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Friday FAQs on O&G
Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the Obstetrics & Gynecology site looks a little different. Our publisher tweaked the site ever so slightly to make it more user-friendly. In the process, the steps to activate one’s online subscription to the journal changed. Luckily, registering is still easy!
1. Go to (I am guessing you are already here), and click on the gear box in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Select register.
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2. You will arrive at a registration screen, enter your e-mail address and choose a username and password. Note that usernames must be at least 6 characters long and contain no spaces or symbols. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least 1 letter and 1 number. Click continue.
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3. Enter you name and address. Click continue.
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4. The next screen asks for additional information about you and your practice in order to help us recommend articles and rich media that suit your area of speciality. After completing this section, indicate your acceptance of the End User License Agreement and click complete registration.
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5. Once registration is complete, you will receive an e-mail from the site asking you to confirm your registration. Click on the link provided within 48 hours.
6. Once the link has opened, sign in and click on, Yes! I am a subscriber and want to activate my online subscription.
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7. At the bottom of the page, there will be a field for activating your subscription. Enter your ACOG Member ID or your subscriber ID. This can be found on the top left corner of the mailing label for your journal. Please be sure to enter all characters in this form field. Click on activate subscription.
Now, your account is active. With full access, enjoy all the journal has to offer by reading full-text articles, downloading epub files for your e-reader, listening to podcasts, watching videos, and creating personal collections.
If you have any questions, please contact the journal at or (202) 314-2317.

Friday, May 16, 2014
Denise Shields, Manuscript Editor
Denise Shields, Manuscript Editor
Launched in October 2012, ORCID is a non-profit organization that provides free unique identifiers to researchers. Just as a DOI (digital object identifier) is assigned to a published article, the ORCID identifier serves to provide a unique identifier for people. ORCID strives to ensure that researchers are recognized for their work by providing an automatic link between the researcher and their activities.
ORCID streamlines the amount of data published about a person. For example, there could be many different spellings of an author’s name, or there could be two authors with the same name. An author may belong to one organization but give a presentation somewhere else. The author could be recognized by their ORCID identifier.
In order for ORCID to be successful and for it to benefit the research community, authors are encouraged to register for an ORCID identifier at The identifier may be entered into the “Update My Information” page on Editorial Manager (
If you would like to read more about ORCID, visit their website at

Friday, May 09, 2014
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Journal staff run all accepted manuscripts through CrossCheck, a plagiarism-detection service run by iThenticate in partnership with CrossRef.
Once the latest version of a manuscript is uploaded to the program, CrossCheck compares the document to the Internet and over 37 million published research articles from medical, scientific, and technical publishers worldwide. The program returns a similarity report and index, which shows how much of the manuscript matches other sources.
Having lots of experience with scholarly research, we understand that all manuscripts will contain some content that matches other documents. Thus, we exclude references and all quotes from the similarity report. Still, common phrases like, “this study was reviewed by the (name your favorite medical school) Institutional Review Board,” and, “a P value of less than .05 was considered to be statistically significant,” appear in the report. For these reasons, a journal staff member reviews each line on the report to determine whether matched items constitute plagiarism or just a commonality.
When journal staff detect a problem, it often stems from the manuscript author’s own published works (what the Committee on Publication Ethics terms “redundancy”). While redundancy (or self-plagiarism) may not seem serious, it is still plagiarism. In this case, journal staff would ask the author to rework necessary text to avoid self-plagiarism.
If you have any questions about journal CrossCheck procedures or plagiarism, please contact the journal at or (202) 314-2317.

Friday, May 02, 2014
Randi Y. Zung
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
Obstetrics & Gynecology is a publication that contains articles, essays, and guidelines that are meant to help the practicing clinician stay informed about developments in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Individuals who are interested in purchasing a subscription should refer to the rates listed below.
Subscriptions can be purchased online here.
For subscriptions in the United States, the current rates are as follows:
  • Individual - $483.00 USD
  • Institution* - $872.00 USD
  • In-training - $198 .00 USD
For international (non-US) subscriptions, the current rates are as follows:
  • Individual - $667.00 USD
  • Institution* - $1169.00 USD
  • In-training - $298.00 USD
Please note that subscriptions will begin with the currently available issue unless otherwise requested. Replacement copies will be issued free of charge if requested within 90 days of the issue’s mailing date. Individual and In-training subscriptions include both print and online access. For Institution subscriptions, only a print subscription is included with the above rate. An online subscription is available through Ovid.
A print and online subscription to Obstetrics & Gynecology is included as a benefit with membership to ACOG. Individuals that are interested in membership with ACOG can contact ACOG’s Membership Services department at
*This rate applies to libraries, hospitals, corporations, and partnership of three of more individuals.
Individuals must indicate their current status in “in-training” and provide the name of their institution.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Rebecca S. Benner, Director and Managing Editor
Rebecca S. Benner, Director and Managing Editor
In the May 2014 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the editors recognize the winners of the 2013 Roy M. Pitkin Award and the 2013 Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper award.
The Roy M. Pitkin Award was established in 1998 to honor departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research. The award consists of a $5,000 unrestricted grant presented to each department whose faculty, fellows, or residents published one of the most outstanding articles in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year.
The Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper award was established in 2008 to recognize the best article from a non-U.S. researcher each year. The recipient of the award receives $2,000.
At the end of each year, each of the three editors independently evaluates articles that have been published from January through December. The purpose of this review is to develop a short list of candidate articles, which is then passed along to a panel of four former Editorial Board members. The members of this four-person committee read the articles and rank them based on several criteria, including scientific merit, importance to the specialty, study design, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, and writing style. The top-ranked articles (four for the Pitkin Award and one for the Kaminetzky Prize Paper) receive an award.
On Sunday, April 27, we will be recognizing the recipients of the 2013 Annual Awards at the 62nd Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Chicago, IL.
Roy M. Pitkin Award

Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper

Congratulations to all!

And, if you have excellent research that you’d like to contribute to the journal, please do so using our Editorial Manager web site.

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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 Raquel Christie (editorial assistant). To contact the editorial office, call 202-314-2317 or e-mail

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