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Friday FAQs on O&G

Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rebecca S. Benner
Rebecca S. Benner, Senior Director and Managing Editor
The Friday FAQs staff blog launched on September 14, 2012. Since then, we have used this space to answer your frequently asked questions about Obstetrics & Gynecology. We’ve also used it to make journal announcements, including saying goodbye to old colleagues and welcoming new ones.
Today’s posting marks our last Friday FAQs blog. However, the important content will not be going away. In 2015, we’ll be migrating it to a static “FAQs” web page that will be more visible on the web site and organized by topic, thereby making it easier to use.
So, in this last post, I’d like to say thank you to all of our readers, social media participants, reviewers, and authors for visiting our web site and contributing excellent content to our journal. I would also like to thank my staff for their hard work throughout this past year. Finally, a big thanks to our editors for their dedication, vision, and leadership!
Wishing everyone peace and happiness this holiday and in the new year.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
As you probably noticed, Obstetrics & Gynecology now features a piece of artwork on the cover. Starting with the July 2013 issue, the editors have chosen cover art from 1) figures already included in a particular issue, 2) specially submitted cover art, and 3) art from the J. Bay Jacobs, MD, Library for the History of Obstetrics and Gynecology in America.
If you are interested in submitting art for the cover of the journal, please send a copy of the image and a figure legend to Color images are preferred. In addition, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at or (202) 314-2317.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
Elizabeth Hickey, Editorial Assistant
As a peer-reviewed journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology relies significantly on a pool of expert reviewers to help the editors decide which submissions are the most scientifically accurate, clinically useful, and novel, among other important characteristics. These reviewers also provide crucial advice to both the editorial team and the authors on how to improve a manuscript in the revision process.
We’re always looking for new people to join our team of expert reviewers. Interested in becoming a reviewer? Complete the Reviewer Form and submit it to the Journal office by e-mail ( or by fax at 202-479-0830. The editors will then assign you reviews on a test basis.
You’ll notice that the form asks you to choose from a list of classification terms. These terms will be used to match you to manuscripts in your area of expertise. Choose the topics you feel you are most qualified to review and discuss.
Once you have submitted your form, the next step is for our editor-in-chief to review your application and assign you some trial reviews over the next few months. You will receive invitations by email from our Editorial Manager system.
Please be sure to review our New Reviewer packet prior to completing your first review.
We hope you’ll apply to join a team that provides an invaluable service to the Green Journal.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
An editorial rejection, simply put, is a rejection without peer review.
The editorial rejection process for Obstetrics & Gynecology involves all three of the journal’s Editors and a member of the Editorial Board. When a manuscript is proposed for editorial rejection, it is sent to a member of the Editorial Board for a second opinion. If the Editorial Board member agrees with editorial rejection, the decision is presented at the Editors’ weekly conference call and the decision is finalized upon agreement by all of the Editors. If the Editorial Board member disagrees with the proposed editorial rejection, the manuscript is sent for peer review.
A few common reasons for editorial rejection are:
  1. The submission is outside of the journal’s scope, and it is better suited for a sub-specialty or regional journal.
  2. The submission does not conform to the journal’s policies. 
  3. The submission’s topic has already been well-reported.
  4. The submission does not contain information that gives insight into potential clinical management.
We understand that editorial rejections can be disappointing, but they are done with the intent to allow authors to redirect their manuscripts to journals where they are more likely to get published.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Grab your iPad and open up the App Store, Obstetrics & Gynecology has an iPad app! Our app is free to College members and non-member individual subscribers to the journal. Use the app to browse issues of the journal going back to January 2012, read full-text articles, view supplemental digital content, and much more.
November 2011 iPad cover image
Registering is easy. Search for “Green Journal” in Apple’s App Store. Download the app and enter your username and password. If you don’t have a username and password, click here for a step-by-step guide to registering and activating your subscription with
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the editorial office at (202) 314-2317 or