SEM-EDX Analysis of a Submandibular Gland Salivary Calculus: A Case Report

SEM-EDX Analysis of a Submandibular Gland Salivary Calculus: A Case Report

Review Data

Q: Is the topic relevant to the journal area of interest? Is it contemporary and interesting for


A: Good


Abstract & Keywords

Q: Are all required components included in the abstract? Are the keywords appropriately chosen?

A: Good



Q: Is the goal explicitly stated in the Introduction? Is its formulation clear and unambiguous?

A: Good



Q: Is the paper's structure coherent? Is it in coherence with the goal of the paper?

A: Good


Tools and Methods

Q: Are methods the author uses adequate and well used?

A: Good


Discussion & Conclusion

Q: Is it related to the results presented before? Do you consider them as coherent?

A: Good


Comments: The Discussion explains the chemical composition of sialolith that is detectable by various radiographic examinations providing relevant literature. This further discuss the probabilities of the occurrence of the sialolith. The Conclusion finally identifies the origin of the formation of the sialolith in this case.



Q: Does the author utilize relevant literature?

A: Good


Author's knowledge

Q: What is the level of the author’s knowledge? Does the author utilize all recent contributions relevant to the topic?

A: Good



Q: Is the length of the paper adequate to the significance of the topic? Do you suggest shortening the paper without losing its value?

A: Good


Figures & Tables

Q: Does the author use them suitably? Are legend and notations clear?

A: Good


Writing style

Q: Is it clear and understandable?

A: Good

Comments: Some errors found in the manuscript are as follows:

·       In Abstract, 1st sentence, “Sialolithiasis or “salivary lithiasis” is a pathological condition that involves the formation calcified concrements” must be “Sialolithiasis or "salivary lithiasis" is a pathological condition that involves the formation of calcified concrements”.

·       In Discussion, 8th paragraph, 4th sentence, “the nidus grow by successively layer of alternate organic and inorganic material” must be “the nidus grow by successive layers of alternate organic and inorganic material”.


Further comments on the paper

Comments: This case report evaluates the biochemical composition and the surface morphology of a sialolith using energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It further provides the overall pathology of sialolithiasis. This case mainly presents a 50-year-old man who showed a radio-opaque mass in the right body of the mandible. Later with various examinations, the lesion revealed the occurrence of sialolithiasis. Further, it illustrates the treatment for sialolithiasis.


Q: Would you recommend this manuscript for further publication?

A: Yes - Suitable to be published

If you have any questions and clarifications you can write to the journal.

Science Repository Team


Author Info

Corresponding Author
Tonino Traini
Department of Innovative Technologies in Medicine & Dentistry, University G. d’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy

Article Info

Article Type
Case Report
Publication history
Received: Fri 01, Jan 2021
Accepted: Mon 18, Jan 2021
Published: Mon 25, Jan 2021
© 2021 Tonino Traini. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2021.01.17