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Malaysian Dental Journal


Discipline(s) / Subdiscipline(s):

     1. Medical & Health Sciences
         - Dentistry
         - Medicine

Print ISSN: 0126-8023
Publisher: Malaysian Dental Association
Publication type: Print
Publication frequency: 2 time(s) per year
Journal Website: https://mda.org.my/home/mdj-about/

Contact Info

Chief Editor: mdjeditor@yahoo.com

The Malaysian Dental Journal is an official publication of the Malaysian Dental Association and is published half yearly.



Associate Professor Dr. Chai Wen Lin

Editorial Board

Assistant Editor :
Dr Bryon Ong Teng Kai
Dr Lim Tong Wah
Dr Kathiraavan Purmal
Dr Lee Chee Wei
Mr Muhammad Khairul Amir Nawi



Aim And Scope

The Malaysian Dental Journal covers all aspects relevant to the science and practice of Dentistry, interdisciplinary fields and supporting aspects of Medicine. Within the scope of the journal, the following articles will be published:

• Editorials - commentary by editors

• Clinical articles - in depth discussions on clinical procedures or treatment techniques

• Case reports - illustrating various aspects of clinical practice and management

• Materials, instruments and technical innovations - reports and research on new innovations and dental products

• Ask the Experts - questions posed to seek expert opinion and views on specific topics

• Book reviews - critical commentary on the latest printed publications

• Product reviews - critical opinion and feedback on newly introduced dental or dental-related products

• Letter to editor - comments and feedback from readers pertaining to journal articles

• Conference abstracts - proceedings of workshops, conferences and symposiums organized by the MDA

• Cover photographs – Interesting photographs for the front cover of the journal

The mission is to promote and elevate the quality of patient care and to encourage the advancement of practice, continuing education and scientific research in Malaysia.

Instructions for submission

Original articles, editorial, correspondence and suggestion for review articles should be sent to:

Editor of Malaysian Dental Journal : mdjeditor@yahoo.com
Authors are requested to submit their typescript and illustrations via the email address provided. A paper is accepted for publication on the understanding that it has not been submitted simultaneously to another journal in the English Language. The editor reserves the right to make editorial and literary corrections in the interest of conciseness, clarity and consistency. Any opinion expressed or policies advocated do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policies of the editors.


Authors submitting an article do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors automatically agree to sign exclusive copyright to the Editor and the publication committee if and when the publication is accepted for publication. The copyright transfer agreement can be downloaded at the MDA webpage (www.mda.org.my). A copy of the agreement must be signed by the principal author before any paper can be published. There will be no limitation on your freedom to use material contained in the article (without having to request permission) provided that an acknowledgement is made to the journal as the original source of publication.

Presentation of manuscript

Please follow these instructions carefully as manuscripts which have not been prepared in the approved format will be rejected.

Manuscripts should be submitted in journal style, in UK English with font should be Arial (size 12). Articles should be typed with double spacing. Papers should be set out as follows with each beginning in a separate page: title page, key words, abstract, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, caption to illustrations.

• Title page. The title page should give the following information: 1) title of the article; 2) full names and professional/academic qualifications/positions of each author; 3) name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail address for the corresponding author, assumed to be the first listed author unless otherwise advised. If the paper was presented at an organised meeting, the name of the organization, location and date of the meeting should be included.

• 3 to 5 keywords

• Abstract. Summary of article, with a maximum of 250 words (structured as aim, materials and methods, results and conclusions).

• Text. Normally only two categories of heading should be used: major ones should be typed in capital in the centre of the page and underlined; minor ones (or subheadings) should be typed in lower case (with an initial capital letter) at the left hand margin and underlined. Please use clear and concise language.

• References. The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the author. References should be entered consecutively by Arabic numerals in superscript in the text. The reference list should be in numerical order on a separate page in double spacing. Reference to journals should include the author's name and initials (list all authors when six or fewer; when seven or more list only the first three and add ‘et al.’), the title of paper, Journal name abbreviated, using index medicus abbreviations, year of publication, volume number, first and last page numbers (ie. Vancouver style). For example:

Ellis A, Moos K, El-Attar. An analysis of 2067 cases of zygomatico-orbital fractures. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 1985;43:413-417.

Reference to books should be sent out as follows:

Scully C, Cawson RA, Medical Problems in Dentistry 3rd edn. Wright 1993:175.

• Tables. These should be double spaced on separate page, apart from the main text. A short descriptive title should appear above each table and any footnotes, suitably identified below. Care must be taken to ensure that all units are included. Ensure that each table is cited in the text (e.g. Table 1, Table 2 etc)

• Illustrations. All illustrations should be submitted in high resolution JPEG or TIFF format, minimum of 300 dpi. Photomicrographs should have the magnification and details of the staining technique shown. Radiographs should be of good contrast. Captions should be typed, double spaced on separate sheets from the manuscript.

• Patient confidentiality. Where illustrations must include recognizable individuals living or dead and of whatever age, great care must be taken to ensure that consent for publication has been given. Otherwise, the patient’s eyes or any indentifiable anatomy should be masked.

• Permission to reproduce, borrowed illustration or table or identifiable clinical photographs. Written permission to reproduce, borrowed material (illustrations and tables) must be obtained form the original publisher and authors and submitted with the typescript. Borrowed material should be acknowledged in the caption in this style. 'Reproduced by the kind permission of...... (publishers) from /....(reference)'.

• Abbreviations and units. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract. All unusual abbreviations should be fully explained at their first occurrence in the text. All measurements should be expressed in SI units.

• Proprietary names. Proprietary names of drugs, instruments etc. should be indicated by the use of initial capital letters.

• Grant support. Any direct or indirect commercial involvement or interest must be declared.

• Ethical approval. For clinical studies, the approval of the relevant ethical committee must be obtained.

• Please include a photograph of the lead author.

Reviewing of manuscripts

All submissions will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Page Proofs

Page proofs will be emailed to the author for checking. The proofs with any minor corrections must be returned via email to the editor within 48 hours of receipt.
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