What happens after submission?
Open Access


Having taken the time to read our Author Guidelines and policies, we're looking forward to receiving your submission.
Before submitting, refer back to our checklist to make sure you have everything in order.
We also ask that you submit a cover letter along with your manuscript. This letter should be addressed to our Editor-in-Chief, Dr Stephen Hancocks, and state the following:

• The title of your manuscript

• The journal you are submitting to

• That the manuscript isn't being considered for publication elsewhere

• That if accepted it will not be published elsewhere.

You can submit to the BDJ using the online submission system. The submission site will guide you through the process, and is broken down into sections — we therefore recommend that you have details of all author affiliations, keywords, figure and table captions, the title and the abstract to hand.
Should you have any problems during the submission process, feel free to contact the editorial office at

What happens after submission?

After submission, your manuscript will undergo initial screening by our Editor-in-Chief to assess its suitability for the journal. At this stage, there will be two outcomes:

• Immediate rejection — if the Editor-in-Chief finds your paper is unsuitable for the BDJ we will let you know as soon as possible so that you can submit it elsewhere

• Further peer review — your manuscript will be reviewed by two or more referees, after which the Editor-in-Chief will send a decision indicating rejection, revisions needed or acceptance.

Further information on the peer review process can be found in our section for referees.


If you are submitting a revised manuscript after review, you can do this on the submission site as before. When submitting a revised manuscript, please include the following information:

• A point-by-point response to the reviewers, explaining how you have addressed their comments and a clear justification should you disagree with any points raised.

• A marked-up version of the manuscript, highlighting the changes that have been made

• A 'clean', non-highlighted version of the manuscript.


Congratulations! Your article has been accepted for publication in the BDJ.
We'll send you an email informing you of this decision, and will highlight some final information we require before sending you the proofs:

• Licence to publish form

     ✦ Our standard licence to publish form can be found at the following link:

     ✦ Our open access licence to publish form can be found here.

     ✦ Our article processing charge form (for those wishing to publish open access) can be found here

     ✦ If you're publishing a research paper, find out about the open access options available to you here

     ✦ If you require another licence to publish form (for example, if you are a government employee), please contact the editorial office

✦ In brief points — these are three to five short sentences that summarise the benefits or applications of your paper

✦ CPD MCQs — we often ask if you would like your paper to be used for the CPD section of the BDJ. If so, we ask for four multiple choice questions, each with four possible answers, only one of which is correct. Please also highlight the correct answer for our purposes!

Authors now have the opportunity to record video abstracts that will be posted on our YouTube page. Instructions on how to film and submit the video can be found here.

Self-archiving and manuscript deposition (green open access)

Authors of original research articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository for public release six months after publication. Nature Publishing Group (NPG) also offers a free, opt-in Manuscript Deposition Service for original research articles in order to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates.

Learn more about self-archiving and manuscript deposition.

Open access publication (gold open access)

Authors of research articles can opt to pay an article processing charge (APC) for their accepted articles to be open access online immediately upon publication. Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.

To facilitate self-archiving NPG deposits open access articles in PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central on publication. Authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Visit our open research site for further information about licenses, APCs, and our free OA funding support service:

About Creative Commons licensing

Creative Commons license options and article processing charges (APCs) for the British Dental Journal

APC payment FAQs

Help in identifying funding for APCs

Site licence price adjustments for hybrid journals

Editorial process for OA publication in hybrid journals

Self-archiving and deposition

Find out more about open access publishing at NPG:

What is open access?

NPG journals offering an open access publishing option

Compliance with open access mandates

NPG's open access journals allow authors to comply with all funders' open access policies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.

Learn more about open access compliance.


When your paper has been prepared for publication, a member of our production team will contact you to explain the proofing process and send you the proof of your article. Please confirm receipt of the proof. You will have 48 hours to return your corrections.

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