Please note: This archive was last updated in 2005.

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Online Reproductive Health Journals

Updated August 23, 2004

Advances in Contraception
Publisher: Society for the Advancement of Contraception (SAC)
Content: Original, peer reviewed papers concerned with reproductive research and clinical aspects of contraception, as well as review papers.
Published four times per year. Table of contents online.

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (formerly British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
Publisher: Elsevier Science (as of January 2001; formerly published by Blackwell)
Content: Original, peer-reviewed work in all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, including contraception, uro-gynaecology, fertility, oncology, and clinical practice. Monthly. Table of contents and some full text online.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Publisher: WHO
Content: Original research findings on new laboratory, clinical, and epidemiological data drawn from a broad range of fields. Published 6 times per year. Full text online 1999-present.

Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: The rapid communication of advances and new knowledge in all areas of contraception including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, biology, the medical sciences, and demography. Monthly. Tables of contents online. Free tables of contents available by email.

Health Policy and Planning
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Content: Articles on epidemiology, health and development economics, management and social policy, planning, and social anthropology. Four issues per year. Free table of contents available by email.

International Family Planning Perspectives
Publisher: Alan Guttmacher Institute
Content: Articles on aspects of international family planning research and program reports. Full text online.

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: Official publication of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Articles on all aspects of basic and clinical research in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and related subjects, with emphasis on matters of worldwide interest. Table of contents online. Free tables of contents available by email.

IPPF - Medical Bulletin
Publisher: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Content: Up-to-date information on clinical, service-delivery, and managerial aspects in family planning and sexual and reproductive health. Six issues per year. Full text online. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

IPPF Publications
Publisher: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Content: Site lists regional and international publications available from IPPF.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Publisher: American Medical Association
Content: Peer-reviewed clinical science, disease prevention, and health policy information. Many full text articles, excellent abstracts, tables of contents. Weekly. Some full text online.

Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (JAMWA)
Publisher: American Medical Women's Association
Content: Peer-reviewed journal dedicated to women's health. All issues from 1994 to 1998 are available in full-text on the site. The site also includes a question-of-the-month forum and the Women's Health Link Library (, which provides links to more than 300 organizations and more than 1,000 resources relevant to women's health.

The Lancet
Publisher: Lancet
Content: General articles that are likely to contribute to a change in medical practice or thinking about a disease. Weekly. Tables of contents, some articles online. Access to full text articles online for print subscribers. Access to limited text online with free registration.

MotherCare Matters
Publisher: John Snow, Inc.
Content: Newsletter and literature review on maternal and neonatal health and nutrition. Published quarterly. Recent issues of the newsletter (from 1996 onward) are available online in full text.

Publisher: Family Health International (FHI)
Content: Each edition of FHI's Network includes articles on a specific reproductive health topic. Recent topics have included: emergency contraception, family planning and STIs, adolescent reproductive health, and female barrier methods. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Publisher: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
Content: Features reviews of research findings and other news related to reproductive health. Recent issues have dealt with contraceptive supply security, cervical barrier devices, breast cancer, preventing postpartum hemorrhage, and HIV/AIDS. Four issues per year. Available in English. Selected issues available in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Full text of English-language editions available online.

Population Council Publications
Includes Population Briefs, Studies in Family Planning, Quality/Calidad/Qualité. The site has a search engine for all Population Council publications.

Population Reports
Publisher: Population Information Program (PIP) at the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Content: Each edition is on a single topic and is designed to provide an accurate and authoritative overview of important developments in family planning and related health issues. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Progress in Human Reproduction Research
Publisher: World Health Organization (WHO)/HRP
Content: Disseminates information on the activities of the Programme. Four issues per year. Full text online.

Reproductive Health Matters
Publisher: Elsevier Science (formerly published by Reproductive Health Matters charityand by Blackwell)
Content: In-depth analysis of reproductive health matters from a women-centered perspective. Its aim is to promote laws, policies, research, and services that meet women's reproductive health needs and support women's right to decide whether, when, and how to have children. Published twice per year in English, with summaries available in French and Spanish.

Safe Motherhood Newsletter
Publisher: World Health Organization (WHO)/HRP
Content: Safe motherhood issues and activities. Published twice per year. Free newsletter.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (formerly Genitourinary Medicine)
Publisher: British Medical Journal (BMJ) Publishing Group
Content: Original articles on the clinical, microbiological, behavioral, epidemiological, social, and historical aspects of sexually transmitted infections, including viral infections such as HIV and AIDS, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and the sexually transmissible hepatitis viruses. Six issues per year. Table of contents and selected text available online at

Social Science and Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Content: Research findings, reviews, and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists and health practitioners and policy makers.
Published twice per month. Table of contents online. Table of contents available by email.

Studies in Family Planning
Publisher: the Population Council
Content: Peer-reviewed articles concerned with all aspects of reproductive health, fertility regulation, and family planning programs in both developing and developed countries. Original research articles, reports, commentary, book reviews, and a data section with findings for individual countries from the Demographic and Health Surveys. Four issues per year. Table of contents and abstracts online.

Note: All scope descriptions are based on descriptions on each journal's webpage.

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