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doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000441357.13580.27
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Authors must submit their manuscripts online via Editorial Manager ( Please do not send duplicate copies of the manuscript to the editorial office.


Full Instructions for Authors are provided in the January and July issues or online (


  • □ Author agreement forms are submitted.
  • □ Potential conflicts of interest, whether of a financial or other nature, are disclosed by checking the appropriate box on the author agreement form and listing the potential conflicts in an attachment to the author agreement form.
  • □ Pages are numbered consecutively; the first author's last name is typed in the top right corner of each page.
  • □ Lines are numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript using the line numbering feature available in word processing software.
  • □ The manuscript is double-spaced.
  • □ Only standard abbreviations and acronyms are included.
  • □ For all original research, informed consent and institutional review board approval is addressed in the Methods. For case reports, a signed consent form has been obtained from each person who can be identified in a written description, photograph, or video (and is retained with your records).
  • □ Permission to reprint material from another source in print and electronic form has been obtained.
  • □ Clinical trials are registered in a public trials registry at or before the onset of patient enrollment.
  • □ For randomized controlled trials, a completed CONSORT checklist accompanies the manuscript.
  • □ For studies of diagnostic accuracy, a completed STARD checklist accompanies the manuscript.
  • □ For meta-analyses and systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials, a completed PRISMA checklist accompanies the manuscript.
  • □ For meta-analyses and systematic reviews of observational studies, the MOOSE guidelines are followed.
  • □ For observational studies, a completed STROBE checklist accompanies the manuscript.

Cover Letter

  • □ A cover letter is submitted indicating the intent to submit to Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • □ Publication elsewhere (including electronic media) of any of the material in the manuscript submitted, other than an abstract of not more than 300 words, is identified and a copy of the other publication is submitted to the editorial office.
  • □ If a version of the manuscript has previously been submitted for publication to Obstetrics & Gynecology, comments from the peer reviewers and an indication of how the authors have responded to these comments are included.

Title Page

  • □ The title, author name(s) and major degree(s), affiliation(s), and the source(s) of funding for the work or study are provided.
  • □ The name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author are given.
  • □ The manuscript title is no longer than 100 characters (letters and spaces) and does not contain any abbreviations or acronyms.
  • □ A short title (no more than 45 characters) is provided at the bottom of the page for use as a running foot.
  • □ The only acknowledgments are of financial or other substantive assistance. All individuals named in the acknowledgments have given written permission to be named.


  • □ On a separate page, a statement of no more than 25 words is provided for the table of contents.
  • □ Abbreviations or acronyms and commercial names are not used in the précis.


  • □ For original research reports, case reports, and review articles, the abstract is limited to 250, 125, and 300 words, respectively, and follows the appropriate structured abstract format. Abstracts for Current Commentary articles should be a single paragraph of no more than 250 words that states methods, results, and significance of results.
  • □ If the research identified important variables that lacked statistical difference, the study's power to detect such difference is addressed in the abstract.
  • □ Footnotes, references, and commercial names are not used in the abstract.


  • □ References correspond to the examples available at
  • □ References are identified on the line within parentheses, eg, Levitz (3).
  • □ Each reference is cited in the text.
  • □ References are numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.
  • □ Unpublished data, personal communications, statistical programs, papers presented at meetings and symposia, abstracts, letters, and manuscripts submitted for publication, are not listed in the reference list. Information from such sources is cited, if necessary, in text within parentheses.


  • □ Each table is on a separate sheet of paper with its title.
  • □ Tables are numbered with Arabic numerals.
  • □ Each table contains all necessary information in order that it may stand alone, independent of the text.
  • □ No table contains data that could be included in the text in several sentences.


  • □ Digital art guidelines and artwork checklist on the journal's web site ( have been consulted.
  • □ Each figure is cited in the text.
  • □ Figures have a minimum width of 3¼ inches and height of 2 inches.
  • □ Letters and identifying marks (eg, arrows) are clear and sharp, and the critical areas of radiographs and photomicrographs are identified.
  • □ All text that may identify a patient is removed. If the patient is recognizable, a release has been obtained.
  • □ Explanatory material appears in the accompanying legend and not on the figure itself.
  • □ Legends are listed on one page at the end of the manuscript.
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