About the Journal


Erbil Dental Journal


Aim and Scope

Erbil Dental Journal (EDJ) is published by the College of Dentistry, Hawler Medical University. EDJ is a peer-review, open access journal, which is published two times per year. EDJ aims to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts of Iraqi, regional and international interests. Submissions on basic sciences, clinical or laboratory investigations of relevance to dentistry come within the scope of its publications. Original articles, review articles, case reports, brief communications, insights and letters to the editor are all considered.



The copyright on any article published in EDJ is retained by the author(s) in agreement with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Author(s) need to grant EDJ a license to publish the article and identify the journal as the original publisher. Author(s) can grant any third party the right to use the article freely providing that the third party ensures its integrity and the identification of its original authors, citation details and the journal. 


Open Access Policy

EDJ 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. EDJ is an Open Access Journal. This means that all contents are freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution following the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author(s).


Review Process

The editorial office of EDJ and the subject editors check each submitted manuscript for general quality, suitability and whether it conforms to the journal’s guidelines. Submissions that do not comply with the journal’s guidelines will be returned to the author for correction before being considered for publication. All manuscripts are checked by the editorial office for plagiarism using Plagiarism Checker X. If plagiarism is detected, the author(s) will be notified and requested to either rewrite the text or quote the text exactly and to cite the original source. If at least 15% of the original submission is plagiarized, EDJ has the right to reject the manuscript. If the manuscript found suitable and acceptable in principle, it will be sent out for double-blind review.


Reviewers treat the manuscript with the utmost confidentiality and required to declare any conflict of interests. Comments and suggestions from the reviewers will be conveyed to the authors. Revised manuscripts are subjected to further review by the original reviewers and the responsible subject editors. The final decision whether to accept or reject the submission lies within the Editor’s authority, in collaboration with the journal’s editorial board. The corresponding author will be advised of the final decision in a formal letter. 


Ethical Considerations

For prospective studies involving human investigations or animal experiments, authors are expected to mention the approval of regional, national, institutional or independent Ethics Committee or Scientific Committee, obtaining assent for children aged over seven years participating in a trial is also mandatory. The journal will not consider any paper which is ethically unacceptable. A relevant statement on ethics committee permission and ethical practices must be included in all research articles under Subjects and Methods section. All manuscripts reporting the results of an experimental investigation involving human subjects should include a statement confirming that an informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject's guardian, after approval of the experimental protocol by a local human ethics committee.


Conflicts of Interest

All conflicts of interests must be outlined in the manuscript. If the authors have no conflict of interests to report, this must be explicitly stated. The suggested wording in such an instance is: The author(s) report no conflict of interests.



Authorship must be based on having substantial contributions to concept and design, acquisition of, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the article or revising it critically, and final approval of the version to be published. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section at the end of the article.  All authors must give their signed consent for publication in a pledge form, which should accompany the manuscript.



The editorial office edits the papers selected for publication for brevity, clarity, grammar, spelling, and style. When the editing is extensive, with the possibility of altered meaning, queries are sent to the corresponding author by email. A galley proof will be forwarded to the corresponding author before the publication of the accepted papers which must be returned to the journal’s office with specific comments if any. Corrections on the galley proof, in case any, must be limited to typographical errors, or missing contents only.