Manuscript Formatting
The European Journal of Midwifery manuscripts are reviewed with the understanding that they:
• are original
• are not under consideration by any other publisher
• have not been previously published in whole or in part
• have not been previously accepted for publication
• will not be submitted elsewhere until a decision is reached regarding their publication

General instructions
The authors are encouraged to consult previous relevant publications in EJM to assist them in the preparation of the manuscript, especially the references and tables.

Text Formatting
All manuscripts should be single column and 1.5 spaced. Margins should be one inch (2.5 cm) at the top, bottom and sides of the page. Font size should be 11-pt or 12-pt, standard font in ‘Arial’ or ‘Times New Roman’ typeface. Manuscripts should be formatted in full justified paragraphs and headings should be left-aligned. Maths should be editable text.

Title Page
The Title page should list the title of the article and suggestions for a short running title of no more than 60 characters (including spaces). Also include the authors names, affiliations and contact details including email address for the corresponding author.

The Title of the article should be clear, concise and highlighting the research topic. It should not include rhetorical questions, literary language, quotations and special symbols.

Authors are asked to supply a structured abstract of 250 words. For research articles and brief reports, the abstract is limited to 250 words and should be structured as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abstracts for reviews and other manuscript types are also limited to 250 words but the sub-headings may differ. Letters do not have an abstract..

Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing and for web searches of your manuscript.

Main Text
Use the guidelines in the Manuscript Types to structure the sections. Original Investigations and Brief Report sections are: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions.

Declaration of Interests
Declare any competing interests for each author. The European Journal of Midwifery adheres to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. The author names on the ICMJE forms should be identical to the names in the manuscript. The ICMJE Conflict of Interest form is used by all E.U. European Publishing journals.

All sources of funding for the research reported should be declared. The role of the funding body in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript should be declared.

The sentence should begin: "This work was supported by". Proposal numbers should be complete and accurate and provided in parentheses as follows: "(proposal number xxxx)"

This section is for acknowledging individuals and institutions whose support the authors wish to mention. Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the article who does not meet the criteria for authorship including anyone who provided professional writing services or materials.

Figures, Tables and Supplementary material
Tables and Figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript and be numbered sequentially in order of appearance in the text. However authors should ensure that every table or figure is referred to in the body of the text. Each table or figure should be accompanied by a short, descriptive title and in the footnote should define any acronyms, abbreviations or symbols used, statistical methods applied and any other information needed so that the table or figure may stand alone. Captions should be given separately above the tables or figures. Numbers in the table should not contain commas, and numbers less than unity should have a zero in front of the decimal point. Decimal numbers should be represented with the use of a full stop.

European Journal of Midwifery does not place a limit on the number of tables that an article can contain, however they have to be of value as determined by peer review. Tables should be submitted in their original Word format (not via Excel). Avoid using vertical rules. Horizontal rules should be used only above and below column headings and at the bottom of the table. Do not create a table using only tabs or spaces to create columns. Tables should not duplicate material contained in the main text.

Figures can be submitted in greyscale, black or white or in color as the journal is published online. The journal prefers that figures be created in Excel. Do not embed a figure file as a picture into Excel or Word, but submit them as individual files. Size the figure to the column or page width of the journal, and set the resolution at 300 dpi or greater.

Supplementary material should be submitted as PDF files.

These should be used sparingly and be sequentially listed, using lower-case letters and superscripted in the text.

These must be numbered sequentially, as they first appear in the text. They should be within square brackets without spaces before or afterwards. Where more than one reference is cited, these should be separated by a comma, for example, [1, 12, 16], while for a continuous sequence of numbers, give the first and last number of the sequence separated by a hyphen, for example, [4-7].

Article citations

These follow the AMA format.

Journal articles in Print

Citation format:
Authors. Title. Journal name. Year;Volume number(issue number):initial-final page.
(Note: Use et al. instead of names after the 6th author)

Kjellstrom Tord, Lemke Bruno, Otto Matthias. Climate conditions, workplace heat and occupational health in South-East Asia in the context of climate change. WHO South East Asia J Public Health. 2017;6(2):69-73.

Journal articles Online

All references that are from journal articles must contain a Digital Object Identifier (DOI): A DOI is a unique character string created to identify a digital object, such as a journal article in an online environment. The DOI is a permanent identifier of all versions of an article and the DOI for a document remains fixed over the lifetime of the document. The DOI must be included in the citation.

Citation format:
Authors. Title. Journal name. Year;Volume number(issue number):initial-final page. Doi.

Ramón Escuriet, Laura García-Lausin, Isabel Salgado-Poveda, Rocio Casañas, Gemma Robleda, Olga Canet, Mercedes Pérez-Botella et al. Midwives’ contribution to normal childbirth care: Cross-sectional study in public health settings, the MidconBirth Study protocol. Eur J Midwifery 2017;1(September):4. doi:10.18332/ejm/76820


Citation format:
Authors. Title. Volume number (for more than 1 volume). Edition number. Place of publication: Name of publisher; year of publication:page numbers.
(Note: Use et al. instead of names after the 6th author)

Patterson James T. The dread disease: cancer and modern American culture.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1989.

Web links and URLs

All web links and URLs, including links to the authors' own websites, should be given a reference number, and included in the reference list, rather than within the text of the manuscript. They should be provided in full, including both the title of the item, the title of the site and the URL, as well as the date the site was accessed.


Citation format:
Authors. Title. Name of the website. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.

The OASI care Bundle Project. Accessed September 2017.

Report Online

Citation format:
Authors or Institution. Title. URL. Published date. Accessed date.

World Health Organization. Equitable access to essential medicines: a framework for collective action. Published March, 2004. Accessed November 24, 2017.
Double blind peer-review policy

All papers submitted for publication are assessed with the mutual anonymity rule as to the names of reviewers and authors observed. Authors’ names and affiliations should not appear in the attached text/tables/figures.

Double blind peer-review policy
All papers submitted for publication are assessed with the mutual anonymity rule as to the names of reviewers and authors observed. Authors’ names and affiliations should not appear in the attached text/tables/figures.

Minor changes to the manuscript will only be accepted. Beyond minor corrections, there will be no author changes accepted that are outside the style of the journal. Rewording, restructuring or changes of style to the manuscript will not be accepted.

Article Download Statistics
After publication, article download statistics are freely available to all readers via the "stats" tab next to each article.

We support the use of Checklists during manuscript preparation. Checklists are available for a number of study designs, including:
  • randomized trials (CONSORT),
  • systematic reviews (PRISMA),
  • observational studies (STROBE),
  • meta-analyses of observational studies (MOOSE) and
  • qualitative studies (RATS).