Editorial Process

Journal of Paediatric Dental Research and Practice accepts manuscripts for publication with the understanding that such manuscripts have neither been submitted to another publishing body or journal for consideration for publication nor undergoing publication elsewhere. Submitted manuscripts undergo editorial reviews to determine their suitability for further processing and consideration for publication. The editor reserves the right to edit submitted manuscripts to ensure brevity and clarity of expression. It is also assumed that the authors have considered ALL ethical aspects of research and have taken cognisance of the guidelines of the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 1975 and the ethical guidelines of the institution(s) in which the work was done.

Submitted manuscripts undergo technical editing to ensure they meet the journal criteria. Thereafter, the manuscripts are subjected to a plagiarism check with an acceptable similarity index of less than or equal to 20%. Manuscripts that are found suitable for possible publication are sent for peer review by two expert reviewers. A double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity is adopted. At the end of the peer review process, the comments and suggestions received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author for correction. This process is repeated till the reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscripts.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are sent to the journal language editor (English) for grammar and punctuation editing, and thereafter copy-edited for print style and format. The grammar proof version will be sent to the corresponding author, who is expected to return the corrected proofs within one week of the receipt of the Gproof. Following the submission of the Gproof, an ‘acceptance letter’ could be issued subsequently if the editor is satisfied with the corrections. When the manuscript is accepted for publication, the copyright of the work and contents shall be transferred to the publisher and no part or thereof shall be used, published or reproduced without the permission of the publishers.

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Paediatric Dental Research and Practice (JPDRP) is the official publication of the Nigerian Association of Paediatric Dentistry. It is designed to meet the continuing educational and information needs of Paediatric Dentists and general practitioners who treat child patients.

The Journal is published biannually (June and December) and accepts reports of original research, review articles, clinical case reports and innovations related to the practice of dentistry for children.

Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editors or Publisher. The Editor(s) and Publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such materials and do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any product or service advertised in this publication nor any claim made by the manufacturer of such product or service.

Manuscript Submission

The format of the Journal follows the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals. Soft copies of manuscripts should be sent to the Editor, Journal of Paediatric Dental Research and Practice. These should be accompanied by a cover letter signed by all the authors and stating that the manuscript is not considered for publication elsewhere. Only those actively involved in the work should be named as co-authors. Copies of permission to produce published materials or the use of illustrations that may identify subjects should be included. The manuscript would be reviewed anonymously and decisions regarding acceptance will be based on the advice of the reviewers, whose reports will normally be forwarded to the author(s) for consideration. The Editor reserves the right to edit the manuscript while the edited manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author. Once accepted for publication, the manuscript becomes the property of JPDRP and may not be published elsewhere without the written consent of the Editor.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript should be typed, double-spaced, on one side of A4 paper leaving at least 2.5cm margins all round. Pages should be numbered in the upper right corner beginning with the title page. Each manuscript component should begin on a new page in the following sequence:

Title Page. This should bear a concise but informative title of the manuscript, full names, qualifications and institutional affiliations of authors, address for correspondence and e-mail of all authors.

Abstract of the original research should be structured with objectives, methods, results and a conclusion briefly stated and not more than 300 words. Abstracts of case reports should not be structured but should briefly describe the case(s) reported, highlighting the unique features, treatment method employed, and the conclusion drawn. The abstract page should bear 4 – 6 keywords and a short-running title of no more than 40 characters.  

Introduction should be brief and end with a statement of the objective of the study. A review article should be a major didactic article that clarifies and summarizes the exhaustive review of the literature.

Methods should describe clearly and concisely the method, including the selection of observation and experimental subjects, apparatus and procedures in sufficient detail to allow the results to be duplicated. The statistical test utilized should be mentioned.

Results should be presented in a logical sequence in the text of the manuscript. Repetition of data in the text and in the tables should be avoided. Emphasis should only be on important observations.

Discussion: Repetition of results should be avoided. Rather, there should be an analytical discussion of the implications of the results and other observations as related to the study.

Conclusion: The author(s) should bear in mind the aims or objectives of the research and whether they have been achieved when concluding the research.  Any new discovery can be mentioned here. Authors should distinguish between conclusion and recommendation.


Original articles
This will include randomized controlled clinical trials, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, interventional studies, case-controlled studies, surveys with high response rates and outcome studies.

Case Reports. 
New, rare, interesting and special cases can be reported.

This may contain new discoveries, new techniques, new surgical instruments of interest to readers and any scientific inventions that would enhance the practice of Paediatric dentistry

Review Articles
This will be solicited by the journal and should be a major didactic article that clarifies and summarizes the exhaustive review of the literature on an important area of interest. No structured abstract is necessary for review articles.

Acknowledgement. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission and approval from any one acknowledged by name, as readers may infer his/her endorsement of the data and conclusion. Only persons who have made contributions to the study and/or to the preparation of the manuscript should be acknowledged.

For Case Reports. The main body of the report should include a short introduction, the case report and a discussion of specific aspects of the case, with reference to reports of similar cases.

Description of Teeth: Should be in the FDI notation.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, tables or legends, using Arabic Numerals (superscript). References must be verified by the author(s) against the original quoted documents. Title of Journals and books should be abbreviated according to the format used in Index Medicus.

Journal Article: List all authors when six or less, when more than six, list only the first three and add et al), e.g. Adenubi JO. Dental health status of 4 and 5 year old children in Lagos private schools. Nig Dent J 1980; 1: 28-39 


Hallet KB. Congenital heart disease. In: Moursi AM (Ed). Clinical cases in pediatric dentistry. Wiley Blackwell 2012: 4 – 10

Dissertation or Thesis

Giwa AA. Oral health status of 12 – year old school children in private and public schools in Lagos State. National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, 2005.

Tables. Each table should be typed on a separate page, double-spaced with no internal lines. Tables should be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals as cited in the text with a brief explanatory title supplied for each.

Illustrations. Submit three sets of figures in J.peg format.

Legends for illustration. Type legends of illustrations double-spaced, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. Explain the internal scale and identify methods of staining in photo-micrographs.

Permission of author(s) and publisher(s) must be obtained for the use of previously published materials (text, photographs, illustrations) and must accompany the manuscript when it is submitted for consideration for publication. The Journal bears no responsibility for authors violating such rules.

Proof, offprint and reprints. Grammar Proofs version will be sent to the corresponding author for checking and speedy return to the publisher. Offprint can be ordered at the time of printing while reprints can be printed subsequently but at greater costs.

Copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the permission of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paediatric Dental Research and Practice. All correspondence, including reprints orders, advertising and submission of manuscripts should be addressed to:

The Editor – in – Chief, Journal of Paediatric Dental Research and Practice

Email: jpdrpnapd@gmail.com or journalnapd1@gmail.com

Publication fee: Accepted manuscripts will attract a publication fee of 60 dollars only or the Naira equivalent for local authors. Additional fees may apply for coloured photographs.

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