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Author Guidelines

The manuscript must be submitted in soft copy file. Manuscript should be typed using Word processing program. The font used should be Times New Roman, sizing 14 pt for the title, and 12 pt for others. Headlines are typed in bold, while Latin names are typed in italics. The manuscript which are typed in one half space with the margin should be 2.5 cm or 1 inch length, typed on A4 format. The length of article should not below 10 pages and should not exceed 12 pages. Authors should also follow the manuscript preparation guidelines.


All Type of Manuscripts (Research Reports and Literature Review) must contain:

  • Title should be brief, specific and informative. The title must contain maximum 10 words (not exceeding 40 letters and spaces) with capital letter on the first word of the title. The title must be provided in English.
  • Name of Author(s) should include full names of author(s), address to which proofs are to be sent, name and address of the department(s) to which the work should be attributed and appointed accordingly with number (1) symbol.


Jamal Bin Razak1, Matsuo Hamada2, Ninuk Hartati3, and Harold Whitfield4

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya -Malaysia

2 Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Hiroshima University - Japan

3 Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Universitas Airlangga - Indonesia

4 Department of Endodontics, School of Dental and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne - Australia

  • Abstract should be structured with concise description (contains not more than 250 words, formatted in single space, and done in one paragraph). The abstract must be provided in English. Footnotes, references, and abbreviations are not used in the abstract. 

Abstract in Research Reports should consists of “Background:”, “Purpose:”, “Methods:”, “Results:” and “Conclusion:” typed in bold within one paragraph.

Abstract in Case Reports should consists of “Background:”, “Purpose:”, “Case(s):”, “Case Management:” and “Conclusion:” typed in bold within one paragraph.

Abstract in Literature Reviews should consists of “Background:”, “Purpose:”, “Reviews:”, and “Conclusion:” typed in bold within one paragraph.

  • Keywords contain 3-5 words and / or phrases and must be provided below the abstract. The key words must be provided in English, with standard scientific phrase or word. Each word / phrases in keyword should be separated by semicolon (;).
  • Correspondence should contain details of the author in charge with detailed mailing address and e-mail (Consists of full name, name of institution, mailing address, telephone number, Fax number and Email address).


Correspondece is followed by the following sections according to type of article as follows:

  1. 1.      Contents in Research Reports
  • Introduction comprises the problem’s background, its formulation and purpose of the work or case or review and prospect for the future. State the rationale for the study some references state the novelties and main problem. Introduction in literature reviews are followed by headline topics and exposures to be discussed.
  • Materials and Methods contain clear description on used materials and scheme of experiments as well as methods in order to enable other examiners to undertake retrial or duplication and validity checked if necessary. Reference should be given to the unknown method. Research ethics on animal and human subjects must be stated accordingly, if applicable.
  • Results should be presented accurately and concisely in logical sequence with the minimum number of tables and illustrations necessary for summarizing only important observations. Work should be reported in SI units. Undue repetition in text and tables should be avoided. Tables must be made in horizontal (without vertical line separation) for simple viewing. Mathematical Equations should be clearly stated. When mathematical symbols are not available on computer, hand written symbols with soft lead pencil could be used. Decimal numbers should be separated by point (.). Tables, illustrations, and photographs should be cited in the text in consecutive order and provided separately from the texts of manuscript. The titles and detailed explanations of the figures belong in the legends for illustrations (figures, graphs) not on the illustrations themselves. All non-standard abbreviations that are used must be explained in footnotes.


  1. 2.      Contents in Literature Reviews
  • Introduction comprises the problem’s background, its formulation and purpose of the work or case or review and prospect for the future. State the rationale for the study some references state the novelties and main problem. Introduction in literature reviews are followed by headline topics and overviews to be discussed.


All Type of Article (Research Reports and Literature Review) must be followed by:

  • Discussion explains the meaning of the examination’s results, not repeating the result, in what way the reported result can solve the problems, differences and equalities with previous study and development possibilities. This section should include the conclusion of the reported work or case and suggestion for further studies if necessary. Make the discussion corresponding to the results, often should begin with a brief summary of the main scientific findings (not experimental result).
  • Acknowledgements: Personal acknowledgements should be limited to appropriate professionals who contributed to the paper, including technical help and financial or material support, also general support by department chair person.
  • References should be arranged according to the Vancouver system. This journal suggests all researchers to use reference manager application (e.g. Mendeley, Endnote, Zotero, etc). References must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, and listed at the end of the text in numeric, not alphabetical order. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript. References must be valid and taken within the last 10 years of publication, containing at least 70% of primary references (from journals, thesis, dissertations, and patent documents). Unpublished sources, such as manuscripts in preparation and personal communications are not acceptable as references. Only sources cited in the text should appear in the reference list. The name of authors must be written in consistency. The number and volume of journals must be included. Edition, publisher, city, and page numbers of textbooks must be included. Internet downloaded references must include the time of access and web address. Any abbreviation of journals must comply with dental index and medic index. All research reports should have more than 10 references.


Pictures Guidelines

All figures, illustrations and photos must be relevant, informative, concise, and referred if any, provided in file (JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format). Non-file photos should be printed in clear glossy paper. The size should meet with the minimum measurement of 125 x 195mm. The maximum number of figures, illustrations, photos, and tables in research report and literature review is 4 (four). The maximum number of figures, illustrations, photos, and tables in case report is 8 (eight). All figures, illustrations and photos must be separated from the texts of manuscript. Image should be mentioned in the text and figure legends should be listed at the end of the manuscript cite illustrations in numerical order (figure 1, figure 2, etc) as they first mentioned in the text. Written permission must be obtained for material that has been published in copyrighted material; this includes tables, figures, and quoted text that exceeds 150 words. Signed patient release forms are required for photographs of identifiable persons. A copy of all permissions and patient release forms must accompany the manuscript.

The editor reserves the right to edit the manuscript, fit articles into space availability, and ensure conciseness, clarity, and stylistic consistency. All accepted manuscripts and their accompanying illustrations will become the permanent property of the publisher, and may not be published elsewhere in full or in part, in print or electronically, without written permission from the publisher. All data, opinions or statements appeared on the manuscript are the sole responsibility of the author(s). Accordingly, the publisher, the editorial board, and their respective employees of the Dental Public Health Journal will accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements.


Table Guidelines

Tables should be submitted in the same format as your article and embedded into the document where the table should be cited. If your table(s) are in excel copy and paste them into the manuscript file. In extreme circumstances, excel file can be uploaded as supplementary file; however, we advise against this as they will not be acceptable if your article is accepted for publication. Tables should be self-explanatory and the data they contains must not be duplicated in the text and figures.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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