Access Evidence Based Midwifery Journal

Evidence Based Midwifery (EBM) is published quarterly and aims to promote the dissemination, implementation and evaluation of midwifery evidence at local, national and international levels. RCM members can access the online version of EBM as a member benefit.

Accessing EBM

RCM members can use their website log in details to access EBM. If you would like to read EBM online and are not a member you can subscribe to EBM online here.

Access the EBM archive in our publications section.

Submit an article to be considered for EBM

You can submit an article to be considered for EBM. Papers on qualitative research, quantitative research, philosophical research, action research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of qualitative or quantitative data are welcome. All authors are encouraged to discuss their research paper with peers or editorial staff with regard to issues of importance to the local, national and international readership. All suitable papers submitted to EBM are subject to double-blinded peer review to assess their academic rigour, quality and relevance to the overall aim of the journal.

Guidelines for EBM authors

How to submit papers to Evidence Based Midwifery.

Evidence Based Midwifery aims to promote the dissemination, implementation and evaluation of midwifery evidence at local, national and international levels. Papers on qualitative research, quantitative research, philosophical research, action research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of qualitative or quantitative data are welcome. All authors are encouraged to discuss their research paper with peers or editorial staff with regard to issues of importance to the local, national and international readership.

The journal is published four times a year and will be available online to members of the Royal College of Midwives with a three-month embargo. Following this period articles will be open access to all. Articles will be reprinted within MIDIRS Midwifery Digest.

All papers should be sent to Rob Dabrowski – rob.dabrowski@redactive.co.uk – in MS Word format. Any hard copy material should be posted to: Rob Dabrowski, Editor, Evidence Based Midwifery, Redactive Publishing Ltd, 78 Chamber St, Whitechapel, London E1 8BL

1. Ethics in publishing

By submitting articles to Evidence Based Midwifery the author confirms the following:

• None of the parts of the manuscript is plagiarized from other sources
• Proper reference is provided for all contents extracted from other sources
• Strong action will be taken against cases of plagiarism

We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software.

2. Process for handling cases requiring corrections, retractions and editorial expressions of concern

Action will include publishing an erratum or correction; retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

• EBM has a responsibility to correct errors that have been previously published

• Any complaints from either readers or authors should be addressed to the editor in the first instance

• If the error affects the publication record or scientific accuracy then the complete paper will be published as corrected and approved in a subsequent issue

• If the error is made by the journal then an erratum will be published in a subsequent issue and an apology made to the author(s)

• If invalid results have been published then the article will be marked as retracted but remain available and a retraction notice will be published informing readers of such information

• Addenda are published if the editor deems this essential to a readers understanding of a published paper this includes Editorial Expression of Concern where there may by serious concerns with the paper or amendments where these have been submitted

• Comments and errata apologies are included at the editor’s discretion.

3. Studies involving humans and animals
When reporting experiments on human participants, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, and its revision, most recent being 2013. Authors should ensure Informed consent was received from all participants in the study. No studies involving animals will be published.

All suitable papers submitted to Evidence Based Midwifery are subject to double-blinded peer review to assess their academic rigour, quality and relevance to the overall aim of the journal. Referees with relevant expertise in the subject area and/or methodology will be asked to provide a structured critical review of papers and reviews will be forwarded to the authors along with comments from the editors. Where necessary, papers will also be sent to members of the advisory panel for expert opinion on matters to do with for example, statistical accuracy, professional relevance or legal ramifications.
 
All authors will receive acknowledgement of receipt of their paper and the review process should be complete within 12 weeks. Major changes will be agreed with the authors, but the editors reserve the right to make modifications in accordance with house style and demands for space and layout. All papers are sent to the first named author for essential corrections only before publication and should be returned promptly. Corrections at this proofreading stage should be kept to a minimum and references and quotations should be checked carefully. Galley proofs will be sent to all authors for final proofing prior to publication and the accuracy of the content is the responsibility of the corresponding (first) author. Figures and tables that have to be redrawn in-house may not be included with proofs. The editors will decide on the time of publication.
(Adapted from International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, 1997) 
All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article. Authorship credit should be based only on: 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. All three conditions must be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship. All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the acknowledgments, and what they did should be described. Increasingly, authorship of multi-centre trials is attributed to a group. All members of the group who are named as authors should fully meet the above criteria for authorship. Group members who do not meet these criteria should be listed, with their permission, in the acknowledgments or in an appendix. The order of authorship on the byline should be a joint decision of the co-authors. Authors should be prepared to explain the order in which authors are listed.
 
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support, should be listed. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper, but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be identified as ‘clinical investigators’ or ‘participating investigators’, and their function or contribution should be described – for example, ‘served as scientific advisors’, ‘critically reviewed the study proposal’, ‘collected data’, or ‘provided and cared for study patients’. Because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions, all persons must have given written permission to be acknowledged.

Declaration of interest

Please make explicit any potential conflict of interest which might have influenced your work. This could be financial, personal, political or academic. If you are unclear whether this might be the case, please email the EBM Editorial Office.

The author/s should certify that they have no affiliations with or involvement in any organisation or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers’ bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements), or non-financial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this manuscript.

Data sharing
Authors are invited to share data where requested.

Informed consent and patient details

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

Dr Sara Webb, Head of MIDIRS
Professor Jayne Marshall, Foundation Professor of Midwifery, University of Leicester
Dr Jenny McNeill, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Research, LME, Queen’s University Belfast
Helen Janiszewski, Doctoral Researcher, Registered Midwife
Professor Lesley Kay, Associate Professor, Midwifery and Radiography, City, University of London
Caitlin Wilson, Consultant Midwife, University of Worcester/Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Samantha Chenery-Morris, Associate Dean, Head of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Suffolk
Helen Elliott-Mainwaring, Doctoral Researcher
Dr Sally Pezaro, Midwife Lecturer, Coventry University
Jenny Cunningham, Research Advisor, Royal College of Midwives
Professor Edith Hillan, University of Toronto, Canada
Professor Nicky Leap, Adjunct Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology, Sydney
Professor Marlene Sinclair, Professor of Midwifery Research, Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research, Ulster University

Evidence Based Midwifery cannot consider papers that are not original or have been submitted elsewhere, and the exclusive right to the manuscript should be set out in an accompanying statement. The author(s) transfer(s) the copyright of her or their paper to the RCM, effective if and when the paper is accepted for publication. A copyright form will be sent to each author prior to this. The copyright covers the exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce and distribute the paper in any form of reproduction. All manuscripts should conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for more information. Link here 

Papers should be typed using double spacing with a 12pt size common font, such as ‘Times’ or ‘Arial’. No identifying details of the authors or their institutions should appear in the submitted paper. Author details should be communicated separately, including an address to which all correspondence should be sent and a daytime telephone number. A fax number should also be included, if possible. The paper should be preceded by a structured abstract of up to 300 words that summarises the paper content. If appropriate, a suitable example would include: aim; objective; method; findings/results; and implications. The abstract should be followed by up to ten key words that identify accurately the paper’s subject, purpose and focus. These key words will be used to assist indexers in cross-indexing the article and may be published with the abstract. Where approval for reproduction or modification of material is required, the principal author must obtain this. Details of sources of research funding, commercial affiliations and acknowledgements must also be included.
 
Tables should be typed, double spaced, on separate sheets, with a short descriptive title. All relevant statistical data should be included. Illustrations are welcomed and encouraged where appropriate. Black and white photographs or transparencies are suitable. If charts or graphs are to be included, original or coordinate values should also be sent. Charts and graphs must be clearly labelled, and the axes on graphs made clear. Captions should be supplied for all illustrations. If using or adapting illustrations from another source, it is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce the material and to credit it accordingly. All illustrations are submitted at the owner’s risk. While every effort will be made to return all illustrations, the publisher accepts no liability for loss or damage while in possession of the material. Always include a citation in the text for each figure and table.

All work referred to in the manuscript should be fully cited using the Harvard system of referencing. The reference list should be in alphabetical and chronological order using the first author’s name. All references cited must have been previously published or publicly accessible. All references in the text should be cited from primary sources and should include the authors’ names and date of publication in date order. Where there are three or more authors, the first author’s name followed by ‘et al’ is acceptable in the text, e.g. (Smith et al, 2002), but all authors must be cited in the reference list. Page numbers should be included in the text for all quotations, e.g. (Jones, 2002: 45). Reference to a journal article should include the author’s surname and initials, date of publication, title of the paper, name of the journal, volume and issue number and its first and last page numbers, e.g. Symon A. (2003) Including men in antenatal education: evaluating innovative practice. Evidence Based Midwifery 1(1): 12-9. Reference to a book should include the author, date of publication, title, publisher and town of publication, e.g. Smith A, Jones B. (1989) Evidence Based Medicine. BMJ Publishing Group: London. Chapters in edited books should include the additional detail of chapter title, e.g. Brown C. (1993) Best practice: In: Smith A, Jones B. (Eds.). Evidence-Based Health Care. Elsevier Science: The Netherlands.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. (1997) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Annals of Internal Medicine 126(1): 36-47.
Sinclair M, Ratnaike D. (2007) Writing for Evidence Based Midwifery. Evidence Based Midwifery 5(2): 66-70.

On publication, ten print editions of the journal will be supplied to the corresponding authors of each paper, as will an electronic version.

If you have further questions regarding EBM contact us here.

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