Journal of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

by Jaideep Malhotra

Aims & Scope

The Journal of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (JSAFOG) is a scientific and peer-reviewed platform for exchange of professional activities, clinical practice guidelines, operative skill updates, and nursing midwifery practices among member countries. The journal aims to provide platform for members to have access to latest and the best scientific, peer-reviewed and clinically- oriented knowledge suitable to the specific needs of the region.

The scope of this journal is to cover the broad subjects of obstetrics and gynaecology and publish articles, information, and practice guidelines. The journal has a fixed format of review articles, presentations as original studies by members and readers, operative skill reviews, case reports, and midwifery peer-reviewed practice guidelines. In addition, JSAFOG also invites editorials and articles on policy formulation topics. These topics include and are not limited to maternal mortality, abortions, contraceptives, reproductive health preservation of women, etc. The journal feels responsible for best practices to be provided to practitioners so that the reproductive health of a country can be improved and the cases pertaining to neonatal problems and maternal deaths can be minimized. The journal contributes to CME’s and other professional events occurring in South Asian Region. It remains a platform for better communication and exchange of reproductive ideas among member countries, to amalgamate with world bodies and formulate recommendations for practice guidelines for members.

Ownership and Management

JSAFOG is owned & managed by the South Asia Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SAFOG) and also termed as the official journal of SAFOG.

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 JSAFOG 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

JSAFOG publishes Bimonthly focussing on the broader aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Digital Preservation / Archiving:

JSAFOG 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, DRJI, EMcare, I20R, Microsoft Academic, Infobase, 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 JSAFOG 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 JSAFOG.

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 0974-8938
    Speciality Obstetrics and Gynecology
    DOI 10.5005/jp-journals-10006

Jaideep Malhotra
Managing Director
ART Rainbow IVF, Agra (India)

Founder Editor

Narendra Malhotra
Managing Director, Global Rainbow Healthcare Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Joint Editor

Ruchika Garg
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
SN Medical College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India


Rohana Haththotuwa
Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Chairman
Ninewells CARE Mother and Baby Hospital, 55/1, Kirimandala Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Immediate Past President

Ferdousi Begum
Professor and Head of the department
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ibrahim Medical college & BIRDEM Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Shyam Desai

Secretary General

Yousaf Latif
Prof. OBGYN, Rashid Latif Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

Deputy Secretary General

Farhana Dewan

Asst Sec General

Sanath Lanerolle


UDP Rathnasiri
Consultant Obstetrician &Gynaecologist
Castle Street Hospital for Women, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Emeritus Editor

Rashid Latif Khan
Rtd. Prof. OBGYN, Prof. OBGYN, Rashid Latif Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan


Alokendu Chatterjee
Formerly, Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NRS Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India

Rashid Latif Khan
Rtd. Prof. OBGYN, Prof. OBGYN, Rashid Latif Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

Farrukh Zaman

Harsha Seneviratne

Alokendu Chatterjee
Formerly, Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NRS Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India

Ashma Rana

Rubina Sohail

AHM TA Chowdhury
Associate Editor

Dr. Sadiah Ahsan Pal
Director & Consultant Gynecologist Concept Fertility Center Karachi, Pakistan

Prof. Saria Tasnim
Ex professor and Head of Gynae and Obstetrics Dept. at Bolan Medical Complex Hospital
Quetta, Member Academic Board and Gynae Oncology committee SOGP. Member Research
Quality Control committee HEC Pakistan. Consultant Gynaecologist at Saleem Medical
Complex Jinnah Road Quetta.

Assistant Editor

Gehanath Baral
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
National Academy of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Editorial Board
Najmmusama Shefajo

Saleha Begum Chowdhury
Professor (Obs &Gynae)
Ex.Chairman,Dept of Obs & Gynae,Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)

Apoorva Palam Reddy
Professor MS DNB OBG
Director Phoenix speciality clinic, Bangalore

Gehanath Baral
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
National Academy of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rizwana Choudhry
Ex Professor and Dean Obs/Gyn
Rawalpindi Medical university. Currently Head of translational research Shifa Tameer e Millat University Islamabad

Samanthi Premaratne
Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist
Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama, SriLanka

Shafiqa Babaq
associate professor of Gyn/ Obs national trainar of family plannig memer of specialesty and CME committee of Afghan medical council post president of AFSOG chief of quality assurance department in Rabia Balkhi maternity Hospital Kabul, AFGHANISTAN

Rashida Begum

Radhika AG
Sr Consultant
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University College of Medical Sciences & Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi

Ganesh Dangal
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kathmandu model hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal,

Kiren Sohail
Associate professor
Services institute of medical sciences (SMS), Lahore,Pakistan

Harsha Atapattu
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologis
De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka

Najia Alimi Genra

Dipi Barua
Professor of Obs & Gynae,
Holy family Red Crescent Medical College & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sadhna Gupta
Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Jeevan Jyoti Hospital & Medical Research Centre & Jeevan Jyoti Test Tube Baby Centre, Gorakhpur

Kesang Diki Bista

Sadaqat Jabeen
Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
ex HOD Department of obstetrics and gynaecology
Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, Pakistan

UDP Rathnasiri
Consultant Obstetrician &Gynaecologist
Castle Street Hospital for Women, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Treena Fraidoon
Malalai Maternity Hospital

Maruf Siddiqui
Prof & HOD
Dept of Infertility & RM, AKMMC, Dhaka

Madhuri Patel
Hon. Clinical Associate
N. Wadia Hosp., Parel, Mumbai Hon. Consultant Police Hospital, Mumbai

Suman Raj Tamraka

Shahla Anwar
Associate Professor

Darshana Abeygunawardane
Managing Editor

Rekha Mahey

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