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Friday FAQs on O&G
Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Torre Halscott, MD
Torre Halscott, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC
While many readers enjoy staying up-to-date with the latest research and opinions in obstetrics and gynecology through their physical copy of Obstetrics & Gynecology they receive in the mail each month, there are many great aspects to doing so through online access to the journal. Once you sign in to the web page with your username and password, you’ll find yourself presented with the current issue. Scrolling down the page brings you to the articles in the same order as they appear in each hard copy issue. Once you’ve found the article that you’re looking for, you may notice some features available right away. Below the title and author information, there are links to Journal Club, UpToDate, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, as well as Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology supplements if available. Just underneath these are additional resources, including “In Brief” (a one-line description of the major finding(s) of the research), links to bring up the abstract or whole article via PDF, as well as the ability to add an article to “Favorites” (if you are logged in to the site), and an option to request permission to use tables and figures from articles in other texts or presentations.
After clicking on the article’s title you will come to the full text of the paper in HTML format. Again, the right side of the screen will contain additional features, in a box called “Article Tools.” Included here are icons to obtain the PDF or EPUB versions of the article (for tablets and eReaders), and the options to print, add it to a favorites folder, export to citation management software, be alerted when the research is cited, as well as to request permissions. Right after this is the ability to see all of the images from the article in a gallery, slideshow, or even export them directly for use into a presentation. Also there are multiple social media icons, for example, email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ to help “get the word out.” Continuing down the page from this you’ll find several boxes with “Related Links” to similar topical resources as well as options to access articles that were also read by those who looked at this paper.
Within the article there are useful buttons to take you “Back to Top” or to the “Article Outline,” so you can skip to any area of the paper that you like. A great feature of the web site version is that there are links to the pertinent table or figure in the portion of the article that discusses it. These can then be zoomed in or out, viewed in full screen, exported to PowerPoint individually, e-mailed, or added to “favorites” also. Lastly, within the “References” section, each article has links to their citations within the article, as well as to PubMed and/or full texts of the articles.
So as you see, there are a great many wonderful additions that are available through the web-based version of an article. Hopefully soon you’ll use some of these features to get even more from the Green Journal!

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.
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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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