Friday FAQs on O&G

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

Friday, October 11, 2013

Do You Have Any Advice for Young Authors? Part 1: Initial Submission
Annelee Boyle, MD
Annelee Boyle, MD
Intern, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellow, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
I have the pleasure of doing a month-long elective during my Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Obstetrics & Gynecology, aka, the Green Journal. Although being called an “intern” six years after graduating from med school is a little odd, it is great to be working with Dr. Nancy Chescheir, the editors, and especially the editorial staff. I get to see firsthand what goes into making the Green Journal each month, and I’m learning why some manuscripts are chosen while others are not.
As a fellow, I’ve been blessed with great mentors and I was able to publish my first article in the Green in July. However, I made mistakes along the way. Over the next two weeks, I’ll show you how to avoid some of the mistakes I made and to get your article published as painlessly as possible.
This week we focus on submitting a new manuscript. One of the things my mentors gave me that I found helpful were examples of cover letters and manuscripts for submission, formatted for the Green Journal. For those of you who have not been as lucky, I have drafted a sample cover letter and manuscript for your use. (Please forgive the topic, but, as I write this, the government is shut down, the National Zoo is closed, the Panda Cam is off, and I’m experiencing panda withdrawal.) When submitting your own manuscript, I hope that my drafts, the Instructions for Authors, and Raquel Christie’s blog on the top 10 mistakes to avoid will help make your manuscript as strong as possible.
I’ve been told that the acceptance rate at the Green Journal may only be 20%, but the acceptance rate is 0% if the manuscript hasn’t been submitted. The take-home message is this: the only chance you have to get published is to try. I still remember that I had 12 pages—yes, 12 pages—of revisions for my first article, but now everyone else sees the final product. Next week we will cover responding to those revisions.