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Reproductive Sciences

Reproductive Sciences

2018 Impact Factor: 2.559
2018 Ranking: 24/83 in Obstetrics & Gynecology | 16/29 in Reproductive Biology
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)
Published in Association with Society for Reproductive Investigation

Hugh S. Taylor Yale University School of Medicine, USA

eISSN: 19337205 | ISSN: 19337191 | Current volume: 26 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Monthly

Reproductive Sciences publishes original, peer-reviewed, research and reviews making it one of the most highly ranked and highly cited publications in obstetrics and gynecology. Reproductive Sciences also highlights translational research in the reproductive sciences and medicine. Its aim is to fulfill the need for a publication at the interface between basic and clinical research, especially for human studies.

Reproductive Sciences provides a multi-discipline perspective, including all aspects of basic reproductive biology and medicine, maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, urogynecology, fertility/infertility, embryology, gynecologic/reproductive oncology, developmental biology, stem cell research, molecular/cellular biology and other related fields.

Among the specific topics covered are:

  • Androgen action
  • Breast disease
  • Developmental biology
  • Embryology
  • Endometriosis
  • Environmental hormones
  • Extracellular matrix and signal transduction
  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Human stem cell research
  • Implantation
  • Infectious disease
  • Infertility
  • IUGR
  • IVF
  • Leiomyomata
  • Male factor infertility
  • Mechanisms of preterm births
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Menopause
  • Parturition
  • PCOS
  • Preeclampsia
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Reproductive genetics
  • Reproductive physiology
  • SERM and SPRM development
  • Sex steroid hormone action
  • Stem cell research
  • Testis and prostate
  • Urogynecology

Reproductive Sciences is the official publication of The Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) whose mission is the advancement of knowledge in reproductive biology.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Reproductive Sciences is the official publication of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), whose mission is the advancement of knowledge in reproductive biology. The journal publishes original research and reviews, editorials, and position papers in all aspects of reproductive biology and its translation to clinical medicine, including the disciplines of maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, fertility/infertility, gynecologic/reproductive tract oncology, developmental biology, embryology, stem cell research, molecular/cellular biology and related fields.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editor in Chief
Hugh S. Taylor, MD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Managing Editor
Maria Rosa Maduro, PhD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Associate Editors
Radek Bukowski, MD, PhD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Hilary Critchley, MD University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Lawrence Layman, MD Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, USA
Frederick Naftolin, MD, PhD, FACOG, FRCOG New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Errol R. Norwitz, MD, PhD Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
Charles R. Rosenfeld, MD UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA
Robert S. Schenken, MD The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, USA
Peter E. Schwartz, MD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Joe Leigh Simpson, MD Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Associate Editor - South America
Rui Ferriani, MD, PhD University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Associate Editor - Europe
Andrés López Bernal, MD, DPhil University of Bristol, School of Clinical Sciences, Bristol, UK
Associate Editors - Asia/Pacific
SiHyun Cho, MD, PhD Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
Caroline Gargett, PhD Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Sun-Wei Guo, PhD Shanghai OB/GYN Hospital, Shanghai, China
Yutaka Osuga, MD, PhD The University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Editorial Board
Vikki M. Abrahams, PhD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Deborah J. Anderson, PhD Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
Jonathan S. Berek, MD University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ian M. Bird, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
Philippe Bouchard, MD Hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris, France
Richard Burney, MD, MSc, FACOG Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA, USA
Steve N. Caritis, MD University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Bruce R. Carr, MD UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA
Robert F. Casper, MD University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Setsuko K. Chambers, MD Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ, USA
Hilary Critchley, MD University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Thomas D'Hooghe, MD, PhD University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
Gaurang S. Daftary, MD Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Alan H. DeCherney, MD National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Michael P. Diamond, MD Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, USA
Sabrina Diano, PhD Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Antoni Duleba, MD University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
Mark I. Evans, MD Comprehensive Genetics, New York, NY, USA
B.C.J.M. Fauser, MD, PhD University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands
Asgi T. Fazleabas, PhD Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Idhaliz Flores, PhD Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico, USA
Steve Ford, PhD University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
Arne Jensen, MD Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
Omid Khorram MD, PhD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, USA
Dirk G. Kieback, MD Helios Medical Centre, Aue, Germany
Brian J. Koos, MD, DPhil UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Guoyang Luo, MD, PhD, FACOG Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UCONN Health, Farmington, CT, USA
Ronald R. Magness, PhD The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Gil Mor, MD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
David G. Mutch, MD Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
Leslie Myatt, PhD Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA
Guiying Nie, PhD Implantation and Placental Development Laboratory Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
Kutluk Oktay, MD New York Medical College/Innovation Fertility, New York, NY, USA
Tanja Pejovic, MD, PhD Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA
Felice Petraglia, MD University of Siena, Siena, Italy
Mark Phillippe, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Thomas Price, MD Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
Ch. V. Rao, PhD. Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Fernando M. Reis, MD, PhD Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Bryan S. Richardson, MD University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
James M. Roberts, MD Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Roberto Romero, MD NICHD/NIH, Perinatology Research Branch, Detroit, MI, USA
James C. Rose, PhD. Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Michael G. Ross, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, USA
Yoel Sadovsky, MD Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Mark V. Sauer, MD Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
James Segars, MD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Emre Seli, MD Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Dinesh Shah, MD University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
Carlos Simon, MD University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Jerome F. Strauss, III, MD, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Eugene Toy, MD University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA
Scott W. Walsh, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
Robert A. Wild, MD, MPH University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Erin Wolff, MD National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD, USA
Stacy Zamudio, PhD Hackensack University MC, Newark, NJ, USA
Lubo Zhang, PhD Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA, USA
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  • Reproductive Sciences (RS) is the highly ranked and highly cited official publication of The Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), whose mission is the advancement of knowledge in reproductive biology. The journal publishes original research and reviews, editorials, and position papers in all aspects of reproductive biology and its translation to clinical medicine, including the disciplines of maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, fertility/infertility, gynecologic/reproductive tract oncology, developmental biology, embryology, stem cell research, molecular/cellular biology and related fields.

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    Michaud G, McGowan JL, van der Jagt R, et al. Are therapeutic decisions supported by evidence from health care research? Arch Intern Med. 1998;158:1665-1668.

    Book Chapters

    Cole BR. Cystinosis and cystinuria. In: Jacobson HR, Striker GE, Klahr S, eds. The Principles and Practice of Nephrology. Philadelphia, Pa: BC Decker Inc; 1991:396-403.


    Sackett DL, Straus SE, Richardson WS, et al. Evidence-based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2000.

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