Peer Review
What is Peer Review?
Peer review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether a manuscript should be published in their journal.

Peer Review
All articles submitted to the European Journal of Midwifery undergo peer review. External reviewing of manuscripts is double blind. In all cases the manuscript is also reviewed by at least one member of the editorial board and the Editor-in-Chief.
Authors may suggest reviewers that are qualified to peer review the manuscript, provided that they have not collaborated closely in the near past and that they are not from the same institution. Authors may also note peer reviewers who they would not prefer to review this paper. While the authors suggestions are taken into account, the Editorial Office reserves the right to handle peer review at its discretion.

A high proportion of submissions are rejected without being sent out for external peer review on the grounds of priority, insufficient originality, scientific flaws or the absence of message that is important to the readers of the journal. A decision on such papers is usually taken very quickly.
The remaining articles are assigned to an editor, who will send it to one or more external reviewers selected from a database of experts. The paper may also be sent to a specialist statistical reviewer. Once the reviews have been received, the editor makes a decision to accept or reject a manuscript, or to request revisions from the author in response to the reviewers’ comments.