Readers of this journal have come to expect research and clinical findings presented in a way that allows them to apply the research or technique to everyday practice. Technique and treatment planning details are balanced by scientific protocol and industry benchmarks.

Scope of General Dentistry
With a readership of more than 35,000 dentists, General Dentistry seeks to publish technique papers, case reports, literature reviews, and original research containing insights and information that are applicable to everyday practice. The journal content mirrors the scope of general dental practice, covering topics ranging from anesthesiology to dental materials, esthetics to oral medicine, implants to prosthodontics and beyond.

Technique papers…
Should be clear, concise, and thorough descriptions of a clinical or laboratory procedure and cite references that recognize contributions of others or clarify information. Manuscripts that feature information about specialized or improved techniques or treatments should be supported by the documented experience but need not relate specifically to individual cases.

Case reports…
Should demonstrate a comprehensive treatment plan and indicate why one course of action was chosen in lieu of others. The manuscript should document and illustrate results and include general practice applications.

Literature reviews…
Should explain why the topic is relevant to the practice of general dentistry, describe the literature search process, synthesize the information found, and provide a critical analysis of the quantity and quality of the available evidence related to the subject under discussion.

General Dentistry accepts submission of systematic literature reviews. General Dentistry does not accept submission of meta-analyses. Manuscripts of meta-analytic studies will be unsubmitted from the system.

Research reports and clinical or laboratory investigations…
Should reflect a practical application to general dentistry and the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease or abnormalities. The manuscript should document the purpose, methods, controls, and results of the investigation and include a discussion of relevant literature.

General Dentistry is peer reviewed; the review process may take up to 4 months. To ensure that your manuscript moves through the review process as quickly as possible, please follow the steps below when preparing your submission.


Preparing your manuscript

All manuscripts must be written in English and prepared as Microsoft Word documents. Manuscripts prepared in incompatible word processing software will not be reviewed. Manuscript pages should have 1-inch margins and must be numbered consecutively throughout the document. Manuscripts should be approximately 10 double-spaced pages (roughly 3000 words), not including the cover page, acknowledgments, and figure captions. Manuscripts and corresponding materials should be submitted to

Each manuscript submission should contain the following:

  • Cover page file
  • Article file (with abstract, body of text, and references)
  • Acknowledgments file, if any
  • Graphics files, if any
  • Figure captions file, if any
  • Copyright Release Form
  • Disclosure statement, if any

Please do not include author names or identifying information in the article file; instead, provide this information in the cover page, as a separate file.

Manuscript Submission Checklist to guide you through the process is available.

Cover page file
Each manuscript submission should include a cover page file that is separate from the manuscript file. The cover page must contain the title of the article, and names, academic degrees, and current professional affiliations of all authors. Previous affiliations and degree-granting institutions should not be listed unless the research in the manuscript was carried out in completion of a degree. For authors in private practice, affiliation should include city and state or country of practice. For institutionally affiliated authors, affiliation should include professional title, department (if any), institution name, city, and state or country. All authors should be listed on the cover page. No authors can be added after submission.

The cover page should also identify the corresponding author and list that author’s email address and complete mailing address.

INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS: The email domain is frequently blocked by internet service providers outside the United States and Canada (particularly To ensure timely and effective communication, we request that authors with such email addresses create an address from providers such as or

Article file

  • Abstract: The abstract should be no more than 250 words and must contain the article’s objective and/or background, design and methods, primary results, and principal conclusions. The abstract should include the stated hypothesis, if any. The abstract should not cite references or include proprietary or manufacturers’ names.
  • Body of text: The body of the article should follow this basic order: Abstract, Key words (if any; no more than 5 terms), Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion (or Summary). Manuscripts should be a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 6000 words. Not including the cover page, acknowledgments, and captions, a length of approximately 3000 words is typical.
  • References:
    • Literature citations must be cited in the text accurately and numerically and should be listed on the last page of the article file, in order of appearance in the text. Literature references should be no more than 5 years old, unless used in a historical context. Self-citations must not exceed 10% of the manuscript’s total references. This includes any coauthored articles in the reference list. Excessive self-citation may be grounds for rejection.
      General Dentistry follows the most recent edition of the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style for references.
    • Sample journal reference: Redmond EB. Shear bond strength of next-generation resin cements. Gen Dent. 2015;63(6):94-105.
    • Sample book reference: Becker IM. Occlusal equilibration and the diagnostic workup. In: Becker IM, ed. Comprehensive Occlusal Concepts in Clinical Practice. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011:215-258.
    • For more information, please see the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.
    • Every manuscript must offer unique ideas presented in the author’s own words. Unattributed use of phrases and sentences from previously published works (including works by the author[s] of the submission) constitutes plagiarism and is grounds for immediate rejection of a manuscript. Upon submission to General Dentistry, manuscripts may be screened with iThenticate plagiarism detection software.
  • Product mentions: At the first mention of a brand name of a product, the name of the product’s manufacturer should be listed, enclosed in parentheses.

Acknowledgments file, if any
Acknowledgments should be submitted in a separate file.

Graphics files, if any
A maximum of 10 graphics (including figures, charts, and/or graphs) and tables may be submitted. Please note we do not count compound images composed of multiple images as 1 graphic. Both graphics and tables must be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they are cited in the text. We reserve the right to remove graphics from the article during editing, as dictated by space considerations.

Tables and charts must be organized logically, include titles (and footnotes, when needed), and clarify or add to data presented, rather than simply repeat material in the text. Data points for charts (graphs) should be specified, if the information is not included elsewhere in the text, so that the charts can be accurately reproduced by our Production Department. For example, if a bar graph shows means and standard deviations, the exact numerical value of each mean and standard deviation should be provided.

Electronic files of graphics and tables are required for publication. Tables should be provided in Microsoft Word format and not as graphic files. Product-only figures should not be included. All images must be of professional quality and sharply focused.

Each figure should be numbered (Fig 1, Fig 2, etc), not lettered, and correspond with a caption provided on the captions list. A figure captions file must be submitted for all figures. For photomicrographs, the stain used must be specified in the caption, and original magnification must be indicated unless a scale bar is included within the image. 

Written permission from the patient is required for publication of photographs that show a patient’s full face or other easily identifiable features. Permission must cover print and digital media. If such permission cannot be obtained, the photographs will have to be cropped by our Production Department to prevent identification or deleted from the article. If the patient’s permission has not already been obtained, a General Dentistry Patient Release is available here.

Figures should be submitted as separate files, not embedded in the article file or as a group in a single PDF, and should not include any numbering or identification on the actual photo, with the exception of graphics (for example, arrows or abbreviations) that further define what is being shown in the image. Such graphics must also be clearly explained in the figure caption. Unlabeled electronic versions of the images must be available upon request by the Production Department.

For best reproduction results, digital files should be in TIFF, JPEG, Postscript, or EPS formats.

Figure captions file, if any
The caption list must include captions for every graphic (including figures and charts). Each caption should be limited to approximately 20 words. The captions list must be submitted as a separate Microsoft Word document.

Copyright release form
Articles that have been published previously or submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for submission. Other materials (including tables, photographs, charts, and radiographs) that have been published previously must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a copyright release form that lists and is signed by all authors. No authors can be added after submission. The copyright release form is available here.

Disclosure statement, if any
Authors are required to disclose any financial, economic, commercial, or professional interests related to topics presented in the manuscript. The disclosure statement, if one is necessary, must be included with the manuscript submission.

If a manuscript could be perceived to have commercial overtones (for example, a study comparing various products), authors who do not have financial, economic, commercial, or professional conflict of interest should include a disclaimer to that effect.

Submitting your manuscript

Manuscripts and corresponding materials should be submitted to

Please note that if any of these items are missing, the review process will be delayed until all materials are received. If you have any questions about the manuscript submission process, please contact us at