JMWH Statement of Inclusivity

The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH), as the official journal of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), is committed to an inclusive approach to publishing articles that elevate midwifery by advancing the health and well-being of diverse populations. We support the use of inclusive language that acknowledges diversity and differences among individuals. The JMWH approach to publication review aims to mitigate bias, be anti-racist, and be responsive to the profession. In this inaugural Statement of Inclusivity, we commit to the following actionable goals:

  • Collect initial anonymous baseline data related to race, ethnicity, and gender from editors, editorial board members, peer reviewers, and authors, including annual assessment and evaluation
  • Increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of peer reviewers and authors by supporting new peer reviewers and authors through focused mentoring strategies
  • Encourage authors to include a reflexivity/positionality statement that identifies their relationship to the topics and communities discussed when submitting a manuscript to JMWH, providing guidance for authors and peer reviewers
  • Publish guidelines in 2023 for authors who submit manuscripts that include variables related to racial health inequities

January 2023