Authors' Information Package - Submission and Style Guidelines
The CJMRP is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times a year. Submissions related to the profession and practice of midwifery, midwifery in the Canadian context, obstetrics, women’s health, reproductive health, women during their childbearing cycles, political, ethical and legal issues related to midwifery, and consumers of midwifery and obstetric care will be considered. Solicited and unsolicited materials in English and French are welcome. Please contact the Managing Editor for timelines for submission.
• all article lengths are provided in the Types of Material Accepted section of these guidelines
• a signed Author’s Agreement and a signed Conflict of Interest statement must accompany the submission
• copy-editing will be done by the CJMRP editor(s)
• all editing changes are subject to approval by the author prior to publication
• refer to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals 2003 (as formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) for additional guidance on manuscript preparation and formatting
• the CJMRP will mail one copy of the journal to the author upon publication. If there is more than one author, the CJMRP will provide additional copies to the contributors through the corresponding author.
• all references to pharmaceuticals should use the generic or chemical name rather than the brand or trade name
Types of Materials Accepted by the CJMRP
Research Relevant to Midwifery and Midwives
• original research of a trial or study, case review, systematic review, or meta-analysis of a topic of interest to midwives
• research may be quantitative or qualitative, specific to practice, or theoretical
• should include an abstract of no more than 200 words
• articles should follow standard structure for scientific publications (abstract, objective, methods, results and discussion/interpretation)
• the article should be referenced using Vancouver style
• article should be no more than 3000 words
Research in Progress
• short reports on research initiatives and work in progress. This may include thesis topics relevant to midwives or midwifery, research for which funding has been granted, and initial research findings. This section of the CJMRP is meant to facilitate networking and information sharing.
• include the following information with the submission: name of principal investigator/researcher, as well as other key individuals involved; project title; funding sources, if any; ethics approval, if needed; a brief summary including: research question, background, study design, selection criteria, intervention, outcomes and sample size; complete contact information for the lead investigator/researcher
• Article should be no more than 500 words
The Practicing Midwife
• section includes articles and information relevant to the practice of midwifery, including education, training, midwifery practice issues and innovations, practice protocols, business practices, and technology and technological advancements
• articles should be no more than 2500 words
Social Science Research
• original qualitative, quantitative or theoretical research reports (not longer than 3,000 words in length)
• critical or analytical reviews in any area of theory, policy or research relevant to midwifery, including literature reviews (not longer than 3,000 words).
• short research reports or reports of work in progress (not longer than 2,000 words)
• articles on methodological issues and techniques of specific concern to midwifery research, including evaluations and critiques of instruments (not longer than 3,000 words in length)
Art work and poetry
• original art work (accompanied by an artist statement) and poetry that is relevant to midwives and the midwifery community
• staff-written, solicited and unsolicited news articles of relevance to midwives and the midwifery community
• ideas for news articles are always welcome
• news articles should be no more than 750 words
• features articles focusing on issues related to midwifery from a national or international perspective
• previously published materials may be considered for reprint in the CJMRP
• article length should be no more than 2500 words
• solicited or unsolicited articles of opinion, dialogue or commentary from midwives, consumers and others
• commentaries about midwifery research studies that were published within the last 12 months are encouraged
• the commentary may include references
• author byline must be included
• word count should be no more than 750 words
Letters to the Editor
• letters relating to materials previously published in the CJMRP, or to topical and internationally relevant issues concerning midwifery
• editorials or commentaries commissioned by the Editors
• letters must be signed by the author and should include a return mailing address and e-mail address
• letters of interest to the general readership and letters commenting on articles published in the CJMRP will be considered for publication. Authors whose work is discussed will be given an opportunity to respond in the same issue.
• letters of question or challenge to a published article in CJMRP must be received by the next submission deadline in order to be considered for publication
• letters should not be more than 500 words
Book, DVD or Video Review
• unsolicited book, DVD or video reviews that may be of interest to midwives
• book, DVD or video must have been published within the last 12 months
• the book title, author(s), date of publication, publisher, ISBN and price, and your name as the reviewer must be included
• the book cover may be scanned and submitted electronically
• book reviews should be no more than 250 words
• the CJMRP will publish notification of upcoming conferences, events and other activities of interest to its readers
• personal notes on achievements, milestones, and losses will be considered for publication
• 200 word maximum; may include a photograph
• Spelling: Oxford Canadian Dictionary
• Stylebook: CP Stylebook and CP Caps and Spelling
• Grammar: Strunk and White
• Endnotes: Vancouver Style. Please do not use the Endnotes feature for references.
• font size 12 pitch
• font type New Times Roman
• double spaced (with the exception of references)
• 1 inch margins
• justify left margin only
• number each page in sequence, beginning with the title page
• no additional formatting (bold, italics, underline)
• the order of materials should be title page, abstract and key words, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, legends
• title should be no more than 100 characters in length; the title page should include full name(s), degrees, affiliations of the authors and the contact information (including e-mail address) of the corresponding author
• abstract, if applicable, should be no more than 200 words, on a separate page and double spaced; a maximum of four to six key words, from the MeSH list of the Index Medicus (www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html) , should follow the abstract
• personal biography, including background, academic credentials and current occupation, should be on a separate page and double spaced
• all tables and figures should be provided on a separate page and labeled as described in Vancouver Style guidelines
• for complete formatting directions please consult Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals 2003 (Vancouver Style) available at www.icmje.org.
Tables and Figures
These elements should stand alone, without requiring reference to the text. They should add or complement, rather than duplicate, information found in the text. Each table, figure and illustration should be titled and on a separate page.
All photographs and illustrations should be submitted in a glossy format if mailed, or in a tif or jpg format if submitted electronically, with a minimum of 300 dpi. If original artwork is submitted, please provide contact information for return following publication.
References, including those in tables or figure legends, should be numbered consecutively as cited, using numerical suprascript at the end of the sentence punctuation. The CJMRP prefers that the Endnotes function not be used when referencing. Title abbreviations for journals should be as used in the Index Medicus.
The author(s) must obtain and provide permission for any materials or illustrations used in the submission that were previously published or copyrighted. Contributed work should be appropriately acknowledged. Photographer credits must accompany photographs. Permission must be obtained from both the photographer and the subject(s) of the photograph.
Submitting Materials to the CJMRP
• identify the corresponding author on the title page, including name, mailing address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address
• electronic filing in a Word format is the preferred method of submission.
• if using a disc to submit an article:
• write the name of the article on the disc
• save only the latest version of the article on the disc and use a 3.5” disk
• please check the disk for virus contamination using an updated virus scan
• one hard copy of the article should accompany disc submissions
• mailed submissions should be sent to:
• keep a copy of all materials submitted to the Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice. Submitted materials are returned to the author only upon special request by the author at the time of submission.
Contact info: Leanne Piper, Managing Editor
c/o Log Cabin Publishing
62 Mary Street
Guelph, ON, N1G 2B1