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), we are delighted to share with our readers the whole array of accomplishments achieved by RBMO over the last 12 months.
First and foremost, at the beginning of 2019 three highly distinguished editors joined our team: Professor Chris Barratt for Andrology, Felice Petraglia for Reproductive Endocrinology and Health, and René Eijkemans covering Research Methodology. Unfortunately, at the end of 2019 we said farewell to a loyal editor of 10 years, Professor Martin Johnson, who was close to the journal (and of course to Bob Edwards himself) from its inception. We wish him well and will dearly miss his wise counsel to our colleagues and our numerous contributors from all over the globe. Likewise, we bade farewell in 2019 to a very longstanding member of the Editorial Panel, Christopher de Jonge, and thank him here for his active contribution to the journal over a period of some 15 years.
Secondly, we celebrated the achievement of an important milestone of receiving almost 1000 quality submissions for consideration for publication, resulting in over 200 excellent papers being published during the year (Figure 1). The distribution of these papers across the journal's seven sections is given in Figure 2. The overall rejection rate remained at around 80%. We also introduced an entirely new look for the journal that has received plaudits from many authors and readers.
In previous years, the speed of publication has been a matter of concern. To address this we reorganised our editorial system and set strict targets for 2019. We are very pleased to report that we are now publishing accepted papers online in the unedited version within 20 weeks of initial submission. This has been achieved through the collaborative effort of all involved, including editorial office staff, editors, section editors, referees and our publishers Elsevier. We acknowledge this effort and achievement with great gratitude and continue to optimise our procedures to help accelerate the pace of processing manuscripts.
Table 1 lists the top 10 most cited papers published to date in RBMO. The strong history of the journal reporting cutting-edge research in embryology is clear from the studies represented in these highly cited publications. Our overall impact factor (2.94) also remained stable in 2019.
Table 1Top 10 most cited RBMO publications according to SCOPUS (searched 21 January 2020).
No. of citations
Title of paper
Highly efficient vitrification method for cryopreservation of human oocytes
Kuwayama, et al. (2005)
Volume 11, 300–308
Comparison of open and closed methods for vitrification of human embryos and the elimination of potential contamination.
Kuwayama, et al. (2005)
Volume 11, 608–614
Over 990 cryopreservation babies born with no apparent increase in congenital anomalies
Noyens, et al. (2009)
Volume 18, 769–776
Simplified techniques for different staining of inner cell mass and trophectoderm cells of mouse and bovine blastocysts
Thouas, et al. (2001)
Volume 3, 25–29
Role of antioxidants in treatment of male infertility: A overview of the literature
Agarwal, et al. (2004)
Volume 8, 616–627
Are programmable freezers still needed in the embryology laboratory?
Vajta and Nagy (2006)
Volume 12, 779–96
Male infertility: Role of genetic background
Ferlin, et al. (2007)
Volume 14, 734–45
Improved implantation after preimplantation genetic diagnosis of aneuploidy
Munne, et al. (2003)
Volume 7, 91–7
Origins and consequences of DNA damage in male germ cells
Aitken and De Luliis (2007)
Volume 14, 727–33
Oxidative stress and its implications in female infertility – A clinician's perspective
Finally, honouring the journal's most outstanding papers with the Robert G. Edwards Prize Paper Award has become an important annual event for RBMO. We were therefore delighted to salute three key papers from 2018 at a dedicated RBMO symposium held at the COGI World Congress in Paris in November 2019, where the winning paper by
'The impact of antenatal Bisphenol A exposure on male reproductive function at 20–22 years of age'.
All in all, 2019 proved to be an eventful year for the journal and for our editorial office at Bourn Hall, Cambridgeshire, UK. We thank our authors for reaching out to us from all parts of the world (Figure 3) and look forward to hearing from you all again in the year ahead.