Published material from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Scope and Content

Publications from the RCOG Press and other sources on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, including text books relating to the specialty, journals, guidelines and patient information.

This collection consists of the following:

RCOG/P1 - RCOG Press Publications, from 1992

RCOG/P2 - 'The Yearbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology', 1993-2007

RCOG/P3 - 'The Diplomate', 1994-1999

RCOG/P4 - RCOG Guidelines or 'Green-Top' Guidelines, 1994-2009

RCOG/P5 - Evidence-based Clinical Guidelines, 1994-2008

RCOG/P6 - Personal Assessment in Continuing Education Reviews (PACE), 1997-2003

RCOG/P7 - 'The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist', 1999-2011

RCOG/P8 - RCOG International News, 2006-2010

RCOG/P9 - 'The Organ', 1999-2000

RCOG/P10 - Publications from the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health, 2003-2008

RCOG/P11 - Patient Information, 2003-2004

RCOG/P12 - 'You & Your Family', 2010

RCOG/P13 - RCOG Good Practice Guidelines or 'Blue-Top' Guidelines, 2002-2010

Administrative / Biographical History

The mission of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is to set standards to improve women's health and the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology both in the UK and across the world. One of the principal means of achieving this aim is through the College's provision of education, training, assessment and professional development.

Production of RCOG publications was initially the responsibility of a Publications Officer/Editor within the Administration Department. As the function expanded in importance with the establishment of the RCOG Press and the College Bookshop in 1993, a Publications Office was set up within the department; in 2000 the office became a separate department.

The Publications Department co-ordinates all print and publication requirements of the College, both on paper and electronic medium. It has direct responsibility for publishing RCOG Press titles and the College Journal, The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, proceedings of study groups and the RCOG Yearbook. It also handles the printing of working party reports and all other material produced by the College, and was responsible for publication of The Diplomate (now defunct).


Arranged by order of transfer to the Archive, normally at the time of publication.

Access Information

Unrestricted: Archive copies of publications are stored off-site and access copies are available in the RCOG Library. Email:

Acquisition Information

Internal transfers from the Publications Officer and Publications Department.

Other Finding Aids

The RCOG Library catalogue is available at

Archivist's Note

Record description compiled by Penny Bonning, Archivist, in May 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright lies with the Publications Department of the RCOG in the first instance.

Appraisal Information

Duplicate material is removed where applicable by the College Archivist.


Additions to this collection are expected on a regular basis according to College record-keeping policies.