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All authors submitting papers to the Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology are encouraged to become members of the International Academy of Periodontology. Academy membership includes an individual subscription to the Journal and can be obtained by completing the registration form at



Manuscripts for publication and all correspondence should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Mark R. Patters, Editor, Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology, e-mail:

Electronic submissions (required) written entirely in Microsoft Word (PC or Mac) will be accepted at the above e-mail address. All submissions must be written in English and will be subject to peer and editorial review.

Articles for publication will be considered under the following headings: original research, clinical case reports and review articles relevant to all aspects of periodontology and implantology. Articles must be original and may not be pending consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere, with the exception of presentation at a scientific meeting and publication as an abstract. A signed statement to this effect should be included with the submission of the manuscript. Research that involves studies on humans must conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and the authors must indicate that appropriate informed consent was obtained.

Research Reports

State the problem and objectives clearly, describe the methods and materials in detail, report the results clearly using the minimum number of figures and tables; and, bearing in mind previously published work, discuss the results, the conclusions, and the clinical implications.

Clinical Case Reports

Discuss a clinical challenge; describe the treatment method and discuss the results in light of previously published methods of treatment of individual patients.

Literature Reviews

Record the sequence of development of a particular aspect of periodontology in detail, as briefly and succinctly as possible. The review should cover the topic completely and be thoroughly referenced. At least one contributing author of a review must have personal experience with relevant research.

Letters to the Editor

Letters may address relevant matters of concern to the membership of the International Academy of Periodontology or offer constructive criticism of articles published by JIAP. Letters must be concise and signed. If the letter comments on a published article, it should contain appropriate references. The letter will be referred to the author(s) of the original work so that they will have an opportunity to respond.


Editorials may be solicited from authorities to provide a unique perspective on published articles, or to comment on other items of interest to the membership.

Copyright Statement

A copyright transfer statement will accompany the galley proofs of accepted, typeset manuscripts. The form must be signed by at least one of the authors and returned with the corrected proofs.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word (PC or Mac), double-spaced and set to A4 or 8.5 x 11 inch paper, with at least 25 millimeter (1 inch) margins on all four sides. Articles generally should not exceed 10-12 pages (excluding references, tables, figure legends and figures) and should be limited to no more than six authors. Additional contributing authors will be listed as an addendum to the manuscript. Abbreviations should be placed in parenthesis after the first complete use of the term(s) to be abbreviated. Use generic names for drugs and for dental materials. Give trade names and manufacturers’ names and addresses in parentheses within the text.

Title Page

Should include for each author the full name and institutional affiliations. The corresponding author should also include a street address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. Only individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the work and who agree to take public responsibility for the content of the work should be included. If the work was supported by a grant, the name of the supporting organization and the grant number should appear on the title page. The address for reprint requests will be assumed to that of the corresponding author unless otherwise specified.

Abstract and Key Words

Abstracts are required for all articles, and should be limited to 250 words typed double-spaced on a separate page. The abstract should serve as a concise summary of the manuscript, including objective, methods, results and conclusions. Abbreviations should not be used in the abstract. Please provide three to six key words (Dental Descriptors, Index to Dental Literature and/or Index Medicus) to be used for indexing purposes.


The body of the manuscript should contain an Introduction, a detailed statement of the Materials and Methods, a description in logical sequence of Results, and a Discussion section with Conclusions.

Acknowledgements and Conflict of Interest

Include acknowledgment of those individuals who contributed to the publication, source of financial support, and any financial relationships of any of the authors that may pose a perceived conflict of interest.


Authors are advised to read the following requirements for the reference format, as the Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology does not use the reference format of other popular journals of periodontology.

In the text the author's (authors') name(s) and date of publication should be used as either: "in a similar study (Anderson and Morgan, 1992)", or "Conversely, Blinkhorn (1994) found that." If there are more than two authors, the first author and year are cited in the text; for example, "(Spencer et al., 1995)". Citation of authors of more than one paper in a single year is shown as 1995a; 1995b; etc. Multiple references in the text should appear in chronological order separated by semicolons. Authors of unreferenced work should appear in the text only.

The list of references at the end of the text should be double-spaced, unnumbered and arranged alphabetically by name of first author. All authors should be listed unless there are more than six, whereas only the first three should be given followed by et al. The word ‘and’ should be used before the last author of papers with multiple authors. No comma is used between the last name and initials and no period is used in the initials of the authors. The authors should be followed by the title of the article, the full name of the journal (in italics); the year of publication followed by a semicolon and a space; the volume number (in bold) followed by a colon; and the complete first and last page numbers. Please follow the punctuation used in the examples below. Papers submitted with an incorrectly formatted reference list will be held without review until a corrected reference list is provided.


Reference to an article: Shiloah J, Patters MR and Waring MB. The prevalence of pathogenic periodontal microflora in healthy young adult smokers. Journal of Periodontology 2000; 71:562-567.

Reference to an book: Schuster GS. Oral Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: B. C. Decker, 1990; 516-522.

Reference to a chapter in a book: Chesney J, Patters MR and Budreau-Patters A. Oral Infections. In Long S, Prober C and Pickering L. (Eds): Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Disease. New York. John Wiley and Sons, 1996.

Reference to a dissertation or thesis: James A. On the immune response to GTR membranes in periodontics. PhD, Liverpool, UK. 1994; 15-25.

Reference to a report: Committee on Mercury Hazards in Dentistry. Code of Practice for Dental Mercury Hygiene. London: Department of Health and Social Security, 1979; Publication No. DHSS 79-F372.

Reference to an abstract: Patters MR, Shiloah J, Dean JW, Bland P and Toledo G. The consequence of infection of treated periodontal pockets by microbial pathogens. Journal of Dental Research 1997; 76 (special issue), 111 (Abst).


Each table must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper, double-spaced throughout, including column heads, footnotes, and data. They should be numbered with arabic numerals according to their order of mention in the text. Tables should be self-explanatory and supplement, not duplicate the text. All footnotes should immediately follow the table, and all abbreviations should be defined in the footnote.


Illustrations should be numbered with arabic numerals in order of their mention in the text. They may be submitted in color or black and white. In general, the Editor will require that clinical photographs and stained histologic specimens be submitted and published in color. Figures should be submitted electronically in jpeg format as separate files and not pasted into the Microsoft Word document.

Figure Legends

All illustrations should be listed by legend on a separate page, double-spaced, and numbered to correspond with the numbering in the text.


Direct quotations, tables, and illustrations that have appeared in copyright material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and the original author, along with complete information as to the source. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by signed releases showing informed consent. If an illustration is taken from previously published material, the legend must give full credit to the original source.

Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editor(s) or publisher, and the Editor(s) and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material. Authors must disclose to the Editor any financial interest they may have in products mentioned in their article.

The Journal will endeavor to provide a decision to the authors within 16 weeks of arrival of a properly formatted paper at the editorial office. Again, authors should read and follow the reference format required by the Journal. Manuscripts submitted for review that do not follow these instructions may be delayed until corrected or returned without review.

Membership and Subscriptions

Questions regarding membership in IAP or a subscription to the Journal should be addressed to the IAP Business Office in Boston by contacting Alecha Pantaleon at

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