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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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Call for Papers: Contraceptive Decision-Making: Enhancing Family Planning Education and Accessibility

Edited by:
Dr. Priyanka Garg, MBBS, MD, MNAMS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Submission Status: Open until 28 February 2025

Family planning employs decision-making as a major component of reproductive health services. Decision-making largely depends on awareness of the benefits of various family planning methods, their accessibility and affordability, and their pros and cons. This collection encourages submissions that discuss sexual health education, determinants of contraceptive use, access to contraceptive use in resource-poor countries and the role of men in family planning decisions.

Call for Papers: Enhancing Contraceptive Education and Accessibility in Vulnerable Populations

Florence Nakaggwa, MSc. Clarke International University, Uganda            
Derrick Kimuli, MPH, Cavendish University Uganda, Uganda 

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2025


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.

Celebrating World Contraception Day

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 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 as we highlight our top articles and collections!

Explore our content here.

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.

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

    2023 Speed
    11 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    107 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage 
    174 Altmetric mentions 

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New Content ItemFollowing the Supreme Court ruling in Alabama, USA on the use of embryos in IVF, read our editorial by Dr Anita Nelson and Dr Margaret English that discusses the clinical implications of the ruling and potential consequences.