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The International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia is the only journal publishing original articles devoted exclusively to obstetric anesthesia and bringing together all three of its principal components; anesthesia care for operative delivery and the perioperative period, pain relief in labour and care of the critically ill obstetric patient.


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The Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA) was formed in 1969 to promote the highest standards of anaesthetic practice in the care of mother and baby.
With an international membership of over 2000, the Association provides both a focus for anaesthetists who want to improve the care and safety of women in childbirth and a resource for women seeking information about pain relief in labour and anaesthesia for Caesarean section.



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Registration of Clinical Trials

Publication in IJOA will only be considered for clinical trials that have been registered in a public trials registry. This policy applies to interventional clinical studies in which patient recruitment started after December 2014. In this context, an interventional clinical trial refers to any investigation in which a recruit is prospectively assigned to an intervention or treatment. This decision is supported by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). A number of clinical trials registries are endorsed by ICMJE. The largest, (, is run by the National Library of Medicine and contains details on over 160 000 studies. In Europe, the EU clinical trials registry ( currently lists over 23 000 projects: many other national registries are available.

Publication in IJOA of case reports or correspondence in which a patient is potentially identifiable will only be considered if written evidence of patient consent to publication is provided at the time of submission. In addition, the journal recommends the pre-registration of observational clinical trials in a registry (such as those described above); and of protocol details for systematic reviews relevant to the journal ‘s remit in a public registry, for example PROSPERO (, an international prospective register of systematic reviews.

Michael Paech
Editor-in-Chief IJOA

Benefits of publishing in International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia

  • With International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia indexed in Pubmed/Medline, your published article is guaranteed maximum visibility
  • Widely disseminated with over almost 200,000 full text article downloads per year
  • Benefit from a smooth, simple publishing process

Best Paper Award

The journal now offers an award for what has been deemed the “best paper” of the calendar year. The selection process involves the editorial board of the journal and published articles are judged on the basis of their relevance to obstetric anaesthesia, obstetric critical care and pain medicine; originality and importance; quality and complexity; and presentation.

The recipients will be notified in advance of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA) Annual Meeting. The authors will receive a certificate and the award will be presented at the OAA meeting, to which the lead author and corresponding author shall be offered one-day free registration.

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