance of findings,
statistical basis of the data, conclusions appropriately
drawn from the data, and appropriate grammatical expression.
- Invited guest editorialsmay periodically
be solicited by the Editorial Board.
- Letters to the Editormay be submitted to
the editor-in-chief; these should normally be no more than
500 words in length.
- Literature abstractsabstracts of selected
- Meeting reviewshighlights of selected scientific
- Book reviewsmay periodically be solicited
by the editorial board.
Submit manuscripts via online submission service:
Review/editing of manuscripts. Manuscripts will normally
be reviewed by the editor-in-chief, one associate editor,
and at least two reviewers with expertise within the scope
of the article. Papers may also be reviewed by the Journals
statistical consultant. The publisher reserves the right to
edit accepted manuscripts to ensure conciseness, clarity,
and stylistic consistency, subject to the authors final
Adherence to guidelines. Manuscripts not prepared
in accordance with these guidelines will be returned to the
author before review.
The Journal will follow as much as possible the recommendations
of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
(Vancouver Group) in regard to preparation of manuscripts
and authorship (Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted
to biomedical journals. Ann Intern Med 1997;126:3647).
Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with a 1-inch
margin all around. Number all pages.
- Title page. This should include the title of the
article (descriptive but as concise as possible) and the
name, degrees, title, professional affiliation, and full
address of all authors. Phone, fax, and e-mail address must
also be provided for the corresponding author, who will
be assumed to be the first-listed author unless otherwise
noted. If the paper was presented before an organized group,
the name of the organization, location, and date should
- Abstract/key words. Include a maximum 250-word
structured abstract (with headings Aims, Methods, Results,
Conclusion) and five key words.
- Introduction. Summarize the rationale and purpose
of the study, giving only pertinent references. Clearly
state the working hypothesis.
- Materials and Methods. Present materials and methods
in sufficient detail to allow confirmation of the observations.
Published methods should be referenced and discussed only
briefly, unless modifications have been made. Indicate the
statistical methods used, if applicable.
- Results. Present results in a logical sequence
in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in
the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize
only important observations.
- Discussion. Emphasize new and important aspects
of the study and the conclusions that follow from them.
Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in
the Introduction or Results section. Relate observations
to other relevant studies; point out the implications of
the findings and their limitations.
- Acknowledgments. Acknowledge persons who have made
substantive contributions to the study. Specify grant or
other financial support, citing the name of the supporting
organization and grant number.
- Figure Legends. Figure legends should be grouped
at the end of the text and typed double-spaced.
- Abbreviations. The full term for which an abbreviation
stands should precede its first use in the text unless it
is a standard unit of measurement.
- Trade names. Generic terms are to be used whenever
possible, but trade names and manufacturer should be included
parenthetically at first mention.
- All references must be cited in the text, numbered
in order of appearance.
- The reference list should appear at the end of
the article in numeric sequence.
- Do not include unpublished data or personal communications
in the reference list. Cite such references parenthetically
in the text and include a date.
- Avoid using abstracts as references.
- Provide complete information for each reference,
including names of all authors (up to six). If the reference
is to part of a book, also include the title of the chapter
and names of the books editor(s).
Journal reference style:
1. Turp JC, Kowalski CJ, Stohler CS. Treatment-seeking patterns
of facial pain patients: Many possibilities, limited satisfaction.
J Orofac Pain 1998;12:6166.
Book reference style:
1. Hannam AG, Langenbach GEJ, Peck CC. Computer simulations
of jaw biomechanics. In: McNeill C (ed). Science and Practice
of Occlusion. Chicago: Quintessence, 1997:187194.
ILLUSTRATIONS AND TABLES
- All illustrations and tables should be numbered and cited
in the text in order of appearance.
- Illustrations and tables should be embedded in a PC Word
or PDF document.
- All illustrations and tables should be grouped at the
end of the text.
- High-resolution images must be sent to Dr Sessles
- Original artwork or slides may still be required of the
author after acceptance of the article.
MANDATORY SUBMISSION FORM
The Mandatory Submission Form, signed by all authors, must accompany all submitted manuscripts
before they can be reviewed for publication. This form can be found in the journal or downloaded
from the website that you are currently viewing. Please fax the completed form to Dr. Barry Sessle at
1-416-979-4936, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERMISSIONS AND WAIVERS
- Permission of author and publisher must be obtained for
the direct use of material (text, photos, drawings) under
copyright that does not belong to the author.
- Waivers must be obtained for photographs showing persons.
When such waivers are not supplied, faces will be masked
to prevent identification.
- Permissions and waivers should be faxed along with the
Mandatory Submission Form to Dr Sessles office (+
1 416 979 4936).
Reprints can be ordered from the publisher. The publisher
does not stock reprints; however, back issues can be purchased.