International Journal of Infertility & Fetal Medicine

by Kamini A. Rao

Aims & Scope

The International Journal of Infertility and Fetal Medicine (IJIFM) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal, aims to provide a quick diffusion of scientific knowledge to all clinicians. The journal will endorse and support continuing medical knowledge and research by publishing original research papers, case reports, systematic reviews, and debates pertaining to Assisted Reproduction, Andrology, Embryology, Endocrinology, Genetics, Fetomaternal Medicine, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, Epidemiology, and related Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.

The scope of the journal is relevant to obstetrics & gynaecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists, and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders. It brings to them the latest developments in the field and novel insights into female and male infertility.

Ownership and Management

The International Journal of Infertility and Fetal Medicine (IJIFM) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal, launched and managed under the aegis of International Institute for Training and Research in Reproductive Health (IIRRH), JAYPEE being the publisher.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts undergo a Double-blinded review process. It is ensured that the reviewers are unaware of the names of the authors or the institutes where the research is conducted. The article once submitted will undergo a thorough plagiarism check and an initial check is conducted to ensure that all author instructions are complied with and the guidelines for submission are followed. The manuscript may be returned to the author for corrections, if required to conform to the journal instructions. Once, the article is confirmed, it will undergo editorial review within 1 week. Following this it will then be sent for peer review, which takes 6-8 weeks and the authors will receive the mail from the Editor stating the final decision of the manuscript.

Managing editor who runs the first level of material check processes the manuscript for all components and approves for moving to the next level. On the next level it is checked for suitability for the core readers of IJIFM by the Editor-in-Chief. Once found suitable, it is assigned to one of the Associate Editors on the editorial board. If the language and the grammar are incorrect, it will be sent first to the Scientific Language editor, who may suggest changes. If this happens, the manuscript will be sent back to the author for corrections and resubmission. Manuscripts not found suitable will not be sent out for review and will be immediately rejected, and authors informed. For articles describing original research in humans and animals, a letter of approval from the Institutional Ethics Committee must accompany these manuscripts or a letter stating that the Institutional Review Board had waived the need for informed consent. 

All research shall be conducted as per the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. (modified in 1983 - see The research must adhere to the 5 principles of ethics of research: informed consent, voluntary participation, privacy and confidentiality, justice, and beneficence, and right to review.

Publication Frequency

International Journal of Infertility and Fetal Medicine (IJIFM) publishes issues tri-annually focussing on original research papers, case reports, systematic reviews, and debates pertaining to Assisted Reproduction, Andrology, Embryology, Endocrinology, Genetics, Fetomaternal Medicine, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, Epidemiology, and related Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.

Digital Preservation / Archiving:

IJIFM provides for long-term digital preservation through PORTICO

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

Indexing and Abstracting

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:

ProQuest, Embase, Scopus, EBSCO, Genamics Journal Seek, Ulrich, HINARI, J Gate, Google Scholar, OAJI, SJR, MIAR, ICI, Microsoft Academic, I2OR, PORTICO


The authors hold the copyright of all the editorial content published in this journal from now. All material can be used in part and full for non-commercial output after providing appropriate attribution to the original content of the journal and a link to the licence (CC-BY-NC 4.0). It is mandatory for authors to submit the manuscript along with Commercial Rights Transfer Form.


All open access articles published in IJIFM are distributed under the terms of the CC-BY-NC 4.0 license (Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, for non-commercial purposes, provided the original work is properly cited. Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright in their articles.

Open Access Policy

A comprehensive outlook on open access policy that we follow:

Open access refers to the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested in reading it without any restriction. This Open access publications are freely and permanently available online to anyone with an internet access. Unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium (which is non-commercial) is permitted, provided the author/editor is properly attributed. All the periodicals are deposited immediately upon publication, without any technical, financial, gender limitations, in an agreed format on the journal website as well as archiving and indexing databases as applicable to a journal. All articles are self-archiving, with world-wide access through DOI (Digital Object Identifier) - standardized by the International Organization for Standardization, provided for individual article published.

We are fully archived on PORTICO.

Why open access publishing?

Restricted access to scientific research and advancements through subscription pay wall hinders communication within the scientific community. Moreover, restricted access can also hinder the education and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the aspiring younger generations who are keen to pursue a career in science. Increased productivity and development of science can only be achieved by diffusing knowledge and providing the facilities for creating permanent repositories such as Open Access.

The use of a Creative Commons 4.0 License (CC-BY-NC 4.0) enables user/reader/peer to use the content with clear permission in a way that it can be reused and redistributed as long as the article source is appropriately given credit for non-commercial purpose.

Self-Archiving Policy for Authors

Jaypee Journals follow the policy of open access under the CC-BY-NC 4.0 licence.

Policies and embargo periods may vary from Journal to Journal. Unless otherwise stated on the Journal website author instructions page.

Authors may self-archive versions of their work on their own webpages, on institutional webpages, and in other repositories.

Abstract and Citation information

Authors may reuse the Abstract and how to cite information (e.g. Title, Author name, Publication dates) of their article anywhere at any time including social media such as Facebook, blogs and Twitter, providing a proper acknowledgment is offered and wherever possible a link including the DOI number is included linking back to the article on the Journal/JAYPEE JOURNALS website. This is available in how to cite information on the article online.

Submitted Version

Submitted version (SV) is recognized as the un-refereed author version of an article completed before submission for submission to a journal. This is often referred to as the “preprint” version. The author accepts full responsibility for the article, and the content and layout is set out by the author.

Authors may not make their for-submission version available anywhere at any time. This inhibits posting on their own personal websites, institutional or non-commercial subject based repositories, commercial platforms websites or repositories, and or social media.

Accepted Manuscript

The accepted manuscript (AM) is the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by a journal, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions, it is excluding copy editing and type setting and is often referred to as post-print version. JAYPEE JOURNALS carries this version on ready for production tab.

  • Immediately upload their AM to their own personal webpage (excluding commercial websites and repositories)
  • Immediately upload their AM to their institutional or other non-commercial subject based repositories on the provision that it is not made publicly available until after the specified embargo period (as may be applicable)

In the journals where embargo period is applicable the authors after the completion of the embargo period may:

  • Upload their AM to institutional repository or other non-commercial repositories and make it publicly available.
  • Accepted Manuscripts may not be uploaded or shared on commercial websites or repositories, unless the website or repository has signed a licensing agreement with JAYPEE JOURNALS permitting such uploading or sharing.

Embargo periods

Some of the JAYPEE JOURNALS may have Embargo periods however, this isn't applicable to IJIFM.

When uploading an accepted manuscript to a repository, authors should include the following acknowledgment as well as a link to the accepted version. This will connect the published version to the AM version in the repository and help ensure that the article is cited correctly.

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. This accepted Version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL and DOI of the article on the Journal website].

Published Version

Published Version (PV) is defined here as the final typeset and edited version of the journal article that has been made available by JAYPEE JOURNALS on the respective journal website by formally and exclusively putting the article either in ‘online first’ or releasing it as a part of the complete issue of that journal.

The PV as it appears in the journal following copyediting and proof correction may not be deposited by authors in institutional repositories or posted to third party websites and made publicly available unless the article is published on an Open Access model licence (CC-BY-NC 4.0) that allows for such posting. Authors may share their PV with private groups within their institution or through private groups on non-commercial repositories that are signatories to the STM Voluntary principles for article sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCN). The PV may not be uploaded or shared on commercial websites or repositories unless the website or repository has signed an agreement with JAYPEE JOURNALS permitting such uploading or sharing.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

This Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement is based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors as per Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011, ICMJE & WAME. Please visit Policy page for greater details.

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Journal Detail

    ISSN 2229-3817
    Speciality Obstetrics and Gynecology
    DOI 10.5005/jp-journals-10016

Kamini A. Rao
Medical Director
Milann – The Fertility Center
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Assistant Editors

Harpreet Kaur
Associate Professor
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bilaspur (H.P.)

Deepika K.
Milann - The Fertility Center,
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

SR Raajam Murali
Sr Consultant Milann
The Fertility Center Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Resident Editor

Dr Vyshnavi Rao
Senior Consultant
Milann Fertility Center, Banguluru.

Editorial Board Members
Bryan Woodward
Consultant Embryologist and Clinical Scientist
IVF Consultancy Services, Leicester, UK

Neelanjana Mukhopadhyay
Senior Consultant
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Bedfordshire, Luton, United Kingdom

Vanita Suri
Professor, Head of the Department
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
PGIMER, Chandigarh , Punjab & Haryana, India

Shubha Rao Phadke
SGPGI, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Neena Malhotra
Senior Consultant
Reproductive Medicine
AIIMS Delhi India

Ratna Puri
Senior Consultant
Sri Gangaram Hospital, New delhi, India

Vatsala Dadwal
Senior Consultant
Fetal Medicine
AIIMS Delhi India

Sanjeeva Reddy
Reproductive Medicine
Sri MG Ramchandra University,Chennai, Tamil Nadu,India

Varsha Samson Roy
Senior Consultant
Manipal Advanced Fertility Cenre, Karnataka, Bangalore,India

Shalini Gainder
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Gautham Pranesh
Research Scientist
Biochemistry & Statistics
Milann - The Fertility Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Richard Kirubakaran
Research Scientist
BVMC, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Shweta Mittal
Reproductive Medicine
Sri Gangaram Hospital, New delhi, India

Ruma Satwik
Senior Consultant
Reproductive medicine
Sri Gangaram Hospital, New delhi, India

Mir Jaffar
Scientific Director
Milann—The Fertility Center, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Sankalp Singh
Senior Consultant
Reproductive Medicine
CRAFT Hospital & Research Centre, Kodangallur, Kerala, India

Revathi Rajan
Chief Consultant
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Mirror Health Women's Health Clinic, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Sapna Ahuja
Senior Consultant
Reproductive medicine
Nuffield Health, Tunsbridge Wells Hospital,Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
International Advisory Board Members
Asim Kurjak
Medical School University of Zagreb, Croatia, and University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Christopher Chen
Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist, Director of Gleneagles IVF Centre
Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore

Mandeep Singh
Professor and Head
Department of Pedodontics
PDM Dental College
Bahadurgarh, Haryana

Ashok Agarwal
Case Western Reserve University and Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA

Gamal Serour
Al-Azhar University

Henry Sathananthan
Monash University, Melbourne

Kypros Nicolaides
Kings College, London, UK

Peter R. Brinsden
Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, U.K.

P. C. Wong
Senior Consultant Head of Division Director of the Assisted Reproduction Programme in the Hospital
National University Hospital Women’s Centre

Joseph Schenker
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hadassah Medical Centre, Israel
National Advisory Board Members
Korula George
Bangalore Baptist Hospital
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Mala Arora
Chairperson; President; Director
FoGsi Quiz Committee; Faridabad Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society; Noble Hospital, India

Pratima Radhakrishnan
Manipal Hospital
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Preiti Venkatesh
Head and Consultant
Manipal Hospital
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Alex Verghese
Scientific & Laboratory Director

Jatin Shah
Director, Mumbai Fertility Clinic & IVF Centre

RS Sharma
Divison of Reproductive Biology, Maternal and Child Health,
Indian Council of Medical Research,

S. Suresh
Chief Medical Director
Mediscan Center, Chennai

J. B. Sharma
Obstetric and Gynaecology
AIIMS, New Delhi

Natachandra Chimote
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Gautam Allahabadia
IVF Consultant & Head of the Aster IVF & – Clinic
Aster IVF & – Clinic
Mumbai, Maharastra, India

S. S. Vasan
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Nutan Jain
Endoscopic Surgeon and Infertility Specialist
Vardhman Trauma and Laparoscopy Centre (P) Ltd Muzaffarnagar India

Mridhubhashni Govindrajan
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Sonal Panchal
Consultant Radiologist; Professor
Dr Nagori’s Institute for Infertility and IVF, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India; Dubrovnik International University, Croatia

Manish Banker
Infertility Specialist, Director; Director; Chairperson
Nova IVI Fertility; Pulse Women’s Hospital; Scientific Committee, IFFS 2016, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Pratap Kumar
Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Deepika Deka
Chairman, Fetal Medicine and Genetics Committee (FOGSI), Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India

Ajit Virkud
Bhatia Hospital
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Managing Editor

Atul Singh
Managing Editor

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