Hellenic Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (HJOG): Inaugural editorial to mark its English-language publication 

Vrachnis Nikolaos1, Farmakides George2, Loufopoulos Aristotelis3

12nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Medical School, Aretaieio hospital, Athens, Greece
26th Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Elena Venizelou hospital, Athens, Greece
32nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Thessaloniki, Medical School, Hippokrateio Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
Correspondence: Vrachnis Nikolaos, 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Medical School, Aretaieio hospital, 76 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, GR-11528, Athens, Greece.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





It is our great pleasure to be embarking on our term as Editors of the first issue in English of the Hellenic Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (HJOG), to the steady development and improvement of which we are firmly committed. The purpose of this Inaugural editorial is two-fold: first, to set forth our vision for the HJOG; second, to introduce the reader to some of the journal's novel features and aims.

HJOG is not a new journal but, in this its first-time English-language edition, the follow-up as well as enhancement of the existing Greek-language Hellenic Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. With the launching of the English publication of HJOG, we intend to progressively upgrade the Journal's quality and also aim to have the Journal indexed in PubMed and other international abstracting and indexing databases.

Among others, a necessary prerequisite for the success of the journal is the high quality of the submitted manuscripts. We are proud to say that every year a large number of first-rate Greek language publications have been regularly submitted by authors based in Greece, and now that there is no longer any language barrier, we wish to cordially invite authors from all other countries who publish in English to submit their work to our journal. All submitted articles will be peer-reviewed and we intend to make a prompt final decision as to acceptance. To this end, absolutely vital is the role of the journal's reviewers and their commitment to devote to this task substantial time and effort. As is known, all aspects of the journal will benefit immensely from the efficiency of this process, for it is ultimately the reviewers who will maintain the journal's quality and assist authors in improving their work. We therefore hope that we will be able to count on your collaboration in the future.

In this new endeavor, we would like to underscore the invaluable assistance provided by ZITA Medical Management who have undertaken the management, publication, and distribution of HJOG. Furthermore, a new journal website is in the pipeline, one featuring a modern design and that permits ease in navigation, in searching for an article, and in browsing the contents of past issues. This issue is inaugural for yet another reason as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (HSOG), one of the longest established science societies in Greece. In the previous decades the society has achieved some highly important goals, inter alia the organization of 12 national congresses and 23 conferences. HSOG is the leading Greek society representing the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology, with intense activity in the international arena. It is a member of international organizations such as FIGO, EBCOG, and others and participates regularly in international conferences. Moreover, HSOG frequently cooperates with the Greek ministries of health and of education and other governmental bodies on matters concerning the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Thanks to this collaboration,considerable strides have been made in improving the educational options for our young aspirant colleagues and also the practice of allied health professionals. It is significant that, starting in 2013, HSOG has been issuing guidelines and patient consent forms in Greek, as well as information leaflets for the lay public. There will be a special editorial to mark the 40 years of our society in our next issue.

To return to the history of the journal, the first issue was published in the Greek language in 1988 by the HSOG, its initial title being Hellenic Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1992, the Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Northwest Greece and Thessaloniki entered into collaboration with HSOG to publish the journal jointly until 1994. In 1994 a fourth collaborating society, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Crete, joined the common effort and the journal was published under this collaborative scheme for the following 7 years. In 2001, the Journal changed its title to that which it bears today, Hellenic Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics with its publication being undertaken exclusively by the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2012, the past issues of the journal were made available in electronic form on the society's website (www.hsog.gr). Throughout the years, HJOG has constituted a benchmark in the field of obstetrics and gynecology in Greece with numerous valuable articles being published in Greek by distinguished colleagues. The next projected step for HJOG was its publication in English, which is being taken with this issue, a move that will undoubtedly increase the journal's impact and, we trust, will firmly establish this Journal in international libraries and search engines. HJOG now has a new international Board, while our society is in the process of building a new journal website in order to support and enhance the journal's repute.

Concerning the contents of this very first issue, the following articles have been included. The first is a review article discussing the role throughout pregnancy of eicosanoids that enable the trophoblast to invade and colonize the maternal spiral blood vessels of the myometrium. In fetal growth, eicosanoids play a significant role as vasoregulators of fetal uterine blood flow and circulation while also promoting the initiation and progress of labor.

The second article reports the recent literature data on management of women with cytological glandular lesions of the uterine cervix, which in recent decades have shown a steady increase, especially among young women. The authors present the diagnostic excisional procedures as well as the treatment options.

A case report of a struma ovarii follows; struma ovarii can imitate a malignant ovarian tumor, very often accompanied by increased CA125 levels and ascites.

The fourth article on microscopic hematuria discusses a modality that every gynecologist must be ready to deal with in everyday practice. The diagnostic approach herein meticulously presented, while accompanied by recent literature data, follows the updated treatment recommendations.

Finally, we have included in this inaugural issue an interesting letter to the Editor concerning the very hot and controversial topic of cord blood storage in Greece.

We conclude this inaugural editorial by expressing our great enthusiasm for our new and exciting project and our eagerness to see many of you, as authors, researchers, reviewers, and information-users, supporting its important presence in the field of medical knowledge and publication. We will warmly welcome and greatly value any suggestions and ideas you may have that will further the excellence and impact of the Hellenic Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and we sincerely trust that you will find HJOG a truly valuable source of information and inspiration!


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Figure. The four periods of the journal's 26-year history as depicted by the different journal cover design of each period.