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The manuscript must be submitted as a text file (.doc, .docx, .txt)         NO .pdfs!
The Submission system will automatically merge all your files to make a single article file .pdf.
You have six (6) days to finish the submission process
When referencing specific teeth, the Universal Tooth Numbering System is preferred.

Please be sure that you have all items listed below
BEFORE you start the submission process.

Click on the link to see what is required for each specific file types we accept.


          BOOK REVIEW
          CASE STUDY
                    ABSTRACT (invited paper)
                    BUONOCORE LECTURE (invited paper)
                    OTHER (invited paper)




References should be formatted according to this journal's style
Please our Reference Style Guide for examples



The manuscript must not be under consideration by any other entity, it should be free of conflicts of interest, and no part of the manuscript should have been published elsewhere.




The manuscript text must not contain any author identifying information, no names and addresses, no acknowledgements, no ethics board information, etc. These items are entered separately during the process, and will be merged into the final document by the computer. Any manuscripts with identifying information in the main manuscript file will be sent back to the author for correction. Remember, our peer review is double blind in order to provide our readers with the highest quality data possible.



General Requirements
Operative Dentistry requires electronic submission of all manuscripts. All submissions must be sent to Operative Dentistry using the Allen Track upload site. A mandatory and nonrefundable $50.00 fee is required at submission. Your manuscript will only be considered officially submitted after it has been approved through our initial quality control check, and any quality problems have been resolved. You will have 6 days from when you start the process to submit and approve the manuscript. After the 6 day limit, if you have not finished the submission, your submission may be removed from the server. You are still able to submit the manuscript, but you must start from the beginning. Be prepared to submit the following manuscript files in your upload:
• A Laboratory or Clinical Research Manuscript file must include:
o a title
o a running (short) title
o a clinical relevance statement
o a concise summary (abstract)
o introduction, methods & materials, results, discussion and conclusion
o references (see Below)
• The manuscript body MUST NOT include any:
o Author identifying information such as:
 Authors names or titles
 Acknowledgements
 Correspondence information
 Response to reviewer files should also NOT include any author identifying information, such as a signature at the end, etc.
o Figures
o Graphs
o Tables
• An acknowledgement, disclaimer and/or recognition of support (if applicable) must in a separate file and uploaded as supplemental material.
• All figures, illustrations, graphs and tables must also be provided as individual files. These should be high-resolution images, which are used by the editor in the actual typesetting of your manuscript. Please refer to the instructions below for acceptable formats and sizes.
• All other manuscript types use this template, with the appropriate changes as listed below.

Complete the online form (which includes complete author information, copyright release and conflict of interest), and select the files you would like to send to Operative Dentistry. Manuscripts that do not meet our formatting and data requirements listed below will be sent back to the corresponding author for correction.
Important Information
• All materials submitted for publication must be submitted exclusively to Operative Dentistry.
• The editor reserves the right to make literary corrections.
• Currently, color will be provided at no cost to the author if the editor deems it essential to the manuscript. However, we reserve the right to convert to gray scale if color does not contribute significantly to the quality and/or information content of the paper.
• The author(s) retain(s) the right to formally withdraw the paper from consideration and/or publication if they disagree with editorial decisions.
• International authors whose native language is not English must have their work reviewed by a native English speaker prior to submission.
o Manuscripts that are rejected before peer-review for English correction should be entered as a new manuscript upon resubmission. In the manuscript comments box the comment, “this is a resubmission of manuscript number XX-XXX” should be noted.
o Manuscripts that are rejected after peer-review are not eligible for resubmission.
o Manuscripts that have major revisions requested (i.e. For English correction) are entered as a resubmission of the original article.
• Spelling must conform to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and SI units for scientific measurement are preferred.
• While we do not currently have limitations on the length of manuscripts, we expect papers to be concise; authors are also encouraged to be selective in their use of figures and tables, using only those that contribute significantly to the understanding of the research.
• Acknowledgement of receipt is sent automatically upon acceptance through quality control. This may take up to 7 days. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please check your author homepage at if the paper does not appear there please resend your paper.
IMPORTANT: Please add our e-mail address to your address book on your server to prevent transmission problems from spam and other filters. Also make sure that your server will accept larger file sizes. This is particularly important since we send page-proofs for review and correction as .pdf and/or .doc(x) files.

Manuscript Type Requirements
All Manuscripts

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR must provide a WORKING / VALID e-mail address which will be used for all communication with the journal. 
NOTE: Corresponding authors MUST update their profile if their e-mail or postal address changes. If we cannot contact authors within seven days, their manuscript will be removed from our publication queue.
• full name of all authors
• complete mailing address for each author
• valid email address for each author
• degrees (e.g. DDS, DMD, PhD)
• affiliation (e.g. Department of Dental Materials, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan)
• full name of product
• full name of manufacturer
• city, state and country of manufacturer
MANUSCRIPTS must be provided as Word for Windows files. Files with the .doc and .docx extensions are accepted.
TABLES may be submitted as either Word (.doc and .docx) or Excel (.xls and .xlsx) files. All tables must be legible, with fonts being no smaller than 7 points. Tables have the following size limitations: In profile view a table must be no larger than 7 x 9 inches; landscape tables should be no wider than 7 inches. It is the Editor’s preference that tables not need to be rotated in order to be printed, as it interrupts the reader’s flow.
ILLUSTRATIONS, GRAPHS AND FIGURES must be provided as TIFF or high resolution JPEG files with the following parameters:
• line art (and tables that are submitted as a graphic) must be sized with the short edge being no shorter than 5 inches. It should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi and a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. This means the shortest side should be no smaller than 3000 pixels.
• gray scale/black & white figures must be sized with the short edge being no shorter than 5 inches. It should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 400 dpi. This means the shortest side should be no smaller than 1500 pixels.
• color figures and photographs must be sized with the short edge being no shorter than 3.5 inches. It should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 400 dpi. This means that the shortest side should be no smaller than 1050 pixels.

Other Manuscript Type – Additional Requirements

CLINICAL TECHNIQUE/CASE STUDY MANUSCRIPTS must include as part of the narrative:
• a running (short) title
• purpose
• description of technique
• list of materials used
• potential problems
• summary of advantages and disadvantages
• references (see below)
LITERATURE AND BOOK REVIEW MANUSCRIPTS must include as part of the narrative:
• a running (short) title
• a clinical relevance statement based on the conclusions of the review
• conclusions based on the literature review…without this, the review is just an exercise and will not be published
• references (see below)


REFERENCES must be numbered (superscripted numbers) consecutively as they appear in the text and, where applicable, they should appear after punctuation.
The reference list should be arranged in numeric sequence at the end of the manuscript and should include:
1. Author(s) last name(s) and initial (ALL AUTHORS must be listed) followed by the date of publication in parentheses.
2. Full article title.
3. Full journal name in italics (no abbreviations), volume and issue numbers and first and last page numbers complete (i.e. 163-168 NOT attenuated 163-68).
4. Abstracts should be avoided when possible but, if used, must include the above plus the abstract number and page number.
5. Book chapters must include chapter title, book title in italics, editors’ names (if appropriate), name of publisher and publishing address.
6. Websites may be used as references, but must include the date (day, month and year) accessed for the information.
7. Papers in the course of publication should only be entered in the references if they have been accepted for publication by a journal and then given in the standard manner with “In press” following the journal name.
8. DO NOT include unpublished data or personal communications in the reference list. Cite such references parenthetically in the text and include a date.
9. References that contain’s DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) should always be displayed at the end of the reference as permanent URLs. The prefix can be appended to the listed DOI to create this URL. i.e.

Reference Style Guide
• Journal article-two authors: 
Evans DB & Neme AM (1999) Shear bond strength of composite resin and amalgam adhesive systems to dentin American Journal of Dentistry 12(1) 19-25.
• Journal article-multiple authors: Eick JD, Gwinnett AJ, Pashley DH & Robinson SJ (1997) Current concepts on adhesion to dentin Critical Review of Oral and Biological Medicine 8(3) 306-335.
• Journal article: special issue/supplement: Van Meerbeek B, Vargas M, Inoue S, Yoshida Y, Peumans M, Lambrechts P & Vanherle G (2001) Adhesives and cements to promote preservation dentistry Operative Dentistry (Supplement 6) 119-144.
• Abstract: Yoshida Y, Van Meerbeek B, Okazaki M, Shintani H & Suzuki K (2003) Comparative study on adhesive performance of functional monomers Journal of Dental Research 82(Special Issue B) Abstract #0051 p B-19.
• Corporate publication: ISO-Standards (1997) ISO 4287 Geometrical Product Specifications Surface texture: Profile method – Terms, definitions and surface texture parameters Geneve: International Organization for Standardization 1st edition 1-25.
• Book-single author: Mount GJ (1990) An Atlas of Glass-ionomer Cements Martin Duntz Ltd, London.
• Book-two authors: Nakabayashi N & Pashley DH (1998) Hybridization of Dental Hard Tissues Quintessence Publishing, Tokyo.
• Book-chapter: Hilton TJ (1996) Direct posterior composite restorations In: Schwarts RS, Summitt JB, Robbins JW (eds) Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry Quintessence, Chicago 207-228.
• Website-single author: Carlson L (2003) Web site evolution; Retrieved online July 23, 2003 from:
• Website-corporate publication: 
National Association of Social Workers (2000) NASW Practice research survey 2000. NASW Practice Research Network, 1. 3. Retrieved online September 8, 2003 from:
• Journal Article with DOI: SA Feierabend, J Matt & B Klaiber (2011) A Comparison of Conventional and New Rubber Dam Systems in Dental Practice. Operative Dentistry 36(3) 243-250,