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The JDR is excited to announce a call for papers for an upcoming publication of a special issue, anticipated for winter of 2021. This special issue will highlight the latest scientific advances in research on the interaction between materials and biological systems within the dental, oral and craniofacial complex. The deadline to submit papers for the special issue is January 31, 2021.

This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art regarding our understanding of the complex interactions occurring between biomaterials and living cells and tissues in the oral environment, including future strategies for manipulating these interactions through the development of “bioactive” materials and devices for enhanced oral health care. The issue will be of interest to biomaterials scientists, biomedical engineers, oral health researchers and practitioners.

Historically, lack of toxicity was the primary biological requirement to be considered when placing a material within the body. In recent years, the focus of oral biomaterials research and development has changed to what some describe as a new era of “bioactive” materials. These materials are designed to produce a specific biological response. Understanding the way materials interact with tissues and organisms at the cellular and molecular levels, and at a variety of different size scales, is critical for advancing this agenda. Materials and coatings are being designed to ensure definable biological responses that lead to desirable outcomes, such as enhanced adhesion to tissues, reduced interfacial degradation, favorable interactions with the oral microbiota, and stimulation of new mineral formation. Specific molecules and cells are being loaded into scaffolds of synthetic or natural materials to facilitate the complete biomimicking regeneration of lost or damaged soft tissues. This issue will highlight studies describing novel means for probing this interaction between materials science and biology, including novel predictive laboratory-based chip technologies for high throughput science.

All manuscripts submitted for consideration will be subject to the peer review process in a manner identical to the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. Research manuscripts should adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • A limit of 3,200 words (including introduction, materials, methods, results and discussion; excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends and references)
  • A limit of 5 total figures or tables and 40 references
  • Must contain a 300-word abstract.
  • The special issue will also accept selected reviews according to the instructions to authors for manuscripts, with the following guidelines: 4,000 words, 6 total figures or tables; 60 references and a 300-word abstract.

Additional information regarding requirements and formatting of manuscripts can be found at

Papers should be submitted to, no later than January 31, 2021 to be given full consideration.

Authors are required to include in their cover letter that their paper is being submitted for consideration for inclusion in the special issue on the Materials-Biology Interface. Papers after this date will be considered for publication in the regular issue of the Journal.

The JDR is published by the International & American Associations for Dental Research.

Editors of the Special Issue: 
Jack Ferracane, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA
Luiz Bertassoni, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA