Instructions for Authors

Preparing for submission

Submitted manuscripts should follow the recommendations stated in Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. 

Please refer to the information provided below as well as the submission preparation checklist to be sure that you have conformed to the requirements before beginning the submission process. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. 

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

Plagiarism Detection

Journal of Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health uses Crossref Similarity Check (powered by iThenticate) to screen all submissions for plagiarism before publication, but authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting

Manuscript preparation

Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section of the title page, i.e. not listed in the main manuscript.  Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. NB! Acknowledgements should be added to the Title page that is separated from the main manuscript.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. All submitted manuscripts must include a ‘Conflict of interests and finding’ section listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). If no competing interests exist, please state in this section, "The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest". NB! Conflict of interest and funding should be added to the Title page that is separated from the main manuscript.

Statistic validity If complicated statistical data are provided, the authors may be requested to submit a statement issued by a certified statistician regarding the validity of methods used.

Ethics and consent When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008.

Withdrawal of Manuscript  

If you withdraw your manuscript after it has been peer reviewed and typeset (but not yet published) you will be charged according to the following: EUR 175/USD 225 per article.

Manuscript Layout

Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: introduction (motivation, problem identification and a short literature survey), present investigation (background, method, materials, subjects, results and discussion), and conclusion. Line numbers should be used.

Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers. Line numbers should also be inserted.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s),  4) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper and 5) Acknowledgements – Note that the Title page will be submitted separately and separated from the main manuscript. Neither author details nor Acknowledgements should be included in the main manuscript since the journal adheres a double-blind peer review.

The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the paper.

Abstract Articles must include a structured abstract of 200-300 words. The abstract should be able to provide sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Objective, Design, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

References Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text by arabic numerals and in parentheses [e.g. (14)]. References should follow the standard biomedical format (so-called Vancouver style), recommended by ICJME. See examples below.

Proprietary names We require that non-proprietary names are used in submissions. When proprietary brands are used in research, use the non-proprietary name throughout the text. You may include the proprietary name(s) with the non-proprietary name(s) in parentheses immediately after the first mention then use only the non-proprietary name thereafter (once in the Abstract and once in the body of the manuscript is acceptable)

Information from papers in manuscript but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as 'unpublished observation(s)' or 'personal communication'.

For a key of how to abbreviate journal names, please consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, accessible at

Some sources and documents are available in print, but also reproduced electronically for wide dissemination—government publications are an obvious example. If you use the electronic version of such a document, please give the URL and date on which you last accessed the electronic file to the citation, see www addresses below.

Example references


Wessells KR, Ouédraogo CT, Young RR, Faye MT, Brito A, Hess SY. Micronutrient status among pregnant women in Zinder, Niger and risk factors associated with deficiency. Nutrients 2017; 9: 430. doi: 10.3390/nu9050430

More than six authors:
Adalsteinsdottir, S., Tryggvadottir, E. A., Hrolfsdottir, L., Halldorsson, T. I., Birgisdottir, B. E., Hreidarsdottir, I. T., et al. Insufficient iodine status in pregnant women as a consequence of dietary changes. Food Nutr Res. 2020: 64. doi: 10.29219/fnr.v64.3653.


Rush D. Effects of changes and caloric intake during pregnancy on the growth of the human fetus. In: Enkin M, Chalmers I, eds. Effectiveness and satisfaction in antenatal care, clinics in developmental medicine series. London: Spastics International Medical Publications; 1982. p. 92–113.

www addresses

Kennedy G., Ballard T., Dop MC. Guidelines for measuring household and individual dietary diversity. Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations, 2011. Available from: [cited 15 Feb 2021].