How to Submit Articles

AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ORAL HEALTH is a quarterly publication aimed at disseminating knowledge that will enhance the practice of oral health, particularly in Africa.

The Journal will publish articles which contribute significantly to oral health research and practice on the African continent. Contributions would be welcomed from all parts of the world. It will publish:

  • Original research reports not previously published (except in the form of an abstract or preliminary report) and only when they are not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Letters relating to materials previously published in AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ORAL HEALTH or to topical issues relevant to the practice of dentistry.
  • Update articles surveying the present state of knowledge in selected fields of Dental and oral health.
  • Critical or analytical reviews in the area of theory, policy, or research in Dentistry.
  • Reviews of recently published books or group of books which would be of relevance to the improvement of oral health in Africa.
  • Short reports of scientific meetings, news items, activities and functions of the IADR and other dental associations.



Manuscripts should preferably not be more than 3000 words in length (12 typewritten A4 pages) for original research reports, update and review articles; 1000 words for letters including references. Articles should betypewritten or printed double-spaced, on one side only of A4 paper, with margin of at least 4cm on the left-hand side. The pages should be numbered consecutively on the top of each sheet. Contributed articles should be in accordance with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals. Ann Intern Med 1997; 126:36-47"). Articles should be arranged in the following order: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgement, References, Tables and Legends to Illustrations. One original copy and two copies of the manuscript should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Oral Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Hardcopy submissions should be accompanied by 3.5 inch floppy disk or CD-ROM copies in Microsoft Word or PDF format.


Title Page: The title page should contain the following information: Title of paper, Name(s), degrees, and address(es) of author(s), Name, address, telephone, fax, and email of the corresponding author, up to 5 keywords. The title must be descriptive and concise.


Structured Abstracts. A short structured abstract should introduce the article. It should not exceed 250 words and should be presented under the following subheadings: Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions (For Reviews: Objectives, Data, Sources, Study selection, Conclusions). These subheadings should appear in the text of the abstract. Please repeat the title of the article at the top of the abstract page. Do not insert references in the abstract and use the fewest possible abbreviations.


Language of contributions: will be English but, articles will carry French and Portuguese summaries.


Length of contributions: Manuscripts should preferably not be more than 3000 words in length (12 typewritten A4 pages) for original research reports, update, and review articles, 1000 words for letters including references.

Electronic Submission: This should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format with the page formatted as described above and mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For multiple authored papers, the email addresses for each author must be included or alternatively a covering letter signed by all the authors.

Refereeing Process: Review articles would at all times be published upon invitation to leading scientists in the field. Contributors of original papers will have their articles sent anonymously to at least two independent referees. Letters will be evaluated by the editors only. Articles appearing as supplements would be evaluated for publication by the editorial board. It will be a condition of acceptance of a manuscript for publication that the Editors shall have the right to edit the text to improve its clarity and to make it conform to Journal style.

Proofs: It will be the policy of the Journal to send proofs to authors in order that they may: (a) Verify that their contributions have been correctly reproduced in print (b) Approve any editorial changes made to their contributions (c) Comment on any queries noted on the proofs (d) Check, from the original sources, all quotations and bibliographic citations. Authors would be asked to approve and return proofs by email or airmail within 7 days of their receipt.

Tables should be typed on pages separate from the text with one table per sheet of paper. Each should have a caption that will explain the table without reference to the text.

Illustrations should be clearly identified. The number of the illustration in Arabic numerals, the author?s name and the top edge should be indicated on the paper. Computer ?generated charts, graphs and line drawings must be presented larger than they will appear in the journal. Where photographs of identifiable persons are used, contributors would be asked to provide signed releases showing informed consent.

Units used in manuscripts must conform to the Systeme International d?Unites (SI)

References must be in the Vancouver style. They should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. At the end of the article the full list of references should give the names and initial of all the authors unless there are more than six, in which case only the first three should be given followed by et al. The authors? names are followed by the title of the article; the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus and Index to Dental Literature; the year of publication; the volume number; and the first and last page numbers in full. Titles of books should be followed by the place of publication, the publisher and the year.

Examples of References styles:


Reference to an article.


1. Ndukwe KC, Fatusi OA, Ugboko VI. Craniocervical necrotizing fasciitis in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2002; 40(1), 64-67.


Reference to a book


5. Hollist NO. A collection of traditional Yoruba oral and dental medicaments. 1st ed pp 20-39. Ibadan: Book Builders, 2004


Reference to a book chapter


2. Guthua SW. Orofacial infections. In: Hassanali J, Nandasaba M, Guthua SW, Amwayi P. (eds). Orofacial anatomy. Pp 60-71. Nairobi: University of Nairobi Publications, 1997.


Reference to a report


4. Committee on Mercury Hazards in Dentistry. Code of practice for dental mercury hygiene. Publication no. DHSS 79-F372. London: Department of Health and Social Security, 1979.


The author is responsible for the accuracy of the reference list at the end of the article. It is a condition of acceptance of manuscripts that the work reported is solely that of the author or authors stated, and that they have not been previously published elsewhere nor under consideration by any other periodical.


Ethics Articles involving clinical research should conform to the guidelines issued in the Declaration of Helsinki where applicable (, and in general should have received ethical committee approval. An evidence of this may be requested.


Acknowledgements should be grouped in a paragraph at the end of the text and before the references. Permission and approval of the wordings must be obtained from the person thanked. Authors should also acknowledge the source of support in the form of grants etc.


Copyright This will belong to AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ORAL HEALTH upon acceptance of the manuscript. The appropriate copyright transfer form would be sent to authors when their paper has been approved for publication. Authors would be responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright holders for the reproduction of any previously published material including figures or tables.