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.
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.
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%.
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.
3. 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
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:
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.
William V. Giannobile
Journal of Dental Research
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.