Editorial Policies


As per the journal policy, adverts from third parties are not accepted.


  • All authors must list all relevant affiliations that indicate accurately where the study was approved and/or supported and/or conducted.
  • For non-research articles, authors must list their current institutional affiliation.
  • When the current institution is not where the work was done, authors must also list the affiliation where the work was conducted.
  • When any of the authors have no current relevant institutional affiliation, the author should indicate independent status.
  • Misrepresentation of affiliation is a form of misconduct. The journal reserves the right to contact all involved institutions to investigate and make a decision about the case.

Appeals and complaints

  • The journal follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines (https://publicationethics.org) on appeals.
  • All complaints or appeals regarding authorship issues, the peer-review process, or editorial decisions including post-publication concerns should be addressed to the Editors-in-Chief.
  • If the Editor-in-Chief is involved in the complaint, the editorial board will carry the responsibility to investigate the claims and make the proper decision.
  • The protocol of investigating a claim includes requesting information from all parties involved and a set of actions that follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).
  • When a concern is raised, the involved submission is liable to delay till the investigation is complete.


Protecting the confidentiality of the research subjects is a priority. Sensitive data must be coded and securely saved. Identifying information must not be published as written data, photographs, radiographs, and pedigrees. Refer to the information "For Authors".

All submissions will be handled as confidential material. The journal is committed to limiting access to the manuscript to those who are involved in the processing, reviewing, and publishing (in case of acceptance). Editors, reviewers, and managing staff must not disclose or use any unpublished material. Editors and reviewers are required that any data or ideas obtained through editing or peer reviewing must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Correction, retraction, and removal of a published article

  • Corrections to a published article can be done only in very limited cases to ensure the integrity of the research following the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. The Editor-in-Chief will make decisions concerning such cases. Corrections will be published as a "correction" (Corrigendum or Erratum), "Concern", "Retraction", or "Removal" note which will be permanently linked to the original article.
  • A Corrigendum is for errors made by the authors, while an Erratum is for errors made by the publisher.
  • Retraction of submission will only be considered in case a major change is needed due to major errors that undermine the scientific integrity of the research or when research misconduct or publication misconduct has been proven.
  • Removal of submission will only be considered in very rare cases where the raised concerns cannot be addressed by a "correction" (Corrigendum or Erratum), "Concern", or "Retraction" note such as in case of a legal dispute or presence of court order.

Desk rejection policy

Immediate rejection is possible for the following (but not limited to) reasons:

  1. The submission is not within the scope of the Journal.
  2. The submission does not follow the submission guidelines of the Journal.
  3. A plagiarism level that exceeds the level of similarity set by the journal.
  4. Publication ethics are not followed.
  5. Concerns about the scientific quality of the submission (the choice of the topic designing the objective – the study design – the statistics used – unacceptable grammar and spelling mistakes).

Open Access Policy

Mansoura Journal of Dentistry is an Open Access Journal. Readers can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full articles without embargo under a Creative Commons license provided that the author (s) and the publisher are credited and the article is not modified or changed. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Readers are not allowed to use the material for commercial purposes. The articles published in the Mansoura Journal of Dentistry are open access, but still copyrighted by the publisher.

Preprint policy:

As per the journal policy, preprints are not allowed.

Publication Ethics:

The Journal adheres to the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and endorses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals as well as the Good Publication Practice (GPP) guidelines for authorship.

Research Misconduct:

Research misconduct is the deliberate fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other serious deviation from accepted practices and proven by evidence. The journal deals seriously with any allegations of research misconduct because it damages the integrity of the research. The journal follows the COPE guidelines.


Appropriating ideas, procedures, results, or text of others without giving them appropriate credit is forbidden.

  • Authors must not use the text, figures, or ideas of others without permission and/or citing. The journal has a strict policy against plagiarism. See "Guide for Authors"
  • The maximum similarity allowed is 20% (excluding references).


Making up research data or results and recording or reporting them.


Manipulating research materials or processes, and/or changing or omitting data or results making the research inaccurately represented.

Authors must show their willingness to make their data available or to provide it upon request in the "data availability" statement otherwise the journal keeps its right to reject, retract, or remove the article.
Misconduct includes (but is not limited to):

  • Data or image fabrication or manipulation.
  • Use of third-party material without the author's permission.
  • Citation manipulation.
  • Plagiarism including self-plagiarism.
  • Ghost/gift authorship.
  • Ghost/gift affiliation.
  • Undisclosed competing interests.
  • Peer review manipulation.
  • Salami publication.
  • Redundant publication.

Use of third-party material:

When third-party materials are used in a submission, authors must seek and obtain written permission from the copyright owner to reuse their material. It is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission and to provide it to the journal when requested. Such materials include (but are not limited to) text, photographs, tables, figures, illustrations, data, audioes, or videos. The publisher cannot be held responsible for any legal claims related to including third-party material(s) in submissions.