Focus and Scope

Odovtos-Int. J. Dent. Sc. publishes articles in all fields of Oral, Craniofacial and Dental Sciences. We consider unpublished and original manuscripts with a prominent focus on critical and innovative data and information, promoting high clinical, academic and scientific research. Original Research articles based on laboratorial, biological and clinical experimental design are prioritized, while literature reviews and case reports has to provide a potential relevance to the field. Our journal will follow as much as possible the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in regard to review best practice and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research and other material published in dental/medical journals. Our journal offers Online-First publication, allowing frequent dissemination of its content. The articles must be original and unreleased.

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Odovtos – International Journal of Dental Sciences compromises to disseminate their contents worldwide, through collaborations with several Dental Schools, online databases, index and repositories, website, social media, among others. All submitted manuscripts are peer-reviewed based solely on the criteria of quality, innovation and pertinence. The pre-publication process is brief due to online submission. Our journal does not charge an economic fee for the editorial process, neither for publication. Moreover, Odovtos-Int. J. Dent. Sc. is an Online-First Journal, which allows frequent publication in Internet according to Open Access Initiative, favoring the diffusion of its content.


Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted will be reviewed initially by the Editor-in-chief to assure that the article follow our scope, complies with author guidelines and for plagiarism checker. In case of any non-fulfillment, the Editor-in-Chief can decide to return the manuscript for their respective modification, or to Reject the article without appeal.

Once this first phase is completed, the articles are submitted to an evaluation process called "double blind" which is made by national and international experts outside the journal. The autors do not know who the reviewer is, and the editors and reviewers do not know the authors. The Editor-in-Chief assigned the article, in a double-blind manner, to an Associate Editor, a member of the Editorial Board and two external evaluators of our International Scientific Board or a external evaluator with expertise in the field. 

Based on the peer-review reports, the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editor decide following the next criteria:

• Article accepted

• Article accepted with minor changes

• Article is suitable for publication prior major changes

• Article rejected.

The second draft is overview by the Associate Editor in order to guarantee that the authors made the requested modifications. Therefore, in case that the author (s) decides to appeal any changes, the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editor would consider their statements. Finally, the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board has the final word on acceptance. The entire process delay in about 3-8 weeks. Take in consideration that our reject rate is approximately of 55%


ODOVTOS , as an Open Access publication, allows that the articles, in their editorial version, to be archived on different resources available on the web and the institutional repositories after their online publication.


Publication Frequency

Odovtos – International Journal of Dental Sciences traditionally was published annually (December) since its first edition. However, as part of the improvements in our journal, the Editorial Team renovate and render to Multilanguage publication since 2014’s Edition, which was delayed due to different administrative issues occurred.

Odovtos - IJDS has a quarterly periodicity from Jan-April, May-Aug, Sept-Dec. Issue publication occurs the 1 st Day January- May-Sept, since 2015.   The accepted articles will be published as soon as they are ready as individual items, by adding them to Online First.

Open Access Policy

Our journal agrees with the norms of the Open Access Initiative, every published paper can be read or download from this website. There is no article processing charges (APCs).

Digital preservation policy

This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create an archive distributed among participating libraries. The system allows to create permanent archives of the journal for preservation and restoration purposes.
The journal is also part of the PKP Preservation Network, which provides preservation for any OJS journal.
Finally, articles are preserved at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Costa Rica

Creative Commons License

Odovtos -Int J Dent Sc endoses to  CC-BY-NC.

Attribution (BY- NC)  — (BY) You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. (NC) You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

Reconocimiento (BY - NC) - (BY) Debe reconocer adecuadamente la autoría, proporcionar un enlace a la licencia e indicar si se han realizado cambios.  Puede hacerlo de cualquier manera razonable, pero no de una manera que sugiera que tiene el apoyo del licenciador o lo recibe por el uso que hace. (NC) No puede utilizar el material para una finalidad comercial.


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Publication ethics and Malpractice Statement

Odovtos -International Journal of Dental Sciences publishes articles in all fields of Oral, Craniofacial and Dental Sciences. We consider unpublished and original manuscripts with a prominent focus on critical and innovative data and information, promoting high clinical, academic and scientific research. Our journal follows the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in regard to review best practice and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research and other material published in dental/medical journals.

Our journal complies with a double-blind peer review process in which our editorial board assure that the article follow the journal scope, complies with author guidelines and for plagiarism checker. In case of any non-fulfillment, the Editor-in-Chief can decide to return the manuscript for their respective modification, or to Reject the article without appeal in cases of scientific misconduct.

Odovtos - Int. J. Dent. Sc looks after the fulfillment of the national and international ethic norms during the process of publication. In order to achieve this, the journal follows the norms of the ICMJE and employs the Turnitin system to detect plagiarism. Plagiarism will be understood under the concept of the identical copy of a part of a text en which the source is not specifically identified. In the same way, paraphrasing should be properly cited. If plagiarism is detected, our journal will follow the information provided by COPE in the next link:

Scientific misconduct includes but is not necessarily limited to data fabrication; data falsification including deceptive manipulation of images; and plagiarism. When scientific misconduct is alleged, or concerns are otherwise raised about the conduct or integrity of work described in submitted or published papers, the editorial board would initiate an appropriate investigation and may choose to publish an expression of concern pending the outcomes of those procedures. If the procedures involve an investigation at the authors’ institution, the editor should seek to discover the outcome of that investigation, notify readers of the outcome if appropriate, and if the investigation proves scientific misconduct, publish a retraction of the article. There may be circumstances in which no misconduct is proven, but an exchange of letters to the editor could be published to highlight matters of debate to readers.

In cases proved of misconduct, a retraction would be necessary. The retraction and original article would be linked in both directions and the retracted article would be clearly labelled as retracted in all its forms (Abstract, full text, PDF). The text of the retraction would explain the reasons of retraction and include a complete citation reference to that article. Retracted articles would remain in the public domain and be clearly labelled as retracted. All this procedures would be executed according to ICMJE

Some of the responsibilities of the participants are:

Editors: Supervise the processes of publication by following the highest ethical standards. Make sure the articles are revised by specialists in the matter. Clearly inform about the norms of publication.

Authors: Present the results of processes of investigation in a transparent, rigorous and ethical manner, assuming the responsibility for said published investigation. Authors will also have to describe their methods of investigation in such way that the scientific community can corroborate or replicate the data. Autors must avoid sending simultaneously the manuscript to two or more journals. Disclosure of funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest, if any, or declaring about conflicts of interest. Also, every author must participate in the retractions and/or correction of mistakes required by the editorial board. All authors are responsible to approved the final version of each work before publication. It is important that every author is responsible to disclosure any financial support for the realization of each work. Odovtos – IJDS reminds that is forbidden that any author or authors group begin the publication process if the same work was already submitted to any other journal, or if the results were already published

Reviewers: They compromise to inform about possible fraud or plagiarism regarding the evaluated investigations. Also, reviewers will abstain from using the information in the manuscripts that they will review until these are published. They will evaluate the articles rigorously, objectively and in the time settled. They will place their comments aiming to improve the quality of the manuscript.

 * Odovtos assures a double blind review in the same conditions as others authors, in articles submitted to our journal in which are included some or one of our members of the editorial board. In such cases the editor in chief would send the article to foreign reviewers in a double-blind manner. If our editor-in-chief is part of any article submitted, he/she would be separated from the process, and the peer review process would be done by a associate editor.  Moreover, Odovtos encouraged the punlication of high-quality impact research in all dental sciences, and guarantees a transparent peer review process to all authors.


Conflict of interest

Authors submitting their articles to Odovtos - IJDS  are required to declare any potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest are those that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on the presentation, review and publication of their work with a financial, non-financial, professional or personal conflict. An example could be downloaded in ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest at

Complaint Process

Odovtos - International Journal of Dental Sciences reminds that in any case of complaint is necessary to send an official complaint to the editor-in-chief and editorial board to the following emails: and

Every complaint received would be serously investigated according to our malpractice statement. Please be attentive to receive our confirmatio email in which we would describe the manner of the investigation of your complaint.

If your complaint is about scientific misconduct, please assure to look our item : Publication ethics and Malpractice Statement.


Authorship Contribution

From July 1 2021, an author contribution statement should be provided during the submission process. This would enhance the transparency and ethical policies regarding authorship to recognize individual author contributions, reducing authorship disputes or misconduct, and facilitating collaboration. This measure is a usual statement that is more commonly used worldwide and would contribute to comply ICMJE Policies.

 The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.

All those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged.

Sample of an author contribution statement

  • For all articles, a short paragraph specifying their individual contributions must be provided and would be published. The following statements should be used:

 "Conceptualization and Design, X.X. and Y.Y.; Literature Review, X.X.; Methodology and Validation, X.X.; Formal Analysis, X.X.; Investigation and Data Collection, X.X.; Resources, X.X.; Data Analysis and Interpretation, X.X.; Writing – Original Draft Preparation, X.X.; Writing – Review & Editing, X.X.; Supervision, X.X.; Project Administration, X.X.; Funding Acquisition, Y.Y.”




Journal History

 Odovtos was created about 15 years ago with the aim of disseminating scientific knowledge produced by professors of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Costa Rica. Later, it was included at the formalized journals web site of the University under the guidance of the ViceDean of Research and published through SIEDIN.

Odovtos is indexed in Latindex and traditionally was published annually (December). 

Since 2015, as part of our commitment to improve the journal and its international diffusion, the Editorial Team was renewed, the name was modified to Odovtos International Journal of Dental Sciences and extended to Multilanguage format, allowing the publication of scientific articles in Spanish and/or English from Issue Number 16 - 2014, which was delayed due to various administrative issues occured, such as the nomination of actual Directors from Faculty and Odovtos- Int J Dent Sc. The current staff acquires the commitment to initiate biannual publication beginning in 2016 (June and December). 

Actually, Odovtos-Int J Dent Sc main objective is to disseminate original and transcendental knowledge in the field of dentistry and its specialties. Our primary readership consists of dentists, dental educators, academics, dental students, researchers, health professionals and general public interested in expanding their knowledge in the area. Our journal offers Online-First publication, allowing frequent dissemination of its content.

Moreover, authors will be able to submit manuscripts directly to our platform OJS (Open Journal System) at With this system you will be able to check manuscript status in real time and the whole publishing process will be easier.

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Odovtos – International Journal of Dental Sciences