The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), under its organ the Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health (EJRH) conducted a training on manuscript writing at ELili Hotel on April 17-19, 2018. Giving the training were Dr. Ahmed Abdella, Editor-in-Ehief of EJRH, Dr. Mirgissa Kabba, Editor-in-Chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development (EJHD), Dr. Girma Derbie, editorial board member of EJHD, and Dr. Mulu Muleta, editorial board member of EJRH.
Participants were junior faculty members, senior residents and other health workers who have conducted researches but have not been published for lack of skills and experience.
A landscape analysis conducted with an aim of improving EJRH’s quality and quantity of publication found out that there was little experience among the Ob-Gyn community in conducting and publishing researches. The training was planned by the newly reestablished editorial board as a response to the results of the LA. There will also be a round of other such cascade trainings.
In its quest for more quantity and quality of publications, the editorial board of the journal has committed itself to live up to the original plan of publishing four volumes a year: January, April, August and November. The April Issue is expected to reach members, partners and other stakeholders by May, 2018. The April issue is also expected to carry for the first time an article from The Green Journal, the scientific publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Obstetricians (ACOG).
EJRH was launched in 2007 by ESOG to serve as a vehicle for evidence-based learning among the sexual and reproductive health community. Due to various challenges mainly of financial and shortage of manuscripts, EJRH has only been published once a year in the last 12 years. A series of changes have been made as the journal was one of the focus areas of a collaborative project designed and implemented by ESOG with the technical support from ACOG and the financial assistance from the Center for Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT).
Trainees are expected to work to get published and work closely with EJRH, noted Dr. Delayehu Bekele, president of ESOG and Associate Editor-Chief of EJRH.