Instructions to Authors

The Malaysian Journal Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery welcomes contribution on all aspects of work relating to oral and maxillofacial surgery. These may take the form of original research reports, critical reviews, surgical techniques, clinical observations, and case reports. The articles shall be independently refereed by at least two referees and published at the discretion of the editors. However although the articles are subject to review and editing, the journal does not hold itself responsible for all statements made by contributors.

General Instructions:

The authors must prepare the manuscript in accordance with the ‘Uniform requirement for Manuscripts Submitted to Medical Journal’ as stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in October 2001. The submitted paper shall include a covering letter firmly stating that the work has not been published before, or being considered for publication elsewhere, and that it has been and approved by all authors. The submission of the manuscript also meant that the authors automatically assign the copyright to the Journal if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. When the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author shall receive a copyright assignment form, which should be returned to the editorial office duly signed on behalf of all co-authors.

Preparation of manuscript:

All contributions must be submitted to journal style in English (spelling may be in English or American; but it should be consistent throughout).

The manuscript should be prepared in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman size 11 fonts, double spacing throughout, with a margin of 3.0 cm all round.

A full paper is generally set out in the following manner with each section beginning on a separate page: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgement if applicable, ethics declaration, conflict of interest declaration, references, tables and illustrations and a page on legends for the illustrations/tables. The pages should be sequentially numbered, starting with the title page.

Title page:

The title page should contain a concise but informative title, the name(s) of the author(s), the name of the institution where the work was carried out; and the full postal address, telephone/fax number and e-mail address of all authors. If the title is longer than 40 letters and space, a shorter running title must be given. For case report and technical notes, a maximum of five (5) authors is allowed.


The second page should begin with an abstract not exceeding 200 words followed by a list of keywords.


Text should be written in a concise style. Presentation of a research paper should follow the conventional style of introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and conclusion. For case reports format consist of introduction, case report, discussion and conclusion. All major headings should be in bolded UPPERCASE while minor headings are to be typed in bolded Title Case. Abbreviations and units which are unusual should be fully explained when they first occur in the text. All measurements should be expressed in SI units. For further details, authors are advised to refer to Baron DN (ed): Units, symbols and abbreviations: A guide for biological and medical editors and authors, 1988; published by the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

Acknowledgments / Funding:

All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the paper before the references. The authors should also state any source of funding/supporting grants for the research.

Conflicts of interest:

Authors must declare all potential interests – whether or not they actually had an influence and should explain why the interest may be a conflict. If there are none, the authors should state “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this article.”


In any studies that involve experiments on human, all work must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (1964). Mansucript with human subjects must include a statement that the experiment has been approved by the responsible Ethical Committee and with subjects’ understanding and consent. In the case of any animal experiments, the authors must provide a full description of any anesthetic or surgical procedure used, as well as evidence that all possible steps were in accordance to institution guidelines


All patients have a right to privacy. Without written consent, any identifiable information (patients’ images, names etc.) should be omitted or sufficiently anonymized according to International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) guidelines. Informed consent that has been obtained must be mentioned in the manuscript.


The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the author. References in the text should be numbered consecutively using superscript numerals (1 for the first cited reference and followed by 2 then 3 and so on). Example for more than one reference in text:  4,5 for two references and 2-7 for more than two references. The listed references at the end of the paper should be arranged and numbered consecutively; corresponding to the order they appear in the text. References to journal should include author’s name and initials (list all if six or fewer; list the first three and add et al when seven or more), full title paper, abbreviated journal title, year of publication, volume number and first and last page number (i.e. Vancouver style).

Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the international list of periodic title word abbreviations, Pari 1970 as used in index Medicus. For example:

Bolewska J, Holmstrup P, Moller-Madsen B, Kenrad B, Danscher G. Amalgam associated mercury accumulations in normal oral mucosa lesions of lichen planus and contact lesion associated with amalgam. J Oral Pathol Med 1990; 19:39-42.

Books should be cited as follows:

Eversole LR. Clinical outline of oral pathology: diagnosis and treatment.

Philadelphia. Lea and Febiger, 1984; 261-292.

Chapter in a book:

Lewis DH, and Nelp WB. Nuclear medicine in oral and maxillofacial surgery. In: Worthington & Evans ed. Controversies in oral maxillofacial Surgery. Philadelphia. Saunders 1994:86-94.


Tables should be used only to clarify important points. Double documentation in text, figure or tables is not acceptable. All tables should be printed on a separate sheet to fit the proportion of the printed page. Each table should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals with a title that make its general meaning comprehensible without reference to the text.


All illustrations (graphs, drawings, and photographs) are considered as figures. Each figure should be numbered in the sequence that it appears in the text. In Arabic numerals and Capital letters (e.g. FIGURE 1). All figures should fit the proportion of the printed page. Where illustrations must include identifiable individuals, written permission for publication must be obtained. Legend / caption for the illustrations should be presented in a separate page.


The submission must include two (2) Microsoft Word documents: a cover letter file and the manuscript file. The manuscript file should include title page, abstract, text, acknowledgement if applicable, references, tables and illustrations (tables and figures should not be submitted in separate files). If the paper is accepted, the authors might be asked to provide the source of the figures.

Address all manuscripts submission and correspondence to the Malaysian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Editor in Chief email :

Article Processing Charges:

Malaysian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is an open access journal. The fees to be paid following the acceptance of an article are USD50. For members of the Malaysian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, this fee is waived.


As an open access journal, the authors retain the copyrights of their papers. This permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. The content in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date it is published, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.