Why should a busy clinician take the time to read the Journal of Oral Implantology (JOI)? The primary reason for reading a dental/scientific paper in JOI is that the information contained within is current and peer reviewed. Textbooks often contain information that was once current, but now may be outdated. Also, textbooks are not necessarily peer reviewed, and therefore, may represent the author's personal bias. Journal articles are what the opinion leaders believe to be true now and are reviewed and corrected by other “experts” in the field. Scholarly dental/scientific papers are written so the reader can replicate the research project or clinical procedure under discussion. If the paper addresses a clinical or scientific research matter, there will be data which enables the reader to utilize critical thinking skills to interpret the validity of the author's findings and conclusions. The reader can then decide whether or not...

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