A Dannan. A New Era of the Internet Journal of Dental Science. The Internet Journal of Dental Science. 2008 Volume 8 Number 1.
The worldwide web offers a unique opportunity to spread out scientific knowledge, providing an efficient and high quality transfer media. The powerful tools that bioinformatics offer allow overcoming the deficiencies and limitations of conventional printed information.
The main advantage of the electronic journal format is the highly dynamic and interactive way, in which the scientific information is transferred, using hypertext and linking descriptors, references and authors, three dimensional images, movement and sound. The electronic environment is beginning to reveal its potential for enhancing the development of scientific knowledge, favoring its integration and projection to define new scientific problems. Other inherent advantage is the considerable time reduction in publishing and distribution of the journal. Moreover, papers in electronic format are not only presented in HTML but also in PDF format fulfilling the appropriate use of international standards.
As new Editor-in-Chief of the “Internet Journal of Dental Science - IJDS”, I would like to thank all the people who nominated me for the new position. Special thanks are due to Mr. Oliver Wenker.
I think that the IJDS should be put in a higher level since it is an online free-access dental journal, which is directed to all dentists who are involved in scientific publications and who would like to publish unique papers related to all specializations of dental science. A very important point regarding publishing in the IJDS is that all articles published in this journal are cited in “Google Scholar” and “Open J-Gate”. Well, I hope that once a time we would be able to push the journal forward so that it will be cited also in “PubMed”.
My next step aimed at creating a strong, well-educated Editorial team for the review processing, and I hope we could find more qualified people for this purpose.
Considering that some published articles in the IJDS contained English language mistakes, I suggest that more importance and care should be given to the language when a paper is to be reviewed in the future. As you all know, the scientific language differs from the language used to write a non-scientific manuscript.
Within the next process of Editorial review of the journal, more restricted conditions will be taken into account, such as the written language, the quality and originality of the work. A noticeable change in the strategy of accepting or rejecting a manuscript for publication in IJDS will be clear, and only well-constructed, scientifically-based papers will be chosen for publication.
Please let me advise all colleagues who would like to share their scientific paper through our journal to use professional software to insert and edit the references in the submitted manuscript. Such programs (e.g. EndNote) would facilitate adding references to the manuscript, and would, moreover, give a unity and harmony among all papers in the journal.
Looking forward to receive your papers for publication in the IJDS, and welcome to one of the world's largest online medical publishers on the internet.
Dr. med. dent. Aous Dannan (B.Sc., Dipl. Perio, M.Sc.)
Editor-in-Chief (The Internet Journal of Dental Science)