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

The Women, Midwives and Midwifery Journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all published materials. We have outlined the following policies to prevent plagiarism and ensure ethical conduct throughout the publication process:

  1. Plagiarism Detection:
    • All submitted manuscripts will be screened for plagiarism using Turnitin software.
    • Manuscripts with a similarity index of more than 20% will be rejected and/or returned to authors for necessary revisions to ensure originality before resubmission as a new manuscript to the journal.
  2. Ethical Conduct:
    • Authors are expected to adhere to ethical research and reporting standards as stipulated by COPE and WAME.
    • Any unethical practices discovered at any stage of the publication process will lead to manuscript rejection and possible further action.
  3. Acknowledgement of Sources:
    • Authors must ensure proper citation of all sources and materials referenced in the manuscript.
    • Any form of self-plagiarism should also be avoided, with previous works properly cited and acknowledged.
  4. Author Accountability:
    • Authors are held accountable for the accuracy and integrity of their work.
    • Any corrections or retractions due to discovered inaccuracies or ethical issues will be published, and authors are expected to cooperate fully in the correction process.
  5. Educational Resources:
    • The journal will provide resources and guidelines on ethical writing and plagiarism prevention to assist authors in maintaining ethical standards in their work.

These policies aim to ensure the integrity and quality of the scholarly work published in the Women, Midwives and Midwifery Journal, thereby fostering trust and respect within the broader academic community.