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Author Guidelines


Articles should be typed in a Microsoft Word®-compatible word processor, using Times New Roman size 12, double-spaced throughout, with a margin of 3 cm on all sides of the page. Pages should be numbered in the upper right corner.

A cover letter, signed by all authors, transferring the copyright of the article to Stomatos is required In this letter, authors should declare that the material is original, that it has not been published before (in print or electronically) and that it is not under consideration by any other journal at the moment. Information about funding or grants received by the authors or the article, and about any relationships between the authors and people or companies who might be interested in the article results should be disclosed in the cover letter and also in the title page.

In addition, authors submitting manuscripts to Stomatos  are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work. A general statement should be included in the title page, attesting to the existence (or non-existence) of any conflicts of interest concerning the publication of the article. In addition, the ICMJE has developed a form for the disclosure of conflicts of interest to facilitate and standardize authors’ disclosures.

All articles formatted according to the present instructions to authors should be submitted via our Online Submission System available at

In the case of difficulties when submitting online, manuscripts can be submitted as email attachments to .


1. Title page: 

a) Manuscript type (original article, case report, etc.).

b) Title in English;

c) Title in Portuguese;

d) Complete names of authors and respective academic degrees and affiliations, identified by superscript numbers, as follows:

Ex: Carlos Barbosa1

1. MSc in Dentistry

e) Correspondence information: name of the corresponding author, complete mailing address, telephone and e-mail.

f) Conflict of interest statement.

Note: In order to assure a blind peer review process, the title page should be the only part of the manuscript containing author identification. Please remove any reference to authors’ names or institutions from the other parts of the manuscript.

2. Abstract: Abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. The use of abbreviations should be avoided. A Portuguese version of the abstract should also be provided.  In case of original articles, the abstract should be structured with the following divisions: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.

3. Keywords: Three to five keywords should be selected among those listed on the Health Sciences Descriptors website (

4. Text structure:

Original article

INTRODUCTION. This section should be brief and include only information and references that are relevant to the hypothesis of the study. The study objective should be clearly stated at the end of the Introduction.

METHODOLOGY. Please inform/describe the study design, study population and selection criteria, procedures used, and the statistical methods employed. Approval of the study protocol by the relevant Research Ethics Committee and informed consent procedures should be clearly mentioned.

RESULTS. Study results should be clear and objective and include statistical analysis. Tables and figures may be included in this section, but should not repeat information already disclosed in the text.

DISCUSSION. Results should be interpreted and compared with data from the literature, with a focus on the most important aspects of the study, its implications and limitations.

CONCLUSIONS. Conclusions should be related to the study objectives and/or results and presented as text rather than as topics/bullets.

REFERENCES. Citations should conform with the guidelines presented below, not exceeding 25 references.

Case report

INTRODUCTION. Should contain a review of recent literature on the topic. The study objective should be clearly stated at the end of the Introduction.

CASE REPORT. Briefly inform/describe the clinical characteristics of the patient(s), including information on diagnosis and treatment plan, treatment options, treatment evolution and outcomes. Do not include any information that may possibly allow patient identification. Detailed information on informed consent procedures should be provided.

DISCUSSION. The characteristics of the case reported should be compared with other published data.


REFERENCES. Citations should conform with the guidelines presented below, not exceeding 25 references.

Review articles

Literature review articles will be accepted exceptionally, based on the importance of the subject described. The structure of these articles may vary depending on the peculiarities of the subject under review.

5. References:

Citing references in the text

Authors’ names in the text should be written with capitalized initials. For references with one or two authors, name the surnames of both authors; for references with three or more authors, name the surname of the first author and add "et al."

References should be identified with sequential numbers according to the order of citation. Numbers should be placed in parentheses in normal font (do not use superscript).


Authors named: ... according to Borges and Franco (1), Matinez (2) and Burss et al. (3), the body of the test piece should be prepared...

No authors named: ... the body of the test piece should be prepared according to the technique proposed in the literature (1-3)...

Reference list

References should be arranged in order of their citation in the text. The reference list should follow the standards summarized in the NLM’s International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References ( and detailed in NLM’s Citing Medicine, 2nd edition ( These resources are regularly updated as new media develop, and currently include guidance for print documents; unpublished material; audio and visual media; material on CD-ROM, DVD, or disk; and material on the Internet. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used for MEDLINE ( All references cited in the text should be included in the list and vice versa.

All authors of each reference should be named (do not use “et al.” in the list), starting with the authors’ surnames, followed by their first names abbreviated without a period or comma. Commas should only be used to separate the names of different authors.

Journal titles should be abbreviated according to MEDLINE, or according to LILACS (Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde) or BBO (Bibliografia Brasileira de Odontologia) when the former is not available.

Below please find some examples of citations.  

Journal article

Lynch CD, Frazier KB, McConnell RJ, Blum IR, Wilson NHF. State-of-the-art techniques in operative dentistry: contemporary teaching of posterior composites in UK and Irish dental schools. Br Dent J. 2010;209:129-36.


Estrela C. Metodologia científica. 2ª ed. São Paulo: Artes Médicas; 2005. 794p.

Book chapter

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. The role of dentine under restorations. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM. The science of restorative dentistry. 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier; 2003. p. 266-78.

Thesis or dissertation

Ottoni AB. Relato de manifestações locais e sistêmicas da erupção dentária no primeiro ano de vida em crianças de São Leopoldo/RS e fatores associados [thesis]. Canoas: Universidade Luterana do Brasil; 2006.

Article published online

Kaeriyama E, Imai S, Usui Y, Hanada N, Takagi Y. Effect of bovine lactoferrin on enamel demineralization and acid fermentation by Streptococcus mutans. Ped Dent J [Internet]. 2007 Dec [cited 2008 Jan 15];17:2:118-26. Available from:

Paper presented at conference

Moreira, DD, Gribel, BF, Torres, GD, Vasconcelos, KF, Freitas, DQ, Ambrosano, GM. Confiabilidade de medidas realizadas em modelos virtuais obtidos a partir do escaneamento de moldagens e de modelos de gesso. In: Anais da 30ª Reunião Anual da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica - SBPqO; 2013 Sep 5-8; Águas de Lindóia (SP). São Paulo: SBPqO; 2013. p. 172, resumo A348.

6. Tables:

Should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals according to the order of their citation in the text.

Table titles should be clear, concise, located above the tables.

Footnotes should be included to define abbreviations, indicate statistical tests employed, and provide any other information required for an adequate understanding of the table.

Please do not use internal horizontal or vertical lines.

7. Figures (graphs, photographs and illustrations):

Any illustration included in the article will be called "Figure."

Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals according to the order of their citation in the text.

Captions should be clear, concise, located below the figures.

Figures should be sufficiently clear to allow reproduction. Images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be submitted as .jpg files.

Manuscript submission

All articles formatted according to the present instructions to authors should be submitted via our online submission system available at


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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