Abstract: At the end of the ninth year we would like to thank our readers for the continuous attention and consensus toward the Journal, and all the Authors for their invaluable contributions; at page 206 we individually thank all our international Referees for reviewing the articles.
In the entire ninth volume we published 30 papers coming both from Europe and overseas (Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Syria, Turkey, UK, USA). Other from Australia, Brazil, Finland, India, Iran, Ireland, Nigeria and South Africa are scheduled to be published in the near future.
Every year we receive an average of fifty scientific papers submitted for publication. consequently the publication of some of them has to be delayed, and Case reports are among them. Please allow me to remind all authors that, according to our guidelines, the Journal will consider with lower priority the publication of clinical case reports. Usually this type of papers is limited to no more than one per issue. To shorten the waiting list of the case reports already submitted, the present issue includes a clinical supplement. In addition, and exceptionally, we publish a second case report: it is well structured essential and short, and presents a rare syndrome. It can be an example to follow. The other report is an interesting follow-up of a case published in this Journal some years ago. The other papers presented in the current issue deal with dental and oral subjects as well as general syndromes involving the oral health. These also include oncologic diseases and, therefore, the management of oral health in patients undergoing oncological treatments. This aspect is becoming more and more important because of the growing incidence of these diseases in children, also confirmed by the choice of this subject at the International Symposium scheduled in Rome next June: “Supportive care in cancer” (see page 205). Other syndromes involve dental and soft tissue structures more directly, such as palsy in hemifacial microsomia and the effects of TENS on neuromuscolar diagnosis. The problem of correction of atypical swallowing is related to this last topic: diagnosis and correction of the orofacial muscles anomalous function. The analysis of psychological problems is focused in the last original paper of this issue, which deals with the motivation of oral hygiene, fundamental in oral health education.
Finally, let me underline the large acceptance of our web site ejpd.eu visited by many many readers: 50% of them are University and Hospital staff, 25% students, 15% private professionals, 10% not defined. We suppose that University and Hospital staff are more interested in research contributions, and students like to deepen their knowledge for their studies or thesis; private practitioners might be more interested in clinical reports.
Our editorial policy is oriented to answer these desires.