Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Brazilian Journal of Periodontology Author Instructions

The aim of the Brazilian Journal of Periodontology is to provide the platform for the exchange of high level scientific and clinical progress in the field of Periodontology

General guidelines

The articles to be published at the Brazilian Journal of Periodontology (BJP) should not have been published before.

New manuscripts. All new manuscripts must be submitted via BJP online submission and review website (Authors who do not yet have an account on the website should click the “Create Account” and follow the step-by-step process to open an account.) All accounts should be linked to the author’s ORCID record (to create your ORCID account access: https: // On the dashboard page, authors should select the Author Center. In the Author Center, they should click the “Click here to submit a new manuscript” link.

All articles should be submitted in English. After approval of the article, a Portuguese version of the manuscript must be provided. If it is necessary to hire a third party to perform the translation, please contact one of the translators listed below (this is just a suggestion list. Feel free to work with anyone you trust):

Tracy Lee Glenday <>

Gisele Dalben <>

Anelise Burmeister <>

Negotiations, quotations, and payments regarding the translation of the manuscript are the sole responsibility of the authors. Except in cases of BJP invitations.

Original research articles will receive priority for consideration but, review articles, and case reports in Periodontology, could also be included. The BJP reserves all the authorial rights from the published manuscript. The information contained in the originals and published in the journal will be the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the Editorial Board’s opinion or the position of SOBRAPE (Brazilian Society of Periodontology).

Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process. Editable files are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor’s decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail. To submit your paper access

Submit your manuscript as a single Word file, which will be used in the refereeing process. Only when your paper is at the revision stage, will you be requested to put your paper into a ‘correct format’ for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your article. To find out more, please visit the Preparation section below.

Types of article

Types of articles BJP accepts include:

1) Editorial or Commentary

2) Original Articles

3) Review

4) Rapid Communication

5) Case Report

6) Technical Note

7) Letters and Response to Letter to the Editor

8) Erratum/Corrigendum

9) Announcements


Further, we separate a session in each issue as follows:

  • Articles containing relevant and epidemiological information from developing or underdeveloped countries. This initiative seeks to bring essential particularities of pathologies and occurrences in countries outside North America and Europe.
  • Studies with negative results: This session seeks to combat the evident problem of publication bias, which brings a tendency to publish more studies with positive results. This problem is a concern when conducting systematic reviews and applying the evidence-based dentistry.
  • Innovations: In this section, SOBRAPE’s innovation board will invite specialists to discuss innovations in the periodontics field.



Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’ form or a link to the online version of this agreement.

Conflict of Interest

Authors should disclose any financial competing interests, but also nonfinancial competing interests that may cause them embarrassment if they were to become public after the publication of the article. The Conflict of Interest statement will also be sent by email and must be completed and signed by the corresponding author.

Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, then this should be stated.


A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. 250 words maximum; must be structured, under the sub-headings: Aim(s), Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion(s). Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords.


Manuscript format and Structure

The limit of 30 references msut not be exceeded. Citations must be listed at the end of the text, in the same order they are mentioned in the text, and in accordance to Vancouver Standards: Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/ book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter, and the article number or pagination must be present. The use of DOI is highly encouraged. Note that missing data will be highlighted at the proof stage for the author to correct.

Examples of references:

Journals: 1. Blomlof JP, Blomlof LB, Lindskog SF. Smear removal and collagen exposure after nonsurgical root planing followed by etching with an EDTA gel preparation. J Periodontol 1996; 67:841- 845.

Books: 2. Shafer WG, Hine MK, Levy BM. Tratado de Patologia Bucal. 4th ed. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Guanabara, 1987.

Chapter in a book: 3. Wton RE, Rotstein I. Bleaching discolored teeth: internal and external. In: Principles and Practice of Endodontics. Walton RE. Ed. Vil 2. Philadelphia: WB Saunders: 1996.p385-400


Research articles (Original and Review Articles)  

Must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions; Artwork and Tables with Captions, if applicable. Divide the article into clearly defined sections. The maximum number of words is 4000, excluding the references, abstract, graphs, figures, and tables.

Case reports

Clinical case reports will be considered for publications if they describe uncommon case presentations, complex diagnoses, and new approaches or innovations to treatment. The authors should discuss the clinical challenge; describe the treatment method, and discuss the results in light of previously published methods of treatment of individual patients.

Letters to the Editor

Letters may address relevant matters of concern to the membership of the Brazilian Society of Periodontology or offer constructive criticism of articles published by the Brazilian Journal of Periodontology. Letters must be concise and signed. If the letter comments on a published article, it should contain appropriate references. The letter will be referred to the author(s) of the original work so that they will have an opportunity to respond.


Editorials may be solicited from authorities to provide a unique perspective on published articles, or to comment on other items of interest to the membership.


Must contain a short abstract (maximum 150 words), Keywords, background, questions raised by the innovation board and answers provided by the invited authors, final considerations, and references, if applicable. The maximum number of pages is 2000 words, excluding the abstract and references.


Figures and Tables

The total combined number of figures and tables must be six or fewer. Multi-panel figures are acceptable. It should contain high enough quality figures for refereeing (300 dpi) in JPG format. Figures should be supplied as separate files.

Figure captions: Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. All figures must be cited in the text.

Tables: Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Always use Arabic numbers to refer Figures and Tables.


Clinical Relevance

The aim of this section is to give clinicians a reading light to put the current research in perspective. It should be no more than 100 words and should not be a repetition of the abstract. It should provide a clear and concise explanation of the rationale for the study, of what was known before and of how the present results advance knowledge of this field. If appropriate, it may also contain suggestions for clinical practice.

It should be divided in:

-Scientific rationale for study;

-Principal findings; and

-Practical implications

Important:  This text will be published in a highlighted box within their manuscript. This section should leave clinicians wishing to learn more about the topic and encourage them to read the full article.


Title page information

Title of the manuscript, author names, and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Supplementary material

Supplementary material such as images can be published with your article to enhance it. Submitted supplementary items are published exactly as they are received. Please submit your material together with the article and supply a concise, descriptive caption for each supplementary file.

Ethical considerations

Studies involving human subjects must be in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983, and must have been approved by the author’s institutional ethical committee. The same considerations are valid for studies involving animals. The committee’s certificate of approval should be sent by mail, and the protocol number should be present in the body of the text.


Clinical trials

Brazilian Journal of Periodontology encourages the Principal Investigator to register the Clinical trial studies ( The registration number and date of registration can be included in the Materials and Methods section.

Randomized clinical trial should follow the CONSORT guidelines (


AFTER ACCEPTANCE – Online proof correction

To ensure a fast publication process of the article, we kindly ask authors to provide us with their proof corrections within two days. Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a PDF, allowing annotation and correction of proofs. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness, and correctness of the text, tables, and figures. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.

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