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Friday, January 3, 2014

What Is New in the Revised Instructions for Authors?
Rebecca S. Benner, Director and Managing Editor
Rebecca S. Benner, Director and Managing Editor
Happy New Year to our readers, authors, and reviewers!
This new year brings with it a revised version of the journal’s Instructions for Authors. In this post, I’ve highlighted the major changes:
  • Authorship criteria: The section on “Authorship” (pages 1–2) has been changed dramatically. These changes reflect the change in authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). There are four criteria that each author must meet in order to be listed on the byline of an Obstetrics & Gynecology article. You will be able to attest to meeting these criteria when you sign our updated Author Agreement form.
  • Declaration of transparency: The lead author must now sign a statement declaring that the manuscript’s contents are not misleading. The statement is available on page 2 of the Instructions for Authors. It reads: “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”
  • Clinical trials registration: Our journal complies with the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials be registered in a public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment. Please be sure to provide the trial registry name and URL and the registration number at the end of the abstract. The cover letter and manuscript should discuss differences between the manuscript and the protocol posted on the registry (if any). Finally, if you cannot provide this information or wish to be considered for an exception, please contact the editor directly at before submitting the manuscript.
  • Reporting guidelines: Page 4 discusses the different reporting guidelines (eg, CONSORT, STARD). Please note that for manuscripts that require reporting guidelines, a completed checklist or explanation in the cover letter must accompany the submission.
  • New article type: Page 6 describes a new article type that the journal will now consider for publication. “Procedures and Instruments” articles detail novel methods or applications of methods, treatments, interventions, instruments, or applications of instruments for clinical care or research in obstetrics and gynecology. Look for more information on this series in a future blog post.
As always, please contact the journal office ( if you have any questions about your manuscript submission. We’re looking forward to a great year in 2014!