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  Guidelines for Submitting Letters to the Editor



dental articleInscriptions welcomes letters to the editor from AzDA members. The AzDA Council on Communications offers the following guidelines:
  • Views expressed in Letters to the Editor are not to be regarded as the views of Inscriptions
    or AzDA.

  • Email is the preferred method of delivery. Brevity is strongly suggested.

  • Letters must include daytime phone number and must be signed, or include full name when submitted via email.

  • AzDA/Inscriptions reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • The AzDA Council on Communications reviews all letters and makes recommendations on suitability for publication. Letters considered unsuitable for publication will be returned to the author with suggestions for improvement and an invitation to amend and re-submit.

  • When reviewing letters to the editor, among the points the Council takes into consideration are: (1) whether the letter offers constructive criticism and/or suggestions for a positive outcome, (2) the appearance of a personal attack, (3) factual misrepresentations, (4) redundancy, (5) excessive length, and (6) relevancy to AzDA members. Other considerations apply and are reviewed and voted upon on a case-by-case basis.

  • Letters received with “Do not edit” or similar requests will be rejected and not returned for amendment and re-submission. The Editor has final authority to accept or reject a letter.

  • AzDA/Inscriptions reserves the right to publish an “Editor’s Note” alongside letters accepted for publication, at its discretion, that support, clarify, and/or refute comments made.