Instructions to Authors

Minimun Standards for Online Submissions
  • Submitted papers should be in English Language
  • Manuscript should be submitted as a MS word Document
  • Manuscript should be prepared as per journal guidelines
  • All papers are subjected to scientific peer review.
  • All papers must be submitted online after registering as author

Standards for submission

I Title page

1.Type of the article: Original research/review/case report/ short/ communication/ Letter to Editor

2.Title: The title should be concise and reflect the entire work of the submitted manuscript

3.Running title: short caption of the main title to be provided.

4.Details of authors: All author names should be mentioned along with Affiliation of each author.

Affiliation details should include-
  • Department
  • University
  • Organization
  • City with Pin code
  • State
  • Country
  • Phone number
  • Email id

5.Details of Corresponding author: The name, affiliations, contact number and mail id of the corresponding author should be included under this section.

6.Total number of pages: Total number of pages of the manuscript to be mentioned.

7.Total number of photographs: Total number of colored and black & white photographs to be mentioned.

8.Word count: The total number of word counts for abstract and the main text has to be mentioned separately.

9.Source of funding: Mention the source of funding if any.

10.Conflict of interest: Mention if there is any conflict of interest between the authors.

11.Acknowledgements: Any individual who has helped in the present study by providing facilities, personal assistance and funding may be acknowledged.

II Covering Letter

The letter should mention in brief what is already known about this subject and what new has been added by the submitted work.

III Preparation of Manuscript

The Manuscripts should follow the IMRad format (Introduction- Method- Results and Discussion). For more information, please read ( All original research articles should be structured in the following manner.


The abstracts should be drafted in not more than 250 words.
Abstracts of original research should be structured under the following headings:

  • Background
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

The abstract of review articles, case report, commentaries etc. need not be in structured format. However, it should clearly state

  • The purpose of the work
  • Methods used
  • Key findings and major conclusion drawn from the work
  • Use of abbreviations in abstract should be avoided however if essential should be expanded at its first appearance

The author should provide 4 to 8 keywords, characterizing the scope of the paper. Keywords should be written in title case and separated by comma. Avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of').


Headings should be in title case

All botanical names should be in italics.


State the background and mention clearly the objective of the present work.

Materials and Methods

All methods used should be clearly mentioned. This will allow other researchers to reproduce your work. Correct formula used for calculation should be provided wherever required.


Results obtained in the study should be subjected to appropriate statistical methods and presented clearly. The findings should never be discussed in this section. No tables, charts and figures should be included under results. It should be included at the end of the text after references. Figures to be uploaded separately.


It should have rationale and be of relevance to the present study along with the existing literature. Discuss the lacuna in the area and to how much extent the present study has answered the research question and provide directions for further research. Please avoid repeating the Results of your studies under this section.


Give the major conclusion from the present study. This section may stand alone or be clubbed together with discussion.

IV. References

JFDS follows the Vancouver style of referencing.

a. In the Referencing

  • References within the text of the article should be represented by numbers and should be superscripted.
  • The number originally assigned to a reference should be re-used if that reference is cited again later in the text.
  • In case of multiple references, separate the numbers with a hyphen. E.g. 2-5, or commas in case of non-inclusive numbers E.g. 3, 9, 14.
  • As a general rule, reference numbers should be placed outside of full-stops and commas, and inside of colons and semicolons.

Eg. Hoppert M. Microscopic techniques in biotechnology. Weinheim:Wiley-VCH; 2003. Gillespie NC, Lewis RJ, Pearn JH, Bourke ATC, Holmes MJ, Bourke JB, et al. Ciguatera in Australia: occurrence, clinical features, pathophysiology and management. Med J Aust. 1986;145:584-90.

b. Reference List

  • References which are cited in the text should be mentioned here.
  • It should appear at the end of your text.
  • It should be arranged numerically by citation number.

c. Referencing journal articles

  • Elements of the Citation: Author(s) – Family name and initials. Title of article. Title of journal – abbreviated. Publication year, month, day (month & day only if available); volume(issue):pages E.g. 10. Halpern HD, Yadav GA, Caplan KL. Treatment of human brucellosis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. 2005 Mar 24;336(7646):701-4.

d. Referencing Books

  • Elements of the Citation: Author(s) – Family name and initials, Multiple authors separated by a comma. Title of book. Place of Publication: Publisher Name; Year of Publication. E.g. McKenna DJ, Jones K, Hughes K. Social care practice in rural communities. New York: Oxford University Press; 2000.

e. For edited books

  • Elements of the Citation: Author(s) – Family name and initials, Multiple authors separated by a comma. In name of book editors followed by a comma and editors. Title of book. Edition of book if later than 1st ed. Place of Publication: Publisher Name; Year of Publication.

    E.g. Rowlands TE, Haine LS. Acute limb ischaemia. In: Donnelly R, London NJM, editors. ABC of arterial and venous disease. 2nd ed. West Sussex. Blackwell Publishing; 2009.
V. Tables
  • Tables should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text.
  • They should be embedded in the text file after the references.
  • Place Legends for tables below the table body.
  • Avoid vertical rules and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.
  • Please note that tables embedded as Excel files within the manuscript are NOT accepted.
  • Tables in Excel should be copied and pasted into the manuscript Word file.
VI. Figures
  • Figures must be numbered and cited in the text
  • All figures should either be in JPEG, PNG or TIFF.
  • Photo resolutions should be minimum 300 dpi.
  • The figures should be uploaded separately in manuscript submission portal.
  • Histograms should be presented in a simple, two-dimensional format, with no background grid.
  • The legends of the figures should be provided in the main text after the references

VII. Overview of Production Process

Publication Fees

Article Processing Charge is applicable and Authors are required to pay only after acceptance of the manuscript for publishing. The fee contributes to the handling/ editorial/ production costs and hence is non-refundable.

  • India: INR 10000 + 18% (GST)  (i.e., 11800 INR)
  • Foreign: USD 200
  • Indian & International Authors

Kindly make NEFT/Cheque/DD payment to the below address in case you are making payment in Indian Currency(INR).


Name (Payable) to: Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences,
A/C No: 133510100011386
A/C Type: Current account,
Name of the Bank: Andhra Bank,
Branch: Madhuravoyal Branch
IFSC Code: UBINO813354
Address: Andhra Bank,
No.1, Alapakkam Main Road Maduravoyal,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu- 600116

Address: JFDS Editorial Office,
Department of Oral Pathology,
Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Maduravoya,
Chennai- 600065,
Tamil Nadu, India.


Pre-submission checklist

In order to reduce the chance of your manuscript being returned to you, please check:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration
  • Illustrations, text are not plagiarized and copyright has not been breached.
  • Author information: Have you provided details of all of your co-authors? Is the information that you have entered into Platform the same as the information on the manuscript title page?
  • Manuscript length and formatting: Have you provided your abstract in the correct format? Have you supplied any required additional information for your article type, such as key messages?
  • Tables: Have you embedded any tables into the main text? Have they been cited in the text? Have you provided appropriate table legends? Have you uploaded any lengthy tables as supplementary files for online publication?
  • Figures: Have you uploaded any figures separately from the text? Have they been supplied in an acceptable format and are they of sufficient quality? Have the files been labeled appropriately? Have the figures been cited in the text? Have you provided appropriate figure legends?
  • References: Have all of the references been cited in the text?
  • Supplementary files and appendices: Have you supplied these in an acceptable format? Have they been cited in the main text?
  • Statements: Have you included the necessary statements relating to contributorship, competing interests, data sharing and ethical approval?
  • Research reporting checklists: Have you either provided the appropriate statement for your study type, or explained why a checklist isn’t required?
  • Permissions: Have you obtained from the copyright holder to re-use any previously published material? Has the source been acknowledged?
  • Revised manuscripts: Have you supplied both a marked copy and a clean copy of your manuscript? Have you provided a point by point response to the reviewer and editor comments?

Submission Process

Dear Authors,

We welcome you to submit your Manuscript in “Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences (JFDS)”.

Kindly register yourself as "Author" with all the necessary details, if you are not registered earlier.

Confirm your registration by clicking on the Register Tab at the end of the Register Page.

Once you are registered, Kindly login with your Username and Password, and follow the Step-wise instructions to submit your manuscript.

  • Click on New Submission.
  • Tick on all the Submission Checklist points, Save & Continue.
  • Upload your file under "Browse & Upload", Save & Continue.
  • Enter Metadata by providing all the mandatory information of the manuscript, Title and Abstract etc., Save & Continue.
  • Upload a Supplementary File, if there are any with the Title, Save & Continue.
  • Confirm your submission.