Springer Publishing Company is accepting nominations, including self‐nominations, for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Childbirth. Ideally, we are seeking 2 Co-Editors, with one based in the United States and another in Europe. The new Editor(s) will be responsible for three volumes, with an option to renew, beginning with the Spring 2018 issue. It is anticipated that new manuscript submissions will transfer to the new Editor(s) in January 2018. The current editorial team will assist with the transition.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the timely production of the journal, including the solicitation of manuscripts, supervision of the peer review process, the final selection of articles for publication, and reviewing of article proofs prior to publication. Springer Publishing Company is responsible for all fees related to copy-editing and final proofreading, typesetting, providing PDF and XML files, and other costs to produce, promote, and support the journal. The Editor-in-Chief’s supporting institution might propose to provide office space, file storage, equipment, and funds to cover office expenses such as postage, phone, copying, additional graduate student assistance, and release time for the Editor-in-Chief.

International Journal of Childbirth is included in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), OVID, and Cabells Scholarly Analytics. The journal is also a member of COPE ( and a participant in Research4Life ( All Editors and Editorial Board Members are expected to adhere to the Springer Publishing Company Journals Policies and Statements which may be found at:

This is a young, respected journal which is steadily growing. We are looking for candidates with the passion, vision, and drive to shape the journal and deliver it to the next level.

Nominees may recommend a potential co‐editor who meets the stated qualifications.


  • • Doctorate Degree preferred, but not required
  • • A history of professional excellence in the field of childbirth and/or midwifery
  • • Authorship, reviewing, and editing experience in research journals
  • • Commitment to offer time to this position (approximately 4-6 hours a week)

Interested applicants may contact Adam Etkin (, Executive Editor of Journals at Springer Publishing, for additional information.

Application materials should include (1) Cover letter, (2) Resume/Curriculum Vitae, (3) Written assurances and details of institutional support, and (4) Your vision for the future of the journal.

All application materials should be sent to by January 12, 2018.


The International Journal of Childbirth is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with the practice, organization, funding and management of maternity care, midwifery, women's health, the nature of healthy and complicated pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum. The journal encourages the exploration of the complex and contextual issues surrounding the nature and provision of the maternity episode, and associated short and long-term outcomes for mother, baby, and family and invites manuscripts from a wide range of clinical, theoretical, political, methodological, psychological, public health, policy, and multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The journal seeks high quality, accessible, evidence-based articles that provide a forum for research, theoretical insights, and accounts of practice innovations and the organization of care from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The journal mission is to:

  • • disseminate original research, theoretical insights, and accounts of the nature of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period, and of practice-based innovations and organization of care
  • • provide a forum for exploration, debate, and critique in childbirth research, education, and practice; policy; and human rights
  • • promote multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives in the examination of childbirth experience and knowledge
  • • actively promote research, education, and practice activity in neglected areas such as normal birth, measurement of well-being as opposed to pathology, indigenous childbirth practices and culture, and the public health consequences of childbirth
  • • disseminate original case studies of normal, though unusual, births with a significant reflective component

The journal is of interest to midwives, maternity care and neonatal nurses, maternity service users, obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, physiologists, health sociologists, physiotherapists, health economists, biologists, and psychologists with an interest in maternal and infant research, maternity service policy makers and managers, doulas, traditional birth attendants, childbirth educators, and students of maternity care.