Sunday, February 15, 2015


Peer Review
The AJO-DO uses a blind review process; the identity of the author and the location of the research are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa.  
In the past, AJO-DO staff has often blinded new submissions when authors fail to do so. But, with nearly 1,000 articles submitted last year, and the submission rate still growing, staff (aka, me!) can no longer do this. Submissions that are not blinded for peer review will be returned to the author for revision prior to review. This is an unnecessary delay.
The following submission items are sent to reviewers during the review process and therefore should not reveal any identifying information.
* Manuscript * Figures * Tables * Other Material *
The Title Page is not sent to reviewers, and it should contain complete author information, including each author's contribution to the submission. 
In the Manuscript, please pay special attention to Materials and Methods and Acknowledgments; wherever an author or location is mentioned, use the “hidden” format in Word to conceal it, or remove it to the Title Page.
For more  information, see the AJO-DO Author Information.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


February 2015; 147(2):158
February 2015; 147(2):281-2
Daniel J. Subtelney
When Dr Subtelney was asked to write a guest editorial in July 2014 for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the AJO-DO, he enthusiastically agreed to do so, and he completed the task shortly thereafter. He died on September 17, 2014, and this guest editorial represents his final lesson for the specialty that he loved so dearly.

Monday, February 9, 2015


February 2015; 147(2):166-168

Appropriate use of ionizing radiation in orthodontic practice and research

Ionizing radiation has revolutionized orthodontic practice and research in the past century.  One of the latest advances in imaging is cone-beam computed tomography. CBCT images have more information than conventional images but expose patients to more radiation. Every practitioner needs to to carefully weigh the costs and benefits exposing a patient to ionizing radiation. Key principles for radiographic imaging are justification, optimization, and dose limits.

The author of this article, Dr. Ahmad Abdelkarim, has dual specialty training in orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial radiology. He is also the editor of the AAO's new CBCT Resource Center, which is now available to AAO members at aaoinfo.org. The CBCT Resource Center is a compilation of information about the use of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) in orthodontic treatment. It is an initiative of the AAO Council on Scientific Affairs (COSA).

Read more about the Resource Center in the June 2014 Editorial

Saturday, February 7, 2015


The evolution of journal communication

Wayne G. Watson, Editor Emeritus
Editor Emeritus of the AJO-DO Wayne G. Watson penned a Guest Editorial for the February edition. In it, he reviews the history of the journal through its 8 editors-in-chief.  Dr. Watson held the job himself, from 1978 - 1986.  Each editor steered the journal through changes in science, technology, and politics, and each left the journal strong and well-equipped to face whatever changes the future would bring.

Read this interesting Guest Editorial from a former Editor-in-Chief in the February issue.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


2015; 147(2): 161-164
Throughout our Centennial year of publishing, the AJO-DO is proud to present a special series of articles, Pillars in Orthodontics. These articles will include a mix of new and old material, all reviewing the lives of notable orthodontists. 

Our subject for February is Martin Dewey, (1881-1933), the first editor of this journal. This article was originally published in 1957. 

Dewey studied with Edward H Angle and taught at the Angle school for a while. He went on to teach at Kansas City Dental School, and eventually established the Dewey School of Orthodontia. See the advertisement below. He was a talented public speaker, and earned a reputation nationally and internationally. 

Learn more about this fascinating orthodontic pioneer in the February issue.

Advertisement from a 1921 issue of the Journal.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


August 2013; 144(2):165
It bears repeating....

Guidelines do exist for authorship. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), to which the AJO-DO belongs, provides strict but reasonable criteria for justifying authorship. According to the ICMJE, an author is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. How does the ICMJE define substantive contribution? Specifically stated, authorship credit should be based on 3 responsibilities: (1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (3) final approval of the version to be published. Furthermore, the ICMJE states that each author should meet all 3 of these criteria.

The AJO-DO requires that each author's contribution be listed on the title page of new submissions.

Monday, February 2, 2015


Esthetic judgments of palatally displaced canines 3 months postdebond after surgical exposure with either a closed or an open technique

Philip Benson, University of Sheffield
Philip Benson, of the University of Sheffield, reports on the work his research team did, examining palatally displaced canines. They conducted a rigorous, controlled randomized clinical trial, hoping to answer once and for all: is it better to exposed displaced canines with an open surgical technique, or does a closed technique produce a better result? Watch the video, then turn to the February issue of the AJO-DO to read the full results.