About the British Dental Journal

The British Dental Journal (BDJ) is an international, peer reviewed journal for the dental community, published by Springer Nature on behalf of the British Dental Association. We aim to inform our readers of ideas, opinions, developments and key issues in dentistry - clinical, practical and scientific - to spark interest, debate and discussion amongst dentists of all disciplines.

Our papers are subject to rigorous peer review to provide you with a high quality journal. Further information regarding our peer review process can be found in our 'For referees' section.

We publish a variety of content to keep you up to date with all areas of dentistry.

2015 Impact Factor is 0.997.*
*2015 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2016)


These are scientific papers with a focus on clinical research to enable researchers and scientists to communicate their findings to the rest of the community. Some papers will also be featured in our 'Research Insights' section. This includes summaries of papers, Q&As with authors, infographics and expert views.

Our practice papers are articles and reports on the latest developments and information relevant for those in dental practice. This section now also includes our 'How to' papers which are designed to provide the reader with practical advice to follow or at the least to inform them and 'Refresher guide to' papers which outline a particular topic/area studied at dental school or in postgraduate courses.

Please note, case reports are not normally considered for publication in the BDJ. Case reports may only be submitted if they report on a case that will have a significant impact on day-to-day clinical practice or a particularly unusual and interesting case that will attract the interest of the journal's general readership. Case reports will not be considered for publication when of little relevance or usefulness to readers beyond the setting of the case reported.

These papers are any type of paper, article or report that is relevant to the vital subject of dental education, whether it is undergraduate, postgraduate, specialist or lifelong learning.

Our opinion papers express the views and opinions of people that are open to debate and discussion. This section will keep you aware of what people are thinking in dentistry today, and introduce differing views for debate.

General articles cover all the topics that don't quite fit into the other categories. These include clinical guidelines and historical papers.


Here you will be able to read general news about the dental industry and update yourself on the latest research and diary events.


Letters should be sent directly to our Editor-in-Chief at bdj@bda.org. Priority is given to letters under 500 words long, and content may be edited for space. Our letters section provides the space for individual news, views and opinion.

Authorship: the BDJ's normal procedure is to credit the author(s) of a letter by their name and location (no qualifications). Specific institutional or organisational affiliations or qualifications are included solely at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, when deemed necessary to add context to the letter.

Book reviews:

Our book reviews provide you with a thorough insight into the latest books in dentistry.


To honour members of the dental community, we publish obituaries. All submitted obituaries should be 450 words in length. Content is down to the individual author; however approval of the family should be given prior to publication.

Further information on how to publish in the BDJ can be found in our Author Guidelines section.

British Dental Association

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the United Kingdom, and was founded in 1880. As an organisation that is owned entirely by its members and with no external shareholders, the BDA is able to focus solely on its mission to promote the interests of its members; advance the science, arts and ethics of dentistry; and improve the nation's oral health.

Springer Nature publishes the British Dental Journal on behalf of the BDA. Springer Nature also publishes our new open-access online-only journal BDJ Open, as well as Evidence-Based Dentistry, BDJ Team, BDJ In Practice and BDJ Student on behalf of the BDA.

Further information about the BDA can be found at their website.

Editorial Board

Stephen Hancocks, Editor-in-chief

Avijit Banerjee
Paul Batchelor
Habib Benzian
Mike Cann
Jenny Gallagher
Zoë Hoare
Liz Kay
Jonathan Lewney
Philip Preshaw
Margaret Ross
Damien Walmsley
Nicola West
Helen Whelton
Callum Youngson

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