Guidelines for Authors

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Guidelines for Authors


International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health is a peer-reviewed research journal serving researchers, policymakers, program administrators and service providers in developing countries. The journal invites submissions based on qualitative or quantitative research on such topics as contraceptive practice and research; fertility levels, trends and determinants; adolescent pregnancy; sexual behavior; HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; public policies and legal issues affecting family planning and childbearing; program operation, development and evaluation; information, education and communication activities; reproductive, maternal and child health; and abortion.

We receive manuscripts with the understanding that they are not under consideration elsewhere and that the substance of the data or analysis has not been published previously. Authors are expected to disclose any redundancy in data, analysis or argument that might jeopardize the originality of part or all of their manuscript.

Submissions are screened initially by the editorial staff for overall quality and interest; about 70% are rejected at this stage, and the author is notified within eight weeks of submission. The remaining submissions undergo double-blind peer review by at least two experts in the field. Authors of articles that are sent for external peer review can expect to receive critiques of their manuscript, with guidance from the editors as to whether to proceed with a revision, about four months after submission.

Basic Requirements

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with pages numbered. The title page should include the names, titles and affiliations of all authors; we limit the number of authors to eight. (Multicenter clinical studies may have up to 10.) A word count is mandatory; articles should be no longer than 6,000 words (not including references and footnotes). Please include a data-based, structured abstract of no more than 250 words (also not included in the total word count).

Use active voice when writing the text. Stick to plain English, and avoid jargon known only in particular academic or professional fields. Describe the study's methodology clearly and simply; some readers may not be familiar with specific statistical techniques. Dispense with arcane acronyms as well as brand names; if brand names are important to the research, give them on first mention in the methodology section, then use generic designations.

The maximum number of tables and other graphic elements is eight. Place each table and chart on a separate page at the end of the text, and provide data points for all.

While all data and factual observations need a reference, reference lists are not meant to be comprehensive bibliographies; they should indicate that you are familiar with the relevant literature. References in the initial submission need not be in any particular format; however, the correct referencing style must be incorporated along with other requested changes before the article will be accepted for publication. …

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