Peer Review Process

The Journal of Midwifery & Reproductive health (JMRH)  is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS), Mashhad, Iran. The reviewing and publishing process depends on the quality of the study as well as the English accuracy of the manuscript. A strong, scientifically-approved manuscript may be accepted in two to three months; Otherwise, it might take three to four months. The peer review processes will be followed through COPE guidelines and flowcharts (



JMRH employs double-blind peer review process implying both reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other, throughout the review process. Upon receiving a new manuscript, the editor-in-chief briefly reviews the manuscript to verify its conformity with the journal’s aims, scope as well as instructions for authors. The editor-in-chief may reject manuscripts prior to peer review based on priority or if they are beyond the scope of the journal. If it is initially accepted, the manuscript will be placed in queue for being refereed by at least three reviewers.


Authors have the right to communicate to the editor if they do not wish their manuscript to be reviewed by a particular reviewer because of potential conflicts of interest.


Editor-in-chief reviews the comments of the editors and reviewers and make a decision that may be: accept, minor revision, major revision or reject. It is unusual for an article to be accepted with no revision at this step. If revision is requested, the reviewers' comments will be sent to the authors for point by point response and revision of the article.


The whole review process depends on receiving referees comments and revising the manuscripts by the author based on these comments and may take 30 Days. Upon receipt of the revised article from the author and after final approval by referees, final decision will be done by the editor in chief and notification letter will be sent to the corresponding author.


The following diagram shows peer review workflow in details.