Focus and Scope

Update Dental College Journal (UpDCJ) is a double blind peer reviewed journal. It is published biannually in April and October each year by Update Dental College (UpDC). It publishes original articles based on laboratory work, field work, clinical trials and various other studies by scientific means related to disciplines of health and Biomedical science conducted in any Medical and Dental institutes in Bangladesh and other countries.

It also accepts review articles, meta analyses, case reports, short communications and letters to the editor. All rights reserved by UpDCJ. No part of any publications may be reproduced, stored in retrieval systems or transmitted in any form without the written permission of publisher except for non profit educational purposes.

The editors reserve the customary right to style and if necessary to shorten the material accepted for publication and to determine the priority and time of publication. Editors assume that all works are based on honest observation. It is not the task of editors to investigate scientific fraud paper and the editorial board will not take the responsibility for any misleading inaccurate information or any statement or opinion.

The journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work in medical journals.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to journals are privileged communications that are authors’ private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript’s details.

We guide our Reviewers therefore should keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. Reviewers are prohibited to publicly discuss authors’ work and must not appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.

Reviewers are expected to respond promptly to requests to review and to submit reviews within the time agreed. Reviewers’ comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists.

Initial Internal Editorial Review

To avoid unnecessary delay to get a decision about the manuscript, initially we do internal editorial review. It takes about 3-10 days. Using this method, about one-third of all submitted manuscripts are rejected without peer-review. That is, initial rejection is often much quicker. In that case, authors have the option to submit their manuscript to another journal without unnecessary delay. The usual reasons for rejection at this stage are a) insufficient originality, b) the absence of important message to the scientific community, c) not written according to our journal style, or d) Poor quality of the manuscript. We may screen a manuscript by reading only the abstract. So, the abstract should be structured (without subheading and paragraph), clear, complete and accurate as possible.

Peer-reviewed manuscripts

Among the all submitted manuscripts, Mini-review, Meta-analysis, Clinical Trial, Visual Experiment and Original Research Article are peer-reviewed, Case report.  One exception is that Letter to the Editor/ editoreal is not peer-reviewed and usually it doesn’t contain abstract.

External Review

If any manuscript passes the first step and meets the Criteria for Publication, then the manuscript is sent for external reviewers for comment/advices. The whole process is double-blinded. Editor in chief maintain this with confidentiality. The manuscript is initially sent to one external reviewer, but others may be invited if required.

Selection of Reviewers

Reviewer selection is the critical and important part to the publication process. The choice of selection is based on several factors, including a) expertise, b) reputation, c) capability of giving recommendations, d) giving enough time to review and e) our own previous experience of a reviewer's characteristics.

Review style:

We guide to our respected reviewers to send the review comments as in track change mood in Microsoft document. So that the review comments become specific and easy to understand. Occasionally we trained our reviewer to maintain this system.

Timing

Update Dental College Journal (UpDCJ) is committed to give rapid editorial decision and publication. To achieve the goal, an efficient editorial process is a valuable service both to our authors and to the scientific community as a whole. Therefore, we request the reviewers to respond promptly within 3 days to agree to do the review process. If a reviewer does not agree/respond to review a manuscript, then we request another reviewer. Once a reviewer agrees to review, the maximum allocated time period of review is 2 weeks. A soft reminder email is sent to the reviewer when the allocated time is over. This process performs well.

Editorial Decision The editor takes the final decision based on the reviewers' comment. The decision may be any one of the followings:

a) Accept for Publication, with or without any minor editorial revision

b) Inform the corresponding author to revise the Manuscript to address the specific concerns before a final decision is reached. Submission of revised manuscript does not ensure the acceptance

c) Reject, but inform the corresponding author that further write-up might justify a Resubmission

d) Decline Submission, typically on grounds of specialist interest, lack of novelty, insufficient conceptual advance or major technical and/or interpretational problems

Confidential

Editor, editorial board members, authors and reviewers keep confidential of all details of the editorial and peer review process on submitted manuscripts. Even identities of the reviewer are not disclosed to the corresponding author. In addition, reviewers maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published biannually in April and October.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.