Instructions for authors

Médicine Buccale Chirurgie Buccale (MBCB) is the official journal of the French Society of Oral Surgery (SFCO). The journal publishes quarterly issues. MBCB publishes original scientific and clinical articles in the areas of oral medicine and oral surgery. The journal accepts submissions and publishes the articles after acceptation either in French language or in English language. Editors will favor original articles and educational items. Clinical cases must be original and develop outstanding aspects little or not documented by confronting them to the literature.

Authors are requested to respect the rules of substance and form set out in the instructions to authors and to use the dedicated online submission system.

MBCB is approved by the International Commitee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

MBCB is indexed in international scientific databases Scopus and Copernicus.

Publishing rules

  • All manuscripts sent to MBCB are subjected to at least to two anonymous reviewers selected by the Editor in Chief for their expertise in the subject field. However, the authors should suggest two names of reviewers when submitting their electronic contact details. The Editor in Chief has no obligation to follow these suggestions.
  • All manuscripts sent to MBCB not complying with the instructions for authors can be returned directly to the author of correspondence without being subjected to reviewers.
  • Approval of the reviewers and the Editor in Chief, after possible modifications, is required for the publication of the article. An accepted article may give rise to a Comment comissionend by the Editor in Chief. This comment will be submitted to the principal author before publication. The author has the choice to submit a reply to this comment to the journal.
  • In any case submitted manuscripts can have been published previously or submitted simultaneously to another journal.
  • Submission of a manuscript implies the tacit or explicit agreement of all authors and that of the regulatory authorities they claim.
  • The first author is considered the main author, the last one having framed as the work and the author of correspondence like having supervised. All other signatories must have contributed directly to work.
  • If accepted, the manuscript cannot be published in French or in any other language without the written consent of the author. Adaptations or reproductions have to comply with the CC-BY 4.0 license. Minor editorial changes can be made by the publisher. A proof final will anyway be signed by the corresponding author prior to publication.
  • Any new manuscript is systematically checked, in order to identify plagiarism. Authors are required to submit articles containing no text reproduced from other sources. In case of plagiarism, the submission process is immediately stopped and the publisher reserves the right to initiate the procedures for this purpose.
  • If however excerpts from other works or copyrighted materials are included in the manuscript, authors must provide written permission from the copyright holders and cite their sources.
  • The iconography of patients can only be published, if written consent from the patient exists, which may be claimed by the publisher. Devices for limiting the potential patient identification may be required but they can in no case exempt a written authorization. The responsibility of the authors may be initiated in this regard. The editor, in the absence of written consent, will refuse any publication.
  • Manuscripts submitted must comply with laws and ethical, biomedical current experimentation recommendations. The authorization number for a study must be included in the manuscript. Patient anonymity must be respected. Otherwise, the editor will refuse any publication.
  • MBCB follows international practices relating to conflicts of interest in connection with the submitted publications. The absence or presence of a conflict of interest must be specified at the end of the manuscript.

Topics

  • The original article can publish the results of clinical or experimental research. It should be structured according to the IMRAD map: Introduction, Material (or Patients) and Methods, Results and Discussion. Conclusion and references come to close the manuscript. It must comply with the following characteristics: 1,500 to 5,000 words; 30 references to the maximum; 12 figures at most; 5 tables maximum; Two abstracts: one in French and one in English; 3 key words in French and English. The sections “Material (or patients) and methods”; and “Results” must be written in the past tense or past simple as everything related to the experience of other authors in the introduction or in the discussion. The use of this term is limited to general data and well established in the introduction, discussion and conclusion. The use of the future is limited to the expression of perspectives in the discussion or conclusion.
    • The Introduction describes the current state of knowledge, justification and labor interest and purpose. It contains the question posed by the work.
    • The Material (or patients) and Methods expose precisely the study protocol, the primary and secondary objectives where appropriate, criteria for judgment and employed statistical analysis. Explicit figures are highly desirable. For the statistical analysis, the values must be expressed as the mean with standard deviation (SD) or the average error (SEM: standard error of the mean) or odds ratio with confidence interval. The nature of the statistical test must be specified and the significance level of p value.
    • The Results section presents objectively without comment stated results. Tables, figures and graphics are highly recommended. It is unnecessary to repeat in the text the numerical values provided in the tables and graphs.
    • The Discussion section comments results and compares them with the literature. It always begins with the answer to the question posed in the introduction. Interpretation of results should not only be based on statistical differences and correlations, it must also assess the medical significance of these differences and correlations. The discussion also aims to criticize the study, to give the biases and limitations objectively. The length of the discussion should not exceed half of the article (abstracts and references excluded).
    • The Conclusion highlights the main facts provided by the work and issues. It concludes with prospects.
  • The case report with review of the literature reports a case or a series of original and well documented clinical cases of clinical interest or particular teaching. It should be structured under the following headings: Introduction, Observation and Commentary. Conclusion and references come close the manuscript. The observation section must be written in the past tense or past simple as everything related to the experience of other authors in the introduction or in the commentary. The use of this term is limited to general data and well established in the introduction, commentary and conclusion. The use of the future is limited to the expression of prospects in the commentary or the conclusion. It must comply with the following characteristics: 500 to 1500 words; 20 references to the maximum; 6 photographs maximum; 4 tables at most; Two abstracts: one in French and one in English; 3 key words in French and English.
    • The introduction is short and clear at the outset of interest or presented case (s).
    • The observation is limited to the significant facts and must be shown by clinical views and additional tests.
    • The commentary must be based on a review of the literature conducted well by comparing the observed facts with those reported in the literature.
    • The conclusion highlights the contributions of the reported case (s) and eventually emerges prospects.
  • Short clinical cases comprise only observation and commentary sections. The observation section must be written in the past tense or past tense easy as everything related to the experience of other authors in the comment. The use of this term is limited to general data and well established in the comment. It must comply with the following characteristics, 500-1000 words, two abstracts: one in French and one in English, 2 figures and a maximum 5 references maximum.
  • The educational section includes 3 distinct parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. It must be conceived as a publication of training for students, residents or practitioners. Topics covered in this article should be focused on the diagnosis and therapy in oral medicine and oral surgery, especially decision-making strategies, how to behave in a particular situation, the recommendations and the results of consensus conferences, evaluation reports. It must comply with the following characteristics: 2000 to 5000 words, 50 references maximum two abstracts, one in French and one in English and 3 keywords in English and French.
    • The introduction should include learning objectives clearly identified.
    • The body of the article must be based on clearly defined part depending on the subject.
    • The tables, diagrams, figures and graphics are welcome to illustrate it.
    • A conclusion recalling the messages to remember closes this type of article.
  • The technical note includes four distinct parts: introduction, technical commentary, conclusion. It relates to the use of new technologies, changes or complications in usual techniques, methods and means of action and investigation in diagnostic and therapeutic areas in the field of oral medicine and oral chirrugie. It comprises two parts, the technical note and a comment. Section technical note must be written in the past tense or past simple as everything related to the experience of other authors in the comment. The use of this term is limited to general data and well established in the comment. It must respect the following, from 1000 to 2000 words, two abstracts, one in French and one in English, 2 or 3 figures, 1-2 tables and 15 references maximum.
  • The letter to the editor regarding topical texts in the field of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery or personal experience on a recently published article. It is subject to approval by the editor. The views expressed are personal and not those of the authors. It must comply with the following characteristics: 250 to 500 words, 5 references and illustration 1 maximum. 2 or 3 references may be included. No abstract is required.
  • The editorial follows a free plan. It is the product of a single author. It was asked by the Editor in Chief on a specific and usually current topic and subject to its approval. The views expressed are personal and commit only the author. It must meet the following specifications, 500 to 1500 words, 2 or 3 figures, charts, tables and graphs can illustrate the future. 3 or 4 references maximum may be included. No abstract is required.
  • General review highlights key facts provided by the work and issues on a theme within the field of oral medicine and oral surgery. It must be systematic and elaborated with a literature research strategy which is explained in the section Materials and Methods. It must respect the following plan: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion. It concludes with prospects. This type of publication is limited to recent acquisitions. This type of article can be either asked by the Editor in Chief, either spontaneously proposed by one or more authors to the editor. This type of article follows the submission process and conventional acceptance. It must comply with the following characteristics: 3000 to 8000 words; 50 references to the maximum; 5 maximum figures; 4 tables at most; Two abstracts: one in French and one in English; 3 key words in French and English.
  • The brief communication is a quick publication of important results or a major fact before writing a more complete story that it must not replace. The plan includes three distinct parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. It is written in the past tense or past simple; the use of this term is limited to general and well-established data. It must comply with the following characteristics: 250 to 500 words; 5 references maximum; 3 figures to the maximum; English summary; 3 key words in French and English.

Presentation of manuscripts

General presentation

  • The text is typed in Time New Roman font 12 double-spaced on A4 paper with high margins and low side of 2.5 cm.
  • The manuscript consists of a title page, summaries in French and English and key words in French and English (except for the editorial and the letter to the editor), the body of the article, references, illustrations and legends.
  • The page numbering begins with the title page.

Title page

It includes:

  • The French title without abbreviations, 120 characters or spaces to the maximum.
  • The title in English following the same rules.
  • The full names of the authors in small letters with asterisks in case of different affiliations.
  • The authors' affiliations (organization (s), town (s), country) corresponding to asterisks.
  • The name and address of the corresponding author (and necessarily his email address).

Abstract

  • The French and English abstracts of an original article should be structured as follows: Introduction, Materials or Patients and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion. These summaries include 250 words.
  • The French and English abstracts of a case report with review of the literature should be structured as follows: Introduction, Observation (s) Commentaries, and Conclusion. These abstracts include 250 words.
  • The French and English abstracts of a short case report should be structured as follows: Introduction, Observation (s) Commentaries, and Conclusion. These abstracts include 250 words.
  • The French and English abstracts of a literature review should be structured as follows: Introduction, Materials or Patients and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion. These abstracts include 500 words.
  • The French and English abstracts of an educational section must be structured as follows: Introduction, Corpus, and Conclusion. These abstracts include 500 words.
  • The French and English abstracts of a technical note should be structured as follows: Introduction, Media, Comments, Conclusion. These abstracts include 250 words
  • The French and English abstracts of a short case report should be structured as follows: Observation, Comments, and Conclusion. These abstracts include 100 words.
    • The French or English abstract of a brief communication (when wrotten in English or in French respectively) contains 100 words under the following headings: introduction, body, and conclusion.

Keywords

  • 3 key words in French and English to be included in the official list of bilingual MESH accessed via the Internet: http // www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.mesh
Text of article

  • An editorial in short sentences is desirable for a better understanding.
  • The names of patients and hospital names or places of care should not be cited in the text.
  • The first person (I think we think ...) and possessive (our patient ...) are not allowed except in an editorial or in a letter to the editor.
  • When names of multiple authors are cited in the text, only the name of the first author followed by "et al. " should be mentioned.

Abbreviations, units, trade names

  • Abbreviations should be avoided wherever possible. Nevertheless, at first use, they must be previously defined in full words; eg: temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
  • Only international system of units must be used.
  • Drugs, reagents or materials must be defined by their international common name followed by trade name in brackets, accompanied by ® in superscript: example: amoxicillin 500 mg (Clamoxyl 500®).
  • When material or reagents are used in a study, the model or types should appear in the Material and Methods section followed by the name, city and country of the manufacturer in brackets.

Aknowledgments

  • Acknowledgments should appear at end of article after conclusion and before the references. Persons cited must be informed and have given their agreement.

Conflict of interest

  • A declaration of conflict of interest or lack of conflict of interest must be produced. It appears before the references. All authors must disclose all relationships that can be considered as a potential interest related to the manuscript. These links or absences of links will be registered during the online submission process in a dedicated section.

References

  • In the text, the references are called by a number in brackets [ ] in order of appearance before the end of the sentence punctuation.
  • All references cited in the references section should be included in the text and vice versa.
  • In case of multiple references, the numbers are separated by a comma or a hyphen if they are consecutive; [3,6] means references 3 and 6, [3-6] means references 3 to 6.
  • At the end of the article, they are classified in the "references" in order of appearance in the text (not alphabetically).
  • No reference may be used in the title, abstract, or the results section.
  • The number of references allowed is depending on the type of item (see dedicated section).
  • Only references easily accessible in Pubmed bases or ISI web of knowledge are allowed.
  • Each reference shall be in Vancouver standard. The reference of an article contains the name of each author followed by the (the) initial (s) of his (her) name (s) to a maximum of 6 authors (above, add "et al.") followed by the title of the article in its original language, the name of the journal abbreviated according to Index Medicus/PubMed, the year of publication, volume (without further mention) and finally meaningful numbers of the first and the last pages of the article separated by a hyphen (eg :111-9 and not 111-119).
  • For a text book or a book chapter, it is appropriate to also include the full title of the book, the chapter title, the publisher and the publishing city.
  • For an electronic reference, it is appropriate to well specify the date on which it was consulted.
  • Example for a journal article: White CES, Dolwick MF, Gravenstein N, Paulus DA, JF Rosenberg, Marx RE et al. Incidence of oxygen desaturation During oral surgery outpatient procedures. J Oral Surg Maxillofac 1989; 47-9.
  • Example for a text from a book: Neville BW, Damm DD, Allen CM, I Bouquot. Oral and maxillofacial pathology. 3rd ed. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier 2009 pp 99-100.
  • Example for a book chapter: Lesclous P, S Abi Najm, Samson J. Support in oral surgery patients before, during and after treatment with bisphosphonates. In Handbook of Oral Surgery Perrin D, Ahossi V Larras P, A Lafon, Gerard E. 1st ed. Coll. JPIO. Rueil Malmaison: COP 2012 pp 447-62.
  • Example for an electronic reference: K. Patrias Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors and publishers [internet]. 2nd ed. Wending D, technical editor. Bethesda (MD): National library of Medicine (US), 2007. http: //www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine (updated 2011; Consulted 15 march 2013).

Tables and Figures

  • Tables, graphs, diagrams and figures are presented on separate sheets and numbered in the order of reference to the text.
  • In the text, they are referred to by numbers in brackets () according to their order of appearance. Example (Fig. 1) or (Table 1).
  • Each should have a title (50 characters) and a legend in French and English (50 words maximum).
  • The legend must specify the abbreviations used, the technique used, the magnification levels of statistical significance.
  • A scale must be provided for histological figures.
  • Titles and descriptions in French and in English must be submitted on a separate sheet.
  • The units must be listed in the column heading and / or lines for tables, and on the axis in the graphs.
  • Tables, graphs or diagrams should not exceed an initial type A4 format with margins of 2 cm.
  • Table of footnotes should be placed under the body of the table, in French and in English, indicated by a small letter in superscript.
  • Figures should be provided in JPEG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Manuscript submission

The submission of the article has to be carried out at http://www.editorialmanager.com/mbcb.

The authors shall connect to their own Login. If they don’t have yet their own login, they shall go to “Register now”.

The corresponding author will have to reply to a number of questions regarding different aspects of his manuscript, prior to the possibility to upload it. Only Word format is allowed for upload. PDF format is banned.

The corresponding author is invited to prepare a cover letter containing all the information about Title, authors, author affiliations, a short and informative description of the manuscript, as well as the e-mail address of the corresponding author. This cover letter is mandatory.

The type of document (text, tables, figures, conflict of interest) has to be chosen in a scroll down menu before being able to upload the corresponding files. The text file of the manuscript shall have removed all author identifications, thereby guaranteeing anonymous double blind peer reviewing.

The PDF file of the declaration of conflict of interest filled out and scanned for every co-author must also be uploaded at this stage of the submission process.

This is described again at each stage of the submission process on the website: http://www.editorialmanager.com/mbcb.

A tutorial for authors is available in English language on the homepage of the website http://www.editorialmanager.com/mbcb describing these different steps of the article submission, accompanied by screen shots.