Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Dentistry and Public Health (Dentistry) is a quarterly publication sponsored by BAHIANA - School of Medicine and Public Health encompassing papers reporting scientific research on dentistry, in its epidemiological aspects, such as diseases prevention and treatment, and public health in general.

Its mission is to contribute to the advancement of the dentistry both as a profession and a research field, nationally and internationally. Thus, it aims to foster the clinical practice based in scientific evidence, covering diagnostic accuracy and effective rehabilitation alternatives with special emphasis in the public health policies that fall within the field of dentistry.

The journal is open to submission of original texts, both in Portuguese and in English, in the format of clinical and experimental research, clinical case reports and systematic reviews of literature.

All of its intellectual output is available for download free of any charge.

Dentistry is also committed to Open Science by adhering to the best practices in ethics and scientific integrity, ensuring transparency and the quality of its published content.

Updated 06/26/2018


Section Policies

Original Articles

Original Articles are scientific reports of the results of original research and they will be given priority for peer reviewer and publication.

Up to 3000 words in length. 

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Case Reports

Reports that describe real situations, in which new procedures and new techniques have been developed and employed as research strategies and may include all the sections of a clinical trial. Due to the fact that generally there is little possibility of extrapolating the results, only rare and very specific cases are going to be considered for evaluation and further publication. According to national and international regulations, all case report submissions are required to include the informed consent documentation signed by the patient, the local ethics on research committee authorization number and, whenever applicable, authorization for use of image and voice for scientific purposes also signed by the patient.

Up to 1500 words in length.

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Literature Review

Review articles must address recent advances in odontology, health policies and healthcare systems. Only systematic reviews or consensuses that follow the recommendations of PRISMA and AGREE, respectively, shall be considered for publication.

Up to 3000 words in length.

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Peer Review Process

The Journal of Dentistry & Public Health applies double blind reviewing, where both the evaluator and authors remain anonymous throughout the process. Each contribution will be submitted to at least 2 (two) ad hoc reviewers. The outcomes could be: a) approval for publication as presented in the original; b) approval for publication after improvements required by the reviewer have been implemented; c) rejection. The authors will always be informed of the review outcome, and will promptly receive all reviewers' annotations. If the authors decide to carry out the changes suggested by the reviewers, the amended text will be redirected to the same previous evaluators for a new assessment.


Publication Frequency

Biannual in 2019 (June and December).

Every 4 months in 2020 (April, August, December).

Every 3 months in 2021 (March, June, September, December).

The articles are made available online as soon as they are accepted for publication.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Dentistry & Public Health does not apply article processing charges whatsoever, being a scientific vehicle with the exclusive purpose of fostering the advancement of science.

By submitting an article to this journal, the authors recognize themselves as copyright holders and authorize its free use by readers. The published content herein may be, in addition to being read, downloaded, copied, distributed and printed.

The authors retain copyrights, transferring to the Journal of Dentistry & Public Health only the right of first publication.

The Journal of Dentistry & Public Health adopts the Creative Commons Attribution License, by which all are free to copy and redistribute the published content in any medium or format, to remix it, to transform it and to build knowledge from the aforementioned content for any purpose, including commercial purposes. The users of the content are always required to attribute credit to the original authors.

We recommend authors to deposit the final published version of their articles in institutional repositories linking to their article in the Journal of Dentistry & Public Health.

Articles submitted for assessment and evaluation in preprint repositories may be submitted to the Journal of Dentistry & Public Health and they will be considered original nonetheless.

Updated 04/08/2019



Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.


Plagiarism Screening and Self-Archiving

In order to enforce the best practices in scientific communications and to prevent copyright infringement, submitted manuscripts are screened with the Similarity Check powered by the iThenticate software before publication.

Screened manuscripts displaying high rates of similarity in the wording of the introduction, discussion and results sections with previously published original content in scientific communication venues with ISBN or ISSN without properly referencing them will be rejected.

Deposits in institutional repositories and servers do not constitute plagiarism nor self-plagiarism. Research reports developed in academic institutions such as thesis, dissertations and monographs may and should be published as scientific papers in journals or scientific books.

Updated 03/16/2018


Versions and Retraction Policy

Suspected scientific misconducts will be assessed by the editorial board. The Journal of Dentistry & Public Health will follow the COPE procedures to further investigate any misconduct allegations that may arise.

In case of retraction, the journal shall abide by the ICMJE recommendations.

Corrections of accidental errors - statistical, methodological or otherwise - whenever reported by the authors themselves will be published immediately.

In either situation, all versions will be maintained online, properly identified as recommended by the ICMJE and linked in both directions for further assessment by the readers.

Updated 07/18/2018


Authorship Policy

The authors of an intellectual property are publicly responsible for its content after publication. The authors of a research report or scientific paper are understood as those that participated in the conception and planning of the project and the study design and which generated the proper enviroment and conditions for its development. All authors must approve of the final draft of the text implying thereby that they are apt to defend the ideas presented in the text before the scientific community.

Authorship is not guaranteed by participation in data collection, research groups and laboratories, loan of materials and equipment and by statistical analysis. The essence of a scientific article lies in the interpretation of the results, in the argumentation and in the conclusions that contribute to the scientific advancement.

Each author must objectively declare their contribution to the intellectual production and conflicts of interest related to the research project in the proper submission forms. Dentistry adopts the ICMJE recommendations regarding the definition of authorship roles.

Updated 07/18/2018


Translation Policy

Although manuscripts may be submitted in Portuguese, in case of acceptance of the submission, the authors are responsible for its translation to English in its final version, including biographies, list of author contributions, paragraph about possible conflicts of interest and references.

Updated 07/18/2018