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Author Guidelines

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Authors are invited to make a submission to this journal. All submissions will be assessed by an editor to determine whether they meet the aims and scope of this journal. Those considered to be a good fit will be sent for peer review before determining whether they will be accepted or rejected.

Before making a submission, authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any material included with the submission, such as photos, documents and datasets. All authors identified on the submission must consent to be identified as an author. Where appropriate, research should be approved by an appropriate ethics committee in accordance with the legal requirements of the study's country.

An editor may desk reject a submission if it does not meet minimum standards of quality. Before submitting, please ensure that the study design and research argument are structured and articulated properly. The title should be concise and the abstract should be able to stand on its own. This will increase the likelihood of reviewers agreeing to review the paper. When you're satisfied that your submission meets this standard, please follow the checklist below to prepare your submission.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • This submission meets the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • This submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • Registration number with document and ethical approval (if needed)) have to be submitted.
  • The submission files should be in Open Office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The journal might ask for raw data whenever necessary.
  • All references have been checked for accuracy and completeness.
  • Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.
  • The text should be single-spaced; use a 12-point font; employ italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All tables and figures have been numbered and labeled.
  • Permission has been obtained to publish all photos, datasets and other material provided with this submission.

During submission the following files are required:

  1. Cover letter: this includes title of the manuscript, author's confirmation about the paper’s originality, permission for reproduction of the published article and confirmation of author's contribution.
  2. Title Page: Title (title case), authors’ names, affiliations and institutions, corresponding author with complete details (email, Tel. no., etc.).
  3. Main text: which needs to have the following section:
    Abstract and Keywords: this file contains the title followed by a structured abstract (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions). Abstract should not exceed 250 words.
    Main content: All pages should be numbered, 12 p font size and 30 mm margins.
    References: In accordance with Vancouver (superscript) style. Use consecutive numbers without parentheses for in-text citation.
  4. Ethical approval (Optional): The study’s registration approval and ethical approval (if needed) have to be submitted.
  5. Figures: Any format opened by Adobe Photoshop not exceeding 10 MB with a resolution of at least 300 dpi for photographs and 600 dpi for line art.
  6. Clinical relevance: This section aims to highlight the prospective clinical importance of the study. It must not exceed 100 words and should not be repetition of the abstract. It should be structured as follows: Rationale of the study, main finding and clinical implications.
  7. Acknowledgements: Those who helped the authors in producing the study can be accredited in this section.
  8. Conflict of interest and source of funding: Authors should declare any potential conflict of interest and source of funding such as institutional, private and material supplier (free or at discounted rate).

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These manuscripts describe original and significant observations on biology, biomaterial and clinical subjects, with details that can be evaluated critically and repeated when necessary. This type of manuscript should not exceed 4000 words and up to 7 items (figure and table) can be included, plus additional items can be added as supplementary material and will be available online, up to 40 references can be used. Four keywords and a running title have to be written at the end of abstract.

 Original research articles must be organized as follows:

Abstract: The abstract should not contain more than 250 words and should be structured as follows:

Objective(s): Identify the problem that the study aims to address.
Methods: Describe how the study was conducted.
Results: Summarize the primary result.
Conclusions: Report what can be concluded from the results and the clinical implications.

The main text should be structured as follows:


This should include a detailed review of the subject area and reasons for performing the study.

Materials and methods or Patinets and methods: Appropriate description should be given of the design of the study and the participants. The techniques and materials used have to be stated clearly to enable reproduction of the study. In cases of established methods (such as ELISA), authors have to reference the established method with a brief description of that method. All materials, their manufacture and country also have to be identified with other details if necessary, such as doses, special preparation or slight modification. 

Statistical analysis:  Statistical methods should be described clearly to allow the reader to understand. 

Results: All data should be presented in logical sequence with all items (figures and tables) and supplementary material (if present) reported appropriately. 

Discussion: New and potentially significant findings should be stated here. Possible comparison of the study's result with the previously published data and rational explanation of any controversies have to be presented in this section plus limitations of the techniques used should be clarified.

Conclusions: Any conclusions based on the data from the result and taking the aim(s) of the study into consideration should be stated here. Furthermore, Recommendation for future study should be clarified, followed by new hypotheses that can be obtain from the study and it's clinical significance.

Systematic Review

These manuscripts investigate a defined topic associated with oral, dental and craniofacial studies. Systematic review articles have to clearly define the importance of the research question and justify the need for systematic review by identifying the limitations of previously published articles on the topic. The search strategy, method for choosing articles, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and justification for the exclusion criteria should be clearly stated. Furthermore, the conclusions of studies should be included, as well as comparison of their conclusions, limitations of the review, and future suggestions. Four key words and a running title have to be written at the end of the abstract.

Manuscripts of systematic review have a strict limit of 5000 words structured as: 

  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

A total of 7 figures and/or tables are allowed, further figures and tables can be added as supplementary material. Abstracts should be submitted as a single paragraph without subheadings, summarizing the main conclusion in 300 words and using a maximum of 60 references.

Case Report and Case Series

Sulaimani Dental Journal publishes selected case reports and case series that illustrate rare cases, complex methods for diagnoses and new approaches to treatment within the field of dentistry. The case report and case series have to provide important information for clinicians and lecturers in the scope.

Case series should include sufficient subjects, collected consecutively or randomized, to make an effective argument for or against the procedure under discussion. A standardized method for all cases, treatment provided and documentation should be used and consistently applied. Well-structured case series can lead to hypothesis of new techniques and performance management and therefore can be of value in clinical life. 

Case reports or case series should consist of unstructured abstracts of 250 words or less, 4 key words and a running title with up to 5 items (figure and tables) and main text structures not exceeding 3500 words as follows: 

Introduction: Describing the importance of this case report, how rare are the cases? Justify the rationale of writing this case report/series by showing the clinical relevance of the procedure used.

Case presentation: This should include clear explanation of: details of cases, their complaint, case characteristics, case history, investigations (if necessary), differential diagnosis, treatment and follow up.  

Discussion and conclusion: This should include a brief review of the literature, cases published, argument and any recommendations, followed by a conclusion paragraph summarized as a message.   

Letter to editors and response to the letters

The aim of this publication type is to provide a discussion panel for controversies and issues related to the field of dentistry. The letter may comment on an article published in the Sulaimani Dental Journal and must offer positive criticism. Authors of the publication are allowed to respond to the letter within 30 days. Letters to the editors should consist of no more than 2500 words.

Letters can be structured as follows:

Introduction: This should state the clinical issue or question that needs to be addressed and document the importance of that issue.

Body: This should present information relating to the issue and can be subdivided with headings where appropriate. Figures, tables and other material can be added with their number not exceeding six.

Summary: This should address prospective issues and methods to address future controversies.

Acknowledgement(s): As in these papers’ authors are allowed to express their own opinion, it is very important to disclose any affiliations, financial support and any other information that may lead to a conflict of interests.

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  • Author Information: When you submit your manuscript to Sulaimani Dental Journal, we collect and store the information you provide, including your name, affiliation, email address, and other relevant details. This information is solely used for the purpose of manuscript processing, peer review, editorial communications, and publication-related correspondence.
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