About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Journal of Maternal and Child Health (JMCH) is an electronic, open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes research articles on a broad range of topics related to maternal and child health. The journal began its publication on July 11, 2015, and was published four times yearly. Due to an increasing demand of research work publication, starting Volume 4 Issue 5 the JMCH is published bi-monthly, consisting of 12 articles in each issue.
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 reviewer's 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.
Journal of Maternal and Child Health
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.
Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, or use them for any other lawful purpose.
Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia in collaboration with Faculty of Public Health Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen (Thailand), College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand), Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Philadelphia (USA), Universitas Respati Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Swadaya Gunung Jati, Cirebon (Indonesia), School of Health Polytechnics Gorontalo(Indonesia), School of Health Polytechnics Semarang (Indonesia), School of Health Polytechnics Tanjung Karang (Indonesia), School of Health Polytechnics Mataram (Indonesia), and Institute of Health Sciences STRADA, Kediri(Indonesia)
Sources of Support
Graduate School, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia, and Yayasan Karya Sains
Journal of Maternal and Child Health (JMCH) is an electronic, open-access peer-reviewed journal that publishes research articles on a broad range of topics related to maternal and child health.