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Information for authors

Evidence Based Midwifery: March 2012



Evidence Based Midwifery is published quarterly and aims to promote the dissemination, implementation and evaluation of midwifery evidence at local, national and international levels. Papers on qualitative research, quantitative research, philosophical research, action research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of qualitative or quantitative data are welcome. Papers of no longer than 5000 words in length, including references, should be sent to: rob@midwives.co.uk in MS Word, and receipt will be acknowledged. Suitable papers are subject to double-blinded peer review of academic rigour, quality and relevance. Subject area and/or methodology experts provide structured critical reviews that are forwarded to authors with editorial comments. Expert opinion on matters such as statistical accuracy, professional relevance or legal ramifications may also be sought. Major changes are agreed with authors, but editors reserve the right to make modifications in accordance with house style and demands for space and layout. Authors should refer to further guidance (RCM, 2007; Sinclair and Ratnaike, 2007).

Authorship must be attributed fully and fairly, along with funding sources, commercial affiliations and due acknowledgements. Papers that are not original or that have been submitted elsewhere cannot be considered. Authors transfer copyright of their paper to the RCM, effective on acceptance for publication and covering exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce and distribute it in any form. Papers should be preceded by a structured abstract and key words. Figures and tables must be cited in the text, and authors must obtain approval for and credit reproduction or modification of others’ material. Artwork on paper is submitted at the owner’s risk and the publisher accepts no liability for loss or damage while in possession of the material. All work referred to in the manuscript should be fully cited using the Harvard system of referencing. All sources must be published or publicly accessible.

References
RCM. (2007) Guidelines for authors. Evidence Based Midwifery 5(1): 35.

Sinclair M, Ratnaike D. (2007) Writing for Evidence Based Midwifery. Evidence Based Midwifery 5(2): 66-70.


News and resources


Apply for research scholarships
The Florence Nightingale Foundation 2012-13 research scholarships are now open for applications. The scholarships provide up to £5000 for a midwife or nurse to undertake a course in research methods, research modules or a dissertation as part of an academic course of study. The foundation will also consider post-doctoral research projects. Available to all British and Commonwealth midwives and nurses working in the UK, the research scholarships are awarded for projects that will be of direct benefit to clients and the professions. Last year the foundation awarded 31 scholarships from over 60 applications. Applications close on 18 May 2012.

Mary Seacole awards now open
Applications are now open for the Mary Seacole Awards programme for 2012-13. Midwives, health visitors and nurses are invited to apply for the awards, which provide funding for specific healthcare projects, or educational and development activity. In order to qualify, proposals must benefit and improve health outcomes for people from black and minority ethnic communities. There are two award programmes: the Mary Seacole Leadership Awards, which offer up to £12,500, and the Mary Seacole Development Awards, which offer up to £6250. Applications for the awards will close on 1 May and interviews for those who are shortlisted will take place on 26 June, 4, 5 and 17 July 2012.

Major premature birth research project trials
A new trial hoped to improve the prediction of premature birth is underway. Researchers, doctors and scientists are developing a handheld device, hoped to give midwives a better idea of whether women are likely to have a premature birth. The pencil-size electrical probe will assess a woman’s cervix to establish the risk of her having a premature birth, by using electrical impulses to take measurements of the resistance of tissue in the cervix. Around 500 women are involved in the trial, which is being headed by researchers at the University of Sheffield. The Medical Research Council has allocated £620,000 to be spent over the next two years on the research and trials.


Evidence Based Midwifery editorial panel members

UK editorial panel

Professor Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashire, England
Professor Billie Hunter, University of Wales Swansea, Wales
Dr Julia Magill-Cuerden, Thames Valley University, England
Dr Margaret McGuire, NHS Tayside, Scotland
Dr Marianne Mead, Senior visiting research fellow, University of Hertfordshire, England
Professor Jane Sandall, King’s College London, England
Chair: Louise Silverton, RCM deputy general secretary
Professor Marlene Sinclair (editor), University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Dr Hora Soltani, Sheffield Hallam University, England
Dr Janine Stockdale, RCM research fellow
Dr Andrew Symon, University of Dundee, Scotland
Emma Godfrey-Edwards (editor), Redactive Media Group

International editorial panel

Professor Cecily Begley, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Catherine Carr, University of Washington, US
Dr Heather Hancock, University of South Australia, Australia
Professor Edith Hillan, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Amy Levi, University of California San Francisco, US
Dr Address Malata, University of Malawi, Malawi

Editorial advisory panel
Joseph B Cunningham, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Frances Day-Stirk, RCM director of learning, research and practice development
Sue Macdonald, RCM education and research manager
Dr Rhona McInnes, The Queen Mother’s Hospital, Scotland
Helen Spiby, University of York, England
Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, RCM CEO
Jason Grant, Redactive Media Group