, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 1-2
Date: 11 Oct 2006

“On the shoulders of giants”: the continued growth of the International Journal of Urogynecology

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“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton.

In 1987 Dr. Oscar Contreras Ortiz hand-delivered the first issue of the “International Journal of Urogynecology” to a meeting of the International Urogynecology Association (IUGA) in northern Italy. In 1990 Springer agreed to officially publish the “International Urogynecology Journal”, with Donald R. Ostergard being the first managing editor. An International Editorial Board was created and the very difficult task of creating a readership and developing credibility for this new publication was initiated. I have to personally thank Drs. Ortiz and Ostergard, as well as those on the initial Editorial Board, for their insight in realizing, very early on in the development of this subspecialty, that a scientific publication was a much-needed part of the growth of urogynecology. As we enter into the 17th year of existence of this journal, we have much to reflect on for a specialty that is still very young.