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EJRH, Green Journal Struck Deal

The Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health (EJRH), and the Green Journal, one the most prestigious medical publication worldwide struck a deal allowing the earlier to publish manuscripts from the later. The deal was struck on a sideline meeting at Getfam Hotel on Monday October 30, 2017.
According to the deal, EJRH is allowed to publish manuscripts from the Green Journal as picked by the editorial board of the earlier and approved by Dr. Nancy Chescheir, editor-in-chief of the later. The deal also involves collaboration to improve the reviewers’ pool of EJRH. To that end the Editor-in-Chief of the green journal has promised to create a platform on the website of the journal where Ethiopian reviewers to participate in reviewing manuscripts submitted to the journal. The collaboration also extends to tapping into the reviewers’ pool of the Green Journal so that manuscripts submitted to EJRH.
The deal will be binding once a memorandum of understanding will be prepared by the Green Journal and signed by both sides. The deal, however, will be translated into action on the next volume of EJRH, which is due to be published the coming February, 2018. There is also an understanding for EJRH to carry two articles on each of the volumes the editorial board is planning to publish before August, 2018.
The meeting, which was sidelined along with the training for trainers on clinical research, manuscript writing and journal management, was attended by Dr. Nancy, Dr. Ahmed Abdella, editor-in-chief of EJRH, Dr. Muhdiin Abdo, leader of the Journal Development Thematic Area under ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project, Rebecca Benner, managing editor of the Green Journal, and members of the editorial board of EJRH.
The opportunity that made the deal possible came via the Journal Development Thematic Area under the Collaboration Project between the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AOG).
EJRH is a 10 years scientific publication of ESOG contributing to the evidence based learning in sexual and reproductive health through publishing original articles, case reports, paper reviews and program briefs, among others. So far, the publication has published and distributed 8 volumes, the 9th one being in the pipeline.

3rd ESOG-ACOG Joint Leadership Meeting Conducted

The Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) conducted their third jointed leadership meeting at Inter-continental Bristol Hotel in Addis Abeba on October 27 to 28, 2017. Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) was also part of the meeting.
Present on the meeting were Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, Janet Hall, program manager of CIRHT, Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of ACOG, Dr. Mengistu H.Mariam, CIRHT program director for Ethiopia, leaders of the eight thematic areas under the ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project, executive board members of ESOG and other officials from ACOG.
On day one of the meeting progress reports from each of the thematic area leaders were presented followed by thorough discussions on the reports. Day 2 of the meeting saw presentations from each of the leaders on their deliverables for the year 2019.
Preliminary results of a landscape analysis presented by the Journal Development Thematic Area Leader Dr. Muhidin Abdo marked the highlight of the meeting. The thematic area that was crafted to boost the quality and the quantity of volumes published under the Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health (EJRH) has been subjected to challenges causing overdues in progress. The results presented by Dr. Muhidin served a turning point in the overdue easing concerns among leaders of the collaboration.
The progress presented by the leader of the Ethics Committee Dr. Munir Kassa, Temesgan Sintayehu the leader of the IT Thematic Area and Addisu Deresse of the Program Communications also had their first moments on the stage of the joint leadership meeting. Dr. Dereje’s presentation on organizational strengthening effort currently overseen as part of the collaborative project was also typical of the meeting. The Residency and the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Thematic Areas were also part of the series of progress reports presented by Dr. Balkachew and Dr. Dawit Worku, respectively.
The ESOG-ACOG collaborative project was launched in June, 2016 with the objective of addressing four thematic areas: Resident Ship, CME, Journal and Certification and Accreditation. The thematic areas to be addressed by the collaborative project later added three more areas to its list: IT, PR & Communication and Leadership Development. The issue of medical ethics was added later as yet another focus area of the project.

Clinical Research, Journal Management ToT Conducted

Training of Trainers (ToT) on Clinical Research, Manuscript Writing and Journal Management at Getfam Hotel was provided in Addis Abeba from October 30- November 3, 2017. The ToT was part of a plan by the Journal Development Thematic Area under the Collaboration Project between the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Participants of the training were the about 30 individuals from departments of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn) in the various institutions, the editorial board of the Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health (EJRH) and other peer professional associations. Opened by a welcoming address from Dr. Dereje Negussie, president of ESOG, the five days training covered a variety of issues in Ob-Gyn research and medical publication.
The training was provided by Kenneth F. Schulz, PhD, David A. Grimes, MD, both senior researchers and authors of The Lancet, handbook of essential concepts in clinical research, Dr. Nancy Chescheir, editor-in-chief, Rebecca Benner, managing editor of the Green Journal, medical publication of ACOG and Dr. Bert Peterson.
Preliminary results from a survey tool distributed on the training found out that all of the participants found that the trainers to be most senior in the subject of interest. More than 85% of the participants have also reflected on how helpful the training was and the inspiration they take away to participate more in manuscript writing, reviewing and editorial management.
The thematic area was crafted to boost the quality and the quantity of volumes published under EJRH. Under the leadership of Dr. Muhidin Abdo the thematic area has successfully reestablished the editorial board. According to the new structure the newly elected members are Dr. Ahmed Abdella, Editor -in-Chief, Dr. Delayehu Bekele, Associate Editor-in-Chief (Ob-Gyn), Dr. Mitike Molla, Associate Editor (Public Health), Dr. Muhidin Abdo, Member/ H. Secretary, Dr. Mulu Muleta, member, Dr. Mirgissa Kabba, Member, Dr. Birhanu Kebede, Member, Dr. Mekdes Daba, Member, Dr. Firewoyni Tesfay, Member, Addisu Deresse, Editor Secretary. Dr. Mirgissa and Dr. Mulu were also members of the former editorial board while the rest are brought in with the new restructuring.
The new editorial board was established by bringing together the old editorial board and members of the Journal Development Thematic Area under the ESOG-ACOG Collaborative Project; while Dr. Mitike and Dr. Ahmed are new to both platforms.
EJRH is a 10 years old scientific publication of ESOG contributing to the evidence based learning in sexual and reproductive health through publishing original articles, case reports, paper reviews and program briefs, among others. So far, the publication has published and distributed 8 volumes and one special issue, the 9th one being in the pipeline.

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