Mahidol Dental Journal Information for Authors
Mahidol Dental Journal welcome submissions from the field of Dentistry. We published 3 issues per year in January – December.
Objectives of the Journal
- To disseminate knowledge gained from academic research in dentistry and other related medical sciences.
- To promote valued research for academic advancement.
- To create an academic network and to build relationships among dentists and others in related fields in order to keep up with constantly developing knowledge.
Submission of Manuscripts
The manuscript must be submitted to.
Contact addressed to
The Editor, Mahidol Dental Journal
Simulations Building 4, Fl.7
Faculty of Dentistry, Mahidol University
6 Yothi Road, Ratchathewi District
Tel. 0-2200-7637 Fax. 0-2200-7637
- Original articles are articles including new research reports, survey reports in epidemiology, relevant case reports, and reports concerning new dental materials and technical procedures. These articles should be useful to the profession of dentists and must be previously unpublished.
- Review Articles are articles that derive knowledge from new textbooks and journals or from the author’s own work and experience. They should be composed in an analytical, critical, and comparative style for the advancement of knowledge.
- Miscellany encompasses the following:
3.1 Special reports are short academic reports pertinent to dentists. These may be analyses; discussions; summaries of other useful academic papers; articles reviewing aspects of the body of knowledge; summarized translations from international journals; commentaries; reviews; papers introducing medical appliances or interesting books and textbooks; or reports of both national and international conferences.
3.2 Current concepts are concepts or knowledge in any certain areas that are useful. They can be translated or composed from other journals recognized for their high standard.
3.3 Ask the expert are responses to readers’ academic or clinical problems by experts in a particular field. Interesting questions and answers from conferences may also be published for the benefit of those who have not attended the conferences.
3.4 Letters to the editor are questions or academic comments valuable to readers and the profession.
3.5 Research summaries or book reviews that are noteworthy.
Guide for authors
For the text and tables, the manuscripts should be saved in a Microsoft word file. Page setup should be made on the size of A4 paper (210 x 297 mm). The font should be “Times New Roman” with the size of 12 pt. The top, bottom and side margins should be 25 mm. wide. All pages should be numbered consecutively together with the first author’s name at the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. All digital files should be free of any virus or other malicious threats. No printout of the manuscripts is required. Any manuscript submission that fails to follow this instruction will be returned to the authors without review.
Manuscript Format and Structure
- Title: It must contain no abbreviations and should not exceed 100 letters in length.
- Name of the author: Only first name and last name should be given. If there are many authors, their names should be organized according to their contributions to the research with the most important one listed first.
- Degree of education: A maximum of two highest degrees should be provided after the author’s name in their official abbreviated forms. If the author has graduated from a university outside Thailand, the degree must be given in the language of the country from which he or she has obtained the degree.
- Address: All authors should provide the detailed address of their organization. If they are not affiliated with any institution, their clinic address must be given.
- Corresponding author: One author must be designated as the corresponding author. The last name, position, professional affiliation, office phone, cell phone, fax, and e-mail address must be provided for the corresponding author for fast and convenient contact.
- Research grant: If the study is financially supported, specify grant citing in a sequence name of the grant, organization awarding the grant, year the grant is awarded, and grant number (if any).
- Received: Write the date appearing in the editor’s acknowledgement upon the receipt of the manuscript.
- Accepted: Write the date appearing in the editor’s letter confirming the manuscript will be published.
- Abstract: The abstract is a summary of the whole paper. However, no conclusion should be drawn from the discussion. Neither must there be any references, illustrations and tables. A tooth must be identified by its name rather than symbols. The following are to be included in the abstract:
Objectives along with the hypotheses of the study must be given.
Materials and Methods provide information on materials or patients employed in the study, number, type, method of the study or experiment, and statistics utilized in the study.
Results present findings of the study including experimental study and statistical study (in case there is an analysis).
- Key words: 3-6 key words from the abstract are to be provided in alphabetical order and separated from one another with commas (,).
This first section introduces the whole paper by reviewing literature presenting knowledge and evidence from research as well as books or journals related to the study. In addition, the introduction provides rationale or significance, hypotheses, objectives, scope and methods of the study with references to other articles to relate the present study to the known prior knowledge. In other words, it should address reasons leading to the study and inform readers what questions the study is trying to answer. Thus, the introduction should review only pertinent literature and leave out those outside the scope and objectives of the study. Neither should it report results and conclusion of the study.
Materials and Methods
Under this second heading, two subheadings are to be included.
The material section imparts on details of the materials employed in the study citing chemical names, sources, characteristics or specifications of materials, and experimental samples of animals and patients. Experimentation involving human and animal subjects requires the presentation of relevant details, for instance, whether the samples are patients or normal persons, animal and plant types, number of samples as well as other specific characteristics such as gender, age, weight, and so on.
Research involving experimental procedure on humans and animals must be conducted in full accordance with ethical principles. In this case, the author must be able to identify that the research has been conducted as such and supply evidence that it has been approved by the organization’s ethical board.
The method section explains experimental methodology, observations or techniques for securing data, experimental procedures, measures of study, data collection, data analyses, and statistics utilized in the analysis of data. The explanation should be adequately detailed so as to allow for repeated experimentation.
This part presents findings obtained from experiments and analyses categorized into sections based on objectives of the study. Straightforward findings without too many numbers can be descriptively presented. Complicated findings with numerous numbers and variables should be presented using illustrations, tables, graphs, or charts with the interpretation of the findings in comparison with the suggested hypotheses. (Be careful not to reiterate the results given in the illustrations or tables in the text.)
Discussion can be drawn from objectives, hypotheses, and findings of the study. It can be discussed whether the present study reveals findings similar to or different from those previously presented, how they are alike or differ, and reasons for such similarities and differences in order for readers to understand and obtain novel knowledge created by the study. The author may discuss advantages and disadvantages of materials and methods employed in the study. New ideas or problems from the study can also be put forward. The author should discuss unexpected findings candidly and offers recommendations on how those findings can be of any use.
The conclusion part encompasses the following: a summary of the findings of the study, a statement to show whether the findings correspond with the hypotheses, a conclusion drawn from the discussion, and suggestions for further use of the results as well as further study.
This one-paragraph section is where the author acknowledges organizations and persons who have made substantive contributions to the study. (It should be remarked, however, that citing in the acknowledgements too many organizations and persons can undermine the article as readers may assume that most of the study has been carried out with assistance from others.)
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. These may include published articles as well as those in press. In the text of the manuscript, references to the literature should be numbered consecutively and indicated by a superscript. Each reference should be numbered individually and listed at the end of the manuscript; examples of citation format are given below. All authors should be listed for papers with up to five authors; for papers with more than five, the first five authors only should be quoted, followed by et al.
Examples of journal citation format
- Akaraviputh T, Arunakul S, Lohsiriwat V, Iramaneerat C, Trakarnsanga A. Surgery for gastrointestinal malignant melanoma: experience from surgical training center.
World J Gastroenterol 2010; 16: 745-8.
- Lohsiriwat V, Lohsiriwat D, Boonnuch W, Chinswangwatanakul V, Akaraviputh T, Riansuwan W, et al. Outcomes of sphincter-saving operation for rectal cancer without protective stoma and pelvic drain, and risk factors for anastomotic leakage. Dig Surg. 2008; 25: 191-7.
- Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.
Example of a book citation:
- Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
Example of an article in a book:
- Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
Example of an article in an electronic book:
6. Akaraviputh T and Trakarnsanga A. Surgicla management of malignant melanoma of gastrointestinal tract. In: Murph M, editor. Melanoma in the clinic-Diagnosis, management and Complications of Malignancy. Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/surgical-management-of-malignant-melanoma-of-gastrointestinal-tract