AADEJ Membership Information
The AADEJ was chartered in 1931 and is composed of dedicated people specifically
interested in improving communication within the dental profession and in elevating
the standards of dental journalism. The organization is committed to the establishment
and encouragement of responsible editorial policy.
Member publications represent state dental associations, component societies, dental
specialty groups, dental schools, alumni, dental auxiliaries, students, and commercial
● The development of more effective communication by the membership in their
interaction with the dental profession and the public;
● The providing of guidelines for editors to raise the standards of ethics
in the dental press;
● The creation of incentives for member editors to encourage striving for
excellence in their publications;
● The recommending of policies and programs designed to assist established
dental editors and to help train new editors;
● The serving as a forum for dental editors to discuss mutual problems and
to exchange ideas.
The AADEJ Newsletter (Members
Only) is published on a quarterly basis.
The newsletters serve to inform the members of new developments in dental journalism,
to record the pertinent affairs of the association, and as a forum for the discussion
of journalistic problems.
An Annual Membership Directory provides a network of dental editors for
How Can I Become a Member?
Editors and staff associated with the production of dental publications and others
interested in dental journalism are eligible to join the AADEJ. In accordance with
the AADEJ's bylaws, the editor serves as the representative of the member publication.
To become a member publication, the publication must meet the qualifications listed
in the AADEJ Eligibility Code.
Publication Member: for publications sponsored by dental organizations
meeting Association standards. In accordance with the AADEJ's bylaws, the editor
serves as the representative of the member publication. May carry AADEJ logo on approved
Member Application - $190 annually)
Publication Associate Member: for staff members or others associated
with a member publication. (Publication
Associate Member Application - $75 annually)
Student Publication Member: for publications sponsored by dental
student organizations meeting Association standards. (Student
Publication Member Application - $45 annually)
Individual Member: for individuals interested in dental
journalism, who accept the principles in the "Eligibility Code".
Associate and assistant editors, business managers, former editors and
managers, authors, teachers and others who have an interest in dental
journalism are eligible for individual membership. (Individual Member Application - $75 annually)
Affiliate/International Membership: for organizations outside the
US, which sponsor a dental publication meeting Association standards. (Affiliate/International
Membership Application - US$75 annually, includes airmail postage)
Retired Member: for individuals being sixty-five years of age or
older, who have been an AADEJ member for at least 15 years. (Retired
Member Application - $25 annually)
Note: Applications for Publication Memberships must be accompanied by four (4)
issues of the publication. They may be the same issues or four (4) different issues.
Copies of the advertising code must be submitted with the Publication membership
Eligibility Code for Publications
(For Publication Membership Only)
The Eligibility Code outlines the standards that all publications shall meet to
qualify for and maintain publication membership in the American Association of Dental
Editors & Journalists (AADEJ).
1. The Eligibility Committee shall review the publications as submitted
by the applicant and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding eligibility
for membership. Periodic evaluation of member publications will be made to ensure
compliance with the code.
2. The publications should be characterized by ethical and high
professional standards and follow ADA journalism guidelines.
3. Publication Content:
a. The editorial content should include scientific and educational
topics, association developments, and other types of news of interest to the dental
b. Scientific articles should be supported by appropriate evidence
and/or research, and not used for promoting products, techniques, or services advertised.
c. The advertising content should be controlled by an officially
adopted advertising code. The code should establish guidelines for:
1. The acceptance for commercial advertising of only those products
whose safety, efficacy, and therapeutic value has been demonstrated by scientific
2. The acceptance of classified advertising.
3. The eliminating or non-acceptance of false, misleading, or deceptive
Programs & Functions of the AADEJ
● Maintaining an ELIGIBILITY CODE for individual and publication membership.
● Aiding dental societies and publishers in formulating effective ADVERTISING
● Holding an annual EDITORS' CONFERENCE open to all interested in dental journalism.
● Presenting a DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD for noteworthy contributors to
● Encouraging high quality journalism by participating in the annual Journalism
Awards sponsored by the International College of Dentists.
● Supporting excellence in editorial writing by managing the annual William
J. Gies Foundation Editorial Award Program.
● Sponsoring workshops to enhance publishing and editorial skills. Offering
workshop SCHOLARSHIPS to editors, allowing them to attend sessions sponsored by
the AADEJ, the American Dental Association or other dental groups.
● Encouraging participation of dental students by offering student memberships
and by inviting student dental editors to AADEJ meetings.
● Co-sponsoring with the ADA a New Editor Dental Seminar program to assist
the new dental editor in publication design, content choice and business activities,
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