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Friday FAQs on O&G
Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
As a peer-reviewed journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology relies significantly on a pool of expert reviewers to help the editors decide which submissions are the most scientifically accurate, clinically useful, and novel, among other important characteristics. These reviewers also provide crucial advice to both the editorial team and the authors on how to improve a manuscript in the revision process.
We’re always looking for new people to join our team of expert reviewers. Interested in becoming a reviewer? Complete the Reviewer Form and submit it to the Journal office by e-mail ( or by fax at 202-479-0830. The editors will then assign you reviews on a test basis.
You’ll notice that the form asks you to choose from a list of classification terms. These terms will be used to match you to manuscripts in your area of expertise. Choose the topics you feel you are most qualified to review and discuss.
Once you have submitted your form, the next step is for our editor-in-chief to review your application and assign you some trial reviews over the next few months. You will receive invitations by email from our Editorial Manager system.
Please be sure to review our New Reviewer packet prior to completing your first review.
We hope you’ll apply to join a team that provides an invaluable service to the Green Journal.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
An editorial rejection, simply put, is a rejection without peer review.
The editorial rejection process for Obstetrics & Gynecology involves all three of the journal’s Editors and a member of the Editorial Board. When a manuscript is proposed for editorial rejection, it is sent to a member of the Editorial Board for a second opinion. If the Editorial Board member agrees with editorial rejection, the decision is presented at the Editors’ weekly conference call and the decision is finalized upon agreement by all of the Editors. If the Editorial Board member disagrees with the proposed editorial rejection, the manuscript is sent for peer review.
A few common reasons for editorial rejection are:
  1. The submission is outside of the journal’s scope, and it is better suited for a sub-specialty or regional journal.
  2. The submission does not conform to the journal’s policies. 
  3. The submission’s topic has already been well-reported.
  4. The submission does not contain information that gives insight into potential clinical management.
We understand that editorial rejections can be disappointing, but they are done with the intent to allow authors to redirect their manuscripts to journals where they are more likely to get published.

Friday, November 07, 2014
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Grab your iPad and open up the App Store, Obstetrics & Gynecology has an iPad app! Our app is free to College members and non-member individual subscribers to the journal. Use the app to browse issues of the journal going back to January 2012, read full-text articles, view supplemental digital content, and much more.
November 2011 iPad cover image
Registering is easy. Search for “Green Journal” in Apple’s App Store. Download the app and enter your username and password. If you don’t have a username and password, click here for a step-by-step guide to registering and activating your subscription with
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the editorial office at (202) 314-2317 or

Friday, October 31, 2014
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
Video Submission
Authors may choose to submit a video to accompany their written submission to Obstetrics & Gynecology. These are particularly encouraged for Case Reports, Procedures and Instruments, and Original Research submissions that include a description of a new surgical technique. These videos should be submitted as supplemental digital content.  More information regarding supplemental digital content can be found in our Instructions for Authors.

The Green Journal’s YouTube channel can be found here: The channel features 28 videos and contains everything from videos of surgical procedures to a demonstration of how to use our iPad App. Many videos accompany articles published in our journal. Our YouTube channel is continuously updated. Subscribe with your YouTube account to stay up to date with our videos! 

Friday, October 24, 2014
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
In the March 2014 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, you may have noticed a new article type. The journal is now accepting submissions of Procedures and Instruments articles. These articles describe new methods or applications of methods, treatments, interventions, instruments, or applications of instruments for clinical care in obstetrics and gynecology.
Our most recent issue (October 2014) contained Treatment of Vaginal Cuff Evisceration, a Procedures and Instruments article by Matthews and Kenton. Take a look and see what this new article type is all about.
Currently, we are looking for Procedures and Instruments articles for future issues. More information about submissions can be found in our Instructions for Authors, located towards the end of each print issue and online. If you have any questions about Procedures and Instruments, or how to submit articles to the journal, contact our editorial office at or 202-314-2317.
P.S.: Procedures and Instrument submissions with videos are highly encouraged!
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Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Staff
The Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Staff is responsible for facilitating the peer-review process, supporting the editors, and responding to queries from authors, reviewers, and readers. The current staff comprises Rebecca S. Benner (director and managing editor), Denise Shields (manuscript editor), Stephanie Casway (production editor), Randi Y. Zung (editorial assistant), and Elizabeth Hickey(editorial assistant). To contact the editorial office, call 202-314-2317 or e-mail

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