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Giornale Italiano di ostetricia e ginecologia


Author Guidelines

Giornale Italiano di Ostetricia e Ginecologia MJWH is an international, bimonthly, peer-reviewed, open access, print and online journal, publishing original research, reports, editorials, reviews and commentaries.
All articles published online and in print will be identical in presentation.

Pre-acceptance English language editing service
Authors for whom English is a second language should have their manuscript professionally edited or edited by a fluent English speaker before submission. This service is aimed to:
• improve grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
• improve clarity and resolve any ambiguity caused by poor phrasing;
• improve word-choice and ensure that the tone of the language is appropriate for an academic journal.
Please contact the Editorial Office if you would like to receive the economic details of such services.
We will consider original articles, reviews, meta-analyses, technical and clinical notes, case reports and letters. These should be concerned with the clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of diseases.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the submission area at
All manuscripts should start with a title page, detailing:
(1) title of the article;
(2) initials, names and qualifications of each author;
(3) their main appointment;
(4) the name(s) of the(ir) institution(s). One author should be nominated for correspondence with the Editors. There should normally be a maximum of eight authors.
An e-mail address should be provided for the corresponding author.

Authors should ensure that page numbers are included in all manuscripts. Papers without page numbers will not be considered for publication.

A covering letter signed by all the authors should accompany the manuscript on submission (a scanned document is acceptable), confirming that the paper is not under review and has not been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Mandatory Charge of Publishing
Authors are asked to pay publication costs of their contribute.
Therefore, Giornale Italiano di Ostetricia e Ginecologia levies an article-processing charge of € 600,00 (V.A.T. included) for each article accepted for publication.
On acceptance of a manuscript the editorial office will inform Authors about payment procedures.

Proofs are sent approximately three weeks after acceptance.
Absent authors should arrange for a colleague to access the e-mail to retrieve the proof.

Papers become copyright on acceptance for publication. Authors of all manuscripts are required to license copyright in their paper to CIC Edizioni Internazionali s.r.l. Copyright licensing is a condition of publication. Accepted papers will not be passed to the Publisher unless copyright has been licensed.
A completed Exclusive Licence Form must be sent by email (as a scanned attachment), fax or post to the Editorial Office:

Giornale Italiano di Ostetricia e Ginecologia
CIC Edizioni Internazionali
Corso Trieste 42
00198 Rome

k.a. Marilena Cefa
phone +39 06 8412673
fax + 39 06 8412688

Peer Review
Papers considered for publication will be submitted by the Editors to expert external advisers.

Types of Contributions

Review Articles
Authors who would like to contribute review articles should send a proposal to the Editors before submitting their article. Reviews are divided into narrative/opinion papers, expressing the authors' opinion or organizational matters - sometimes based on some kind of literature search - and systematic reviews on interventions, epidemiology and diagnostics where the guidelines below are to be followed:
a) Statement of type: systematic review with/without meta-analysis
b) A structured abstract (please refer to section below headed 'Structured Abstracts')
c) Introduction:
• Background
• Aim
d) Methods:
• Study design and participants
• Systematic literature search (not only in the English language)
• Primary and secondary outcomes
• Data extraction
• Data synthesis (e.g. type of meta-analysis)
e) Results:
• Description of included and excluded studies (trials flow diagram)
• Quality assessment of included studies
• Primary and secondary outcomes
• Sensitivity analysis
f) Discussion:
• Including implications for practice and further research
g) References
h) Legends to illustrations
i) Tables and their legends
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should conform to the PRISMA Statement (, and a checklist and flow diagram should be included in your submission.

Original Articles
Original articles on clinical and scientific aspects of disease should include the following:
a) An abstract (please refer to the section below headed 'Structured Abstracts')
b) Authors should provide a statement of no more than 50 words that should be placed immediately after the abstract and headed ‘What is new in this paper’, explaining what the paper adds to the existing literature.
c) Text, sub-divided into:
• introduction;
• subjects/patients (or materials) and methods;
• results;
• discussion and conclusions;
• acknowledgements;
• references
d) Legends to illustrations
e) Tables and their legends
f) The trial registration number, if the article is a randomised controlled trial (please refer to the section below headed 'Registration of Randomised Controlled Trials').

Clinical Notes and Technical Notes
These should not exceed 1200 words and contain no more than 15 references and up to four illustrations. Submissions should be subdivided into: indications, method, comparison with other methods, advantages and disadvantages, difficulties and complications.

Case Reports

Case reports accepted from now on will be published online-only. Authors should abide by the following criteria:
a) The manuscript must not exceed a maximum of 500 words
b) The manuscripts may include one photograph or line drawing, which could be a composite of more than one illustration
c) The manuscript must not contain more than five references.
An abstract is not required for Case Reports.

Questions or comments concerning published papers may be sent to the Editor who will refer them to the authors. The readers' comments and authors' replies may subsequently be published together.

Other notes
Structured Abstracts
A structured abstract should include the following headings:
Aim: What was the purpose of the study?
Method: A brief description of the materials - patients or subjects (i.e. healthy volunteers) or materials (animals) - and methods used.
Results: What were the main findings?
Conclusions: What are the main conclusions or implications of the study?

Registration of Randomised Controlled Trials
In common with many other journals, Journal of Surgery will require Randomised Controlled Trials submitted for consideration of publication to be registered with an International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN). The website for the ISRCTN register is The ISRCTN was developed by the UK-based Current Controlled Trials Ltd (, a private web-based publishing company that is supportive of transparency in clinical trials reporting.

These should conform to the Vancouver style. The references in the text should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear and indicated by Arabic numerals in square brackets. Except for review articles there should not be more than 30. Examples are given below.
Altomare DF, Spazzafumo L, Rinaldi M, Dodi G, Ghiselli R, Piloni V. Set-up and statistical validation of a new scoring system for obstructed defaecation syndrome. Colorectal Dis 2008;10:84-8.
Nelson, R (2006, 2nd edition). Does lifestyle cause colorectal cancer? In Challenges in Colorectal Cancer (eds Scholefield JH, Abcarian H, Grothey A and Maughan T), pp1-13. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
Risk Prediction in Surgery: Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Laparoscopic Conversion Model. Smith JJ and Tekkis PP. Available at Accessed 31 July 2008.

References in Articles
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:
Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Images included in online submissions are for review purposes only, and should be suitable for online viewing. Please provide best quality figures with final accepted manuscripts. EPS (illustrations, graphs, annotated artwork; minimum resolution 800 dpi) and TIFF (micrographs, photographs; minimum resolution 300 dpi) are recommended, although in some cases other formats can be used. Files should be at print size.
Figures and illustrations for accepted papers can be submitted electronically.

All measurements should be in SI units with the exception of haemoglobin (g/dL) and blood pressure (mmHg). Original observations recorded in other units should be stated, together with the appropriate conversion factors. Standard abbreviations, without punctuation, are used. Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (1977) published by the Royal Society of Medicine, and SI: The International System of Units (1982) from HMSO provide useful guides.
Words must be spelt out on first appearance in both summary and text. Abbreviations, used sparingly, should follow the first full spelling, in parentheses.

Human studies should have been approved by an ethics committee but in questionable matters the Editors reserve the right to reject papers. Sources of financial support must be acknowledged. Other kinds of association (such as consultancy, share ownership, or patent-licensing arrangements) should be disclosed to the Editor in a covering letter at the time of submission. Such information will be held in confidence.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), adherence to the submission criteria stated above is considered essential for publication in Journal of Surgery. Mandatory fields are included in the online submission process to ensure this. If, at a later stage in the submission process or even after publication, a manuscript and/or authors are found to have disregarded these criteria, it is the duty of the Editor to report this to COPE. COPE may recommend that action be taken to inform the authors’ professional regulatory body and/or institution of such a dereliction. The website for COPE may be accessed at: