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Journal of Orthodontics

Journal of Orthodontics

Published in Association with British Orthodontics Society

Editor-in-Chief
Martyn Cobourne King’s College London, UK
Editorial Assistant
Christo Hall Imperial College, UK


eISSN: 14653133 | ISSN: 14653125 Frequency: Quarterly

New to SAGE in 2019
Journal of Orthodontics is the official journal of the British Orthodontic Society. It is an international, peer reviewed, journal with global circulation.

Aim: to publish high quality, evidence-based, clinically orientated or clinically relevant original research that will underpin evidence based orthodontic care.

Welcomes reports on prospective research into different treatment methods and techniques, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and studies stimulating interest in new developments.

Journal of Orthodontics is the official journal of the British Orthodontic Society. It is an international, peer reviewed, journal with global circulation.

Aim: to publish high quality, evidence-based, clinically orientated or clinically relevant original research that will underpin evidence based orthodontic care.

Welcomes reports on prospective research into different treatment methods and techniques, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and studies stimulating interest in new developments.

Associate Editors
Robert D Evans Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
Jayne E Harrison Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
Anthony J Ireland University of Bristol, UK
Farhad B Naini St Georges Hospital, London, UK
Clinical Sub-Editors
Ashish Dhopatkar Birmingham Dental Hospital, Birmingham, UK
Ben Lewis Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, UK
Gavin Mack King’s College Hospital, London, UK
Howard Moseley Watford General Hospital, Watford, UK
Fiona Ryan Eastman Dental Hospital, London, UK
Continuing Professional Development Sub-Editor
Jadbinder Seehra King’s College Hospital, London, UK
Statistical Advisors
Girvan Burnside University of Liverpool, UK
Tatiana MacFarlane University of Aberdeen, UK
Spyridon N Papageorgiou University of Zurich, Switzerland
Editorial Board
Athanasios E Athanasiou Monhammed Bin Rashid University, UAE
Susan J Cunningham UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK
Herman Duterloo Maastricht, Netherlands
Kelvin Foong National University of Singapore, Singapore
Greg Huang Univeristy of Washington, USA
Nigel P Hunt UCL, UK
Sunil Kapila University of California San Francisco, USA
Chung How Kau University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
Om P Kharbanda All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Declan T Millett University College Cork, Ireland
Jonathan R Sandy University of Bristol, UK
Rishma Shah UCLH, UK
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/joo to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Orthodontics will be reviewed. 

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Video
      4.4 Supplementary material
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Orthodontics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    Original articles
    Article should not be longer than 3,500 words, please include a work count with your paper. The paper should be complied in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

    Book Reviews
    Some areas of focus for book reviews may include: brief background to the subject matter; comments on the readability, accuracy of the contents; who would benefit from reading the book (e.g. general practitioner, specialist, nurse, trainee, layperson, etc.).

    Case Reports
    Case material should be presented under the following headings: History; Assessment e.g. Extra-oral Assessment, Intra-oral assessment, Radiographic assessment, Aetiology; Treatment (e.g. Aims of treatment, Treatment plan and rationale, Treatment progress); Summary 
    NB: Some case reports highlighting unusual events may require a different structure, therefore some flexibility in structure is allowed.

    Consort Statement for Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)
    Please report RCTs in accordance with the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) statement. Reports of RCTs should include a completed CONSORT checklist and flowchart of participants in the trial. This will ensure that you provide enough information for editors, peer reviewers, and readers to see how the trial was performed and to judge whether the findings are likely to be reliable. Authors should review the CONSORT Statement at http://www.consort-statement.org/consort-statement/ Manuscripts for Review Articles For clinical reviews it may be useful to include an Aims section giving a definition of the clinical subject in question, using appropriate subheadings as needed. All manuscripts that are reports or reviews should be submitted with an abstract of no more than 250 words.

    Systematic Reviews (including meta-analyses)
    These papers are encouraged and should be accompanied by a structured abstract under the following headings: Objectives; Data sources; Data selection; Data extraction; Data synthesis; Conclusions. PRISMA Statement for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of Randomized Controlled Trials. Please report these in accordance with the PRISMA (PREFERRED Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses). See http://www.prisma-statement.org/

    CUTTING EDGE
    Articles in this section should provide the reader with a contemporary view on a new product, practice, technique or aspect of orthodontic practice. It is suggested that the following sections are used: Introduction:
 This should describe why this product or practice is relevant to contemporary orthodontics and provide a brief overview of directly relevant literature in the area.

    Description of current product or practice: The product or practice should be concisely and clearly described, using either photographs or diagrams if possible. The potential advantages, as well as disadvantages, should be discussed. If appropriate contact details of manufacturers and costs (in Euros) should be provided. If website addresses are provided the date of the last time they were accessed by the author(s) should be included. If relevant, comparisons to other similar products or practice should be provided. Tables may be useful, but should be kept simple and concise, (see Juggins, J Orthod 2006; 33(1): 62-66). Tables covering multiple, consecutive pages are not acceptable. Discussion: The potential impact on future clinical practice and research should be discussed if relevant. Conclusions: A brief bullet-point summary should be provided as part of the conclusion. All authors submitting to medicine, biomedicine, health sciences, allied and public health journals should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    1.3 Writing your paper
    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online 

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    Journal of Orthodontics adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship
    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. 
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i)    Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii)    Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii)    Approved the version to be published, 
    (iv)    Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship. 

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements
    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding 
    Journal of Orthodontics requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Orthodontics to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles. 
    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants 

    2.7 Clinical trials

    Journal of Orthodontics conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    2.8 Reporting guidelines 
    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline. 

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

    2.9 Data  
    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Journal of Orthodontics requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at Journaloforthodontics@sagepub.co.uk.

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway 

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Journal of Orthodontics and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement    
    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving 
    Journal of Orthodontics offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
                    
    4.1 Formatting 
    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Combination Images should be used wherever possible and should be supplied separately in the preferred file formats: PDF, EPS, PowerPoint, Illustrator, InDesign. 

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online and in the print issue. There is no charge for reproducing figures in colour in the printed version. 

    4.3 Video
    Journal of Orthodontics encourages authors to include archival quality video files alongside their research papers. Such material should enhance the contents of a paper, both in clarity and in added value. 
    For more information about the format requirements for videos, please review our Author Gateway instructions for supplemental material. For detailed information pertaining to copyright and permissions requirements, view the Video Permission and Fair Use Quick Guide. For videos with identifiable subjects, subjects will need to sign the Audio-Visual Likeness Release form. It is the author’s responsibility to submit signed release forms, if necessary, for each video.
    Tips for good videos: 

    • Good video must visualize data and results in a way that could not be accomplished by figures embedded in the paper 
    • Voice overs or explanatory text rather than stand-alone frames or captions are much more effective
    • Video of a PowerPoint style presentation is not acceptable

    4.4 Supplementary material
    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.5 Reference style
    Journal of Orthodontics adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file 

    4.6 English language editing services
    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Orthodontics is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/joo to login and submit your article online. 

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID
    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, 
    the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication            

    6.1 SAGE Production
    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication 
    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article 
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article
    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.  

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Orthodontics editorial office as follows: 

    Christo Hall, Editorial Assistant
    Journaloforthodontics@sagepub.co.uk

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