About the Journal

POLICY

The Journal of Osseointegration selects only original papers; the Editors believe in ethical writing and endeavour to check that papers before being published in the Journal of Osseointegration are exempt from plagiarism. Access to the contents of the Journal of Osseointegration is open: this is our small contribution to global exchange of knowledge. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of our articles. The Journal of Osseointegration, according to ANVUR VQR 2011-2014 Regulations for Italian researchers, is available in the CINECA repository.

Submission and publication of articles in the Journal of Osseointegration are free of charge.

AIM AND SCOPE

The aim and scope of the Journal of Osseointegration, Periodontics and Prosthodontics is to publish clinical articles related to the science and practice of oral implantology and related areas. The goal is to provide updated evidence-based information to help clinicians in making the best decision for their patients. The focus is on reliable laboratory and clinical articles. All manuscripts undergo an initial screening process, and those that are suitable for the journal will then be peer reviewed. However, please note that manuscripts that do not follow the guidelines as explained in this document may be rejected immediately (a brief explanation for the rejection will be provided).

Within the scope, the Journal will publish articles as mentioned below

  1. Editorials, guest editorials and letters to the Editor(s).
  2. Brief commentaries by the Editor(s) on relevant articles published in JO and other journals.
  3. Proceedings of symposia, workshops or conferences.
  4. Systematic reviews presenting comprehensive, critical summaries of current knowledge in the field of oral implantology and related disciplines. Manuscripts should be submitted according to the PRISMA guidelines (http://www.prisma- statement.org).
  5. Clinical guidelines. Manuscripts should be submitted according to the AGREE guidelines (http://www.agreecollaboration.org).
  6. Clinical studies. Randomized controlled clinical trials, cohort and case-control studies are welcome. Materials and methods and clinical procedures have to be described in detail. Ample space will be given to high-quality color illustrations, radiographs and drawings describing the clinical procedures used, to provide readers better understanding. Manuscripts should be submitted according to the following transparency guidelines.
    – Randomized controlled clinical trials and experimental studies (CONSORT: http://www. consort-statement.org).
    – Observational studies: epidemiology (http://www.strobe-statement.org).
    – Diagnostic accuracy studies (STARD: http://www.stard-statement.org).
  7. Case reports and clinical procedures presenting rare complications, conditions or exceptionally interesting findings or procedures; however, higher levels of evidence are encouraged where possible.
  8. Laboratory studies

Please read our Guidelines here.

ADVERTISING POLICY

The Journal of Osseointegration has no advertising. Ariesdue’s advertising policy is disclosed at: www.ariesdue.it/policy.

PUBLICATION ETHICS

All research articles published in the Journal of Osseointegration are subject to rigorous ethical standards. The journal endorses the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as the COPE International Standards for Editors and Authors Guidelines. Authors in the biomedical field must adhere to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. The Journal of Osseointegration also endorses the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions.

PLAGIARISM

Our Editorial Board will immediately screen all articles submitted for publication. All submissions are checked for plagiarism by using online available tools as iThenticate®. Any suspected misconduct ends up with a quick rejection and is then reported to the European Network of Research Integrity Offices and to the US Office of Research Integrity. The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) released a European Code of Conduct on Research Integrity, which is fully supported by the journal. All authors are required to adopt these policies.

Below are some online resources to help you understand plagiarism.

  • Roig, M. Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing. St Johns University.
  • Long TC, Errami M, George AC, et al. Responding to Possible Plagiarism. Science 2009; 323:1293-1294.
  • Lewis J, Ossowski S, Hicks J, Errami M, and Garner HR. Text similarity: an alternative way to search MEDLINE. Bioinformatics 2006; 22:2298-2304.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

Our review process endorses COPES's Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and all collaborators of the Journal of Osseointegration are strongly invited to comply with COPE’s mission. Only original papers written in correct English are considered by the Editors, who will critically assess them in accordance with the principles of Peer Review expressed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Each article is assigned to Reviewers, who will establish its appropriateness for the journals' readership. Articles are reviewed by at least two external referees up to a maximum of three, chosen among experts in the field and who have agreed to provide a rapid assessment. It is a double-blind peer review. Every effort will be made to notify the editorial comments within 2 months of submission. In case Referees request a revision of the article, only one revised version will be considered for further appraisal.

AUTHORSHIP

Only those who are actively involved in the work should be named as authors and this will normally be up to 5 authors. Multiple authors, over and above 5, must be justified. All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship according to the ICMJE criteria.

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for its content. Authorship credit should only be based on substantial contributions to: i) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data, and to ii) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and on iii) final approval of the version to be published; and iv) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Authors should provide a brief description of their individual contributions. Those who do not meet all four criteria should not be listed as authors, but they should be acknowledged. Those whose contributions do not justify authorship may be acknowledged individually or together as a group under a single heading.

CHANGES IN AUTHORSHIP

If authors request removal or addition of an author after manuscript submission or during the peer-review process, the journal editors should receive a letter clearly explaining the reason for the change. Authors are also requested to sign and send to the Editors a statement of agreement for the requested change from all listed authors and from the author to be removed or added.

Please note that if your manuscript is accepted you will not be able to make any changes to the authors, or order of authors, of your manuscript once the editor has accepted your manuscript for publication.

No changes to the Authors or Corresponding Author can be made after publication of the article, either as an “Advance Online Article” or in the regular issue. Instead, an erratum may be considered by the Editors.

PERMISSION

In case extracts (text/figures/tables) from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright holder(s) and credit the source(s) in the article, for example: 'Adapted from Ruggiero et al., J Osseointegr 2019;11. doi: 10.23805/JO.2019.11.03.09; with permission'. The editorial office of Journal of Osseointegration needs to receive a copy of the written permission before proceeding with publication.

PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS AND ANIMALS RESEARCH

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2013. Similarly, when reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate that these were carried out according to institutional and/or national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals. This must be reported explicitly under Design and Methods.

Informed Consent
The Journal of Osseointegration strictly follows the ICMJE Protection of Research Participants policy. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. When informed consent has been obtained, editors may request authors to provide a copy before making the editorial decision. Manuscripts must be reviewed with due respect for authors' confidentiality. In submitting their manuscripts for review, authors entrust editors with the results of their scientific work and creative effort, on which their reputation and career may depend. Authors' rights may be violated by disclosure of the confidential details during review of their manuscript. Reviewers also have rights to confidentiality, which must be respected by the editor. Confidentiality may have to be breached if dishonesty or fraud is alleged but otherwise must be honored. Editors must not disclose information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, status in the reviewing process, criticism by reviewers, or ultimate fate) to anyone other than the authors and reviewers. This includes requests to use the materials for legal proceedings.

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author's institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from negligible to great potential for influencing judgment. Not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. On the other hand, the potential for conflict of interest can exist regardless of whether an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, and 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 of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.

All participants in the peer-review and publication process must disclose all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest. Disclosure of such relationships is also important in connection with editorials and review articles, because it can be more difficult to detect bias in these types of publications than in reports of original research. Editors may use information disclosed in conflict-of-interest and financial-interest statements as a basis for editorial decisions.

When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist. Authors should do so in the manuscript on a conflict-of-interest notification page, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript. Increasingly, individual studies receive funding from commercial firms, private foundations, and government. The conditions of this funding have the potential to bias and otherwise discredit the research.

Scientists have an ethical obligation to submit creditable research results for publication. Moreover, as the persons directly responsible for their work, researchers should not enter into agreements that interfere with their access to the data and their ability to analyze them independently, and to prepare and publish manuscripts. Authors should describe the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such involvement, the authors should so state. Biases potentially introduced when sponsors are directly involved in research are analogous to methodological biases.

Editors may request that authors of a study funded by an agency with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome sign a statement, such as "I had full access to all of the data in this study and I take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis". Editors should be encouraged to review copies of the protocol and/or contracts associated with project-specific studies before accepting such studies for publication. Editors may choose not to consider an article if a sponsor has asserted control over the authors' right to publish.

Reviewers must disclose to editors any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. As in the case of authors, silence on the part of reviewers concerning potential conflicts may mean either that conflicts exist and the reviewer has failed to disclose them or conflicts do not exist. Reviewers must therefore also be asked to state explicitly whether conflicts do or do not exist. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work, before its publication, to further their own interests.

Editors who make final decisions about manuscripts must have no personal, professional, or financial involvement in any of the issues they might judge. Other members of the editorial staff, if they participate in editorial decisions, must provide editors with a current description of their financial interests (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which a conflict of interest exists.

CORRECTIONS AND RETRACTIONS

Decisions about correction of published material, such as in the case of major errors that compromise the conclusion of the study (exceptional circumstances), are made by the journal's editors. The journal does not publish corrections to spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. The Journal of Osseointegration’s policy for making corrections is as follows.

  • Errata concern the amendment of mistakes occurred during the journal production, such as errors or omissions in proof correction when an apparently simple error is significant and when the editor considers it necessary for a reader to understand it.
  • Retractions are judged according to whether the main conclusion of the paper no longer holds or is seriously undermined as a result of subsequent information coming to light of which the authors were not aware at the time of publication

COPYRIGHT

The Journal of Osseointegration has chosen to apply the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 License (CC BY-NC 4.0) to all manuscripts to be published.