All articles must contain a signed Author’s Agreement and a signed Conflict of Interest statement.Formatting Requirements:
a) Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc. as a single word file.
b) Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors
c) If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
d) Copyedit your manuscript.
e) Font size 12 pitch, font type New Times Roman double spaced with 1.5 inch margins, justify left margin only.
f) Articles should include title page, abstract and key words, text, Acknowledgements, references, tables, legends, disclaimers (if required).
The Title Page:
The title page must include the following:
a) Author Details: The title page should include full name(s), degrees, affiliations of all the authors and their contact information including e-mail addresses. Identify the corresponding author with (*)
b) The acknowledgments: All those contributors who do not fulfill the criteria to become authors can be listed in the acknowledgment section.
c) The conflict of interest: Authors must declare their conflict of interest in this section. In case, there is no conflict of interest mention none.
d) Funding sources: Acknowledge all the funding sources, awards, scholarships, grants that contributed to the study in this section.
A cover letter which includes a brief about the paper, how does it contribute to the readers of JAM, authors’ disclaimer that the manuscript is neither published nor under consideration for publication anywhere else. The authors must include the individual author's contribution in this letter.
Page limits for research and practice articles 10 – 12 pages, for case study 5-8 pages and news events and reports 2-3 pages
Language and Grammar
All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided. Authors should use proper, Standard English grammar
Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. Where possible please use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your reader’s problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. Do "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.
Tables and Figures
To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on separate pages by themselves. Do not use overly small font/type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.
Photographs and illustrations will not be published for the sake of easy downloading of files
Vancouver Style will be used for references. All references, including those in tables or figure legends, should be numbered consecutively as cited, using numerical superscript at the end of the sentence punctuation. The superscript number should appear after the period if it is in the end of the sentence.
Peer Review Process
The journal uses a double-blind system for peer-review; both reviewers’ and authors’ identities remain anonymous. The submissions will be peer-reviewed by three experts; two content experts and one copy reader for additional editorial purpose for the journal.
Ethical Approval for Scientific Papers
Authors submitting Scientific Papers involving human subjects in their studies, should have Institutional Ethical Approval at the time of manuscript submission. Authors can be asked for the document anytime during the process of peer review.
Biannual, published in July and December
Open Access Policy
South Asian Midwifery Alliance (SAMA) is ardently working toward the welfare and progress of midwives in Asian region. Dissemination of midwifery and maternity research is often a problem for many low-income countries in Asia. With this journal we aim to support the dissemination of evidence-based midwifery knowledge and research across the globe. JAM enhances the visibility of and supports the advancement of the midwifery profession in the Asian region. Thus, we provide immediate open and unrestricted access on the internet without charging a fee from the authors or the readers.
JAM is working in collaboration with Midwifery Associations of Asian Region (MAA). We are operating completely with the voluntary support of our members and reviewers. Hence, we do not charge any publication and manuscript processing fee from the authors.
Submission of an article implies that the work described:
- should not be published elsewhere previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis),
- is not under consideration for publication elsewhere,
- the current publication is approved by all authors and the responsible authorities where the work was carried out,
- if accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the Publisher.
The Editors reserve the right to edit or otherwise alter the content. Copyrights for published articles will be retained by the journal however authors have the right to share and use their published articles without removing JAM’s logo. Authors can bring infringement actions if they detect any illegal use of JAM’s articles.
The publisher and the journal have a policy of “Zero Tolerance on the Plagiarism”. We check the plagiarism issue through two methods: reviewer check and plagiarism prevention tool, turnitin.com. All submissions will be checked by anti-plagiarism software before being sent to the reviewers. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, complete or partial without proper citation will be regarded as ethical misconduct. The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts if such misconduct is detected.
Submission and Peer Review Process
We accept manuscripts submitted via email in a word format. It will then be processed to at least two reviewers for peer review. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor’s decision and requests for revisions, will be by e-mail. For this reason, it is essential that we have full contact details including an e-mail address of the corresponding author. The editors may advise authors for revising their manuscripts and will be accepted only if the authors satisfactorily revise the previous version. Once your article is accepted for publication, a proof will be sent to authors for proof reading. Authors are advised to incorporate all the feedback and resend the final version. We expect that only typographical errors or misprint to be corrected or inserted at this time and no new additions should be made. Extensive changes will request a new approval of the editorial committee which may delay the publication in that volume. Only those manuscripts will be processed that were received before the deadline. In case of any delay, corresponding authors should collaborate with the journal editors.
Authors Rights for Self-Archiving
We allow authors to self-archive only the post print version of their manuscripts, that is, after the corrections and revisions required from the peer review process have been incorporated. Authors are also allowed to self-archive their final published PDF, in their institution or subject repository, only for the education and research purposes. The commercial uses of JAM articles are strictly prohibited. The journal is already an open access; hence there are no restrictions on the authors if they are subject to a pre-existing mandate from their institution, funder or government to make their article open access.