Journal of the Sri Lanka Dental Association (SLDA) is the official publication of the Sri Lanka Dental Association. Its first issue was published in 1995.
SLDA is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, which is published triennially (threef issues per year) from 2017. It publishes original research articles, reviews, brief reports, updates and short communications to inform current research, policies and evidence based public health practices in all areas that are of common interest to public health practitioners, clinicians and health policy makers.
The journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for dissemination of research material in a variety of disciplines relevant to public health such as demography, epidemiology, statistics, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health systems and policy, health service management, and health economics.
Mission of the SLDA is to encourage, empower and stimulate researchers and health professionals to publish high quality research, which is novel and of public health importance in the local and global context.
SLDA provides open access to its contents immediately upon publication, without any subscription charge or registration barrier, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Article processing charges
SLDA does not charge any article-processing or publishing fee.
All articles published in the SLDA are deposited with Crossref.
Peer review policy
SLDA follows a double-blind peer review process, in which each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers (names of the authors are not revealed to the reviewers and vice versa, until the initial decision is made on the manuscript). The review will focus on the originality of the work, scientific validity of the study and its findings, ethical conduct and public health implications. Reviewers comprise members of the Editorial Board including the members of International Advisory Board, and local or international experts on specific content/field, if required.
The two co-Editors are in charge of the peer-review process. Corresponding authors are requested to submit the manuscripts online using the Editorial Manager system (for more information, visit Submission Guidelines). When a manuscript is submitted to the SLDA, it is initially assessed by the co-Editors on meeting the criteria for submission. If it does, the co-Editors will select two potential reviewers within the field of research and invite them to review independently and make recommendations in reviewers’ reports within two weeks of accepting the invitation to review. The editorial board will be meeting once a month (every third Thursday of month), during which the recommendations made by the reviewers will be presented and further discussed and finally, a decision will be made on the manuscript. Accordingly, the peer-review process upto the first decision will usually take 2-6 weeks from the date of submission. Decisions include: ‘Reject; no further review’ (Decline submission), ‘Major revision’ (Resubmit for review), ‘Minor revision’ (Revision required) and ‘Accept’ (No further revisions)’.
If it is a re-submission, comments will be communicated to the corresponding author within one week of the meeting. Once received, the manuscript should be revised, while taking the reviewer comments into account. The revised manuscript is to be submitted online by the corresponding author within the next 4 weeks if it is a’Major revision’; and within the next 2 weeks if it is a ‘Minor revision’. It should include a covering letter detailing the responses given to each reviewer comment in point-by-point form and be submitted online by the given deadline. Final decision will be made accordingly and communicated to the corresponding author. If the corresponding author does not respond to three reminders sent by the Editorial manager after the deadline, the manuscript will be automatically removed from the system and will not be considered for further evaluation.
SLDA ensures that international standards of publication of bio-medical research are maintained. Before submission, all authors should read and agree on the contents of the manuscript, and conform to the editorial policies given below.
- Ethics approval
- Consent to participate
- Research involving animals
- Consent for publication
- Registration of Trials and Systematic reviews
- Standards of reporting
- Competing interests
- Duplicate publication, published abstracts/posters and text recycling
- Peer review
SLDA is available for LOCKSS harvesting, to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.
Citing articles in SLDA
Articles in SLDA should be cited as: Authors. Title. SLDA year; volume[issue]: pages. DOI
Example: Mahesh PKB, Gunathunga MW, Arnold SM. Home-based temperature measuring practices and their association with selected events of disease sequelae among children treated as dengue in a tertiary care setting in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Sri Lanka Dental Association 2017; 22(1): 30–38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/slda.v22i1.8084
Speed of publication
The SLDA is committed to offer a fast publication procedure while adhering to the editorial and peer review policies of the journal. All articles considered for publication in the Journal are submitted online and will undergo the specified peer-review process. The Editorial Board aims to convey the first decision on the article within 2-6 weeks of its intial submission. After acceptance, articles will be published as a formatted PDF.
Copyright of articles in the SLDA is retained by the author(s). The authors grant the Sri Lanka Dental Association a licence to publish the article and to identify itself as the original publisher. The SLDA is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. This licence permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Authors are free to deposit their articles in an institutional repository.