(Call For Papers PDF)

The Journal of Dental Research is excited to announce the publication of a special issue in 2017 highlighting the latest developments in the field of craniofacial and dental anomalies. This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art of the biology, genetics, diagnosis and therapy for malformations of the dental, oral and craniofacial complex. The issue will be of interest to students, dental researchers and practitioners involved in the biology and translational research related to craniofacial defects such as cleft lip and/or palate, craniosynostosis, tooth agenesis among other common congenital defects.

This special issue will focus on identifying the causes of craniofacial deformities in the oral-dental complex as revealed by preclinical animal and human studies including but not limited to facial and dental developmental biology as well as genetics. In addition, innovative therapies to manage patients afflicted by craniofacial and dental abnormalities will be of interest. Original research manuscripts, clinical reviews and critical reviews are all encouraged for submission in this special issue.

All manuscripts submitted for consideration will be subject to the peer review process in a manner identical to the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Research manuscripts should adhere to the following guidelines: a limit of 3,200 words (including introduction, materials, methods, results, and discussion; excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends and references); 5 total figures or tables; 40 references; and must contain a 300 word abstract. The special issue will also accept selected reviews according to the instructions to authors for manuscripts with the following guidelines: 4,000 words, 6 total figures or tables; 90 references; and a 300 word abstract. Additional information regarding requirements and formatting of manuscripts can be found at:


Papers should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jdr, no later than March 1, 2017 to be given full consideration. Authors are required to include in their cover letter that their paper is being submitted for consideration for inclusion in the special issue.  Papers after this date will be considered for publication in the regular issue of the Journal.


Published by the International & American Associations for Dental Research

Guest Editors for Special Issue:
Joy Richman and Brian Schutte