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RCOG announces sale of its academic journal

News 4 August 2020

The College has today announced the sale of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to academic publisher Wiley. A new 10-year affiliation between the RCOG and Wiley ensures an ongoing relationship between the College and the journal.

After a competitive tender process, in March this year the Board of Trustees accepted an offer from Wiley, the College’s current publishing partner for BJOG and TOG, the RCOG’s journal for continuing professional development.

The deal with Wiley has now been completed, and includes both transfer of ownership to Wiley and an ongoing relationship between the RCOG and BJOG. This relationship includes ongoing access to BJOG as a member benefit, opportunities for the College and our members to provide feedback on the journal and input into its ongoing development, and provision for the College to be involved in future editorial appointments.

Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“For some years, the College has been considering whether continued ownership of BJOG was in the best interests of the journal, given the fast-changing nature of academic publishing and in particular the growth of open access.

“The decision to sell the journal is the result of detailed discussions over the last two and a half years about how we can best support the ongoing development of BJOG both now and into the future.

“After in-depth analysis of all options, following expert publishing advice and discussions at RCOG Council and Board of Trustees, the College ultimately came to the conclusion that a global academic publisher would be best placed to manage BJOG’s transition, due to the breadth and depth of expertise that a specialist publisher would have.

“We are confident that the future of BJOG as a high-quality research journal, and the contribution this makes to the advancement of global women’s health, has been secured following this sale to Wiley.”

ENDS

Read more in our Q&A on the BJOG sale.

Find out more about BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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