We want to help you prepare a manuscript that has the best chance of being accepted, which is why we've put together this section with information on how and why to publish with the BDJ, what we look for and important factors to consider before submitting your article.

Choosing the right journal

Ethics and policies

Choosing the right journal

We don't want you to waste your time by submitting a paper that is inappropriate for the BDJ, so before you do anything consider the questions below:

Does the BDJ reach the appropriate audience for your paper?
Our readership extends to all dentists, dental undergraduates, members of the dental team, hospital, community, academic and general practitioners.

Is your paper within the scope of the BDJ?
The role of the BDJ is to inform its readers of ideas, opinions, developments and key issues in dentistry – clinical, practical and scientific – stimulating interest, debate and discussion. Our main audience are clinicians, so please consider the readers when writing your article.

What is the quality of the other papers published?
We recommend you have a look through past issues of the BDJ to get a feel for the type of papers we publish and the quality we expect. Current and archived content can be found here.

How easy is submission?
We only consider manuscripts that are submitted electronically. Our online submission site will guide you through the process of submission.

How quickly will you receive a decision?
On average, it takes 14 days for submissions to undergo their initial screening, and an average of 72 days from submission to the final decision.

How quickly will your paper be published?
For research and practice papers, it takes an average of four months from acceptance to publication.

Does the journal offer an open access option?
Yes, we do. Further information on our open access options can be found here.

If you have a research article, why not also find out about BDJ Open? BDJ Open is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online-only journal publishing dental and oral health research from all disciplines, publishing original primary research articles, study protocols (including protocol design) and short- and long-term clinical trials (including small studies). Further information on BDJ Open can be found here.

Once you've decided whether the BDJ is suitable for your paper, it's time to take the next step!

Ethics and policies

It's also important that you consider ethics and policies when publishing in the BDJ.

  • Authorship - who qualifies, and in what order should they be listed?
  • Declare any conflict of interests
  • Declare any source of funding
  • Register clinical trials
  • Never submit the same paper twice
  • Obtain permissions if you re-use someone else's and/or previously published figures or tables in your paper
  • Do not plagiarise.


The existence and content of all manuscripts under review is kept confidential within the offices of the BDJ. All referees are requested to respect that confidentiality. Following acceptance all information relating to a paper will be kept confidential within the BDJ offices. Just prior to publication the content of a paper or article may be used for a press release produced by the BDA's Press Office. In such instances it is customary (but not guaranteed) that the author(s) of the paper will be contacted. Authors of papers should not contact the media prior to publication without first contacting the BDA Press Office (telephone 020 7563 4580).


Articles involving clinical research should conform to the guidelines issued in the Declaration of Helsinki where applicable, and in general should have ethical committee approval. For further review of the subject see Br Med J 1991; 302: 338-341. ARRIVE reporting guidelines must be followed for primary research manuscripts documenting animal studies (PLoS Bio 2010; 8: e1000412). Reports of clinical trials must conform to the CONSORT statement and reports of systematic reviews of clinical trials must conform to the PRISMA statement. This journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Research Data Policy

We strongly encourage that all datasets on which the conclusions of the paper rely should be available to readers. We encourage authors to ensure that their datasets are either deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) or presented in the main manuscript or additional supporting files whenever possible. Where one does not exist, the information must be made available to referees at submission and to readers promptly upon request. Any restrictions on material availability or other relevant information must be disclosed in the manuscript's Methods section and should include details of how materials and information may be obtained. Please see the journals guidelines on Research Data policy here.

Plagiarism and fabrication

Plagiarism is when an author attempts to pass off someone else's work as his or her own. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. Minor plagiarism without dishonest intent is relatively frequent, for example, when an author reuses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper.

Springer Nature Journals use CrossCheck, a plagiarism detection software tool, to identify instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Find out more about CrossCheck.
If a case of plagiarism comes to light after a paper is published, the Journal will conduct a preliminary investigation, utilising the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics. If plagiarism is proven, the Journal will contact the author's institute and funding agencies as appropriate. The paper containing the plagiarism may also be formally retracted or subject to correction.

If you would like further assistance or advice, you can contact the editorial office at bdjmanuscripts@nature.com.

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