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Guidelines for authors to publish articles in IDRR:

Title  of the article  to be entered in  the  box  Document Title

In the space for Document description:  Submit a covering page with the paper's title, authors, and author affiliations. Write an abstract Ensure references cited in the text appear in the bibliography. 

Text File  must be in MS WORD  with the following  components

  1. The title

  2. Short  bio sketch of the authors

  3. The matter with  illustrations  and images placed

  4. Ensure that the images in the file are of high resolution to ensure high quality in printing.

Clinical Practice (CP)

This section includes submissions, in various formats, related to the practice of clinical dentistry. Clinicians may submit systematic review articles, case reports, topic updates or creative solutions to clinical problems that they have encountered in practice. The length of a manuscript should not exceed 2,000 words and must include the sufficient number of illustrations and pictures to enhance understanding.

Clinical Showcase (CS)

Clinical Showcase is a series of pictorial essays that focus on the technical art of clinical dentistry. This section features step-by-step case demonstrations of clinical problems encountered in dental practice.

How to prepare a clinical showcase?

  • Pick an interesting case of a patient you treated. This case should be well documented with photos and should have some teaching merit. Our aim is to have our readers learn something interesting from seeing the presentation.This case should not have been published previously.

  • An introductory section tells our readers why we are showing this case and gives them some background about the patient or the particular that makes the case interesting from a learning perspective.

  • The case presentation itself uses approximately 20 illustrations to walk our readers through the procedure. The figure captions can tell much of the story. Text can tell readers about specifics of armamentarium or particular "tips or tricks" that you, the clinician, used for managing this case.

  • Digital images need to have a high resolution for print publication. Photos must be at least 300 dpi when sized to 3.33" x 2.125" (or at least 1,000 pixels along the largest dimension). Only JPG formats will be accepted.

  • The case is finished off with a short "lessons to be learned" discussion.

  • A few references may be inserted; Point, however, this is not necessary since the focus is very much clinical and "how to". Ideally, less than 1,000 words should be    used to tell the story as we prefer our Clinical Showcase presentations to take no more than 3 pages of IDRR.

Law and Ethics (LE).

These manuscripts discuss important issues in law and/or ethics with implications for patient care or dental practice. The manuscript may report original data from a research investigation or it may be a scholarly, well-referenced, systematic review of a topic. Systematic reviews should include a Methods section with descriptions of the data search and selection process, critical evaluation of the cited articles or data sources, and acknowledgment of any controversial aspects of the topic. The manuscript content must be original, and manuscripts derived from previously published material (for example, a law review article) are not acceptable.

Point of Care  

(The point of Care answers everyday clinical questions and is designed to provide practical information at the point of patient care. These questions could be generated from our readers and would be answered by our experts or a genuine question could be generated from colleagues around you and presented in a format as below:

  • First, we need a focused clinical question - the type that dentists ask CDE presenters during the coffee break at their presentation. A question must lend itself to a response of 700-800 words in length.

  • Ideally, the response is based loosely on the format of a clinical practice guide-line (although we have a disclaimer that indicates that these Point of Care Q&As are NOT clinical practice guidelines).

  • The format we favor is a response in 2 sections. Many of the Q&A responses lend themselves to division into a "Background to the Issue" section and a "Management of the Issue" section. The former contains 2 or 3 paragraphs of the type of information that is usually found in the Introduction section of a review or research article. The latter section often outlines, in a recipe book format, what the respondent does to handle the particular situation under discussion.

  • Up to 6 images can be used to illustrate the response. Digital images need to have a high resolution for print publication. Photos must be at least 300 dpi when sized to 3.33" x 2.125" (or at least 1,000 pixels along the largest dimension). Only JPG formats will be accepted.

  • The response can include a small number of references (often to review articles) to allow the curious reader to follow-up and get more information on the topic presented.

Diagnostic Challenge (DC)

Diagnostic Challenge briefly presents interesting clinical findings and offers a brief rationale for the diagnosis of the condition presented. The condition is presented through a minimum of descriptive text and up to 4 illustrations on a single page. This page ends with the question? What is this condition? the differential diagnosis and the rationale for diagnosis are presented on another page.

Applied Research (AR)

This section includes original submissions reporting findings of clinical research projects. Submitted papers must be pertinent to clinical decision-making. The text of the manuscript, including abstract and references, should not exceed 2,000 words. There will be one article published each issue.

Letters (L)

This section includes brief Letters to the Editor (300 words maximum) on topics related to clinical dentistry and the environment in which dentistry is practiced. Approximate number of insertions per issue would be five .We strongly recommend readers to contribute to this section.

Preparing the Manuscript  


Once you have read the instructions carefully, please follow the points mentioned below which suits the type of manuscript you submit:

  • Ensure the article is correctly formatted and referenced wherever required.

  • Submit a covering page with the papers title, authors, and author affiliations. Write an abstract Ensure references cited in the text appear in the bibliography ( in the space for document description)

  • Expand any acronyms.

  • Check spelling and grammar. Figures, tables and photographs.

  • Check they are ALL present, and are referred to in the text of your paper.

  • Of the images embedded in the text, you need to include high resolution (300dpi ) versions a separate files.

  • Consider how figures and tables will appear in the journal. Make sure that enlargement or reduction of any photos will be possible without loss of meaning. Additionally, bear in mind that tables with too many columns or rows may be hard to read in print.

  • Ensure you have the correct copyright clearance for any material in your paper that is already © to a third party, e.g. pictures.

  • Ask a colleague to read your paper prior to submission.

    * The code is the short form of the type of Manuscript. For eg. CP Stands for Clinical practice.

Submitting pictures  

Earlier picture editors on printed publications preferred either slides or prints, now it is replaced by digital images. Photos submitted, including Author's photos, must be at least 300 dpi when sized to 3.33" x 2.125" (or at least 1,000 pixels along the largest dimension in JPEG format.)

A good reason your images may not be accepted is, if they do not fulfill any of the following:

  • Your images are to the correct pixel size and resolution. (Resolution is the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed.)

  • Saved in JPG format.

  • Image files are clearly named 

  • Images in high resolution must be embedded in the text wherever it should appear with reference number which corresponds to the text. 

  • Time/date stamp, must be turned off while taking the picture as it's difficult to remove and takes time.

Why JPG?  

Another problem magazine picture editors come up against is images supplied in an unusual format. To save problems later ALWAYS save images in JPG format. JPG format is optimized for compressing full-colour or grey-scale photographic-type digital images. The reason for using this format is that any computer system can open JPG images.

Important words to remember: 

More effect- Scanning photos from books, magazines, and newspapers often results in an unsightly interference pattern called moiré. This occurs when you scan images from elsewhere with a low-quality scanner or scanned using an undesired option. DPI stands for dots per inch and is used with resolution. All images submitted to IDRR must be at 300 dpi.

JPG or JPEG- Joint Photographic Experts Group is the name of the committee that designed the photographic image-compression standard.

Plagiarism**- as defined in the 1995 Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, is the "use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work. Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors, or researchers is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud, and offenders are subject to academic censure, up to and including expulsion. In journalism, plagiarism is considered a breach of journalistic ethics, and reporters caught plagiarizing typically face disciplinary measures ranging from suspension to termination. Some individuals caught plagiarizing in academic or journalistic contexts claim that they plagiarized unintentionally, by failing to include quotations or give the appropriate citation. While plagiarism in scholarship and journalism has a centuries-old history, the development of the Internet, where articles appear as electronic text, has made the physical act of copying the work of others much easier. Plagiarism is not the same as copyright infringement. While both terms may apply to a particular act, they are different transgressions. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of a copyright holder when material protected by copyright is used without consent. On the other hand, plagiarism is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author's reputation that is achieved through false claims of authorship.


Important dates of IDRR Monthly 

Article Submission - Before 5th of 

Final Approval - 15th 

Published on 27th 


Those articles received after the respective deadlines may require payment for publishing. 

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