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Author Guidelines

Editorial Office of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology is:

The Editor-in-Chief
Professor Basky Thilaganathan
c/o Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
122 Freston Road,
 London W10 6TR , UK

Manuscript submission

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.

For a swift peer review, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology operates a web-based submission, peer review and manuscript tracking system. Authors are required to submit their articles online. Details of how to submit online can be found at .

Authors must also supply:

  • any required permission letters - it is the authors' responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce (in all media, including electronic) material which has appeared in another publication (see below).

For submission enquiries worldwide , please contact:

Sarah Hatcher, Managing Editor, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology , ISUOG, 122 Freston Road, London W10 6TR [tel]++44 (0)20 7471 9950 [fax]++44 (0)20 7471 9956 [email] . This email address is for correspondence only and is not for the submission of manuscripts.

File types and Illustrations

We are able to use most word processing packages, but prefer Microsoft Word. Illustrations must also be submitted in electronic format. Save each figure as a separate file, in TIFF or EPS format preferably. We favor dedicated illustration packages over tools such as Excel or Powerpoint.

For quality reproduction final artwork should be submitted in the following resolutions:

  • Gray-scale (black & white photograph): at least 400 dpi (dots per inch).
  • Color: 400 dpi in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) mode.
  • Line diagram: 1200 dpi .

For the on-line peer review process low-resolution images of your artwork will be automatically created upon submission. Therefore, if your Internet connection is slow or your files are very large you may submit low-resolution images initially, and high quality artwork will be requested by the Editorial Office if your paper is accepted. Referees may ask to see high-resolution or hard copies of the figures for clarification and these must be available immediately upon request.

Manuscript Style

The language of the Journal is English. All submissions must have a title, and preferably presented double-line spaced with a margin of 3 cm all round and continuous line numbering.

  • The title page must list the full title, short title (no more than 20 letters), and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including e-mail, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

  • Include 5–8 key words that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

  • Up to three referee nominations may be included, for consideration by the Editors.

  • Supply an abstract, which should be a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work. The abstract of original papers should be structured (divided into sections which contain appropriate information under the following headings: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions). The abstract of case reports should be a single paragraph.

  • Original papers should be structured into headed sections as follows: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References. The Introduction should be no more than 350 words and the Discussion should be no longer than 1000 words. Other subsection headings within the main headings may be used but should be limited.

  • Authors are requested to ensure that their manuscript follows the appropriate guidelines for the study design and reporting if applicable:

    CONSORT for randomized controlled trials,

    STROBE for observational studies,

    STARD for diagnostic accuracy studies,

    PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
  • Case reports should be structured into headed sections as follows: Title, Abstract, Case Report, Discussion, References. The main text should contain no more than 1000 words and there should be a maximum of 4 images and 15 references.

  • Letters to the Editor should be no more than 500 words long and include a maximum of 2 images and 5 references.

  • Imaging in gynecological disease series. The structure should be as follows:

  • ABSTRACT - structured as other abstracts into objective, method, results and conclusions.

    MAIN TEXT should be structured as:

  • 1. Aim

  • 2. Background - divided into: (a) epidemiology, (b) microscopy, (c) macroscopy, (d) clinical symptoms, (e) prognosis. This information can taken from textbooks of pathology (which should be referred to).

    3. Case series - divided into: (a) Methods (how the data were collected, e.g., prospectively or retrospectively, from one center or from several centers, etc). THIS IS IMPORTANT and must be clearly described. (b) Results (gray scale morphology, Doppler results, images). (c) Discussion (do ultrasound findings agree with what is known from textbooks, i.e., do they agree with microscopy, macroscopy, and clinical symptoms). (d) Conclusion (how ultrasound findings will help). (e) References. (f) Legends.

    And, of course, include a lot of images!

  • Style points – abbreviations and symbols must be standard and SI units used throughout. Statistical analyses must explain the methods used. The use of footnotes (other than in tables) is not permitted. The Editor reserves the right to alter manuscripts whenever necessary to make them conform to the stylistic and bibliographical conventions of the Journal.

  • All illustrations should be specifically referred to in the text and supplied in digital form.

  • Legends for illustrations should be collected together and presented on a separate manuscript page.

  • Tables - each table should be on a separate page with its caption. The following symbols should be used for footnotes: *, †, ‡, §, ¶. All tables should be specifically cited in the text.

Reference Style

  • References should be numbered consecutively , first throughout the text and then in figures and tables, and cited as superscript numerals. Eg "Fetal weight was estimated according to the formula of Hadlock et al . 12 "

  • All references must be complete and accurate, conforming to full Vancouver style.

  • The names of all authors should be given – et al. is not used in the reference list for multiple author papers

  • Medical journal abbreviations follow Index Medicus usage.

  • If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list; papers that are in press or have been accepted for publication should be included in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

    Journal article
    1. With pages:

      Bronshtein M, Zimmer EZ. The sonographic approach to the detection of fetal cardiac anomalies in early pregnancy. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2002; 19 : 360–365.

    2. With pages not yet assigned, for example an EarlyView artice (see later):

      Williams K, Galerneau F. Maternal transcranial Doppler in pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2003. DOI: 10.1002/uog.83.

    In press
    1. Wyon DP. Thermal comfort during surgical operations. J Hyg Camb (in press).

    Article in an edited book
    1. Overton C, Serhal P, Davies M. Clinical aspects of preimplantation diagnosis. In Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis , Harper J, Delhanty J, Handyside A (eds). John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2001; 123–140.

    1. The Universe of Women's Health. [4 October 2002].

  • When citing articles available as preprints, which have not yet been published, the designation “[preprint]” should be included in the reference

Color Publication

Color publication is expensive and the Editors restrict the publication of illustrations for which color is not necessary for the biomedical meaning of the figure (eg a color photograph of a fetus or specimen, or sepia scan). Essential color (eg Doppler) will be published at no cost to the author.

Conflict of Interest

It is the responsibility of the authors to declare any conflicts of interest that may affect the objectivity of their work, including any financial, personal or other influences. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal should include a statement declaring any potential conflicts of interest within the manuscript document itself, either in the cover page or after the reference list.


It is a condition of publication that the authors transfer the world copyright of their manuscripts to the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). Authors will normally be entitled to publish any part of their paper elsewhere provided permission is requested and the usual acknowledgments are given. The assignment of the copyright will not affect subsisting patent rights or arrangements relating to them.

If the article contains extracts (including illustrations and tables) from or is based in whole or in part on other copyright works (including, for the avoidance of doubt, material from on-line or intranet sources), the author, at the author’s expense and in the form specified by the publisher, will obtain from the owners of the respective copyrights written permission to reproduce those extracts in the article in all territories and editions and in all media of expression and languages. All necessary permission forms must be submitted to the publisher on delivery of the article.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed below:

CTA Terms and Conditions: Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)], you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK, Wellcome Trust, FWF authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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Ethical Review

The Editor and Publisher support the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki, and expect that the authors of papers submitted to the Journal will have obtained ethical consent and followed those legal and regulatory requirements for human experimentation with drugs, including informed consent, according to procedures which apply in their institution and country. All patient information should be anonymous. In particular, please ensure that patient names and ID numbers are removed from ultrasound scans.

Authority and Responsibility

The intellectual content of the paper is the responsibility of the authors. ISUOG, the Editor and the Publisher accept no responsibility for opinions and statements of authors. While every effort will be made by the Editor and Publisher to avoid inaccurate and misleading data, they accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of wrong information. The authors agree to keep ISUOG, the Editor and Publisher fully and effectually indemnified against any liability or claims that may arise out of the publication of inaccurate and/or misleading data.

Note to NIH Grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon accceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see

Accepted Articles

Articles accepted for publication in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, will appear online as a PDF, in manuscript format. Accepted Articles have been peer-reviewed and accepted for formal publication, but have not been subject to copyediting, composition or proof correction. Each accepted article PDF will have the following disclaimer:

These articles have been accepted for publication in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology and are currently being edited and typeset. Readers should note that articles published below have been fully refereed, but have not been through the technical editing, copy-editing and proof correction process. Wiley Blackwell and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology cannot be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in these articles; nor do the views and opinions expressed necessarily reflect those of Wiley Blackwell or the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The service provides for the earliest possible dissemination of research data following article acceptance. Accepted Articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity and can continue to be used to cite and access the article further to print publication. More information about DOIs can be found online at

Accepted articles will be indexed by PubMed; therefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Ultimately, the Accepted Article will be replaced by the final copyedited and proofed article published on Wiley Interscience and the link to the article in PubMed updated.

Further Information

Proofs will be sent to the nominated author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within 2 days of receipt, will minimize the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. An electronic PDF offprint of the published paper will be provided to the author who checked the proofs, unless otherwise indicated.Paper offprints and copies of the Journal may be ordered. There are no page charges to authors.


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Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology uses iThenticate to screen submitted work for plagiarism.

Data Sharing

Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology encourages authors to share the data and other artefacts supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.

The journal will consider articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as bioRxiv. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Data Citation
Data should be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes.

When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. Ultrasound in Obstetrics in Gynecology and Obstetrics follows the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles:  
Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)

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