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Friday, January 24, 2014
What Is the Author Declaration of Transparency?
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
 
With the new year, Obstetrics & Gynecology has made a few changes to help clarify the role of authors on their manuscripts. Along with a new Author Agreement form, we’ve introduced the “Author Declaration of Transparency,” which aims to encourage lead authors to take greater responsibility for their work and help guarantee the quality of information published in our journal.
 
Effective January 1, 2014, all evidence-based research submissions (ie, original research reports) must include a transparency declaration statement by the paper’s lead author. When the lead author signs this statement, he or she is telling the editors that the contents of the manuscript are not misleading. He or she is essentially acting as a “guarantor” for the quality and accuracy of the paper.
 
The exact statement is as follows:
 
The lead author* affirms that this manuscript is an honest, accurate, and transparent account of the study being reported; that no important aspects of the study have been omitted; and that any discrepancies from the study as planned (and, if relevant, registered) have been explained.

 
Signed by: _________________
*The manuscript’s guarantor.
 
The transparency declaration statement should appear in the submission’s cover letter, or be uploaded in Editorial Manager as a separate attachment (with the rest of the manuscript files).
 
For more background on the declaration of transparency, see the original 2013 editorial in BMJ by Altman and Moher (BMJ 2013;347:f4796).
 
Questions or concerns? As always, feel free to e-mail us at obgyn@greenjournal.org.
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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 obgyn@greenjournal.org.

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