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Interested in writing for dental publications? The BDEF can help

Blog Author Nikki Patel

Blog Date 12/07/2017


(L-R: 2015 BDEF award winners: Nikki Patel, with Stephen Hancocks, BDJ Editor-in-Chief and fellow award winner, Reena Wadia)


Young dentist Nikki Patel, explains what the British Dental Editors Forum is and how it might benefit you, particularly if you are interested in getting experience of writing for dental publications. Nikki is completing a fellowship in clinical leadership and won first prize for the BDEF’s Young Dental Communicator of the Year Award in 2015 – she also sits on the BDA’s Young Dentists Committee.


​What is the BDEF?

The British Dental Editors Forum (BDEF) provides opportunities for anybody in the UK interested in learning about writing and editing dental publications, to meet to discuss issues of common interest and concern.

Additionally, the Forum enhances communication within dentistry by encouraging quality and confidence in dental publications.


What does the BDEF do?

The activities of the BDEF are wide and varied and include presentations, discussion and teaching on writing dental literature, critical appraisal, peer review, legal aspects of editing and publishing, and helping to inform standards in dental publishing.

The BDEF seeks opportunities for its members to interact socially and it has had a presence at major events in the dental calendar, including the BDA Annual Conference, meetings of the International Association for Dental Research and an annual dinner.

In general, writers and editors need little encouragement to avail themselves of social intercourse. In fact, it is difficult to stop them doing what comes naturally – finding opportunities to communicate!


The BDEF New Writers Workshop and Peer Review Workshop

The BDEF holds a Writers’ Workshop every year for those new to writing and editing and provides ongoing support for these individuals. This day enables delegates to gain a better insight into how to get papers published and the peer review process.

It also gives delegates the opportunity to sharpen skills on critically appraising research, creating effective social media posts and campaigns along with discussion regarding the pitfalls of plagiarism.

For the first time this year, a Peer Review workshop will also take place to enable delegates to learn how to become an effective peer reviewer for dental publications.

Details of the next Workshop, which will be on Wednesday, 25 October 2017, can be found on the BDEF’s website.


The Young Communicator of the Year Award

The BDEF, in association with the British Dental Industry Association, present the annual ‘Young Communicator of the Year Award’ for the best publication of the year, which can include written publications, videos and blogs.

The Award acknowledges the accomplishments and future potential of young dental writers and communicators. Details of the Award are also on the BDEF’s website.


Who can be a member?

The BDEF has a large and inclusive membership, with members ranging from editors-in-chief of internationally renowned journals to dental professionals and top level dental influencers in social media, amongst other supporters.

It represents the full spectrum of publications in dentistry, spanning top-ranking, peer reviewed scientific journals to newsletters of specialist associations and societies, blogs, vlogs and social media channels, whether ​commercial or simply a means of communication amongst members of the dental team.


How can I find out more?

Anybody involved in dentistry with an interest in writing, editing or publishing is welcome to register as a member of the BDEF, get in touch.

The BDA also offers helpful advice on getting published.

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BDA Young Dentists Committee

Could you represent young dentists?

BDA elections are gearing up for September 2017 – this year, all of the seats on our current Committees and Councils are up for election, including our Young Dentists Committee.

We need dentists from all fields of practice who are up to 10 years post-qualification, to take part and help us represent the diversity of dentistry across the UK.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to represent your profession, we are seeking early expressions of interest from dentists, especially those who may not have sat on a BDA Committee before.

If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with our elections team for an informal chat about how the process works and what you need to do to stand.​