Manuscripts are submitted to the Journal of Midwifery Science exclusively via email (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!). Only those original articles which have been accepted for publication will be published simultaneously online on the GMS Journal of Midwifery Science.
Please read the following information regarding the review process, manuscript submission and the author guidelines of the Journal of Midwifery Science

Guidelines for manuscript submission

The manuscript is to be submitted by email (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!).

For soonest possible publication the following deadlines should be adhered to:

  • 30th of April for the December edition
  • 30th of September for the June edition of the following year.

It is possible to submit the manuscript in English only.

Authors are requested to use the SQUIRE recommendations for orientation on composition of abstract and manuscript:

               SQUIRE Guidelines (criteria)

               Glossary of terms in the SQUIRE Guidelines

               See the SQUIRE website for further information.

The following requirements are binding in order for an article to be accepted.

Contents of the article

Abstract and keywords

The abstract is to have no more than 1,500 characters (including spaces). It should be structured according to the following points where possible:

  • Background
  • Aims/research question
  • Methodology (the essential aspects of design, setting, target group, interventions, methods of analysis)
  • Results
  • Conclusion

No references are provided in the abstract.

There are to be a maximum of 5 keywords.

The article itself begins on the second or third page and must not contain any names or other identifying details.

Research article: a research article can involve qualitative or quantitative research. In addition to a description of the methodology it should include reflection on scientific merit and possible distorting influences.

As far as possible, the article is to be structured as follows:

  • Background
  • Aims
  • Methodology (including design, setting, target group, interventions, analytical methods)
  • Results
  • Discussion (methodology and results)
  • Conclusion (including relevance for practice, education and/or future research)
  • References

Theoretical article: a theoretical article deals with current issues from practice, education or research, illuminating and discussing them from a scientific perspective. It should provide important impulses to improve understanding of midwifery science or be a reflection on the subject.

Where possible the article is to adhere to the following structure:

  • Background
  • Aims
  • Setting, target group, theories, models, definitions
  • Main argument
  • Discussion (including other and/or contradictory arguments)
  • Conclusion (including relevance for practice, education and/or future research)
  • References


References are to be made alphabetically using the Vancouver Format; however the citation number is to be enclosed in square brackets. Citations referring to the work of other authors which are not verbatim citations are identified by Arabic numerals, beginning with [1] and numbered according to order of appearance. Direct citations and those referring to a book must also include the page number(s). The bibliographic details are listed numerically at the end of the article, i.e. in the order of appearance in the text. If possible, the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is to be included. If these specifications are not followed the manuscript cannot be accepted.


The manuscript and the reviewed final version of the article must be submitted by email in both open (rtf, doc, docx, odt etc.) and closed (pdf) formats. The contact details and remaining text pages are to be saved in two separate files. The name of the file must reflect the article’s title and not include the authors’ names. The authors must ensure that all digital files are anonymous, i.e. that their names are not shown under ‘Properties’.

The text should be written in at least 12 point font and have at least 1.3 spaces between lines.

Each line of the complete manuscript is to be numbered continuously and the pages must also be numbered. Please DON’T USE hyphenation to separate syllables. The text should be no longer than 20,000 characters (incl. spaces), not including the reference list. Comprehensive qualitative studies (with citations from interviews) are an exception and may contain up to 30,000 characters (incl. spaces); the same goes for literature reviews.

Up to 5 figures and/or tables can be submitted. They must be provided as pdf and also in an ‘open’ form (xls, xlsx, ppt etc.) so that they can be incorporated into the journal’s format. The figures and tables must be referred to in the text.

A separate file must be provided with a list of the table headings and figure captions using the same numbering as in the text. Copyright issues for illustrations/photos which are not the authors’ own work must be clarified prior to publishing; a link is inadequate proof.

Additional files

3 further files are to be submitted in addition to the article itself:

  • Contact details
  • Author’s contract
  • Conflict of interest statement.

Contact details

A separate file should contain the complete names and addresses of the institutions, including email addresses, of the authors. The author responsible for correspondence should be highlighted.

Author’s contract

The author’s contract should also be submitted in a separate file (‘Authors contract’). Authors, as creators of the scientific work, retain all rights to their results. They merely transfer the right of publication (print and online) and electronic storage in databases to the DGHWi and GMS. At the same time they confirm that they have exclusive copyright to the work, including figures and tables. The contract only becomes valid on acceptance after completion of the review process. The contract is valid with digital signature/s or as a scan or fax with original signature/s.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors are required to provide a written declaration regarding potential conflict of interest (‘Conflict of interest’ file). Existing and/or previous material and immaterial conflicts with regard to the process of creation of the paper (personal and professional relationships, funding and subsidies received and professional circumstances) are to be named. It is important to point out that the goal is transparency, not stigmatisation of interconnected interests. The editorial team does, however, retain the right to reject an article if a conflict of interest exists.

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