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Archives of Orofacial Sciences


Discipline(s) / Subdiscipline(s):

     1. Medical & Health Sciences
         - Dentistry

E-ISSN: 2231-7163
Print ISSN: 1823-8602
Publisher: Universiti Sains Malaysia
Publication type: Print & Electronic
Publication frequency: 2 time(s) per year
Journal Website: http://www.dental.usm.my/aos/

Contact Info

Associate Professor Dr. Dasmawati Mohamad

Aims and scopes
The Archives of Orofacial Sciences (AOS) is published by the School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The main aim of the AOS is to be a premiere journal of all aspects of orofacial science in Malaysia and internationally. The focus of AOS will be original articles and case reports comprising interesting and original findings pertaining to the orofacial complex, topics in relation to general dentistry, medical and dental education as well as state of the art dental technology.



Associate Professor Dr. Dasmawati Mohamad (USM, Malaysia)

Editorial Board

Asssitant Editor-in-Chief
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Normastura Abd.Rahman (USM, Malaysia)
BDS (Malaya), MComMed (Oral Health) (USM)

Editorial Board
  1. Prof. Grant Townsend (University of Adelaide, Australia)
    BDS (Adel), BScDent (Hons), PhD (Adel.), DDSc (Adel.)
  2. Prof. Lindsay C. Richards (University of Adelaide, Australia)
    BDS, BScDent(Hons), PhD, MRACDS(Prosth), FICD, FADI
  3. Prof. Peter J. Anderson (Australian Craniofacial Unit & University of Adelaide, Australia)
    MB, ChB, BDS, MD (Edin), PhD (Adel), FDSRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FACS, FRCS (Plast. Surg), FRACS
  4. Prof. Reinhilde Jacobs (KU Leuven, Belgium)
    BDS, MSc Dental Radiology (London), PhD (KU Leuven)
  5. Prof. Mohaideen Abdulcader Mohamad Sitheeque (University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
    BDS (Ceylon), FDSRCPS (Glasg.)
  6. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Neil McLean (Australian Craniofacial Unit & University of Adelaide, Australia)
    BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Commendation), FRCS, MD, Dip Aes Surg (Distinction)
  7. Prof. Dr. Adam Husein (USM, Malaysia)
    BDS (Adelaide), GradDipClinDent (Adelaide), DClinDent (Adelaide), FRACDS (Australia)
  8. Prof. Dr. Zainul Ahmad Rajion (USM, Malaysia)
    BDS (Lahore), GradDipClinDent (Adelaide), PhD (Adelaide)
  9. Assoc. Prof. Dr. T.P. Kannan (USM, Malaysia)
    BVSc (Chennai), MVSc (Chennai), PhD (Chennai)
  10. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norkhafizah Saddki (USM, Malaysia)
    BDS (Otago), MComMed (Oral Health) (USM)
  11. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zamri Radzi (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
    BDS (Indonesia), MDentSci (Leeds), FFDRCSI
  12. Dr. Mohd. Fadhli Khamis (USM, Malaysia)
    BDS (Malaya), GradDipForenOdont (Adelaide), PhD (Adelaide)
  13. Dr. Azlina Ahmad (USM, Malaysia)
    BSc (Hons) (UKM), MSc (Biochemistry) (UKM), PhD (Tokushima)
  14. Dr. Siti Lailatul Akmar Zainuddin (USM, Malaysia)
    BDS (Malaya), MClin Dent (Leeds), PhD (Leeds)
Managing Editor
Abdul Hakim Abdul Basir (USM, Malaysia)
BSc (Hons) (UKM)




Archives of Orofacial Sciences accepts original articles and case reports comprising interesting and original findings pertaining to the orofacial complex, topics in relation to general dentistry, medical and dental education as well as state of the art dental technology.

The journal also accepts review articles, quizzes and letters to the editors. Both invited state of the art reviews and short analytical reviews may be published. The state of art review may be submitted upon the editor’s invitation to an authoritative expert to review advancing areas in dental and biomedical sciences. Letters to the editors must be supported by evidence about the editorial content of the journal and are limited to only 400 words. Abstracts from conference proceedings may be published in separate annual supplements.

Archives of Orofacial Sciences is a peer reviewed journal. Every published article has been reviewed by reviewers appointed by the editor-in-chief.


Complete manuscripts, written in English along with tables and illustrations could be submitted as softcopy to e-mail address: zainul@kck.usm.my.

Hardcopies (one original and two copies) could also be sent to:

Dr. Dasmawati Mohamad
Archives of Orofacial Sciences
School of Dental Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia
16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
Tel: +609-7675824


All manuscripts submitted for publication must be accompanied by a cover letter certifying originality of the work, freedom from conflict of interest and conduct of research in accordance to ethical guidelines established for human subjects and animal welfare. In addition, a statement of agreement of all the authors to transfer all the copyrights to the journal should also accompany the manuscript. Manuscripts submitted for publication are understood to be offered only to Archives of Orofacial Sciences and which have not been sent to other journals for consideration.

Instruction to the Authors

Manuscripts should be divided into the following sections with the sequence, Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Illustrations and Figure Legends.

1) Title Page should be arranged in the following order: 1) a concise and informative title not exceeding 80 characters; 2) authors’ full names (without degrees and titles) and affiliation including city and country. Superscript numbers may be used to affiliate authors to different departments or institutions; and 3) a complete mailing address, telephone, fax and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

2) Abstract should not exceed 250 words and should comprise a condensed over view of the study. It should be a self-standing summary of the work that may be republished by information retrieval services. A maximum of 6 keywords should be listed at the end of the abstract.

3) Introduction should briefly and clearly describe the background and objective(s) of the study. Avoid exhaustive review of the literature and include only relevant recent studies.

4) Materials and Methods should be described in sufficient details so that it is reproducible. It should include technical information such as the study design, and specific procedures. Sub-headings may be used to enhance the clarity or to categorize the methods. Established methods or procedures should be named (e.g., "Polymerase Chain Reaction") and cited. New methods or modifications of old methods should be described with complete details. Authors are advised to use generic names and terms rather than commercial names. Statistical methods applied, software used must also be stated clearly and concisely.

5) Results should be presented in a logical sequence in text, tables and illustrations. Subheadings may be used to enhance clarity or to call attention to the most significant findings. Data appearing in tables or figures may be summarized but not duplicated in the text. Tables and figures should be numbered in the order in which they are described and cited in the text.

6) Discussion section should summarize, explain and interpret the results with a scientifically critical view of previously published works in the field. Avoid repetition of the data already presented in the result section.

7) Acknowledgements to be given to those who have provided assistance to the project and sponsors who have given financial support and funds.

8) References should list all sources cited in the paper. Arrange the citations in alphabetical order by the last name of the first author without numbering in the text. Reference section should also be typed in double spaces. Cite article as e.g. (Kannan et al., 2008) and (López-Jornet, 2006). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. The editor can only check for correctness of format.

1. Standard journal article
References to journals should provide the name(s) of the author(s), year, title of the paper and journal, volume and issue number, and page numbers. The journal abbreviations applied in the Index Medicus system should be used.

Kannan TP, Azman BZ, Ahmad Tarmizi AB, Suhaida MA, Siti Mariam I, Ravindran A, Zilfalil BA (2008). Turner syndrome diagnosed in northeastern Malaysia. Singapore Med J, 49(5): 400-404.

2. Book
References to books/monographs should give the name(s) of the author(s), year, title of book, edition number, place of publication, publisher and page numbers.

Conn EE, Stumpf PK, Brueing G, Doi RH (1987). Outlines of Biochemistry, 3rd edn. New York: John Wiley & Sons, pp 45–52.

3. Chapter in book
References to chapter in books/monographs should give the name(s) of the author(s), year, chapter title, editors, title of book, edition number, place of publication, publisher and page numbers.

Fejerskov O, Nyvad B, Kidd EAM (2003). Clinical and histological manifestations of dental caries. In: Fejerskov O, Kidd EAM (eds.), Dental Caries – The Disease and Its Clinical Management. London: Blackwell Munksgaard, pp 71–97.

4. Internet resources
Apart from the online journals, references from the Internet are completely discouraged as they might not be accurate, current or complete. All authors are required to add as much electronic retrieval information as needed for others to locate the sources they have cited.

Esan TA, Olusile AO, Akeredolu PA, Esan AO (2004). Sociodemographic factors and edentulism: the Nigerian experience. BMC Oral Health, 4:3. doi: 10.1186/1472-6831-4-3

López-Jornet P (2006). Labial mucocele: a study of eighteen cases. The Internet Journal of Dental Science, 3(2). Retrieved 7 February 2007, from http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=journals/ijds/vol3n2/labial.xml

Each table should have a suitable title with footnotes wherever necessary. Do not use vertical lines in the table.

All figures and illustrations could be original photographs, artwork or high-quality digital images (submitted as CMYK - 8 bits per channel in TIFF format). Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the manuscript, using Arabic numerals. A list of figure legends must be included on a separate page following the illustrations. The legend should explain each figure in detail. All figures will be printed as black and white. Colour figures will be published at the author’s expenses.

Page proofs
On acceptance of the manuscripts for publication, page proofs should be reviewed meticulously by the contributors. Changes made in proof should be limited to the correction of typographical errors. Proofs must be returned for publication with corrections and responses to queries on the date specified by the Editor. Extra page charges shall be borne by the authors.
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Indexed by MyJurnal (2020)
H-Index 2
Immediacy Index 0.000
Rank 0
Indexed by Scopus 2020
Impact Factor CiteScore (1.8)
Rank Q2 (Orthodontics)
Q3 (Oral Surgery)
Additional Information SJR (0.465)

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