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Aims and scope

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is an online, open-access, peer reviewed journal that is designed to promote the advancement of contraceptive technology and general reproductive medicine particularly in the areas of education, effectiveness, safety, research interest, improved or new technologies, non-contraceptive benefits, and long-term health. The journal publishes articles on all areas of female and male contraceptive technology and reproductive health, clinical and basic trials, meta-analyses, reviews, international submissions, and case reports.

Topical areas include, but are not restricted to:

  • Safety and efficacy of contraceptives
  • Long-acting reversible contraception
  • New technologies in contraception
  • Family planning
  • Fertility research

All manuscripts submitted to Contraception and Reproductive Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Join our Editorial Board!

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is recruiting Associate Editors. As the growth of the journal continues, we must also ensure that it is able to cope with increased submissions whilst maintaining our high editorial standards. Therefore, we are looking to expand our editorial team.

We encourage applications from researchers with a background in a range of subject areas, including contraception and family planning.

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Cross-journal collection: Enhancing access to and uptake of contraception in low-and middle-income countries

New Content ItemContraception and Reproductive Medicine, Reproductive Health, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, and International Journal for Equity in Health welcome papers focusing on contraception in low and middle-income countries to celebrate World Contraception Day. This cross-journal collection aims to curate multidisciplinary papers focusing on LMICs that explore and promote improving access to contraception, particularly amongst adolescents with a particular focus on health policy and systems that can promote contraception uptake.

This collection is ongoing and new manuscripts will be added upon acceptance. Learn more.

Article Collection: Birth control technologies: success, side effects, and treating side effects

Donna Shoupe: University of Southern California, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024


  1. Authors: Melody Huang, Alba Gutiérrez-Sacristán, Elizabeth Janiak, Katherine Young, Anabel Starosta, Katherine Blanton, Alaleh Azhir, Caroline N. Goldfarb, Felícita Kuperwasser, Kimberly M. Schaefer, Rachel E. Stoddard, Rajet Vatsa, Allison A. Merz-Herrala and Deborah Bartz

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine is affiliated with the CROWN initiative, Core Outcomes in Women’s Health. CROWN is an international initiative, led by journal editors, to harmonise outcome reporting in women’s health research. We are coming together to address the widespread, unwarranted variation in reporting of outcomes. CROWN’s main aim is to encourage researchers to report core outcome sets for key conditions in women’s health.

Celebrating World Contraception Day 2023

New Content ItemWorld Contraception Day (WCD) takes place on September 26th every year. The day’s mission is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

We are taking the opportunity to support World Contraception Day 2023 by sharing a selection of articles, blogs, and other related contraception research in Contraception and Reproductive Medicine and other BMC journals.

Be sure to check out @Reprod_Health on September 26th as we highlight our top articles and collections!

                                                        Explore our content here.

Announcing the launch of In Review

In Review

Contraception and Reproductive Medicine, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication

Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review

Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

About the Editor

Dr. Donna Shoupe, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Donna Shoupe is a graduate of Massachusetts institute of Technology and the Ohio State School of Medicine. Her interest in contraceptive technology began while studying biology at MIT and it continued to grow throughout medical school and during her residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles.She was appointed as an Assistant Professor following her REI fellowship and was advanced to Professor in 2004. She has published 80 peer-review papers and has edited 7 books including 4 on contraception.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.9 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.6 - 5-year Impact Factor

    2022 Speed
    58 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    200 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    469 Altmetric mentions