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Asian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the official peer-reviewed, quarterly publication of the Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Asian AOMS). The Journal is indexed in EMBASE/ Excerpta Medica and is circulated to all members of the AsianAOMS.

The Journal publishes original research papers, clinical observations, review articles, viewpoints, commentaries, technical notes, case reports, book reviews, and letters to the editor in subjects relating to clinical practice and research into oral and maxillofacial surgery. Manuscripts should be submitted using the online Manuscript Submission system or may be sent by This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it to:
Professor Tetsu Takahashi
Asian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Kyushu Dental College, 2-6-1 Manazuru
Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-City  803 8580
Fukuoka, Japan
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Categories of Papers
Original Research: Provides new information based on original research. Includes prospective studies with in-depth statistical analysis.
Clinical Observations: Provides new information based on clinical trials. Includes prospective or retrospective observations of a disease or disorder, or novel application of an interventional procedure or treatment method.
Review Article: Analysis of recent developments in a specific topic.
Viewpoint: Invited commentary on a topic of particular interest.
Commentary: Invited commentary on a paper appearing in the issue.
Technical Note: Description of a new or modified procedure or technique with practical tips for use in clinical practice.
Case Report: Brief discussion of a single case or series of cases with unique features rarely described in the literature.
Book Review: Review of a recently published book with practical application for trainees or of interest to more experienced readers.
Letter to the Editor: Short letter on any matter of interest to readers, including comments on an article that has previously appeared in the Journal.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts are accepted on the condition that they are submitted solely to the Journal, have not been previously published elsewhere (either in print or electronic format), are not under consideration by another publication or electronic medium, and have been read and approved by all authors. Material submitted should adhere to the stated instructions and format. Manuscripts should be word-processed and submitted as MS Word documents, using the online  Manuscript Submission sytem or may be sent by This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or by mail on a CD-ROM compatible with an IBM or a Macintosh computer. Computer disks should be labelled with the name of the first author, manuscript title, computer program (preferably Microsoft Word version 6.0 or above), and file name. Three hard copies of the manuscript (complete with tables and figures) should also be provided. Figures and tables should be supplied as separate files. Once a paper has been accepted, the author will be requested to supply hard copies of any photographs.

Typescripts that contain the results of human or animal studies will be accepted for publication only if it is made clear that a high standard of ethics was applied in carrying out the investigations. In the case of invasive studies in humans, manuscripts should include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the local ethics committee.

Editorial Processing

Each paper submitted for publication will be assessed by peer review. The Editorial Board will select reviewers with relevant experience. The final publication decision lies with the Editorial Board. Accepted manuscripts will be copy edited according to the Journal style and returned to the author for approval before publication. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor. Any opinions expressed or policies advocated do not necessarily reflect the opinions and policies of the Editors.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal must be accompanied by signed statements on authorship responsibility, financial disclosure, copyright transfer, and acknowledgements. Each of the statements must be read and signed by all authors. Forms are available online and can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Submitted manuscripts must list the full names, qualifications, and affiliations of all authors, plus the full contact details of the corresponding author. Research or project support should be stated. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to use any copyrighted text or illustrations. Conflicts of interest should be stated.

Manuscript Presentation
Manuscripts should be written in English, with British spelling. Arabic numerals should be used for all numbers, including designators and units of measure. Système International (SI) measurements should be used, except when 'dual report' is indicated, and normal ranges included where appropriate. Generic drug names should be used. Abbreviations should be avoided in the title or abstract and their use in the text limited. Standard abbreviations should be defined on first mention in the text. Authors should refer to the 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication' for guidance on style.

Papers should be set out as follows, with each section beginning on a separate sheet: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, captions to illustrations. The title page should give the following information: title of the article; full name of each author plus the 2 highest qualifications; name and address of the department or institution to which the work should be attributed; name, address, telephone, fax number, and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence and to whom requests for reprints should be sent; and sources of support in the form of grants. If the title is longer than 40 characters, include a running title.

The abstract should be concise (no more than 250 words) and should summarise the objectives, patients and methods, results, and conclusions. Structured abstracts should be provided for original research papers, clinical observations, review articles, and technical notes. Unstructured abstracts should be provided for case reports. Authors should provide up to 5 key words taken from Index Medicus. Book reviews, viewpoints, commentaries, and letters to the editor do not require an abstract or key words.

If possible, use Symbol font for Greek letters (e.g., α, β, γ, δ, μ); describe where any special symbols are used (e.g., ±, <, >, < , > , ºC) on a separate sheet.

Figures and Tables
All illustrations (e.g., graphs, drawings, and photographs) are considered to be figures and should have a minimum resolution of 350 dpi. Tables should be sent in Microsoft Word format (not as PowerPoint or Excel tables). All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text, and a brief title should be supplied for each. All abbreviations should be defined in the footnotes in the order in which they appear. The following symbols should be used for footnotes: *,†,‡, §, II , ¶, **,†† ,‡‡, .... Statistical measures of variation should be identified in the column headings.

Three complete sets of camera-ready illustrations are required for all figures. Letters, numbers, and symbols should be clear. Each figure should be identified clearly on the back, stating the number, name of first author, short form of title, and orientation. Photomicrographs must indicate magnification and stain used. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by written permission from the subject to use the photograph; patient consent forms are available from the Editorial Office for this purpose. If recognisable features may appear, the illustration will be retouched or cropped to mask or remove the eyes or otherwise render the individual unrecognisable.

The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the authors. References should be numbered in the order they appear in the text. References should follow the Vancouver style and should appear in the text, tables, and legends as Arabic numerals. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus . All authors and/or editors in the cited reference must be listed. The following are examples of reference style:
1. Standard journal article
Lydiatt WM, Anderson PE, Bazzana T, Casale M, Hughes CJ, Huvos AG, Lydiatt DD, Schantz SP. Molecular support for field cancerization in the head and neck. Cancer. 1998;82;1376-1380.
2. Supplement
25 year cumulative index 1973-1997. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2000;28 (Suppl 2):3-98.
3. Article not in English
Jansma J, Becking AG. Distraction osteogenesis in maxillofacial surgery [article in Dutch]. Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2000;107:190-197.
4. Books and other monographs
Peterson LJ, Ellis E III, Hupp JR (editors). Contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgery. 3rd ed. St Louis: Mosby-Year Book; 1998.

Proofs and Reprints
The corresponding author will receive page proofs, which should be proofread and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections are limited to publisher's errors; no substantial author's changes will be made without charge. Reprint order forms will be sent at page proof stage.

Asian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Asian AOMS, and the publisher do not guarantee, directly or indirectly, the quality or efficacy of any product or service described in the advertisements or other material that is commercial in nature in this publication. All articles published, including editorials, viewpoints, commentaries, and letters, represent the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of Asian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Asian AOMS, the publisher, or the institutions with which the authors are affiliated, unless this is clearly specified.

© 2008 Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the editor or the publisher.