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Author and reviewer information

Advice for authors who wish to submit an article to The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG), including our house style, other useful information for authors whose articles have been accepted, and information about the peer review process.

How to submit a proposal

All articles in the journal are commissioned by the Editorial Board. However, the Board will consider speculative proprosals and will commission the article in full if the topic you propose fits in with the aims and scope of the journal and with other commissioned articles.

Global Perspectives, Views and Counterviews, NICE guidance summaries, SIP summaries, Clinical Governance and TOG Ratings are commissioned solely by the Editorial Board. You are welcome to send letters and emails to the Editor and submit proposals for Reviews, Education, Ethics, Tips and Techniques by sending a completed proposal submission form (Word document 19kb) to tog@rcog.org.uk. Please note that proposals which aren’t submitted using this form won’t be considered.

As per the form, the proposal should include the following information:

  • A 200-word summary of the proposed paper
  • Up to five key references that will be cited in the paper
  • The proposed article type

For each author, please include their relevant experience in the field and up to five publications (in order of relevance). You do not have to be a published author to write for TOG, but it is important that at least one member of the author group has published before. All papers require at least one author to be at consultant or equivalent level in their specialty.

Please read the instructions to authors (PDF 475kb) for further details.

Writing an article for TOG

Authors commissioned to write an article for TOG can find full details on how to prepare and submit their manuscript in the instructions to authors (PDF, 475 kb). The document Writing for the RCOG (PDF, 1.4 mb) provides detailed guidance regarding the journal style, such as spelling, punctuation, abbreviations, referencing and copyright. TOG uses a web-based submission and peer-review system called ScholarOne. Authors can use the online system to submit articles and monitor the progress of peer review.

Useful links

  • Medbioworld
    With 25,000 links, Medbioworld is a useful medical reference site that includes medical journals, medical associations and resources in the biological sciences. Links include 6000 medical journals in 80 subspecialties and the home pages of 4000 medical associations. Other helpful research tools include medical glossaries, disease databases, clinical trials and guidelines, and medical journals offering full-text articles.
  • How do I write a scientific paper?
    Helpful information about writing your paper from the Science and Development Network.

Peer review

All articles published in TOG are subject to peer review. On initial submission, the Editor-in-Chief and at least one Editor review each article to decide whether or not it is suitable. At this stage, revisions may be requested before further peer review. Most manuscripts are then reviewed by two peer reviewers who are not Editorial Board members.

Articles in the Ethics section are reviewed by the Editors and one external reviewer unless additional expert opinion is required by the Editors.

Articles in the Views and Counterviews section are reviewed only by the Editors unless they require further expert opinion.

Where there is disagreement, the Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

TOG is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The standards for editorial processes are in accordance with the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

The TOG Editorial Board promotes good editorial practice by encouraging all peer-reviewers to adhere to the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

TOG follows the ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or need more information, please email tog@rcog.org.uk.

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