The policy is based on COPE's core practices.

The "Women, Midwives and Midwifery" journal fosters a culture of openness and verifiability in scientific inquiry. Ensuring the integrity and reproducibility of data is paramount to uphold the quality and trustworthiness of published research. Below are the technical directions outlined to adhere to this policy:

  • Data Availability:
    • Authors are required to provide a statement on data availability, including access to, or the availability of, the raw data that supports the findings of their research.
  • Data Repositories:
    • Authors are encouraged to deposit their research data in a relevant public repository and provide the accession number or DOI for reference.
  • Data Citation:
    • Data sets used or analyzed during the study should be cited in the manuscript and included in the reference list.
  • Supplementary Material:
    • Supplementary material including data sets, code, and other materials necessary for replication should be submitted alongside the manuscript.
  • Transparency:
    • Any restrictions on data availability should be disclosed with clear explanations.
  • Reproducibility:
    • Authors should provide clear descriptions of the methodology and procedures followed to enable replication by independent researchers.
  • Data Integrity:
    • Ensuring the accuracy and consistency of data throughout the research and publication process is imperative.
  • Data Protection and Ethics:
    • Adherence to ethical guidelines and data protection laws is mandatory, especially when handling sensitive or personal data.

This policy underlines the journal's commitment to promoting transparency, reproducibility, and the responsible management of data in scholarly publishing.