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Ms. Ref. No.:  AJODO-D-07-00600
Title: Orthodontic Jaw Wiring (OJW): The Dental Professional's Role in Weight Control for Compulsive Overeating Leading to Obesity
American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dear Dr. Rothstein,

Thank you for your patience while I had your manuscript, Orthodontic Jaw Wiring (OJW): The Dental Professional's Role in Weight Control for Compulsive Overeating Leading to Obesity, reviewed for possible publication in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. I have just heard back from the reviewers and I am appending copies of their comments below; I hope you will find them useful.

Based on the reviewers' findings, I have decided not to pursue publication of this submission. However, this is an interesting topic and one that has apparently not been widely covered in the peer reviewed literature. I agree with the reviewers that a more traditional style of report is needed -- one that includes a literature review and the statement of a hypothesis, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions. I would surely like to see that report and be given the opportunity to publish it. (The Author Guidelines, available from out website, explain more fully the requirements for publication, including the technical specifications for photographs.)

In the meantime, I am returning this submission to you, and declining interest in publishing it. You are therefore free to submit it to another publication.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to consider your work. I'm sorry I can't deliver better news.

Yours sincerely,

David L. Turpin
Editor-in-Chief
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Reviewers' comments:


Reviewer #1: This is an interesting topic and one worthy of attention.  However, I have several problems with the submission.  First, it is written in the 1st person.  I find it inappropriate in contemporary scientific literature to write that way.  It most certainly can be edited to a neutral context.  Second, there is some repetition that can be cut out.  Third, 50% of the references are the author's work product in different venues.  Fourth, I find only 3 references from peer reviewed journals and I am sure there is a lot more in the literature on this topic.  Five, I would like to have seen the informed consent form used. And, (6) I really would have liked to see some long term data on the 80 some odd patients, how much weight they lost, over what period of time, and how well they were able to keep the weight off.  Having said this I would like to see it re-written and re-submitted for the following reasons: (1) it deals with a massive problem facing society today; (2)
this is one method of dealing with such a problem so long as it is undertaken as part of the patient's health care team and at the direction of the PCP;(3) the orthodontist is uniquely positioned to render the service; and (4), as a health care practitioner, we have an obligation to concern ourselves with more than just crooked teeth.



Reviewer #3: Orthodontic Jaw Wiring (OJW): The Dental Professional's Role In Weight Control For Compulsive Overeating Leading To Obesity.

EDITORIAL COMMENTS:

1.    Suggestion for the abstract: do not include the explanation on how to calculate BMI in this session. It should definitely come as a footnote; however, it should be in the literature review.

2.    Suggestion for the introduction, 1st sentence, 2nd paragraph: the author should follow the sequence of cited references, therefore, reference 27 should be 6.

3.    Suggestion for the "main text", What is Orthodontic Jaw Wiring?: use capital letters in the beginning of each item.

4.    The capture for the figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript under "List of Figures", as opposed to being presented in the body of the "main text".

5.    Suggestion for the "main text", What is new about OJW?: use capital letters in the beginning of each item.

6.    Suggestions for the "main text", Is jaw wiring within the scope of the dental profession:

a.    Should read "Is jaw wiring within the scope of the dental profession?" add a question mark.
b.    The sentence "The health-care team…." should be a continuation of the 4th paragraph.

7.    Suggestions for the conclusions:

a.    The sentence "My advice to …" should be a continuation of the 1st paragraph
b.    The sentence "OJW patients will…" should be a continuation of the 4th paragraph
c.    Lat sentence "The gates of the…" should be omitted

8.    The reference list is not complying with AJO-DO's guidelines.

9.    Capture of figure 3 should start with capital letter.


COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLE:

1.    Overall, this is a well written and interesting article. The topic is pertinent to this journal; however, it would be better if the author presented scientific arguments in favor and against the OJW technique.

2.    The pictures have poor quality and are repetitive. It would be nice to have a clinical view of the "Rothstein's OJW position of physiologic rest".

3.    Perhaps the author should collect objective data on the patients he has treated with this technique and report the treatment outcomes in the format of an original article.