DOI: 10.1111/ipd.12084

Editorial: Is there a place for the formocresol pulpotomy? Indirect pulp capping, the real alterative Welcome to Volume 24 of the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. In 2013, the Journal has received 578 manuscripts from 57 countries. We have an impressive turnround of an average of 17 days from first submission to authors’ receiving a decision. I think you will agree the quality of the papers published improves year on year, and the Journal at present has an acceptance rate of 10%. If accepted, a paper appears in ‘Early View’ and then in print approximately 6 months later. One trend I have noticed is the increase in papers examining oral health-related quality of life, an area of research I fully support. I understand the need to validate these methodologies; however, it would be good to see these tools applied and reported in a way that provides information that would increase our understanding of the needs of children and the best treatment modalities. An issue I think the community of Paediatric Dentistry should address is pulpotomies: what agent should we be using and should we be doing them at all? Here in the UK, formocresol has not been taught as an acceptable pulpotomy agent since 2004 and I know this is the case elsewhere. There are effective alternative materials so should we still be using a material which has the potential to harm our patients and, perhaps more importantly due to the repeated exposures, the dental team1. There now is substantial evidence that if caries is isolated from the biofilm on the surface, the lesion will arrest. Therefore, should we not just stop worrying about which material we use and instead seal the caries with an effective indirect pulp cap?

I would like to thank all the reviewers who have supported the Journal in the past year and it is my pleasure to announce that Dr Ghanim Aghareed from the University of Melbourne is the Reviewer of the Year. Two members of the Editorial Board are retiring, Magne Raadal and Satu Alaluusua. I would like to thank them for their support of the Journal over the years. I am pleased to say that joining the Board are Ghassem Ansari, Shahid Behedhti Medical University, Iran and David Manton, Melbourne University, Australia. I will take this opportunity to thank the two Associate Editors, Professor Milton Houpt and Dr Paul Ashley, for all their help and advice, together with the team at Wiley, Jenifer Jimenez (Editorial Assistant) and Cheryl Chong (Production Editor) for their support and hard work. Thomas Trier-Mork (Journal Publishing Manager) has moved on to other roles in Wiley. Thomas has been very helpful and supportive of the Journal over many years and I wish him well. I welcome his successor Aske Munk-Jorgensen. My final thanks go to all the authors and readers of the Journal. I wish you all a successful 2014. Chris Deery University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Reference 1 International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC classifies formaldehyde as carcinogenic to humans. Press release no. 153, June 2004. pageroot/PRELEASES/pr153a.html.

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