Instructions to authors of ROS

The Revue d'Odonto-Stomatologie publishes, under the authority of the Société Odontologique de Paris, manuscripts, research results, clinical sheets, activity reports, reviews and communications on the subjects of odontology (dentistry) and stomatology.

  • All manuscripts and other documents submitted for publication are anonymously subjected to an evaluation of the reading committee.
  • All the documents to be published must be original. The manuscript shall not be published elsewhere even partially without the written consent of the chief editor.
  • All the documents submitted for publication must be in accord with the recommendations of the International committee of Medical Journal Editors which can be consulted on the website :

Presentation of the documents

The manuscripts should be sent in triplicate addressed to the chief editor, to the editorial office :
R.O.S. (SOP) : 6 , rue Jean Hugues 75116 Paris .
Without prior permission, manuscripts should not exceed 10 or 15 pages and a maximum of 15 illustrations. The manuscript must be typewritten with wide margins and double spacing. Each page must be numbered.

The manuscripts will be either :


The manuscripts can be submitted either in French or English. English manuscripts can be submitted with prior permission of the publisher. They will be translated and published in both languages. The publisher will be in charge for the translation which will be returned to the authors for their authorization and published under their responsibility.

They should be presented as follows

  1. The first page should be in the following order :
    • The title of the article, the authors last name and first name, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, university titles, and possibly university, department, or laboratory names where the work has been carried out.
    • The name, address and telephone and fax numbers or e-mail of the corresponding author. He will be the interlocutor for the editorial staff.
    • An abstract of 8 to 10 lines and 3 to 5 keywords in accord with international indexes. It is preferable to attach an English version of the abstract and keywords, otherwise, the publisher will be in charge for the translation. French key words should be consistent with the index proposed by Bibliodent.
      ( ) ; English key words should be consistent with the index proposed by Bibliodent ( or ).
  2. The text body should be presented or typed on A4 paper, double-spaced, numbered on each page, and contain in following order :
    • Title, subtitle, introduction, development and argumentation with chapter headings and separate paragraphs, conclusion, and acknowledgement.
    • The use of abbreviations will be allowed only when accompanied with their meaning.


The bibliographical references will be presented at the end of the article on separate pages, and by alphabetical order of the authors last name and quoted according to the international norms of the Medicus Index, i.e. : last name(s) and first names initials of the author(s), complete title of the article or text in its original language, followed by:

  • For a periodical, its title abbreviated according to these same norms (in italic), the year of  publication, volume number in bold type, section number in brackets and the numbers of the text's first and last page.
    Ex : LANGER B. et LANGER L. - Subepithelial connective tissue graft technique for root coverage. J. Periodontol., 1985 , 56 : 715-720.
  • For book references, name(s) of  author(s), title, publisher, town of publication, year and the number of pages.
    Ex :TRILLER M. - Histologie dentaire, Ed. Masson, Paris, 1993. 200 pages.

All quoted authors in the text should be referenced in the bibliography according to the Medicus Index.

In order to provide an innovative and relevant approach for readers and their patients, the ROS authors will be asked to indicate a classification type to each reference quoted in their articles. This classification concerns only the publications nature without judging its quality. Four categories are distinguished based on 9 categories used by Pietri (1):

Cat 4: Personal communications and case report
Cat 3: "Narrative" references and reviews of the literature (that is without research methodology)
Cat 2: In vitro studies and animal clinical studies
Cat 1: Clinical studies, meta-analyses, systematic reviews of the literature and recommendations of health authorities

From 2010, this classification will be applied allowing readers to immediately appreciate the type given to a reference according to the established categories.
A group of experts will be set up within the Editorial committee to provide information and assistance to the authors in this new procedure.

(1) Sackett, D. L., Haynes, D. L., Guyatt, G. H., Tugwell, P. Clinical epidemiology : a basic science for clinical medicine (2nd ed). Boston : Little, Brown, 1991. P. 441.
Pietri G. Prosthetic rehabilitation. London : Quintessence, 2008. P. 224.


All the illustration legends will be chronologically listed on an annexed sheet.
For a better quality of reproduction, original slides should be sent for digitisation and will be returned to the authors. This will allow the editorial staff to retouch certain slides. Otherwise, digital images of high definition (JPEG format, 600 dpi, 90x60 mm) should be submitted.
All the original illustrations will be referenced in the text as fig. x, photo x, diagram x, or table x and numbered (in Roman numerals for tables) by category and according to their order of quotation. On the back of printed photos or slides, information on number, location, orientation and name of the authors must be indicated. The legend of each illustration must be typed, if possible in French and in English, on a separate sheet at the end of document.

For reproductions of figures or photos, references and both the author and the original publisher  permission will be added.

The journal will be on no account considered as responsible for the loss, theft or deterioration of manuscripts or documents which have been confided.
Published articles engage the authors exclusive responsibility. Total or partial reproduction of the publications remains subject to the editors consent.

Twenty-five complimentary offprints of an article will be sent to the author first. All supplementary offprints should be requested to the editorial office at the time of proof reading and will be charged at cost price.

In summary, each article submitted should contain

The article and its bibliography in triplicate.
The name and address of the corresponding author.
A summary of 8 to 10 lines and keywords (if possible in French and in English).
A text file saved preferably as WORD for MAC or PC sent to the editorial office as a CD-ROM or by e-mail.
Quality illustrations should be presented as original slides numbered, positioned and correctly oriented or as digital files.
Tables, one per page, should be numbered in Roman numerals, positioned and correctly oriented.

Once proof-read, the ROS reserves the right to reproduce all or any part of the published text within the framework of its publishing or production activities.

The submission of a manuscript by the authors means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to the Revue d'Odonto-Stomatologie. The literary property belongs to the publisher who can authorize partial or total reproduction of the published manuscripts.

ICMJE Introduction

A small group of editors of general medical journals met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the National Library of Medicine, were first published in 1979.
The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (CMJE), which met annually to expand its influence and now includes ethical principles of biomedical journalism.
The total content of the guidelines can be reproduced for educational, not-for-profit purposes, and the committee encourages distribution of this material. The Uniform Requirements state the ethical principles in the conduct and reporting of research and provide recommendations relating to specific elements of editing and writing.
These recommendations are based largely on the shared experiences of a moderate number of editors and authors, collected over many years. Wherever possible, recommendations are accompanied by a rationale that justifies them; as such, the document serves an educational purpose.

Conflicts of interests

As stated in the ICMJE uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical Journal : public trust in the peer-review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision-making. A conflict of interest exists when an author, a reviewer, or an editor has a financial or personal relationship that inappropriately influences or biases his or her actions.
These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment. Financial relationships (stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and the science itself. It is the responsibility of all participants in the peer-review and publication process to disclose relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest.
For the Revue of Odonto-Stomatologie revue (ROS), disclosure of these relationships is also important in connection with clinical guidelines, clinical cases, editorials, and review articles, because it can be more difficult to detect bias in these submissions than in reports of original research.
We can use information disclosed in conflict-of-interest and financial-interest statements as bases for editorial decisions, and it is normal practice for us to publish this information if it is thought to be important in judging the manuscript. For a more up-to-date review on conflicts of interests, see the most recent version of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals ( ).

Informed consent

As stated in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (ICMJE, 2006) patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.
Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt.
If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. Autors, editors and publishers should follow any obligation dictated by french regulations.

Protection of human subjects and animals in research

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether their procedures were in accordance with the responsible committee on human experimentation (in France, the National Consultative Committee of Ethics, CCNE) and the Helsinki Declaration revised in 2000.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors are asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed (in France, the Comité National de Réflexion Ethique sur l'Expérimentation Animale, CNREA).

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