Dr. Jeffrey A Platt DDS, MS is Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Platt is a Professor of Dental Materials, Indiana University School of Dentistry, the Ralph W. Phillips Professor in Dental Materials, and the chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. After 16 years of full-time clinical practice, he joined the faculty in 2000. Dr Platt has served as Editor from 2010 to Present
Timothy J Carlson DDS, MSD is managing editor of the journal. Dr. Carlson is Professor Emeritus of Operative Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry where he had also received his DDS and MSD degrees. His full-time academic career spanned 1980-2018 during which his major responsibility was directing one of the school's Comprehensive Care Clinics in addition to providing Operative Dentistry lectures for third year and Masters level students. As a volunteer, he co-developed and directed the IU Global Service Learning program. Dr. Carlson continues his part-time general dentistry practice in Indianapolis. Dr Carlson has served as managing editor since 1999.
Dr N Blaine Cook DDS, MS is an Associate Editor. Dr. Cook served in the Dental Corps of the US Navy for over 20 years and retired at the rank of Captain. He currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Operative Dentistry, Director, Graduate Operative Dentistry, Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health. Dr. Cook has served as an Associate Editor since 2011.
Kim Diefenderfer, DMD, MS, MS is an Associate Editor. He joined the Indiana University School of Dentistry faculty in 2014 as a Clinical Associate Professor and Division Director, Operative Dentistry, in the Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry, and Dental Public Health. Prior to his current appointment, he served on active duty in the US Navy Dental Corps for 30 years, retiring at the rank of Captain (O-6). Dr Diefenderfer has served as Associate Editor since 2015.
Dr. So Ran Kwon DDS MS PhD MS is Associate Editor. Dr. Kwon, currently serves at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Center for Dental Research as a Professor and Director of the Student Research Program. Dr. Kwon has been an Associate Editor since 2015.
Dr. Camila Sabitini DDS MS is Associate Editor. Dr. Sabatini currently serves at Buffalo State College in New York as an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Sabatini has served as an Associate Editor since 2017.
Ms Erin Cody is Office Manager as well as Subscription Manager. She's worked in accounting for the last 45 years and started with Operative Dentistry in 2015.
Mr. Kevin Matis BSc is Editorial Assistant and Director of Continuing Education. Kevin has been working for the journal in various capacities since 2001.
Ms. Dina Theleritis is a consultant for Operative Dentistry and oversees the copyediting and typesetting of our manuscripts. Dina started with Operative Dentistry in 2020.
We honor the following individuals who have spent untold hours on bringing this journal to life. We thank long-time Managing Editor, J Martin Anderson BA, BS, DDS for the text.
A. Ian Hamilton, BA, BS, MA, PhD, DDS 1974 -1985
The new journal was to be a quarterly publication rather than semiannual, and, it would publish articles that advanced the practice of the entire field of operative dentistry. The scope of the journal included conservation and restoration of teeth, the scientific foundation of operative dental therapy; dental materials; dental education; and the social, political, and economic aspects of dental practice. Review papers, book reviews, letters, and classified ads for faculty positions are also published. Volume 1, Number 1 was published in the Winter of 1976. Dr. Hamilton had selected a blue cover scheme with a white border of polka dots and white lettering. The size of the journal was 7 inches by 9.5 inches. The cover was varnished. The annual subscription rate at this time was $20 per year. There were 48 pages per volume, each bound with a saddle stitch.
The organization of the journal infrastructure was a formidable task for the editor. Associate editors, editorial assistants, copy and editors, a managing editor, and editorial board (referees), editorial advisers, a subscription manager all had to be recruited, trained, and supervised. The editor’s job was to select the best possible articles for publication and then get those articles in the best possible shape for the reader.
Dr Hamilton’s publishing team:
Editor: Dr. A. Ian Hamilton Associate Editors: Wilmer B. Eames, Clifford H. Miller, Gerald D. Stibbs, David J. Bales Managing Editor: J. Martin Anderson Editorial Assistant: Nancy M. Neyens Editorial Associate: Joan B. Manzer Subscription Manager: Judy A. Valela
David J. Bales, DDS, MSD 1986-1992
Dr. David Jefferson Bales succeeded Dr. Hamilton as editor in 1986. Prior to Dr. Bales’s editorship the mechanics of page layout were done by the cut-and-paste method. This was time-consuming and required much manual labor. Joan Manzer, the copy editor, labored diligently and persistently with copy and the page layout. Dr. Bales’s expertise with computers and the use of word processing software eliminated the old cut-and-paste method and greatly reduced the editing. It became much easier to place copy on the page and size pictures and illustrations. In 1990, with desktop technology, Dr. Bales moved the journal from four to six numbers per year. He also reversed the existing color scheme to a white background with blue lettering and logos. About this time, facsimile and e-mail technology were being made available. This greatly enhanced the ability of the editor to communicate with authors and the editorial board (referees).
Dr. Bales recruited two outstanding employees for the journal: his wife, Darlyne Bales, in 1987 as an editorial assistant, and Kate Flynn-Connolly in 1988 as an editorial associate. Both of these women provided tremendous support, expertise, and enthusiasm for the journal. They continued in their duties until the journal was moved to Indiana. The quality and timeliness of their work greatly enhanced the quality of the journal and made working with the editorial board an easier task for the editor.
During his tenure, Dr. Bales produced seven volumes, 34 numbers, and two supplements, one of which was the prestigious “Proceedings of the International Symposium on Adhesives in Dentistry,” which contained twenty-two state-of-the-science papers. David’s exceptional work ethic, depth of knowledge, and dedication to his profession provided all the necessary ingredients for a successful editorship. He will always be our benefactor.
Maxwell H. Anderson, DDS, MEd, MS 1993 – 1995
Dr. Maxwell H. Anderson became the third editor of Operative Dentistry, succeeding Dr Bales 1993.
His experience as a teacher, mentor, researcher, speaker and writer, gave him the tools for editing what had by now become a recognized and respected scientific journal. Though his tenure as editor was relatively short, he guided the publishing of twelve numbers and made significant changes to the size and format of the journal. His changing the size to 8 ½ x 11 inches gave the publication a new look and also saved money in printing costs. It also afforded the journal the luxury of publishing more articles. Dr. Anderson was keen to recognize the need to carry clinical articles. He wrote specific guidelines for prospective authors of these papers (Vol 18(3) pg 115). A “clinical relevance” statement was required for all original papers to give the reader a better understanding of the practical application and usefulness of the article published. Max’s energy and exceptional knowledge of the field of operative dentistry greatly benefited the readers of Operative Dentistry. He will always be our benefactor.
Richard B. McCoy, DDS, MS 1995 – 1999
Dr. Richard B. McCoy succeeded Dr. Maxwell H. Anderson as editor of Operative Dentistry in 1995 when Dr. Anderson left the university to pursue a career in the dental insurance industry. Dr. McCoy has been on the editorial board, and, had been associate editor, which placed him in an excellent position to take over as the new editor. Dick was very well acquainted with the editorial team and had extensive experience working with scientific typescripts. Dr McCoy produced 30 numbers and the first color article was published during his tenure. He strengthened the editorial board (referees) and set a policy that utilized three referees for each submitted typescript. Dr. McCoy expanded the journal from 48 pages to 72 pages with a new “spine” binding that displays the journal’s name and volume for easier shelf-identification. Dick’s editorship is marked by the international recognition of Operative Dentistry for its overall quality. This has resulted in a continuing influx of excellent typescripts from around the world that provide our readers with valuable information. Dr. McCoy resigned as editor in 1999 and continues as an associate editor. He will always be our benefactor.
Michael A Cochran, DDS MSD 2000-2009
Dr. Cochran’s first task was moving the journal offices from Seattle to Indianapolis. Through a collective effort from both universities, those tasks were accomplished with no disruptions in publishing. Dr. Cochran efficiently managed to form a new publishing team at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and the move was accomplished expeditiously.
Mike was a leader in operative dentistry and dental education throughout his career and retired as chair of the graduate program in operative dentistry at Indiana University. The journal was very fortunate to have him on board as editor. He efficiently processed a very large number of typescripts, and increased the number of pages printed to 100-130 in each issue. Mike gave a new look to the journal with a new cover design and internal style changes. He added an “Invited Papers” section that allows the journal to provide more clinical and state-of-the-art technique articles. Another major change in the journal format is the inclusion of corporate sponsorship. The corporate logo of each sponsor is published in each number. These companies have been selected by a commitment to operative dentistry equal to our own. This program has increased revenue which has helped keep the subscription rate nominal yet allows for improvements in quality, size and color. Arguably the most significant change to the journal occurred under Mike’s watch when the journal began online publications in 2006. With this advancement, subscriptions included an electronic journal and libraries in particular benefitted from this opportunity to have the journal available for a much wider student and research audience
Dr. Cochran’s editorial team:
Editor: Michael A. Cochran Editorial Assistant/Subscription Manager: Joan Matis Editorial Associate: Karen E Wilczewski Associate Editors: Bruce A Matis, Edward J DeSchepper and Richard B McCoy Managing Editor: Timothy J Carlson Assistant Managing Editors: Joel M Wagoner and Ronald K Harris