For Authors & Referees

For Authors

Here you will find all the key information you will require when preparing a manuscript for submission to BDJ Open including article specifications and formatting guidelines. Please read this section before submitting.

Article type specifications

We publish two article types, Articles and Reviews, which are summarised below:

Article type

Article description


Unsolicited considered?

Word limit, tables, figures



Original primary research, study protocols and short- and long-term clinical trials should all be submitted in this format.

The body of the article should be organised using the same headings used in the abstract as far as possible. If the text needs subdividing further within these headings, then a second level of headings can be used. Hierarchy of headings should be made clear in the submitted article.

Structured abstract of no more than 200 words, using the following headings as a guideline:

Objective/aim; Materials and Methods (including Design and Setting where applicable); Results; Discussion; Conclusions

The abstract should contain no references.


There is no strict word limit but we encourage authors to write concisely.

We suggest that articles be about 5,000 words maximum (not including figures, tables and references).

Lengthy papers or papers containing an excessive number of figures may be returned to authors for additional editing. The maximum title length is 20 words

Max of 50 (as current as possible).


This section includes literature and narrative reviews.

While systematic reviews remain the most appropriate where there is a large body of evidence that can be used to answer specific scientific questions, other reviews in this section are appropriate where the body of evidence does not allow for a systematic review or where no specific hypothesis is posed.

These could be more of a discussion and summary of recent developments in the field, and should answer broad and descriptive research questions.

Structured abstract of no more than 300 words.

The abstract should contain no references.


The main body of the review (excluding abstract, tables/figures, and references) should not exceed 6,000 words.

Overly lengthy reviews containing an excessive number of display items may be returned to authors for additional editing.

The maximum title length is 20 words.

We suggest a maximum of 8 figures/tables.

No limit.


Why should I publish in BDJ Open?

  • Open access - all articles are freely available and authors retain copyright. This enables you to reach all clinicians and oral health researchers worldwide, ensuring your article is far-reaching. All BDJ Open articles are published under a Creative Commons License.
  • Competitive turnaround times - online submission, rapid review and online publication times.
  • Reputation - the journal is the sister journal of the British Dental Journal which was established in 1881. BDJ Open is published in partnership with the British Dental Association (BDA) and Springer Nature.
  • Visibility - content published in BDJ Open has the potential to reach dental researchers, medical and dental clinicians, industry and decision-makers globally. Readers have the option to sign up for free table of contents e-alerts, ensuring additional exposure for authors.

How do I submit an article to BDJ Open?

Find out more by reading the journal's specific Guide for Authors.

The BDJ Open Guide for Authors will show you:

  • How to prepare your manuscript for submission
  • How to submit your manuscript using the manuscript tracking system
  • What will happen to your manuscript once submitted
  • How to promote your accepted article

The BDJ Open Guide for Authors also contains journal-specific information on editorial policies, contact details and publishing costs.

Please note: For questions or technical difficulties related to the manuscript tracking system, please contact the Helpdesk (not the editorial office) via this page.

Where do I submit an article to BDJ Open?

To submit a manuscript to BDJ Open, please use our online submission system.

Do I have to pay to publish in BDJ Open?

If your article is accepted following our peer review process then an article processing charge (APC) will be payable. The APC is determined at the date of acceptance. More information on the current APCs for BDJ Open can be found here. There is no initial charge to submit a manuscript to BDJ Open.

There are some payment waivers available, particularly for authors from low-income countries - further information here.

We also offer our authors a free open access (OA) support service to make it easier to discover and apply for funding for OA publication charges for articles. Learn about our Funding Support Service

Once a manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be sent a link to our online portal to complete the Article Processing Charge (APC) payment form, after which your paper will be sent for typesetting. Once this step is complete, the corresponding author will then be prompted to complete the necessary open access Licence to Publish on behalf of all authors. Government employees from the United States and UK are required to complete relevant government open access licence to publish forms which are available via the portal.

Please note that these forms must be completed promptly in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your work. We suggest that the corresponding author 'whitelist' emails from the exchange to ensure that these messages are received and that we be notified at acceptance if the corresponding author will be travelling or otherwise unavailable to take action in a timely manner.

Where can I find more guidance on writing and submitting my article?

BDJ Open and Springer Nature are pleased to share detailed online Author Tutorials - including interactive quizzes - which cover the following topics:

  • Writing a journal manuscript
  • Submitting a journal and peer review
  • Writing in English
  • Open Access


For Referees

The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

  • Identity transparency: Single anonymised
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: None

I am interested in becoming a BDJ Open referee. What should I do?

We will consider applications to become a BDJ Open referee. Please contact the BDJ Open Editorial Office for further information.