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Author Guidelines

Prof DDr Andreas Moritz
University of Vienna
Department of Conservative Dentistry
Waehringerstrasse 25 a
A-1090 Vienna
e-mail: andreas.moritz@univie.ac.at

Prof G. Lynn Powell, DDS
Editor-in-Chief Dept. of Dental Education
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132 USA
e-mail: DentalEd@hsc.utah.edu

Please send your manuscripts, topic queries, correspondence, and questions to:

Dr Sabine Jokolitsch/Dr Franziska Beer
Managing editors
University of Vienna
Department of Conservative Dentistry
Waehringerstrasse 25 a
A-1090 Vienna Austria
e-mail: andreas.moritz@univie.ac.at

  • Original articles are considered for publication on the condition that they have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The publisher reserves the right to edit manuscripts to fit the space available and to ensure conciseness, clarity, and stylistic consistency, subject to the author's final approval.
    Manuscripts are reviewed and selected in a blinded process by editors and appropriate content experts. Therefore, it is important that submitted manucripts and illustrations do not contain information that will identify the origin of the paper (except for the title page and separate affiliations page, which will not be sent to reviewers).
  • Manusctips that do not follow these outlined instructions will be rejected promptly.


  • JOLA accepts original experimental investigations, review articles, case reports, and technique articles.
  • Case manuscripts should present challenging cases, or those for which many treatment alternatives are possible or new techniques or materials are used. Manuscripts submitted for this feature must be no longer than 5 double-spaced pages and have no more than 20 illustrations.


  • Submit three typewritten copies (original and duplicates), double-spaced on one side of the paper, with at least a 1-inch margin on all sides. Number all pages sequentially, with the title of the paper as a running header on each page (+ floppy disk or CD-ROM).
  • Title page. Page 1 should include the title of the article (descriptive but as concise as possible) and the name, degrees, title, professional affiliation, and location of every author. Fax, e-mail address, and complete mailing address must also be provided for the corresponding author. If the paper was presented before an organized group, the name of the organization, location, and date should be indicated.
  • Abstract/Key words. Page 2 should include a maximum 250-word structured abstract (with headings Objectives, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion). Abstracts for case reports and literature reviews need not be structured. A list of 6 to 10 key words should also be included.
  • Clinical relevance statement. Experimental investigations must include a brief statment of the clinical relevance of the paper.
  • Introduction. Summarize the rationale and purpose of the study, giving only pertinent references. Clearly state the working hypothesis.
  • Materials and Methods. Present materials and methods in sufficient detail to allow confirmation of the observations. Published methods should be referenced and discussed only briefly, unless modificaitons have been made. Indicate the statistical methods used, if applicable.
  • Results. Present results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize only important observations.
  • Discussion. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the Introduction or Results section. Relate observations to other relevant studies and point out the implications of the findings and their limitations.
  • Conclusion. Include a numeric listing of evidence-based conclusions that can be made according to the material presented in the paper.
  • Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments should be typed on a separate page. Grant or other financial support should be specified, citing the name of the supporting organization and grant number.
  • Abbreviations. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
  • Trade names. Generic terms are to be used whenever possible, but trade names and manufacturer should be included parenthetically at first mention.


  • All references given must be cited in the text and numbered in order of appearance.
  • The reference list should be double-spaced at the end of the article in numeric sequence.
  • Do not include unpublished data or personal communications in the reference list. Cite such references parenthetically in the text and include a date.
  • Avoid using abstracts as references.
  • Provide complete information for each reference, including names of all authors (up to six). If the reference is to part of a book, also include the title of the chapter (or part), names of the book's editor(s), and publisher.
    Journal reference style:
    1. Dietschi D, Schatz JP. Current restorative modalities for young patients with missing anterior teeth. Quintessence Int 1997:28:231-240.
    Book reference style:
    2. Hilton TJ. Direct posterior composite restorations. In: Schwartz RS, Summitt JB, Robbins JW (eds). Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. Chicago: Quintessence, 1996:207-228.


  • All illustrations must be numbered and cited in the text in order of appearance.
  • On the back of each illustration, place a label with the article title and figure number only. Do not include author names. Indicate the top edge lightly in pencil.
  • Do not bend, fold, or use paper clips. Do not mount slides in glass.
  • Original artwork must be provided with original submission.
  • For protection against damage or loss, authors should retain duplicate slides and illustrations.

    Black/White photographs-Submit three sets of high-quality glossy prints. Should the quality prove inadequate, negatives will be requested as well. Photographs should be unmounted and untrimmed.

    Radiographs-Submit the original as well as two sets of prints.

    Color-Color is used at the discretion of the publisher. No charge is made for such illustrations.

    Original slides (35-mm transparencies) must be submitted, plus two sets of prints made from them. When a series of clinical images is submitted, tonal values must be uniform. When instruments or appliances are photographed, a neutral background is best.

    Drawings-Figures, charts, and graphs should be professionally drawn and lettered large enough to be read after reduction. Good-quality laser-printed art is acceptable (no photocopies, please); also provide electronic file if possible.

    Legends-Figure legends should be grouped on a separate sheet and typed double-spaced. Detailed captions are encouraged.


  • Each table should be logically organized, on a separate sheet, and numbered consecutively.
  • The title and footnotes should be included with the table.


  • The Mandatory Submission Form, signed by all authors, must accompany all submitted manuscripts before they can be reviewed for publication. This form can be found on the back side of these guidelines or can be downloaded from the publisher's website (www.quintpub.com).


  • Permission of author and publisher must be obtained for the direct use of material (text, photos, drawings) under copyright that is not the property of the authors.
  • Waivers must be obtained for photographs showing persons. When such waivers are not supplied, faces will be masked to prevent identification.


  • The corresponding author is given 15 free reprints of the article. If additional reprints are desired, tehy must be ordered from the publisher when the page proofs are reviewed by the authros. The publisher does not stock reprints; however, back issues can be purchased.


  • Three copies of each manuscript and figures, including all glossy prints necessary for reviewers.
  • Manuscript: typed double-spaced including separate references, figure legends, and tables.
  • Abstract, Key words, Clinical relevance statement.
  • References: double-spaced, numerical order, per JOLA style.
  • Tables: double-spaced and titled.
  • Mandatory Submission Form, signed by all authors.
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