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Friday FAQs on O&G
Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Rebecca S. Benner
Rebecca S. Benner, Senior Director and Managing Editor
Starting 10 years ago, in 2004, Obstetrics & Gynecology staff and editors began an effort to track and improve the time between manuscript submission and publication. The stated goal was to publish 80% of manuscripts within 6 months or less.
During that first year, 2004, an average of 42% of unsolicited, peer-reviewed manuscripts (excluding case reports) were published within 6 months. Year-to-date in 2014, that percentage has risen to 96% (the average time from submission to publication being 130 days)! The advent of publish ahead-of-print in March 2013 certainly helped those statistics recently. However, the hard work of editors and staff and the assistance of our reviewers and authors played the largest role in our improvement over the years (Figure 1).
Timing Data Graph
Figure 1. Manuscripts published in Obstetrics & Gynecology within 6 months or less, from 2004 to 2014 (year-to-date). Actual data are compared with the goal (80% from 2004 through 2012, and 90% from 2013 through 2014).
Not all manuscripts are accepted for publication, however, so our authors are often interested to know how soon they’ll receive notice of a first decision—be it reject or revise. Based on data from September 1, 2013 through September 1, 2014, the average time between submission and first decision is 21 days. (Note that these data are for all unsolicited, peer-reviewed manuscripts, including case reports.) When you break that down by decision type, those manuscripts that receive a decision of “editorial reject” (ie, rejection without review) will find out that decision in an average of 3 days. Those manuscripts receiving a decision of “reject” (ie, rejection after review) will be notified in an average of 23 days. And finally, those manuscripts receiving a decision of “revise” (ie, the author is given an opportunity to address reviewers’ comments) will be notified in an average of 26 days.
Here at Obstetrics & Gynecology, we are proud to run an efficient peer review system for our authors, reviewers, and editors. If you have research that you are considering publishing, we hope you will think of Obstetrics & Gynecology!

Friday, September 12, 2014
Elizabeth Hickey
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
The Editorial Office has noticed that certain questions have been asked frequently over the past few weeks. This list is intended to be a helpful resource on these topics.
  • I’m a subscriber to the Green Journal; how do I access articles online?
    • Fortunately, our Production Editor, Stephanie Casway, has provided thorough step-by-step instructions for registering online. You can find them here.
  • I am missing some of my login information for my Green Journal account. Who do I contact?
    • You will need to contact our publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, regarding your account. Please note that a common problem accessing our online articles occurs when someone tries to create a new account using an ACOG ID that is already registered online. If you have already created a Green Journal account that is registered to your ACOG ID, you will need to contact LWW regarding that account, instead of creating a new username and password.
    • Here is the contact information for customer service at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins:

U.S. ACOG Member
International ACOG Member
U.S. Subscriber
International Subscriber
Telephone 866.489.0443 301.223.2300

  • Where can I find the forms I need for my submission to Obstetrics & Gynecology?
    • The author agreement form, submission checklist, and reporting guidelines (CONSORT, PRISMA, MOOSE, STARD, and STROBE) can all be found on the Editorial Manager home page,, under “Files and Resources.”
  • Where can I find the Instructions for Authors?
    • The link to our Instructions for Authors is also found on the Editorial Manager home page,, under “Files and Resources.” The Instructions for Authors contains the guidelines for submissions to Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • I’ve submitted my manuscript via Editorial Manager; how long should I expect the review process to take?
    • After submitting your manuscript, you will receive an e-mail notification of receipt within 2 business days.  Some manuscripts, however, will receive a decision of “editorial rejection.” This means that the editors and a designated Editorial Board member have deemed the manuscript not appropriate for Obstetrics & Gynecology. Authors whose manuscripts are editorial rejected will receive that decision within an average of 3 days. Manuscripts that undergo peer review will take a bit longer to go through our process. The Editors use the peer review comments in combination with their own evaluation to arrive at a disposition- accept, decline or revise. The journal’s goal is to arrive at a disposition for each paper within 6 weeks of submission. However, current data reveal that the time between submission to a first decision averages only 23 days!
Hopefully, this blog post answered some of your questions about the Green Journal. If you have any further questions, please contact us directly at or (202) 314-2317.

Friday, September 05, 2014
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
Randi Y. Zung
Editorial Assistant
Every January, May, and August, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology releases a new batch of Maintenance of Certification articles. These reading lists include a number of articles from Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Subscribers can access a full-text version of each article by one of the following methods:
  • Connecting through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ web portal at
  • Connecting through an institutional subscription (please check with your institution to see if they have access to Obstetrics & Gynecology)
  • Creating a registered, activated account with
Step-by-step instructions for completing the two-step registration and subscription activation process at are outlined here and here.
Helpful Hints:
  1. Your registered account information (username and password) is specific to This login information is NOT linked to or Your username and password for either of those accounts will not automatically carry over to
  2. After you register, you must activate your subscription by entering your ACOG ID number. The last character is the letter I (eye), not the number 1 (one).
  3. If you have forgotten your password, you can have it re-sent to you through an automated e-mail reminder from our publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. On the Login screen, click on “Forgot Password?” and enter your e-mail address in the pop-up window.
  4. This web site ( is maintained by the journal’s publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Staff members at ACOG, including the Editorial Office, do not have access to the user database.
  5. If you are unable to access your account, or need additional technical assistance, please contact the appropriate office below:

For ACOG Members: Please contact Lippincott Williams & Wilkins by e-mail to, or by phone (866) 489-0443 (United States) or (301) 233-2300 (International).

For Nonmembers: Please contact Lippincott Williams & Wilkins by e-mail to (subscribers) or (nonmember individuals and institutions), or by phone (800) 638-3030 (United States) or (301) 233-2300 (International).

Friday, August 29, 2014
Stephanie Casway
Stephanie Casway
Production Editor
In July, the staff at Obstetrics & Gynecology welcomed Elizabeth Hickey as a new editorial assistant (pictured below).
Elizabeth Hickey
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
Elizabeth recently graduated from Boston University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion. While in in school, Elizabeth provided administrative support to both the romance studies language and the facilities management and planning departments, and served as a development intern for a women’s health organization.
Working as an editorial assistant, Elizabeth supports the journal’s Associate Editors, helps to ensure that manuscripts move smoothly through the peer review system, and assists authors and readers with various queries.
Elizabeth says, “I am excited to start my career in women’s health and to be joining such an amazing group in the journal office.”
Journal staff is delighted to have Elizabeth on board! Please feel free to e-mail Elizabeth with any general questions you may have about Obstetrics & Gynecology (

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!
About the Author

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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