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JADA updates submission requirements

The Journal of the American Dental Association is making some changes aimed at bringing The Journal even more in line with the other top scientific publications in health care.

"JADA's editors have always taken pride in The Journal's status as the ADA's flagship publication, and our goal is to ensure that manuscripts submitted to JADA meet the highest scientific standards," said Dr. Michael Glick, JADA editor. "These new requirements will help keep JADA readers up to date on clinical developments in the field, in a way that reflects the best of scientific publishing."

Starting June 1, authors submitting manuscripts to JADA will have to meet the following requirements:

• Each author must provide a statement of responsibility detailing what he or she contributed to the manuscript.

• Authors of articles about clinical trials must adhere to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials statement (www.consort-statement.org/consort-statement/overview0/).

• Authors of articles about clinical trials that began enrollment of participants on or after March 1 this year must register the trials publicly before any participants are enrolled in the study. Trials that began enrollment before March 1 also must be registered, but registering trials after enrollment of participants has begun is acceptable. Clinical trials need not be registered on any specific website; a list of registries acceptable to JADA is available on the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors website at www.icmje.org/faq_clinical.html.

• Authors of manuscripts about clinical trials must use intention-to-treat analysis.

• Authors of systematic reviews must adhere to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses, available at www.prisma-statement.org/statement.htm.

• Authors must ensure that their articles describe practical implications of their findings; in other words, they must answer 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.

Further information is available online in JADA's guidelines for authors at ADA.org/995.aspx.

Editor's note: Ms. Maxwell is the editorial director of The Journal of the American Dental Association.