Instructions for authors

The Journal of gynecology obstetrics and fetal medicine, published every three months is the official academic publication of the STGO. It covers the full spectrum of Obstetrics and Gynecology, medical gynecology, obstetric, maternal medicine, fetal medicine, gynecologic surgery, oncologic gynecology, uro-gynecology, neonatology and human reproduction.

The aim of the Journal is to publish editorials, original articles, facts and arguments, review and update articles, general reviews, files,  case reports , controversies, letters to the editors, notes from authors, along with analysis of international media.

The Journal also promotes work sessions of the STGO and associated scientific societies and trains fellows and provides them with the opportunity to express themselves.

Conditions of publication

Submission of an article implies that the work (including manuscript, figures, video clips, etc) described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, see, that it is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

A manuscript submitted to the Journal for publication must never have been subject of any previous release, nor been submitted to be published at the same time somewhere else. Prior articles rooting from a similar research must be explicitly quoted and referenced in the new article. Its publication must be approved by all the authors. Once accepted, the article must not be published elsewhere in any form, on paper or online, neither in part or totally, without consent of the copyright owner.
Publications can be submitted in French or in English.

These works must comply with the instructions detailed below, according to the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

The journal uses a system of dual blind reviewing. It never commits to manuscripts addressed to it before the final decision of the editorial committee.

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All manuscript submissions must be accompanied by a statement from all the co-authors that the work represents an original work, cosigned by all the authors, and also by a conflicts of interest statement... The Journal reserves the right to use electronic tools of detection of plagiarism and duplication. In case of offense, the authors will be banned from further publication in the Journal.

Presentation of the manuscripts

Sending the manuscripts to the editors 

The presentation of the submitted manuscript must match the following criteria in order to proceed to the reviewers:

File formats

Files must be in MS Word. All graphics and figures are presented in format TIFF or PDF, Word, PowerPoint, or Excel. The minimal resolution must be 300 DPI for documents in black and white and above 500 DPI for figures.

The review committee assess manuscripts blindly. Therefore the submitted manuscript must follow the following format:

Title page file that allows preservation of anonymity of the review: it contains the title of the article in both English and French, the full name and surname of the author, his/her affiliation; email, name of the institution, in which the work was performed, as well as the address, phone number, and email for correspondence.

The manuscript files containing different pages:

                -the abstract and the keywords

                -the text: Please note that editorials, review and update articles are to be submitted on request from the Editor and will be also reviewed before acceptance.

-The bibliographic references are under the responsibilities of the authors. Quoted references must correspond to documents accessible to reviewers.

Formal presentation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should conform to and comply with the following rules; if not they will be returned to the authors without reviewing.

The title page

  • Titles in both French and English must not exceed 120 characters
  • The full name and surname of every author : the maximal number of authors is eight for an original article or general review and three for a clinical case
  • The full names and postal addresses of laboratorial services or organizations from which the author(s) originate(s) with references written in number in exponent when the authors originate from different institutions.
  • The email, phone number and telecopy number of the author to which must be sent the correspondence concerning the article
  • If need be, the date and place of the scientific event where the work occured.

The abstract and keywords:

The text must be written in French and English (100 to 250 words), without abbreviation or reference. For original articles, abstract must be structured: objectives, methods, results and conclusions. For reviews, updates and clinical cases, abstract must underline main points.
The French translation will be reviewed by a French speaking author...
Keywords, in French and English, (3 to 5) should be conforming to the Medical Subject Heading of the Index Medicus.

 The text

It must be written comprehensively.

 The quoting of authors and works in the text must reference the name of the main author under the mention «et al. »

-the abbreviations, outside international units of measurement, must be reduced to a minimum, and preceded by the full term between parenthesis at the first use of the contraction.

-units of measure

- Measures of length, height, weight and volume are in the metric system (m, Kg, L).
-temperatures are in degrees Celsius (°C), sanguine pressure in mmHg.

-hematologic and biochemical measures are in the international units system.

-Medication are identified by their generic name (common international denomination)


-the references must be on a separate page and numbered along the order of appearance in the text. Their maximal number depends on the rubric of the article they belong to (see rubrics and article types)

-they are identified in the text or table description by Arab numbers between hooks. The references quoted only in table descriptions, tables or figures are numbered so that they are successive to the last reference quoted in the text before the table.

-they concern only published works 

-journal titles are shortened according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (annual update of the Index Medicus) and references presented according to the norms of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( ).

References should include the names and initials of the first 5 authors, the complete title, the abbreviated journal name according to Index Medicus and MEDLINE, the volume, the beginning page number and the year. Up to five authors, authors must be named; from six and up, only the first five will be named, followed by a comma and the mention « and al »

-References to book chapters should include names and initials of the first 3 chapter authors, chapter title, book title and edition, names and initials of the first 3 book editors, city of publisher, publisher, volume number, chapter number, page range and year.

 -In addition to the above, references to electronic publications should include type of medium, availability statement and date of accession.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures must be comprehensible with their description without the need to refer to the text.
-Every tables is titled and indeed by number between parenthesis by order of appearance in the text, above the table.


They are placed at the end of the article, before references, and point out contributions, material or financial support. They do not justify a place amongst the authors.

 Statement of conflicts of interest

Any submission of manuscript must be accompanied by a statement of conflict of interest. When there aren’t any, the mention must figure in the manuscript: Conflict of interest: None
When there is one, the manuscript must contain the complete list of authors of the article with which there is such a conflict.

Rubrics and article types

The journal contains the following rubrics:

  • Editorial
  • Original articles
  • Review articles
  • Cases report
  • Letters to editor
  • Letters to the authors
  • Current commentary : Analysis of the current events, debates, expert’s interviews, clinical opinion
  • Technical notes
    • Resident’s corner
  • Read for You
  • Congress


They represent a tribune to express an opinion. They can be sent to the editor’s committee or requested by the journal team.

Original articles

These are the result of scientific original works, of which the abstract answers to the rules described above.
-the authors are 8 or less
-The text contains 5 parts
Introduction (or objectives): written at the present tense, it exposes the interest of the work discussed by placing the theme and fixes the objectives of the study.

Methods: This chapter contains the criteria of selection of the patients. The specific techniques or materials are described. The statistical methodology is defined and the statistic tests used are presented.
Results: This chapter is written in the past tense.
Whatever may their presentation be, (effectives, probability, averages….) the numbers are preferably presented as tables or figures.
Discussion: this section comments on the results and confronts data, which is referenced. There must not be repetition of details of the results, or introduction of new data that isn’t presented under “results”.
Conclusion: it comes naturally to answer the objectives set in the introduction from the elements brought during the discussion. No new element must be brought up.

Review articles and files

These articles review the depth of the literature with the purpose of proposing elements of useful medical conduct, current and constructive. The chosen theme is generally the topic of innovations.

The number of authors must not exceed eight. The references are essentially publications of less than five years.

Clinical cases

These articles bring an original case: a first clinical case, a therapeutic effect or an original complication, a peculiar observation; the rare cases where rare pathological associations present interest to the readers.

-the summary isn’t useful.
-the maximal amount of writers is three.
the text must contain at least 10 000 characters.
-the references must not exceed 10

-the text contains four parts:

                -an introduction explaining the interest of the case brought up
                -the abstract of the observation bringing essential facts linked to the originality of the case
                -discussions that explain the innovative character brought by this specific clinical case to the current data.
                -a conclusion that discusses new perspectives brought by the study

Letters to editor

These articles are destined to tackle current events (epidemiologic, diagnostic, therapeutic…) they may also bring the preliminary results of a study.
These texts are short, with a maximum of 5 000 characters, with no abstract, and less than 10 references and less than 3 authors.

Letters to the authors

It is a rubric the enables the author to give his/her point of view about an article published in the journal. The text has for a title « response of « (author of the response) to the article (reference of the article’s original parathion’s number, year and page)

Read for you

Short text, which makes a current analysis of a recent paper and summarizes publications on the subject and adds a commentary along with a conclusion about the main topics (maximum of 5 000 characters and three authors).

Technical notes

Articles describing a specific technique or a step of a process to make it easier and more accessible and reproductible.

Resident’s corner

This rubric aims at giving students an opportunity to publish their own scientific works; the submitted articles must correspond to the same formats as the original articles, review articles and clinical cases.

Current Commentary 

This space is dedicated to the continuous medical education, but unlike files and review articles, the articles here address specific topics (exploration, therapeutic strategy, current events…) and may be presented in different formats:
-current events analysis: texts reporting the interests and practical modalities of an exploration, new legal or organizational provisions…
-Debate: texts written by two to three authors around a question: “what to choose…? May we still…?... “
-Expert interviews: The author, using a recent take on the subject, brings his/her point of view on unanswered questions.

 -scientific reports of original research in such areas as economic policy, ethics, law and health care delivery.