2014 JDR Year in Review

I am delighted to update the readership on our 2014 year in review. This report gives a status update on progress the JDR over the past nearly 5 years as well. I feel that the journal has been able to continue to improve as a leading source of scientific information in the oral, dental and craniofacial sciences.   The JDR remains ranked # 1/82 journals in Dentistry for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.2235 and #2/82 journals in 2-year impact factor at 4.144, the first time the journal has exceeded 4 for SIF.  We feel the journal remains strong not only in these metrics, but also in other important measures of success including numbers of full-text downloads, page views, article influence score among other metrics.

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The journal owes much of this success to several key individuals who support the JDR on a daily basis including Dr. Christopher Fox, Denise Streszoff, Kourtney Skinner and Lily Knol at the JDR Headquarters in Alexandria. The editors are also fortunate to be supported by the capable staff at SAGE Publishing, in particular, Paulina Klein and Courtney Pugh, who have done an fine job in developing a strong working relationship between the IADR/AADR Central Offices and SAGE to sustain the excellence of JDR. Ms. Karen Gardner as the local editorial assistant at the University of Michigan helps me on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs among the authors, our office and SAGE. I am also very grateful for the excellent progress the associate editors of the journal have made: (Professor Dana Graves as Associate Editor for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine) and for Professors Jack Ferracane Nicola Innes, Jessica Lee, Jacques Nör and Joy Richman as AEs. I am highly appreciative of the excellent management of challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10% on research reports that have continued to increase each year since 2010 (see below). Further, based on data from the recent JDR author satisfaction survey from 2012, we find that the submitting authors having their papers accepted and published in the JDR are generally satisfied with the quality and timeliness of publication of their research.

In the following are some more significant accomplishments of the JDR for 2014:

1.    Manuscript Processing.  Table 1 shows the time from submission to first decision for original and revised manuscripts.  The timing for decisioning following manuscript submission is expeditious with the time being 13.9 days for original submissions and 10.3 days for revised submissions. The time to publication reduced significantly over the past 4-1/2 years and is considered very competitive with the scholarly publication field.  We have been told that among the SAGE journals, JDR is one of if not the most rapid in terms of providing final decisions on manuscript submissions. The numbers of papers triaged is now on the order of nearly 60% at entry and just under 50% overall to enable submitting authors a quick turnaround to identify other venues for their research (Figure 1).

Table 1. Time from submission to first decision from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014 (n =1,372 manuscript decisions).

Table 1. Time from submission to first decision from January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014 (n =1,372 manuscript decisions).

This increase in manuscript processing efficiency is due to several factors including our editors, journal staff and the SAGEtrack processing system. The readership survey results reported in 2012 verify that authors are generally satisfied with the review process and continue to submit quality manuscripts to the JDR. The improved workflow after a manuscript has been accepted has resulted in arguably the most rapid acceptance to online and print publication in the oral health sciences (online available in ~19 working days, and print publication in < 90 days from acceptance).

Figure 1. Original and Revised manuscript decisions for the JDR from January 1 – November 15, 2014.  Significant numbers of manuscripts submitted to the JDR receive a rapid decision (generally in < 7 days) to return without external review primarily due to improper fit within the scope of the JDR. The overall acceptance rate is 14.1% for invited papers (Critical Reviews, Clinical Reviews, editorials, Discovery! and Advances in Dental Research e-Supplements in addition to original reports).  Total number for this period was 1,448 decisions.

Figure 1. Original and Revised manuscript decisions for the JDR from January 1 – November 15, 2014. Significant numbers of manuscripts submitted to the JDR receive a rapid decision (generally in < 7 days) to return without external review primarily due to improper fit within the scope of the JDR. The overall acceptance rate is 14.1% for invited papers (Critical Reviews, Clinical Reviews, editorials, Discovery! and Advances in Dental Research e-Supplements in addition to original reports). Total number for this period was 1,448 decisions.  

2.    Manuscript Submissions and Global Institutional Reach.  The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews. Figure 2 displays the variety of submissions received by the journal offices, mostly research reports in the biological, biomaterials/bioengineering and clinical disciplines.  Further, one can appreciate the types of reviews, editorials and perspectives being received.  The latter categories are ones we are working on to consider stimulating more interest via greater promotion of this content.  The recent appointment of Dr. Jessica Lee has been designed based on the interest in promoting greater importance of research science policy.  This is a strong area of expertise that Dr. Lee brings to the journal in this important area of value to our IADR constituencies.

Figure 2. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research.  Of the 1,098 manuscripts submitted through November 15, 2014, 90% of the papers are research-type articles to the JDR.

Figure 2. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Of the 1,098 manuscripts submitted through November 15, 2014, 90% of the papers are research-type articles to the JDR.

3.    Promotion of JDR Research. We have dedicated efforts on multiple press releases on JDR manuscripts.  We generally have a perspective article or editorial co-publish on a particular paper of interest.  The IADR Global Headquarters office through support by Ingrid Thomas and Denise Streszoff disseminate press releases that go to a variety of media outlets. I also provide annual highlights on issues or specific content on the JDR Blog site. The following link demonstrates the journal’s strong commitment to the promotion of science to the scientific, clinical and lay communities to engage interest by these constituencies on JDR-research (See: http://iadr.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3334#.VGoJxr7uS1k .

The editors have good opportunities for pod-casting, video and other online materials for JDR subscribers were piloted in 2014. In the July 2014 clinical research supplement, Dr. Harold Slavkin, former Director of NIDCR gave the inaugural and provocative podcast on genomics and the transformation of primary healthcare from a global context (See: http://jdr.sagepub.com/site//misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml). SAGE used the JDR as a pioneer journal that was to take advantage of mobile usage for both the JDR and Advances in Dental Research (both apps available since 2011).  The usage of these applications is being continually monitored and appears to be growing at a good rate.  The access of the JDR has been strong through SAGE’s partnership and promotion of JDR content through a variety of outlets such as HINARI (free access of JDR content to libraries in the developing world).  The agreement with EBSCO has allowed greater revenue for the JDR (see budget report), while also allowing very good access of JDR content globally.  Figure 3 shows the institutional geographic summary of JDR content.

Figure 3. Geographic reach of institutional JDR subscribers, traditional, consortia, and Research4Life combined by JDR Region (Sage Reports, March, 2014).

Figure 3. Geographic reach of institutional JDR subscribers, traditional, consortia, and Research4Life combined by JDR Region (Sage Reports, March, 2014).

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4.    Continue Publication of Advances in Dental Research e-supplements.  The Advances in Dental Research Publication remains a valuable tool for the AADR and IADR for the dissemination of research, particularly as a part of workshops and symposia.  Since 2010, we have published 9 e-supplements to the ADR.  Most recently, we published a special issue celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Department of Oral Biology at the University at Buffalo guest edited by Frank Scannapieco. In 2015 we have 2 supplements planned including one to be guest edited by Dr. Stephen Challacombe from King’s College London (on the Mouth and AIDS) and another following a Cape Town session edited by Dr. Eino Honkala.

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5.    Supplements on Clinical Research.  We have published 4 JDR supplement issues on clinical research, a growing area of potential impact for the journal.  We published issues in July, 2012  (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/7_suppl.toc), July, 2013 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/7_suppl.toc) a special supplement on implant dentistry in December, 2013  (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/12_suppl.toc), and most recently a supplement in July, 2014 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/93/7_suppl).  We have a queue of papers lined up for another clinical research supplement to publish in March, 2015 and potentially another late 2015/early 2016.  I still strongly believe we can expand the dissemination of clinical content to other constituencies and think we have not yet realized our full potential of clinical research opportunities.  We look forward to identifying growth areas with our clinical content to the research and dental practice communities.

EditorReport_ClinicalSupp6.    Develop Special Issues in the Journal.  We are very pleased to have piloted the first special issue (outside of traditional abstract proceedings) for the JDR this month.  The board will find the publication of the December 2014 issue on novel materials and technologies in dental, oral and craniofacial sciences available online by the time of the meeting.    We are appreciative of Dr. Jack Ferracane, a leader in dental biomaterials who guest edited this issue.  We believe this special issue will draw in and showcase excellent topics in this dynamic field, one that has an important audience in the JDR.  Given this early success, the editors will have a new call for a special issue on Craniofacial Stem Cells in Health and Disease.  This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art of the biology of stem cells in craniofacial development and health, as well as their role in the etiology of diseases/conditions affecting craniofacial tissues. The issue will be of interest to all oral health researchers and practitioners. The special issue, will provide several in depth reviews of some of the most promising directions for stem cell biology.  We expect that the special issue will be well read by stem cell field in craniofacial biology.

ithenticate7.    Raising the Standard for Ensuring Originality of JDR Content.  In the fall of 2014, the JDR implemented Crossref™ and iThenticate™ software to screen every manuscript submitted to the JDR to identify manuscripts that demonstrate high similarity/redundancy to the published literature.  The inclusion of this software at the check-in step of manuscript administrative processing is assisting the journal in the identification of plagiarism.  We can identify these papers before sending them out for peer review.  This quality control step is in keeping with publication best practices and in accordance of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for the integrity of the publications process accepted by the International Committee on Medical Journal Editors.  The JDR is a member of both of these organizations.

EditorReport_ClinicalSupp8.    New JDR Design and Planning for 2015-16.  After in-depth discussions and surveys that went out to key stakeholders of the journal over this past year, we have come up with a new journal design that will come out in January 2015.  The approach to develop a more contemporary design of the journal that had not changed since merging of the JDR with Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine after the final journal year of 2004.  We will retain the Critical Reviews as a special section that will continue to be edited by Dr. Dana Graves for the JDR.  Further to this evolution of the journal to broaden our appeal and scope, we have changed the tag line to now read: “The journal for dental, oral and craniofacial research”.  Other enhancements will include different formatting with a more consistent CSE journal citation and bibliography format, identification of author contributions (prior to the acknowledgments section) and a general fresh new look of the journal.

I thank the dedicated authors, referees and readership for their continued confidence and support of the editors as we serve the IADR and AADR. We will continue to work diligently alongside our talented editors, staff, authors and readership to continue to innovate and preserve the outstanding legacy the journal has enjoyed in its nearly 100 years of contributions to our field.

Yours respectfully,

William V. Giannobile
University of Michigan, USA
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Dental Research

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JDR releases first Podcast

The Journal of Dental Research has recorded and released its first podcast. The podcast contains a question & answer session between Editor-in-Chief, Dr. William V. Giannobile and Dr. Hal Slavkin, author of the July article, "From Phenotype to Genotype: Enter Genomics and Transformation of Primary Health Care around the World." You can listen to the podcast here.

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JDR Around the Web

Published as OnlineFirst on March 19, the article titled “"DSPP Contains an IRES Element Responsible for the Translation of Dentin Phosphophoryn" has been recognized by the National Institutes for Dental and Craniofacial Research. The full text of the JDR article may be accessed online at http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/93/2.toc.

 

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JDR Around the Web

Published as OnlineFirst on March 19, the article titled "Gingival Tissue Transcriptomes Identify Distinct Periodontitis Phenotypes" was featured in Science Codex. The full text of the JDR article may be accessed online at http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/early/recent

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World Oral Health Day 2014

The annual World Oral Health day will take place on March 20, 2014. This year's theme is 'Celebrating Healthy Smiles.' For more information on World Oral Health Day 2014 please visit www.worldoralhealthday.org.

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JDR Around the Web

Published in the January 2014 issue of the IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research, the article titled "Evidence to Support WHO Guidelines: Systematic Review of Sugars and Caries" has been featured in The Sunday Times (www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Health/article1357556.ece). The full text of the JDR article by P.J. Moynihan and S.A.M. Kelly may be accessed online at http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/current.

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JDR Around the Web

Published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Dental Research, "Body Mass Index as a Predictive Factor of Periodontal Therapy Outcomes" has been featured on Dr. Bicuspid.com. The full text of this article by lead author, J. Suvan can be found online at jdr.sagepub.com.

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2013 JDR Year in Review

I am happy to update our readership on the year in review for 2013 on the JDR. I feel that the journal has been able to continue to prosper as a leading source of scientific information in the oral, dental and craniofacial sciences.   The JDR remains ranked # 1/83 journals in Dentistry for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.2325 and #2/83 journals in 2-year impact factor at 3.826.  We feel the journal remains strong not only in these metrics, but also in other important measures of success including numbers of full-text downloads, page views, article influence score among other metrics.

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The journal owes much to several key individuals who support the JDR on a daily basis including Dr. Christopher Fox, Denise Streszoff, Kourtney Skinner and Lily Knol at the JDR Headquarters in Alexandria. The editors are also fortunate to be supported by the capable staff at SAGE Publishing, in particular, Courtney Pugh and Debbie Sourgen, who have done an exemplary job in developing a strong working relationship between the IADR/AADR Central Offices and SAGE to sustain the excellence of JDR.  Ms. Karen Gardner as the local editorial assistant at the University of Michigan helps me on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs among the authors, our office and SAGE. I am also very grateful for the excellent progress the associate editors of the journal have made: (Professors Dana Graves and Marty Taubman, as Associate Editors for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine, and Discovery! respectively) and for the associate editors of the journal, Professors Jack Ferracane Nicola Innes, Jacques Nör and Joy Richman. I am highly appreciative of the excellent management of challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10-15% on research reports.

Based on these data over the past three years we find that the authors submitting and having their papers accepted and published in the JDR are generally satisfied with the quality and timeliness of publication of their research.

In the following are some more significant accomplishments of the JDR for 2013:

Figure 1. Average number of days from article acceptance to online publication in days through 2012. Data provided from SAGE.

Figure 1. Average number of days from article acceptance to online publication in days through 2012. Data provided from SAGE.

1.    Manuscript Processing.  Figure 1 illustrates the progress that has been sustained since 2009 related to expeditious manuscript processing after acceptance. The time to publication reduced significantly over the past 4 years. The current average time to publication after acceptance is 19 business days (4 weeks). This includes time for the author corrections as well as time for the editor and staff to turn around corrections (data provided directly from SAGE).  The time from submission to acceptance has gone from nearly 3 months to 17.4 days. This increase in manuscript processing efficiency is due to several factors including our editors, journal staff and the SAGEtrack processing system. The readership survey results reported in 2012 verify that authors are generally satisfied with the review process and continue to submit quality manuscripts to the JDR. The improved workflow after a manuscript has been accepted has resulted in arguably the most rapid acceptance to online and print publication in the oral health sciences (Figure 2).

Figure 2. First time manuscript decisions for the JDR from January 1 - November 18, 2013.  Half of all manuscripts submitted to the JDR receive a rapid decision (generally in < 7 days) to return without external review primarily due to improper fit within the scope of the JDR. The overall acceptance rate is close to 20% when one includes invited papers (Critical reviews, clinical reviews, editorials, Discovery! and Advances in Dental Research e-Supplements).  The acceptance rate for research reports is closer to 10%.

Figure 2. First time manuscript decisions for the JDR from January 1 - November 18, 2013. Half of all manuscripts submitted to the JDR receive a rapid decision (generally in < 7 days) to return without external review primarily due to improper fit within the scope of the JDR. The overall acceptance rate is close to 20% when one includes invited papers (Critical reviews, clinical reviews, editorials, Discovery! and Advances in Dental Research e-Supplements). The acceptance rate for research reports is closer to 10%.

2.    Manuscript Submissions.  The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews.  For 2013 we will receive greater than 1,000 manuscripts.  Based on the nearly doubling of JDR submissions since 2010, we brought on board a new Associate Editor (Dr. Nicola Innes, University of Dundee Scotland), with specific expertise in the area of Clinical/Health Services Research.  Figure 3 displays the variety of submissions received by the journal offices, mostly research reports in the biological, biomaterials/bioengineering and clinical disciplines.

Figure 3. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research.  Approximately 85% of the submissions are research-type articles to the JDR.  Data as of November 18, 2013.

Figure 3. Article types submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Approximately 85% of the submissions are research-type articles to the JDR. Data as of November 18, 2013.

EditorsReport_Advances3.    Publication of Advances in Dental Research supplements.  The Advances in Dental Research Publication remains a valuable tool for the AADR and IADR for the dissemination of research, particularly as a part of workshops and symposia.  In 2013, we published an e-supplement on the Dental Materials workshop held in December 2012 in London England.  This Advances Issue was guest edited by IADR past-president Dr. Dianne Rekow and was published in November, 2013 (Rekow et al., 2013).  The lead article on future innovation and research in dental restorative materials in the ADR showcased the supplement that included 7 valuable manuscripts that provide timely information on the e-Supplement.  Dr. Rekow also promoted the ADR in an editorial in the main December 2013 issue of the JDR.  Two more ADR e-supplements are planned for 2014 to be edited by Drs. Stephen Challacombe from King’s College London (on the Mouth and AIDS) and Frank Scannapieco from the University at Buffalo (on the 50th Anniversary of the Oral Biology Program at Buffalo).

4.    Supplements on Clinical Research.  We have now published 3 supplemental issues on clinical research, a growing area of potential impact for the journal.  We published issues in July, 2012 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/91/7_suppl.toc), July, 2013 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/7_suppl.toc) and most recently a special supplement on implant dentistry in December, 2013 (http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/92/12_suppl.toc), co-edited by Tord Berglundh from Gothenburg University Sweden (Berglundh and Giannobile, 2013). This latest supplement should be of value to the implant dentistry community with original research articles of human clinical trials, systematic reviews and other clinical investigations

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5.    Special Issues in the Journal.    We plan to offer an opportunity to present new information through special issues on focus areas in the field of craniofacial, oral and dental research.  We will have a special issue on Novel Biomaterials and Technologies for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, launch in 2014 (please look for upcoming call for papers!). Associate Editor, Jack Ferracane, and a leader in dental biomaterials developed this concept.  We believe this special issue can draw in and showcase excellent topics in this dynamic field, one that has an important audience in the JDR. This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art in dental, oral and craniofacial biomaterials, as well as the current and future strategies for developing novel materials for enhanced oral health care.   The issue will be of interest to biomaterials scientists, dental researchers and practitioners. The special issue, will provide several in depth reviews of some of the most promising directions for new materials, framed around providing a historical setting of what we already know, and the individual articles will be original research on novel approaches.  We expect that the special issue will be well read by the materials and bioengineering communities.

6.    Continuing to advance the measures of “impact” of our research.  The use of impact factor is becoming more limited due to a variety of environmental factors.  Given the increasing impacts of the value of access to research by a variety of communities (in the form of article downloads, page views, social media, news media contacts, other measures) may be as good or possibly even more comprehensive than the existing metric of impact factor.  Below, find an example of the newly launched article metrics (Altmetrics) that provides detailed information on our research.  This was made available in a beta version to the JDR in September, 2013.  Below see a manuscript (Angelova Volponi et al., 2013) published in April that is the most read article in the JDR for the period of November 2012-October 2013:

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I thank the readership, our authors, reviewers and editorial board as we continue to strive to grow the journal while maintaining our journal’s excellent tradition that has served the JDR in our nearly 95 years of existence.  I value the input from each of you to maintain the high stature of the JDR.

Yours respectfully,

William V. Giannobile
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Dental Research

 References

Angelova Volponi A, Kawasaki M, Sharpe PT (2013). Adult human gingival epithelial cells as a source for whole-tooth bioengineering. J Dent Res 92(4):329-334.

Berglundh T, Giannobile WV (2013). Investigational Clinical Research in Implant Dentistry: Beyond Observational and Descriptive Studies. J Dent Res 92:107S-108S.

Rekow ED, Fox CH, Petersen PE, Watson T (2013). Innovations in materials for direct restorations: why do we need innovations? Why is it so hard to capitalize on them? J Dent Res 92(11):945-947.

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JDR Associate Editor recognized at Annual Meeting of Japanese Periodontology Society

Dr. Martin Taubman, Associate Editor of the JDR,  was recognized at the recent Annual Meeting of the Japanese Periodontology Society (JPS) as an honorary member of the society. Here Dr. Taubman was presented with a plaque from the Chairman of the JPS, Dr. Hiromasa Yoshie, who was Dr. Taubman's first post-doc student. Many of Dr. Taubman's former post-doc students were in attendance, speaking to how impactful his mentoring has been.

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Call for papers for Special Issue in JDR on Clinical Research!

The Journal of Dental Research is very happy to announce the publication of our fourth supplement encompassing all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences. This peer-reviewed supplement will bring emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community.

This special issue will focus on addressing the need in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences for a place unique to publish the highest quality research articles on clinical and translational research including, but not limited to behavioral sciences, epidemiology, cariology, oral & pharyngeal cancer, disease diagnostics, evidence based health care delivery, human genetics, health services research, periodontal diseases, and oral medicine, radiology and pathology.  In particular, human clinical trials, and large epidemiological studies in the oral health sciences will be given highest priority for publication.

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.Manuscript should adhere to the following guidelines: a limit of 2,700 words (including introduction, materials, methods, results, discussion; excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends and references); 4 total figures or tables; 30 references; and must contain a 250 word abstract. Additional information regarding requirements and formatting of manuscripts can be found at http://www.iadr.org/files/public/JDRInstructionstoAuthors.pdf.

Papers should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jdrno later than January 12, 2014 to be given full consideration.  Papers after this date will be considered for publication in the regular issue of the Journal. Please include in your cover letter that your paper is being submitted for publication consideration in the JDR special issue on Clinical Research.

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