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

Friday, March 1, 2013

How Quick is the Turnaround Time on Manuscripts Submitted to Obstetrics & Gynecology?
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
Randi Y. Zung, Editorial Assistant
The editorial office receives inquiries several times a week from authors requesting status updates on their submissions. Today’s blog will give a general overview of what authors can expect after they have submitted their manuscript to Obstetrics & Gynecology through Editorial Manager.
After an author has submitted a manuscript to Editorial Manager, it is processed by the editorial office and assigned a tracking number (ex. ONG 13-XXX). The corresponding author can expect to receive an e-mail notification with the submission’s tracking number within 2 business days.*
The following unsolicited manuscript types undergo peer review:** Original Research, Case Reports, Systematic Reviews, Current Commentary, and Personal Perspectives. After a manuscript has completed review, the Editors use the reviewer comments, as well as their own evaluation, to arrive at an initial disposition. Corresponding authors should expect to receive a decision on their manuscript within 6 weeks of submission.
If it seems probable that a manuscript can be made acceptable with revision, the corresponding author will receive a notification indicating that the Editors would be interested in considering a revised version of the submission. Corresponding authors are given 30 days to submit the revised manuscript in Editorial Manager. The journal’s goal is to notify the corresponding author of the final disposition within 10 business days after receipt of the revised manuscript.
Manuscripts that are accepted for publication are then sent to the journal’s publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, and processed for publication. The usual length of time between acceptance and publication is 2-3 months, with the exception of Case Reports, which are only published twice a year in February and August. Corresponding authors will receive page proofs by e-mail and will be given 48 hours to submit corrections to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. In an effort to expedite the publication timeline, accepted manuscripts are published-ahead-of-print on the journal’s web site ( 2 weeks prior to the release of the hard copy version. See our “About the Journal” page for a list of dates.
*Submissions that are not properly formatted according to the guidelines stated in the Instructions for Authors will be sent back to the author for further changes. Please see our previous blog about this topic.
**At the Editor’s discretion, a submitted manuscript may be rejected without review. Manuscripts are editorially rejected to provide authors with a quick decision (ie, within a few days).