The policy is based on COPE's core practices and WAME's guidelines.

Women, Midwives and Midwifery Journal is committed to ensuring the publication of well-justified, well-planned, and appropriately designed research. The following core elements form the basis of this policy:

  1. Research Justification:
    • All submitted research should have clear objectives and hypotheses, and the significance of the research must be well-articulated.
  2. Research Design:
    • The methodology should be robust, ethical, and suitable for achieving the objectives of the research.
  3. Ethical Approval:
    • Research involving human subjects, animals, or sensitive data must have obtained necessary ethical approval from recognized ethical boards.
  4. Informed Consent:
    • Obtaining informed consent from participants is mandatory, and it should be clearly documented.
  5. Data Collection and Analysis:
    • Adequate detail must be provided to allow for the replication of the research, and the data collected should be reliable and valid.
  6. Reporting:
    • Findings should be reported honestly, accurately, and transparently, irrespective of whether they support the initial hypothesis.
  7. Adherence to Guidelines:
    • Adherence to recognized research reporting guidelines such as CONSORT, STROBE, or PRISMA is encouraged.