Guidelines for Authors

Dental Update is read by general and specialist practitioners, hospital dentists, and an increasing number of dental students and hygienists. The principal aim of the journal is to offer the general dental practitioner (and specialists in other sub-disciplines of dentistry) a source of continuing education and forum for discussion.

Preparation of manuscripts



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CPD Questions

On acceptance, author(s) will be approached to provide a couple of multiple choice questions and answers on the content of their paper. This may be included in the CPD section, which provides an opportunity for readers to test their knowledge on the content of a particular article (see example below):

Abrasives in toothpaste include:

A. Calcium carbonate.
B. Fluoride.
C. Soot.
D. Tricalcium phosphate.

Answers: A.

Manuscripts on Compact Discs

Dental Update encourages authors to supply their manuscripts on CD , USB stick or by email. Microsoft Word is the best format for submitting documents. Page numbers should be included in the document; typing should start at column 1 and be double-spaced, with an unjustified right-hand margin.


Authors are asked to submit a photograph of the lead author with their article.
We cannot accept pictures downloaded from the internet, screenshots or pictures embedded in Word documents. All images must be of high resolution (300 dpi), in tiff or jpeg format only, and preferably supplied separately on a CD/USB stick. Poor quality images will not be used and new ones will need to be re-submitted.

Line Drawings

Original line drawings should be provided and can be submitted on CD (see above). Inadequate diagrams and other line drawings will be redrawn. Drawings should be clear and explicit, with values and other notations marked clearly. Please define all abbreviations.


Proofs are supplied solely for checking literal errors and making essential corrections, not for general revision or alteration.

Offprints and Reprints

We send a PDF of the published article to each author to download as many copies as they wish.

Editorial policies

Conflict of interest statement

The corresponding author is required to declare upon submission whether they or their co-authors have any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, that might compromise the perception of the authors as impartial, or would embarrass the journal if they were to come to light after publication and had not been declared. Such financial interests might include commercial or other sources of funding for the author(s) or associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition.

A declaration of conflict of interest should be included with the manuscript on submission. If there is no conflict of interest to declare, this should be stated. If your manuscript is published, this information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Referees are similarly requested to decline to review a manuscript if they have a potential or declared conflict.

Informed consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions or photographs unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

Human and animal research

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Commissioning Terms

It is the author's responsibility to ensure that these instructions have been followed. Manuscripts which do not adhere to these instructions will be returned, inevitably delaying publication.

All correspondence should be addressed to: The Editor, Dental Update, George Warman Publications (UK) Ltd, Unit 2 Riverview Business Park, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4UX.

Telephone: 01483 304944; Fax: 01483 303191 or email: