Editorial| Volume 58, ISSUE 6, P617-618, July 2020

The dos and don’ts of reporting statistics for the Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg

      Writing-up statistical results is as important as selecting the correct statistical test to apply to your data. To convey the message to the readers, statistics need to be reported clearly and in a comprehensible way. Individual academic journals may have slightly different formats and guidelines for how results should be reported. To facilitate the review and editorial process for publication in the British Journal Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (BJOMS) – and bearing in mind that most submissions will undergo a statistical review alongside the technical review - these guidelines are intended to assist authors in their endeavours to publish in BJOMS (and should be read in conjunction with Evans et al
      • Evans M.E.
      • Lester C.D.
      • Smith A.J.
      • Smith A.B.
      Dos and don’ts of writing for Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg.
      • 1
        The reporting of statistical results should follow the sequence:
      • a
        Description of patients studied: age, number (percentage) of males/females, clinical descriptors, and sociodemographic details. These should all be summarised in table(s);
      • b
        Results of the primary research question, including tables and figures, then secondary aims, and so on.
      • 2
        Means and standard deviations (except for age, see below*) should be presented for continuous variables (that is, data that can be broken down into increasingly smaller units, such as age or height).
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'


      Subscribe to British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Evans M.E.
        • Lester C.D.
        • Smith A.J.
        • Smith A.B.
        Dos and don’ts of writing for Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg.
        Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2020; (in press)