Manuscript Types
The European Journal of Midwifery considers the following types of articles:

• Research Papers – reports of data from original research.
• Review Papers – comprehensive, authoritative, reviews within the journal's scope.
• Short Reports – brief reports of data from original research.
• Study Protocols – Articles describing a research protocol of a study.
• Letters to the Editor – a response to authors of an original publication, or a very small article that may be relevant to readers.
• Editorials – articles written by members of the Editorial Board.

Research Papers
Articles reporting research may be full length or brief reports. Papers should generally be a maximum of 4000 words in length, excluding tables, references, and abstract and key points of the article, whilst it is recommended that the number of references be less than 30. Research articles should comprise the following sections:
1. A short introduction which should end with the study’s aims. The introduction should state clearly the objective of the paper as well as the context of the research or analysis
2. A methods section which should describe the study design, setting, participants, measures, variables and statistical analysis performed. This section should also include information on the study’s ethics procedures.
3. A results section, which should describe the study’s main findings and important aspects within the tables.
4. A discussion section, which should include a discussion of the study’s main findings, comparisons with other studies, potential policy implications, the study’s strengths and limitations.
5. A conclusion section, which should be short, concise and based on the results of the current study. Over general conclusions that do not stem from the manuscripts results should be avoided.
6. All manuscripts should include an acknowledgement section, a declaration of competing interests and declaration of funding sources.

Review Papers
Comprehensive, authoritative, reviews within the journal's scope. Review articles provide a review of the literature, and preferably would be systematic reviews. Such articles should identify trends or gaps in literature, provide new synthesis, and outline future directions. Review manuscripts, should be generally less than 6000 words or less, excluding abstract, tables, figures and references. It is recommended that references be less than 50. Reviews should include in the methods section details with regards to data sources used, keywords applied, time restrictions, study types selected and how the data were extracted. Guidelines used for abstracting data and assessing data quality and validity should be noted. Results should be based on the actual review and the discussion may in certain occasions be jointly written with the results section. Conclusions of the review should be specific and stem from the findings.

Short Reports
Brief reports of data from original research. Short reports are shorter versions of original articles, may include one table or figure, should not exceed 1500 words, and it is recommended that the number of references be less than 15. Short reports are suitable for the presentation of research that extends previously published research, including the reporting of additional controls and confirmatory results in other settings, as well as negative results. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished.

Study Protocols
This article type can be for proposed or for ongoing research and should contain the background, research hypothesis, rationale a detailed methodology of the study. The SPIRIT 2013 Checklist guidelines ideally should be applied. Study protocols submitted for publication must have received ethics approval. Protocols of randomized trials should follow the CONSORT guidelines and must have a trial registration number, while observational studies should follow STROBE guidelines.

Letters to the editor
A letter to the Editor is a brief report that is within the journal's scope and of particular interest to the community, but not suitable as a standard research article. A maximum of ten articles may be included in the references. Letters to the Editor may be edited for clarity or length and may be subject to peer review at the Editors' discretion. To contribute, please contact the Editors. Letters intended for publication should be a maximum of 500 words, contain 10 references, and up to one table or figure. These rules apply for research letters, and letters that respond to articles published in the journal. Letters to the editor are subject to editorial editing so as to streamline the article with the journal's style. Corrections to published articles are also published as a letter and linked to the corrected version of the article.

Editorials are written by the Editorial Board and may reflect current articles within the European Journal of Midwifery or discuss significant national, European or international initiatives relevant to midwifery or maternal and child health.