International Journal of Dental Materials Journal Policies


About the Journal

International Journal of Dental Materials (IJDM) (E-ISSN: 2582-2209) is an Open Access, International Peer-reviewed online journal published quarterly. IJDM's Open access policy enables readers and researchers to download its' content free of cost. The journal’s full text is available online at The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive the final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.



Scope of the Journal

International Journal of Dental Materials welcomes editorial queries, original studies, evidence-based research works and practical innovations, reviews, case reports, and concise communications. This journal intends to knowledge transfer and spread verified information from valuable researchers to all fellow dental fraternity. Manuscripts displaying studies on dental biomaterial properties, performance, induced host response, immunology, and toxicology will attain the highest priority for publication. Documentation emphasizing advancing dental technology, innovations in dental materials design, and their clinical viability succeed the hierarchy of publishing preference. The journal integrates academicians, clinicians, and researchers from a global platform in all scientific activities.   



Abstracting and Indexing Information

 The journal is registered with the following abstracting/indexing partners:

Crossref, Google Scholar, CAS (A Division of the American Chemical Society), Open J-Gate, Road, PKP Index, Cite Factor, Scientific Indexing Services (SIS), Directory of Research Journal Indexing (DRJI), ResearchBib, Cosmos, and JournalTocs.



Journal Ethics

International Journal of Dental Materials is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices to meet these requirements.



Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open-access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given, and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.



Ahead of Print Policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. International Journal of Dental Materials has a policy that changes will not be made after the publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.



The Editorial Process

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to the International Journal of Dental Materials alone now and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the editors for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to International Journal of Dental Materials readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

Manuscripts received from editorial board members will be screened by the editor-in-chief and sent to external peer reviewers. The editorial board members who are authors will be excluded from publication decisions.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in the International Journal of Dental Materials are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but this is not mandatory. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identities. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in the manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point-by-point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated until reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within fourteen days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to the final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online. To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ immediately upon acceptance.

Timeline for manuscript processing

  • Submission of manuscript
  • Editorial review - 5 to 7 working days initial assessment and allotment of assignment for reviewing procedure to associate, section editors, or reviewers.
  • In the process of reviewing, the comments or decisions shall be conveyed to the authors in 2 months from the date of submission for the first submission. In the case of revised submission, it shall be communicated within a month from the date of submission.
  • Publication on acceptance shall depend on the date of acceptance and category of the manuscript (original, review, or case reports)
  • The entire process can be tracked by the author through their log in the dashboard and in case of queries they can email the editor through their login page of the journal software ( editor query)
  • Any query to the editor shall be responded to by email in 5 -7 working days.

Process of appeals

The authors can appeal to the editor’s decision if they have a piece of strong reason evidence or information in response to the editor’s and reviewer’s comments. If the authors wish to appeal the decision, they should email the editorial office (; explaining in detail the reason for the appeal. The appeals will be acknowledged by the editorial office and will be investigated in an unbiased manner. The processing of appeals will be done within 6 – 8 weeks. While under appeal, the said manuscript should not be submitted to other journals. The final decision rests with the Editor in Chief of the journal. Second appeals are not considered.



Anti-Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism includes the duplicate publication of the author’s work, in whole or in part without proper citation or mispresenting other’s ideas, words, and other creative expressions as one’s own. The Journal follows a strict anti-plagiarism policy. All manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Dental Materials will undergo a plagiarism check with commercially available software. Based on the extent of plagiarism, authors may be asked to address any minor duplication or similarity with the previously published work. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the Journal will investigate. If plagiarism is established, the journal will notify the authors’ institution and funding bodies and will retract the plagiarized article.



Authorship Criteria

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below: 

  1. Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.

Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing of the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without the written consent of all the contributors.



Conflicts of Interest/Competing Interests

All authors of articles must disclose any conflicts of interest they may have with the publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflicts of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.



Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts must be submitted online through the website First-time users will have to register at this site. Registration is free but mandatory. Registered authors can keep track of their articles after logging into the site using their usernames and password. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at, or

International Journal of Dental Materials accepts manuscripts written in British English. The submitted manuscripts that are not as per the “Instructions to Authors” would be returned to the authors for technical correction, before they undergo editorial/peer review. Generally, the manuscript should be submitted in the form of two separate files.


  1. Title Page/First Page File/covering letter:

This file should provide

  • The type of manuscript (original article, case report, review article, Letter to the editor, Images, etc.) title of the manuscript, running title, names of all authors/ contributors (with their highest academic degrees, designation, and affiliations), and name(s) of the department(s) and/ or institution(s) to which the work should be credited. All information that can reveal your institute affiliation should be here. Use doc files. Do not zip the files.
  • If the manuscript was presented as part of a meeting, the organization, place, and exact date on which it was read. A full statement to the editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant publications of the same or very similar work. Any such work should be referred to specifically and referenced in the new paper. Copies of such material should be included with the submitted paper, to help the editor decide how to handle the matter.
  • Registration number in case of a clinical trial and where it is registered (name of the registry and its URL)
  • A statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors, that the requirements for authorship as stated earlier in this document have been met, and that each author believes that the manuscript represents honest work.
  • The name, address, e-mail, and telephone number of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the proofs, if that information is not included in the manuscript itself.
  1. Blinded Article file:

The main text of the article, beginning from the Abstract until References (including tables and images) should be in this file. The file must not contain any mention of the authors' names or initials or the institution at which the study was done or acknowledgements. Page headers/running titles can include the title but not the authors' names. Manuscripts not in compliance with the Journal's blinding policy will be returned to the corresponding author. Use doc files. Do not zip the files. Limit the file size to 1 MB. If the file size is large, graphs and images can be submitted separately without incorporating them in the article file to reduce the size of the file. The pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the first page of the blinded article file. The font style should be Times New Roman and the font size should be 12 for the main text file.

The Contributors' / copyright transfer form (template provided below) should be submitted online from the authors’ area at The journal does not accept any correspondence through post/ email unless requested.

For preparing the manuscript and more author guidelines can be found at

Protection of Patient’s Rights Privacy

Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives informed consent for publication. The authors should remove patients' names from the figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:

  1. Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.
  2. If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity or a description that has an obvious indication of the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.
  3. To protect the patient’s identity, the recognizable facial features not related to the study should be digitally blurred.
  4. Written informed consent is the preferred method for obtaining consent. If verbal consent is obtained, the authors must ensure that verbal consent is recorded in the medical case record of the patient and duly signed by the witness.

Sending a Revised Manuscript

The revised version of the manuscript should be submitted online like that used for the submission of the manuscript for the first time. However, there is no need to submit the “Title Page” or “Covering Letter” file while submitting a revised version. When submitting a revised manuscript, contributors are requested to include, the ‘referees’ remarks along with point-to-point clarification at the beginning of the revised file itself. In addition, they are expected to mark the changes as underlined or coloured text in the article.

Publication Schedule

The journal publishes every quarter (online). The journal displays articles online as ‘Articles in Press’ immediately upon acceptance.