Submission Guidelines

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Eastern and Central Africa (JOGECA) is a peer reviewed quarterly journal published by Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (KOGS). It publishes:

  1. Original work in all aspects related to Obstetrics and Gynecology
  2. Reviews related to Obstetrics and Gynecology
  3. Basic and Translational Science work related to Obstetrics and Gynecology
  4. Case reports in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  5. Health policy and Implementation Science related to Obstetrics and Gynecology
  6. Health Informatics related to Obstetrics and Gynecology

Full articles can be accessed through the society’s website (

Submission of articles

  1. Articles are submitted at central submission portal hosted at
  2. All correspondences will be via email
  3. Submission of manuscripts to more than one journal at the same time is illegal and not accepted
  4. JOGECA accepts original research papers, reviews, technical notes, short communications, notes from the field, case reports and case series. Editorials are usually invited.


Should adhere to International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) authorship guidelines for study authorship of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals. Authorship credit should be based on:

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, OR acquisition of data OR analysis and interpretation of data
  2. Drafting the article OR revising it critically for important intellectual content
  3. Final approval of the version to be published

Authors should meet criteria 1, 2 and 3

Preparation of manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts should conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals ( and standards defined in the Helsinki Declaration
  2. Reporting of findings should follow relevant recommendations as described in CONSORT, STARD, MOOSE, STROBE, PRISMA and STREGA
  3. Submit articles in English, Arial font 12, single spaced, margins 1” (normal) and continuous page numbering.
  4. Avoid abbreviations, when used describe them in full the first time they are used.
  5. The total word count should not exceed:
    • 2,500 words for original articles
    • 4,500 words for review articles
    • 1000 words for technical notes, case reports, short communications and notes from the field
    • 500 words for editorials
  6. Number of references should not exceed:
    • 30 for original articles
    • 70 for review articles
    • 10 for technical notes, case reports, short communications and notes from the field
    • 5 for editorials
  7. The following format should be adhered to
    • Original articles, review articles
    • Title page should have:
      • Manuscript title, names, education qualifications, affiliations and institutions of authors
      • Email address and telephone number(optional) of corresponding author
      • Five key words for indexing and retrieval
      • Running head of not more than (40) characters
      • Total word count
      • A declaration to the effect that the paper has not been published elsewhere and/or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere (except as an abstract or preliminary report)
      • Statement on conflict of interest
    • Abstract: structured abstract not more than 300 words covering Background (or introduction), Objective(s), Methods, Results and Conclusion
    • Introduction: Should NOT be more than one page (about three paragraphs), clearly describing the problem and justifying the importance of the study, culminating with study objective(s) in the last paragraph. References to other published studies should be made.
    • Methods: Should be structured as follows:
      • Study design
      • Study setting
      • Study population: give inclusion and exclusion criteria
      • Data collection and management: tools, variables, procedures Sample size and sampling frame where necessary
      • Data analysis approach
      • Ethics
    • Results: Only results that answer the objective(s) should be presented in a logical manner. A maximum of 5 tables/figures for original articles and 10 tables/figures for reviews. Descriptions of tables/figures should appear above table/figure. Titles of table and figure titles should be descriptive enough to allow understanding by the reader WITHOUT reading the results section. Tables/figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers. If abbreviations are used in tables/figures, they should be described in full in a legend below the table/figure. Tables and figures should be inserted into the text where they are described.
    • Discussion: should be in relation to the objective(s), reference to results should be made without re-stating results in totality again. The discussion MUST cover the following: The main finding(s) of the study Possible reasons for the finding(s) How the finding(s) compare with previous studies: reference to other studies with similar findings Limitations and strengths (value) of the study The implications of the study: how can the results be generalized or applied) to other settings
    • Conclusions: Should be short, concise and based only on the results presented
    • b. Case reports: Abstract, introduction, Case presentation, Discussion and Conclusion.
    • Acknowledgements: those who have given substantial contributions and do not meet authorship criteria should be acknowledged with their consent.
    • Funding: all sources of funding support should be declared
    • References: Vancouver format, numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text in Arabic numbers. References cited more than once should retain the same number. The references at the end of the article should be listed in numerical order. References to an article: should include the names of the authors, followed by their initials (list all authors when six or fewer, when more than six, list six and add ‘et al’, the full title of the article in its original language, the name of the journal in its usual abbreviated form, year of publication, volume number (issue), first and last page numbers in full: e.g., Kosgei RJ, Ndavi PM, Ong'ech JO, Abuya JM, Siika AM, Wools-Kaloustian K, et al. Symptom screen: diagnostic usefulness in detecting pulmonary tuberculosis in HIV-infected pregnant women in Kenya. PHA 2011;1(2): 30-33. References to book chapter: should include names of the authors as above, the title of the chapter with the word “In” preceding the reference of the work as above e.g., Disaia PJ, Creaseman WT. Invasive cancer of the vulva. In: Disci PJ, Creasman WT, Editors, Clinical gynaecology oncology. St Louis. C.V Mosby 1984; 214-219. Electronic references: should be given only when an original citation is unavailable, html address and date of access should be provided References of articles accepted for publication: should give the name of article with mention (‘in press’) Personal communications: should not be included as references

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Do not resubmit your manuscript if you have otherwise already submitted it to JOGECA. If you are submitting a revised manuscript, clearly indicate REVISION and click revision in the menu. JOGECA considers scientific/ clinical articles from all sub-specialties within Obstetrics and Gynecology. The editors make decisions on submissions based on scientific rigor, regardless of novelty.