L'Orthodontie Française

L'Orthodontie Française

L'Orthodontie Française, official communication organ of the French Society of Dento-Facial Orthopaedics, is a scientific journal of reference since 1921, of international circulation, indexed in Medline and referenced in Index Medicus and Bibliodent.

The journal is intended to accommodate the work of SFODF members, speakers at SFODF congresses, or any work submitted to its editorial board for approval, dealing with dentofacial orthopaedics or any subject related to this discipline.

The reports (abstracts), published prior to most Spring Meetings to serve as a basis for discussion, are also extremely enriching for practitioners. The compilation, condensed from the four annual issues published, allows us to keep a reference book in the library, a valuable aid for daily practice and for optimising the service provided to patients by Dentofacial Orthopaedics.



Editorial policy

Here you will find all JLE policies regarding publication in our journals. JLE journals follow the recommendations of the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors). These guidelines are the reference for best practices and ethical standards for the conduct and presentation of research and other information published in medical journals.


Version française de notre politique éditoriale

Instructions to authors

Décembre 2021

As the official communication organ of the French Society of Dentofacial Orthopedics, the Journal l’Orthodontie Française welcomes all authors who respect the following recommendations.

The Journal is intended to welcome the work of SFODF members, speakers who have given papers at the Society’s congresses or any work submitted for approval by its editorial board, dealing with dentofacial orthopaedics or any subject related to this discipline.

The Journal acknowledges receipt of articles without committing itself to a time limit for acceptance or refusal of publication.

Once their conformity has been verified, the articles are submitted anonymously to the editorial board, which may request modifications of form and substance. This committee has the power of decision and reserves the right to submit articles to the scientific committee when it deems necessary.

Documents to be sent when submitting the manuscript

  • Authors should submit their manuscript by e-mail or on a USB stick, in the following form:

- An original copy of their article, in its definitive form, including the duly placed illustrations.
- One copy of the text without illustrations, including the duly placed figures calls.
- The figures alone, one by one, numbered as in the text, in Jpeg or Tiff format (not in Word).

The authors will keep a copy of everything submitted.

  • The whole manuscript (text, figures, tables) on a USB key (if this type of sending is chosen) will be sent to the editorial management of the Journal at :

SFODF - Direction de rédaction
15, rue du Louvre
Bâtiment 2, RdC
75001 Paris
Tel. 01 40 53 91 48
E-mail: edit-sfodf@sfodf.org

  • In all cases, the manuscript must be accompanied by

1) A letter stating the title of the article, the complete list of authors, stipulating that this work is original and has not been submitted to any other journal (except for presentations in the form of abstracts), nor published elsewhere, and that the authors (who are solely responsible for their words) have all read and agree with the version submitted for publication.

In the case of prior publication, the lead author will exposit to the editor all prior submissions and preliminary reports that may be construed as prior publication or dual publication of the same or closely related work. And he/she will attach their copies to the submitted article to facilitate the editor’s decision.

The presentation of this work at a scientific meeting of the SFODF will be specified if this is the case. This letter will be signed by the lead author, on behalf of the co-authors (with the mention “on behalf of the co-authors of the manuscript”).

2) The link of interest form signed by each of the authors, stipulating whether or not there is any link of interest between the authors and the products or elements cited in the manuscript (fincial or other interests). Form available on the journal's website at http://www.orthodontie-francaise.com

3) The copyright transfer form signed by each of the authors. This form is available on the newspaper’s website at http://www.orthodontie-francaise.com

4) The necessary authorisations for reproductions for :

- any material or figure taken from another work. Permission to reproduce from the owner of the copy right and/or the publisher must be provided and the owner must be quoted in the text (e.g. in the case of... or an extract from the work of...);

- any photograph of a natural person. Reproduced photographs of patients must have the written consent of the patient for the widest possible distribution in any medium, paper or digital, known or unknown. Extreme care must be taken with photographs of minors and identifiable persons in particular. The Journal will affix masking to limit the possibility of identification, but this does not in any way exempt the author from obtaining formal written permission. It is the responsibility of the authors. This signed authorisation must be sent to us (model letter available on the Journal’s website).

Presentation of the manuscript

The following programmes and formats are acceptable:

- texts : Word, Excel, RTF ;
- tables: Word, Excel ;
- illustrations : Jpeg, TIFF, Eps, Pdf.

The entire article (without illustrations) should be a maximum of 10 pages (or 20,000 characters), numbered consecutively, presented with 1.5 line spacing and ideally in Helvetica 12 font. However, an exception to the size of the article may be granted if the subject justifies it (subject to the discretion of the Editorial Board).

It should include, in order:

- A title page including the title of the article, the first names and full names of the authors, the full correspondence addresses of all the authors, as well as the e-mail address of the first author (or main author) to whom the reprint will be sent by e-mail.

- The body of the article including :

- An abstract (250 words maximum for a structured abstract), which will emphasise the new and important aspects of the study or observations, and which will imperatively be presented in the form: Introduction, Material and method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, as well as keywords (from 3 to 8 maximum, separated by slashes) which must figure in the bilingual official list of the MESH (Medical Sub- ject Headings), accessible via the Internet: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh

- The English translation of the title of the article, the abstract and the keywords.

- The body of the text itself, followed by any acknowledgements, the bibliography and the list of figures captions. The article will ideally begin with an introduction, which will be numbered in 1 and follow a numbered outline.

Chapter headings are numbered according to the inter-national numbering system (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.; 1.2. ; etc.);

The author undertakes, at the risk of delaying the publication of his or her article, to comply diligently with the instructions of the SFODF’s Editorial Committee and Terminology Committee.


The figures must be provided in JPEG (.jpeg), TIFF (.tif), EPS (.eps), or exceptionally PDF for certain figures (.pdf). To enable the editor to easily identifie the transmises figures, it is requested that the fichiers be named with the figure number and the format used. For example: ’Fig.1.jpg’, for the
fichier of figure 1 in JPEG format.

The definition of the figures should be approximately 1 MB per figure or 300 Dpi.

The number of illustrations will remain reasonable: only those necessary to understand the figure will be accepted.

The number of illustrations should be reasonable: only those necessary for the understanding of the text should be accepted.

All illustrations should be referred to in the text, by increasing numbering as they appear. Figure 1 should be written in Arabic numerals and spelled out in a sentence in the text, but (Fig. 1, with ’F’ in upper case and ’ig’ in lower case, followed by a followed by a full stop) in parentheses.

Table 1 should be written in Arabic numerals and spelled out in a sentence in the text, but (Tab. 1, with ’T’ capitalized and ’ab’ lowercase, followed by a full stop) in parentheses.

The figures should be suffisibly sharp to allow for readability. Numbers and letters included in figures, tables and diagrams shall be of suffisante size to be legible and redrawn.
Legends mentioned inside the figures must be indicated in the French language.

Bibliographical references

The bibliographical references must only include the references of the authors cited in the text. A list of works to be consulted, neither numbered nor indexed, may however be compiled and published at the end of the article. References (depending on the subject of the article) to articles already published in l’Orthodontie Française should be indexed if they are relevant.

1. References are listed in alphabetical order in the bibliographic list and numbered by Arabic numerals followed by a full stop (e.g. [1] Beere, [2] Bieber).

2. Page references should be given in full (e.g. 3721-3726).

3. References are indexed in the text by superscript Arabic numerals (e.g. author1).

4. Any author cited in the text must be listed in the bibliography and vice versa.

5. When an author is cited as a reference in the text with several calls, the superscript numbers are separated by a comma if they are non-consecutive references, by a hyphen otherwise (e.g.: author9-13 means 9,10,11,12 and 13, whereas author9,13 concerns only these two references).

6. The list will only include work that has already been published or, at the very least, accepted (in press).

7. List all authors of a reference. If there are more than six, list the first six followed by “, et al.” in italics.

8. The presentation of references will partly respect the Vancouver Convention. Punctuation and spacing should be used as they appear in each of the following examples:

a) periodical article :

Author’s name (initial in upper case and remainder in lower case) - Initial(s) of first name in upper case - Period (or comma between each author if necessary) - Space - Title of article - Period - Space - Name of publication (in abbreviated form according to current international code) - Space - Year - Semicolon - Volume number - Double full stop - First page - Dash - Last page (pages shown in full) - Period (no space between numbers).

Example: You CH, Chey KY, Menguy R. Electrogastrographic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterol 1980;79:311-314.

b) thesis :

- postgraduate: Doct Sci Odontol thesis
- state: Thesis Doct State
- University doctorate: Thesis Doct Univ

Author’s name (initial in uppercase and remainder in lowercase) - Initial(s) of the first name in uppercase - Period (or comma between each author if necessary) - Space - Title of the thesis - Period - Space - Name of the publication (according to the thesis, see above) - Period - Space - Place - Double full stop - Space - University - Comma - Space - Year - Period.

Example: Dupond J. La bibliographie. Thesis Doct Sci Odontol. Paris: Univ R Descartes, 1936.

c) book :

Author's name (initial in uppercase and remainder in lowercase) - Initial(s) of first name in uppercase - Period (or comma between each author if necessary) - Space - Title of book - Period - Space - Publisher's city - Double full stop - Space - Publisher's name - Comma
- Space - Year - Comma - Space - Total number of pages in the book.
Example: Angle E. Treatment of malocclusion of the teeth. Philadelphia: Mfgr Co ed, 1907, 612 p.

d) Book chapter :

Author’s name (initial in upper case and remainder in lower case) - Initial(s) of first name in upper case - Period (or comma between each author if necessary) - Space - Chapter title - Period - Space - In - Double full stop - Space - Author’s name - Period - Space - Book title - Comma - Publisher’s name - Comma - Space - Year - Double full stop - First page - Hyphen - Last page - Period (no space between numbers).

Example: Solow B, Greve E. Craniocervical angulation and nasal respiratory resistance. In: McNamara JA, ed. Nasorespiratory function and craniofacial growth. Monograph No. 9, Craniofacial Growth Series, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor: Univ Michigan, 1979:26-54.

Proofs and reprints

The corresponding author will receive a proof of his/her article by e-mail in Pdf format. Corrections should be returned according to the instructions given by the editor (no major modification will be accepted at this stage of publication).

If the signed transfer of copyright form, the link of interest form, as well as the copies of the authorizations of possible reproductions have not been received at this stage, the definitive publication of the article cannot take place. The author will have been contacted before this stage and will have had all the time necessary to send these documents.

For each article, the corresponding author will receive his/her article in Pdf format only.

These instructions to authors are available on the website:

Editorial contact:
Karine Sifany
Tel. 01 40 53 91 48

And on the publisher’s website