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Features in selected departments in JADA include structured abstracts. Below are descriptions of the structured abstract formats for the selected JADA departments—Clinical Practice, Practice Management, Research and Trends. The headings indicated here should be included in the abstract. Authors should indicate the department for which they are submitting a manuscript and develop the abstract accordingly, with the understanding that the editors could designate the manuscript for a different department and require a revision in the abstract.

No abstract may exceed 250 words. If an abstract goes over that word count, JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts will flag it and direct the author to shorten the abstract. The word counts given in parentheses after each subhead are not requirements, merely suggestions to help keep authors within the 250-word limit. As long as an abstract in total does not exceed 250 words regardless of the length of the individual sections, it will be acceptable.

Clinical Practice: Full Article

Clinically Oriented Research

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the study.

Methods (50 words). A description of the materials (generic names of drugs and equipment should be used, unless the particular brands are crucial to the study); the methods (including the type of study design); the participants (important eligibility criteria, number and selection process).

Results (50 words). A statement of the primary results of the study; the types of analyses used should be indicated, as should levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.

Conclusions (30 words). A statement of the conclusions (the answers to the hypotheses posed at the beginning of the study). Only the conclusions that are directly supported by the evidence provided by the study should be included. Any need for further study should be indicated.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Clinical Practice: Brief Report

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the study.

Methods (30 words). A description of the materials (generic names of drugs and equipment should be used, unless the particular brands are crucial to the study); the methods (including the type of study design, if applicable); the participants (important eligibility criteria, number and selection process).

Results (30 words). A statement of the primary results of the study; the types of analyses used should be indicated, as should levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.

Conclusions (30 words). A statement of the conclusions (the answers to the hypotheses posed at the beginning of the study). Only the conclusions that are directly supported by the evidence provided by the study should be included. Any need for further study should be indicated.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Clinical Practice: Systematic Review

Background (30 words). A summary of the objective of the literature review, whether it is cause (etiology), diagnosis, prognosis, therapy or prevention.

Types of Studies Reviewed (50 words). A description of the types of studies reviewed, including identification of the criteria used to select them and the method by which these criteria were applied.

Results (75 words). A statement of the main results of the review that outlines the methods used to obtain these results and identifies the sources of variation between studies.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Clinical Practice: Case Report

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic, the disorder being discussed and the purpose of the article.

Case Description (75 words). A description of the disorder as manifested in the cases presented in the article, as well as the treatment undertaken and the expected vs. actual outcomes.Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Practice Management

Background and Overview (30-50 words). Sum up the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the article.

Conclusions (50 words). Indicate the conclusions—only those that are directly supported by the evidence provided in the article. If appropriate (that is, with studies rather than surveys), also indicate whether further study is necessary.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Research: Full Article

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the study.

Methods (50 words). A description of the materials (generic names of drugs and equipment should be used, unless the particular brands are crucial to the study); the methods (including the type of study design); the participants (important eligibility criteria, number and selection process).

Results (50 words). A statement of the primary results of the study; the types of analyses used should be indicated, as should levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.

Conclusions (30 words). A statement of the conclusions (the answers to the hypotheses posed at the beginning of the study). Only the conclusions that are directly supported by the evidence provided by the study should be included. Any need for further study should be indicated.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Research: Brief Report

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the study.

Methods (30 words). A description of the materials (generic names of drugs and equipment should be used, unless the particular brands are crucial to the study); the methods (including the type of study design, if applicable); the participants (important eligibility criteria, number and selection process).

Results (30 words). A statement of the primary results of the study; the types of analyses used should be indicated, as should levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.

Conclusions (30 words). A statement of the conclusions (the answers to the hypotheses posed at the beginning of the study). Only the conclusions that are directly supported by the evidence provided by the study should be included. Any need for further study should be indicated.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Trends: Full Article

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the study or survey.

Methods (50 words). A description of the materials, if any; the methods (including the type of study or survey design); the participants (important eligibility criteria, number and selection process).

Results (50 words). A statement of the primary results of the study or survey; the types of analyses used should be indicated, as should levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.

Conclusions (30 words). A statement of the conclusions that includes only the conclusions directly supported by the evidence provided by the study. If appropriate (that is, with studies rather than surveys), any need for further study should be identified.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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Trends: Brief Report

Background (30 words). A summary of the general topic and the purpose or hypotheses of the study or survey.

Methods (30 words). A description of the materials, if any; the methods (including the type of study or survey design); the participants (important eligibility criteria, number and selection process).

Results (30 words). A statement of the primary results of the study or survey; the types of analyses used should be indicated, as should levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals.

Conclusions (30 words). A statement of the conclusions that includes only the conclusions directly supported by the evidence provided by the study. If appropriate (that is, with studies rather than surveys), any need for further study should be identified.

Practical Implications (30 words). A description of the practical implications of the findings; in other words, an answer to the question, "What does this mean for a dentist's practice?" Where possible, authors should provide information on further resources regarding the clinical and practical implications of their articles.

Key Words (3-10 words). A list of key words highlighting the article's most important topics.
Note: JADA ScholarOne Manuscripts offers an extensive list of key words from which authors may choose.

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