Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


Journal of Maternal and Child Health (JMCH) is an electronic, open-access, double blind and peer-reviewed international journal, in the field of maternal and child health. The journal began its publication on July 11, 2015 and is published quarterly. JMCH aims to improve maternal and child health research, policy, program, and practice within broad public health and socio-cultural context, as they impact infant, children, mother, women, adolescent, and family health outcomes. 


JMCH covers a broad range of disciplines related to mother and child health, including obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, reproductive health, pediatrics, neonatology, nutrition, family planning, sociology, demography, epidemiology, public health, and preventive medicine. The journal addresses a broad range of research questions and topics, such as social determinants of health and disease and disparities in communicable and non-communicable diseases burden affecting the health of infants, children, women, adolescents, and families across the life span.   

Topics of interest for publication in JMCH include but not restricted to:

  1. Antenatal Care
  2. Labour and Delivery
  3. Obstetric Haemorrhage
  4. Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
  5. Maternal Mortality
  6. Preterm and Low Birth Weight
  7. Neonatal care
  8. Breastfeeding Issues
  9. Wasting and Stunting in Children
  10. Child Nutrition, Overweight, and Obesity
  11. Child Development Disorders
  12. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
  13. Abortion and Unwanted Pregnancy
  14. Family Planning and Maternal Health
  15. Maternal and Newborn Health Integration
  16. Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS
  17. Health Screening for Women
  18. Malaria in Pregnancy
  19. Maternal and Child Health and Socioeconomic Disparities
  20. Maternal and Child Health Related Health Systems

JMCH provides a global forum for rapid publication of high quality research, with an audience of researchers, policy makers, academicians, and practitioners. It primarily publishes original research articles, but also welcomes reviews covering applied, methodological and theoretical issues, as well as field studies, policy papers, and commentaries, with emphasis on studies using multidisciplinary or integrative approaches.

Research in diseases or health care issues affecting mother and child in the developing world are currently under-represented in the existing international peer-reviewed journals. Therefore, JMCH gives special consideration to papers submitted from developing countries. All articles are immediately and permanently free to read and download in pdf files.

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Peer Review Process

Journal of Maternal and Child Health (JMCH) is a double blind and peer reviewed international journal. Every paper submitted to JMCH for publication is subject to peer review. The peer review in this journal is an evaluation of the submitted paper by two or more individuals of similar competence to the author of the paper. It aims to determine the academic paper's suitability for publication. The peer review method is employed to maintain standards of quality and provide credibility of the papers published in this journal. The peer review at JMCH proceeds in 9 steps with description as follows.

1. Submission of Paper

The corresponding or submitting author submits the paper to the journal. This is carried out via an online system supported by the Open Journal System (OJS). But in order to facilitate authors, JMCH temporarily also accepts paper submissions by email.

2. Editorial Office Assessment

The submitted paper is first assessed by the JMCH editor. The editor checks whether it is suitable with JMCH’s focus and scope. The paper’s composition and arrangement are evaluated against the journal’s Author Guidelines to make sure it includes the required sections and stylizations. In addition, an assessment of the minimum required quality of the paper for publication begins at this step, including one that assesses whether there is a major methodological flaw. Every submitted paper which pass this step will be checked by Turnitin to identify any plagiarism before being reviewed by reviewers.

3. Appraisal by the Editor

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) checks if the paper is appropriate for the journal, sufficiently original, interesting, and significant for publication. If not, the paper may be rejected without being reviewed any further.

4. Invitation to Reviewers

The handling editor sends invitations to individuals who he or she believes would be appropriate reviewers (also known as referees) based on expertise, closeness of research interest, and no  conflict of interest consideration. The peer review process at JMCH involves a community of experts in a narrowly defined field of maternal health, reproductive health, child health, adolescent health, family planning, and family health, who are qualified and able to perform reasonably impartial review.  The impartiality is also maintained by the double blind peer review employed in this journal. The reviewer does not know the author’s identity, conversely the author does not know the reviewer’s identity.  The paper is sent to two reviewers anonymously.

5. Response to Invitations

Potential reviewers consider the invitation against their own expertise, conflicts of interest, and availability. They then decide to accept or decline. In the invitation letter, the editor may ask the potential reviewer for suggestion of alternative reviewers, when he or she declines to review.

6. Review is Conducted

The reviewer allocates time to read the paper several times. The first read is used to form an initial impression of the work. If major problems are found at this stage, the reviewer may feel comfortable rejecting the paper without further work. Otherwise they will read the paper several more times, taking notes so as to build a detailed point-by-point review. The review is then submitted to the journal, with a recommendation to accept, or reject it, or else with a request for revision (usually flagged as either major or minor) before it is reconsidered.

7. Journal Evaluates the Reviews

The EIC and handling editor considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ widely between both reviewers, the handling editor may invite an additional reviewer so as to obtain an extra opinion before making a decision.

8. The Decision is Communicated

The editor sends a decision email to the author including any relevant reviewer comments. Reviewers' comment are sent anonymously to corresponding author to take the necessary actions and responses. At this point, reviewers are also be sent an email or letter letting them know the outcome of their review.

9. Final Steps

If accepted, the paper is sent to production. If the article is rejected or sent back to the author for either major or minor revision, the handling editor will include constructive comments from the reviewers to help the author improve the article. The author should make corrections and revise the paper per the reviewers’ comments and instructions.

After revision has been made, the author should resubmit the revised paper to the editor supplemented with a cover page containing a check list that declares points of correction and revision that have been made.

If the paper was sent back for revision, the reviewers should expect to receive the revised version, unless they have opted out of further participation. However, where only minor changes were requested this follow-up review might be done by the handling editor.

If the editor is happy with the revised paper, it is considered to be accepted. The accepted papers will be published online and all are freely available as downloadable pdf files.

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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.



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