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Scope of the DIOC Publication Archive

The DIOC Publication Archive is intended as a comprehensive listing of papers about informatics and information technology in dentistry. As such, it serves as an authoritative resource for individuals looking for information on these topics, freeing them from the need to search much larger bodies of materials, such as PubMed.

Informatics and IT in dentistry are topics that often cannot be clearly delineated from other, related fields. The objective of the Publication Archive is to provide access to the main body of that literature while also including papers that could be of possible interest to DIOC members and visitors. In determining which papers should be included in the Publication Archive, the DIOC is following these guidelines:

  1. Dental informatics (DI) is the application of computer and information science to improve dental practice, research, education, and management (definition of the Medical Subject Heading). It is a scientific field concerned with
    • model formulation;
    • system design and development;
    • system implementation; and
    • evaluation.
  2. DI is a subfield of biomedical informatics.
  3. DI overlaps with but is distinct from information technology (information technology = implementation, application, and support of computer technology and telecommunications).
  4. Papers on fundamental or universally applicable methods are within the scope of DI only if they proceed from a dental research problem that resulted in development of the new method.

Numbers 2-4 above adapted from: A preliminary analysis of the dental informatics literature. Titus K. Schleyer — titus schleyer (102 star_green), Patricia Corby — pc (4 star_blue), and Amy L. Gregg. Advances in Dental Research 2003; 17(1):20-4. PMID: 15126201

  1. Common topics in DI include (My DIOC Your Interests checklist)
    • digital imaging/image processing
      • Exception! A paper reporting the clinical application of a new or existing mode of imaging to dentistry is not within the scope of DI if it simply reports on the mode's application to a non-informatics research question, such as the use of digital radiographs to study the epidemiology of caries. Reporting on an imaging method is in the scope of DI if it addresses research questions such as development or testing of computer-aided diagnosis, a comparative evaluation of different imaging methods, a new algorithm or simulation, or other computing-related innovation.
    • clinical decision support
    • educational technology
    • bioinformatics
    • practice management
    • computer-based patient records
    • patients and computers/consumer health informatics
    • implementation/maintenance of IT
    • evidence-based dentistry/electronic information resources
    • research methods
    • library information sciences
      • Includes information literacy and dental consumer health
    • diagnostic and therapeutic technologies
  2. Other included topics
    • education
      • application of information technology to dental education or training
      • use of the Internet in dental education or training
      • information topics in dental education or training
    • clinical topics in dental medicine with an informatics component
    • basic, laboratory, and experimental science in dental medicine with an informatics component
  3. Excluded topics
    • animal studies
    • clinical topics outside dental medicine with or without an informatics component
    • basic, laboratory, and experimental science outside dental medicine with or without an informatics component
    • general dental education or training topics

Our search and retrieval strategy from PubMed is designed to retrieve only papers that comply with the guidelines listed above. However, no automated retrieval method is perfect, and therefore papers retrieved or suggested for the Publication Archive are reviewed manually. When you suggest papers for the DIOC Publication Archive, please keep these guidelines in mind. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the guidelines, or would like to help us maintain the Publication Archive, please contact heiko spallek (89 star_green).