Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims of Journal of Midwifery (JoM):

The Journal of Midwifery (JoM) is committed to advancing the field of midwifery by providing a platform for the dissemination of groundbreaking research and innovative practices. It seeks to enrich the knowledge base, improve clinical and educational methodologies, and contribute to better outcomes for mothers, newborns, and their families. JoM aspires to be a beacon of knowledge, illuminating the latest developments and best practices in midwifery care while also promoting women's overall well-being and reproductive rights.

Scope of Journal of Midwifery (JoM):

JoM's scope encapsulates the comprehensive spectrum of midwifery. It delves into the sacred realm of pregnancy, exploring the myriad factors that shape this transformative period. The intricate dynamics of childbirth, from its challenges to its triumphs, are thoroughly explored. The postpartum phase, a pivotal time of healing and bonding, garners in-depth attention, emphasizing the nuances of care essential for both mother and infant. The journal also underscores the importance of newborn care, ensuring the healthiest life onset. Beyond these specific stages, JoM extends its gaze to broader themes, such as the holistic domain of women's health, spanning the lifecycle from youth to menopause. Additionally, reproductive health, a foundational pillar of women's wellness, remains a central focus, encompassing critical areas like family planning and reproductive rights.

JoM is classified under the ASJC code "2919 - Midwifery." The All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) system categorizes journals into specific subject areas to aid in academic journals' systematic indexing and searchability. The "2919 - Midwifery" classification signifies JoM's specialized focus on midwifery and its associated domains. This classification ensures that researchers, academics, and professionals can easily locate and access JoM when seeking out leading scholarly work in the field of midwifery.

The Journal of Midwifery (JoM) is dedicated to advancing the holistic realm of midwifery, encompassing sexual and reproductive health, neonatal care, women’s empowerment, and reproductive rights. In doing so, JoM's scope resonates profoundly with the principles and targets set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The journal’s alignment with these global aspirations includes:

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

    • 3.1: JoM focuses on initiatives and research aimed at reducing maternal mortality ratios globally.
    • 3.2: The journal addresses strategies to prevent the deaths of newborns and children under the age of five.
    • 3.7: JoM emphasizes the importance of universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, incorporating family planning, and the integration of reproductive health in broader health strategies.
  • SDG 4: Quality Education

    • 4.7: JoM contributes to ensuring that all learners acquire knowledge and skills that emphasize sustainable development, gender equality, human rights, peace, and global citizenship.
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality

    • 5.1: The journal champions research and practices that seek to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
    • 5.6: JoM underscores the importance of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in line with global agreements.
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

    • 10.2: The journal propels research and practices that promote the inclusion of all, regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or other statuses.
  • SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

    • 16.9: In its emphasis on neonatal care, JoM supports the importance of legal identity for all, highlighting the significance of birth registration and its implications for health and societal services.

By anchoring its focus and scope in these SDGs and the ASJC classification, JoM plays a pivotal role in shaping and influencing midwifery practices, education, and policies that align with global sustainable development imperatives and academic standards.



Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Publication of articles in Journal of Midwifery is dependent solely on scientific validity and coherence as judged by our editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. JoM acknowledged the effort and suggestions made by its reviewers. 

Initial evaluation of manuscripts

The Editor will first evaluate all manuscripts submitted. Although rare, yet it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the aims and scope of the JoM. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to experts for review.

Type of peer review

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates the already published works, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The review type is blind peer review method.

Review reports

Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

  • Is original by stating the objectives and gap clearly
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  • Has results/findings which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly references previous relevant work
  • Reviewers are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.


Reviewers advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. Editor’s decision is final.

Becoming a Reviewer

If you are not currently a reviewer for JoM, but would like to be added to the list of reviewers, please contact us. The benefits of reviewing for JoM include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in related research area at an early stage, and to be acknowledged in our list of reviewers. You may also be able to cite your work for JoM as part of your professional development requirements.


Publication Frequency

Journal of Midwifery is published twice a year in June and December with the number of articles published range from 5-10 articles/issue.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Benefits of open access for the author, include:

  • Free access for all users worldwide
  • Authors retain copyright to their work
  • Increased visibility and readership
  • Rapid publication
  • No spatial constraints

However, works/articles in this journals as are bound to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.



Journal of Midwifery (JoM) stores back issues and current articles following LOCKSS idea of keeping lots of copies of our items on several servers to keep them safe.

Archives are stored in Universitas Andalas' repository server, the university's Local Content Collection and all of them are digitally submitted to Indonesian National Library's Indonesia OneSearch and periodically harvested by OCLC WorldCat.

Published issues are also sent to LIPI (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia) the Indonesian Institute of Sciences to be retained in its repository. JoM implements PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) preservation function and has been recorded by the Keepers registry



No fees incurred for article processing, submission, neither reviewing the articles.

However, should authors or other parties need printed/hard copies of the journal, an IDR 200,000/copy should be paid for the printing.

Please send us an email stating your interest in printed copies and receive further details.