Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Journal
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Editors                                                                                             Deputy Editors

Prof. M.L. Chindia, Kenya                                                                 Prof. L. Gathece, Kenya

Dr. Eddah Vuhahula, Tanzania                                                         Dr. F. M.A. Butt, Kenya

Prof. M. M. Chidzonga, Zimbabwe                                                   Dr. W.A. Odhiambo, Kenya

Prof. P.M.  Ng’ang’a, Kenya

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Editorial policy

this journal is devoted to research into oral diseases and encourages an evidence based  approach to the management of oral health problems. the editors will consider for publication original papers in basic sciences, clinical research and analytical epidemiology. Emphasis is placed on oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral medicine, oral physiology and biochemistry and related clinical sciences.


Papers relating to in vitro or in vivo model systems in experimental animals will also be accepted if they have relevance to the understanding of pathogenesis and/or management of disease. The editors also encourage submission of review articles, reports of meetings, book reviews and correspondences in the form of letters to the editor. Commentaries are by invitation only. the journal has a clear and restricted policy on case reports as detailed below. Short articles of significant interest stand a better chance of being published rapidly.


Authorship should conform to the requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Manuscripts should be typewritten or printed double-spaced with a wide margin (at least 2.5 cm on either side) using one side only of A4 size paper. Pages must be numbered consecutively, and fastened securely at the top right hand corner. a covering letter containing the declaration that study was performed in accordance to the international, national and institutional rules should accompany the manuscript. Paper submissions should be in triplicate and a soft copy of the manuscript and figures should be submitted to the editorial office according to the following format:


1. Title page; This should bear the title of the paper, names of all authors and their affiliations, name full postal address, telephone, fax numbers and e-mail address (where applicable) of the corresponding author. the running title should have no more 15 words.

2. Abstract; it should present a full summary of the paper in no more than 200 words and should be structured as follows: Objectives; design;  Setting; (if relevant); Subject(s)  or Materials and Methods; Results; Conclusion(s).

3. Keywords; authors are requested to assign 3-6 keywords to the manuscript, preferably taken from the Index Medicus or Exerpta Medicus Index, for abstracting and indexing purposes. these keywords should be at the end of the abstract. each keyword should start with a capital letter and be separated from each other by semi-colon.

4. Text; this should begin with a brief and concise introduction, which clearly states the hypothesis of the study and/or aims and objectives. methods that have been published in detail elsewhere should only be outlined. SI units should be used throughout. results should be succinct and in the same order as the procedures described in Materials and Methods. the discussion should comment critically on the results. Speculation and new hypotheses are encouraged, provided that they stem from the data presented. Conclusions should then be drawn.

5. Acknowledgement;should come after the references and should include source(s) of funding.

References; Must be in Vincouver style. they should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and the numbers should be inserted as superscripts each time the authors` work should be quoted. quote original work rather than subsequent reviews. authors are responsible for the accuracy of references should give the names and initials of all the authors unless they are more than six in which case the first three will be given followed by et al.


Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively with an Arabic numeral. Each should have a separate   caption and detailed legend, as appropriate, listed on a separate sheet of paper titled “Titles and legends to figures. They should be referred to specifically in the text of the paper. Figures including drawings, photographs or graphs should be submitted as glossy prints about 1.5 times of the final size.

Three original copies of each illustration will be required. All pictures supplied on CD or via email need to be of high resolution (300 dpi or above), and in TIFF or JPEG format. Photomicrographs and micrographs should carry a magnification scale. all figures should be labeled at the back with the name of the journal,      

figures number and the top edge clearly indicated. in the case of radiographs, the original x-ray films should be supplied and periapical radiographs slide-mounted (these will be returned to the authors after publication). A set of black and white prints must also be provided



Case Reports will be considered for publication if they illustrate points not previously reported in the literature. single case reports are discouraged except on rare diseases or previously unknown conditions or syndromes. They should not exceed two printed pages in length (approx. 1500 – 1800 words in length including abstract and references). A maximum of 3 illustrations (figures or tables) and ten references is allowed.

Reviews will be subjected to the full editorial process including peer review. Potential authors are strongly encouraged to contact the Editor-in-chief at prior to contact writing a review. A one-page outline and a short C.V. of the (senior) author should be included. The organization and subdivision of review articles can be arranged at the author’s discretion; but it is preferable that table, figures and references be presented in the same way as research articles. Reviews on problems that address cutting-edge problems are particularly welcome.

Commentaries are invited, peer-reviewed, critical discussions about critical aspects of oral health care, intended to set methodological and conceptual standards in the field. The length of the paper should be a maximum of 2500 words, and should only be submitted after presenting a one-page outline and a short C.V. of the (senior) author to the Editor in Chief at

Letters to the editor are encouraged and may deal with material already published in AJOHS or any other relevant new issues.

Ethical Issues. Articles involving clinical research should conform to the guidelines issued in the Declaration of Helsinki where applicable, and in general should have received ethical approval from the relevant committee(s). Photographs, diagrams, tables or other non original material accompanying the article are accepted on the understanding that the author has obtained the necessary permission for their use. Where written consent has not been received prior to publication, a patient’s eyes must be masked for anonymity. Sources of funding should be explicitly stated and a full disclosure should be made of any financial, personal political or academic conflicts of interest which may influence judgment of the authors.


All materials to be considered for publication should be submitted exclusively to the journal with signed consent from all authors. Submission of material in soft formats is encouraged as this facilitates speedy handling in the editorial office.

Preparation of the paper

Copies should follow the procedure as set out above in these instructions. Authors are asked to submit the material in Rich Text Format (RTF) file on CD or by email to All submissions will be immediately acknowledged by email, and a final decision on publication and a final decision on publication should be communicated to the author(s) within 2 months of receipt. The publishers reserve the right to reject the manuscript if regarded as unsatisfactory during the peer review process, or if there is substantial delay in submission. Proof will be sent to authors for the sole purpose of checking for literal errors and making essential correction, and not for general revision or alteration. Requests for offprint’s and subscription requests should be addressed to the publishers.


Offprints can be supplied prepayment has been made i.e.


25 offprint UD Dollars 40


50 offprints US Dollars 70


African Journal of Oral Health sciences

Full page full color KShs 60,000/=

Half Page full color KShs 35,000/=

Quarter full color KShs 25,000/=


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