For Authors

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

Article type specifications

We publish two article types: invited commentaries and systematic reviews.
Further information regarding our peer review process can be found in our 'For referees' section.           

Invited commentaries

By invitation only.

If you:

  • are engaged in clinical practice in one or more of the disciplines of relevance to target audiences of Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • can write clearly in English
  • can respond within two weeks of our request for a commentary
  • have a working knowledge of the basic principles of evidence-based healthcare

then become an EBD commentator by contacting the EBD Editorial Office.

When we invite a commentary from you, we will ask you to include the following details:

  • Data sources
  • Study selection
  • Data extraction and synthesis
  • Results
  • Conclusions 
  • GRADE rating

Systematic reviews

We welcome submissions of systematic reviews in the field of dentistry and oral health. Please note that EBD does not accept narrative reviews.

We strongly encourage authors to follow the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) framework. Please include a completed PRISMA 2020 checklist and flow diagram to accompany the main text. A blank template of the checklist and flow diagram can be downloaded from the PRISMA website.

For systematic reviews of observational studies, please include a completed Meta-analyses Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) checklist instead.


  • Structured abstract max. 300 words
  • Main body of text (excluding abstract, tables/figures, and references) not to exceed 6,000 words
  • Max. 8 tables or figures
  • Max. 100 references


Systematic review papers should be submitted with an abstract up to 300 words in length, and the body of the paper should be structured as per the PRISMA checklist:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Funding

Where possible, we advise that you try and use the same headings used in the abstract in the main body of text. Additional headings can of course be added.