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Periodontal Clinical Investigations

As a member benefit, The Officers and Board of Directors of The NESP continue to provide the PCI Journal On-line through this website. This feature remains available only to Active Members. Those members who would like to submit articles for on-line publication, please follow the instructions below. We are proud to present this member benefit and look forward to even greater member participation and Web site utilization.

Instructions to Authors

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be sent to the Editors by e-mail: [email protected]; or by mail to Dr. Vincent Iacono, Department of Periodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY  11794-8703. 

Printed submissions sent to the above address must be prepared as described below and accompanied by a standard CD-R containing an electronic copy of the manuscript.  The CD-R should be labeled with the manuscript title, author(s) and specific version of the word processing program used.  In lieu of printed manuscripts, electronic submissions are preferred and are to be done entirely in Microsoft Word (PC or MAC) and will be accepted at the above e-mail address.

It is not necessary to send hard copies unless there are figures of which you do not have electronic copies.

Submission of a manuscript is held to imply that the paper has not been published elsewhere and that, if accepted, it will not be published in any other journal in the same or similar form without the Editors’ written consent.

All submissions must be written in English. Authors must furnish translations of articles written in other languages.

All submissions will be subject to peer and editorial review.


Manuscripts should be in final form when submitted. They are to be double-spaced throughout, with one-inch margins. The first page must contain (1) title of paper; (2) running title (40 characters or less, preferably without abbreviations); (3) names, titles, and institutional affiliations of all authors; (4) mailing and e-mail address for correspondence and reprint requests, and also a telephone, fax number and e-mail address for the journal’s use.

Manuscripts must be original and may not have been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere, with the exception of presentation at a scientific meeting and publication as an abstract.  A signed statement to this effect is to be included with the submission of the manuscript.  Research that involves human subjects must conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and the authors must indicate that appropriate informed consent was obtained.

The text should open with a brief abstract.

Authors are not bound to any particular form; however, subject matter should be arranged under suitable headings and sub-headings. The following are—in most cases—preferable and in this order: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References.

Manuscript Preparation

If manuscripts are submitted in hard copy format they must be submitted in quadruplicate (one original and three copies) and word processed, double-spaced on one side only of an A4 or 8.5 x 11 inch paper, with at least 25 millimeter (1 inch) margins on all four sides.  Manuscripts generally should not exceed 10 pages (excluding references, tables, figure legends and figures) and should be limited to no more than six authors.  Additional contributing authors will be listed in the acknowledgements.  Abbreviations should be placed in parentheses after the first complete use of the term(s) to be abbreviated.  Use generic names for drugs and for dental materials.  Give trades names and manufacturer’s names and addresses in parentheses.

Acknowledgements and Conflict of Interest

Include acknowledgement of those individuals who contributed to the publication, source of financial support, and any financial relationships of any of the authors which may pose a perceived conflict of interest.  If the work was supported by a grant, the name of the supporting organization and the grant number are to be stated.


Illustrations should be sent as attachments to the manuscript. Artwork should be un-mounted. Figure legends should be printed on a separate sheet. Photographs should be glossy prints, including only the area of interest. Since illustrations will usually be reduced in printing, authors should ensure that numbers and letters within illustrations are large enough to be legible after reduction (1.5-2 mm).  All illustrations are to be numbered in order of their mention in the text.


Tables should be numbered, according to their order of mention in the text and each supplied with a title and typed on a separate sheet.  Tables should be self-explanatory and supplement, not duplicate the text.  All footnotes should immediately follow the table, and all abbreviations should be defined in the footnote.


References should be numbered in the order of their occurrence in the text, not alphabetically. Text references are indicated by bracketed numbers: as in other reports (1, 5, 6-10)

Davis et al (16) reported…

The list of references at the end of the text should be double-spaced and arranged in order of their occurrence in the text.  All authors should be listed unless there are more than six, when additional authors listed as et al.  This should be followed by the title of the article, the name of the journal, the volume number, the first and last pages in full, and the year of publication.

Journal references are printed in the following form:

1. AUTHOR, AB, CO-AUTHOR, CO, CO-AUTHOR, EF, et al: Title of article, J Abbreu, vol: first page of article-last page of article, year of publication.

References to Books:

2.  AUTHOR, AB: Title of Book. Editor(s). Place of publication, Name of Publisher, (pages referred to), year of publication.

Please give full bibliographic information, when possible, in references to meetings and symposia.


Manuscripts are solicited from clinicians and researchers in areas of clinical and scientific interest to periodontists. The focus of the journal is mainly on material of interest to clinical periodontists.

Published manuscripts are not returned unless requested.