About the Journal

Scope and Focus

EJNM is the official journal of the College of Nursing/Hawler Medical University in Erbil City. EJNM is a peer-review, open access, online and print system journal, which is published biannually. The journal welcomes submissions of original and significant contributions.

EJNM aims to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts of regional and international interest. The editors welcome papers that develop and promote knowledge and practice that is directly relevant to all spheres of health care especially nursing and midwifery globally. EJNM mission is to promote excellence in nursing, midwifery and health care through the dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information and original research, discussion of relevant and controversial professional issues, and promotion of nursing and midwifery perspectives to the health care community and the public. Original articles, review articles, case reports, brief communications, insights and letters to the editor are all considered.  


Copyright and Licensing

The copyright on any article published in Erbil j. nurs. midwifery, is retained by the author(s) in agreement with the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Author(s) need to grant EJNM a license to publish the article and identify the journal as the original publisher. Author(s) can grant any third party the right to use the article freely subjected to the maintenance of its integrity and the identification of its original authors, citation details, and the journal.

The Copyright © Police is a Copyright © year of publication The Author(s). This is an Open Access for all articles which licensed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It permits no additional restrictions on use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited. 


Open Access Policy

EJNM provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

EJNM is an Open Access Journal. This means that all content freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution following the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author(s).


Peer Review Process

The editorial office of EJNM and the subject editors check each submitted manuscript for general quality, suitability, and whether it conforms to the journal guidelines. Submissions that do not comply with the journal guidelines will be returned to the author (corresponding author) for correction before being considered for publication. All manuscripts are checked by the editorial office for plagiarism using the iThenticate through the Crossref Similarity Check service. If the manuscript is found suitable and acceptable in principle, it will be sent out for a double-blind review. All reviewers treat the manuscript with the strictest confidentiality and must declare any conflicts of interest. Comments and suggestions from the reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. Revised manuscripts are subject to further review by the original reviewers and the responsible subject editors. The final decision as to acceptance or rejection lies with the Editor, with advice from the journal editorial board. The corresponding author will be advised of the final decision; acceptance or rejection of the manuscript, in a formal letter.


Ethical Considerations

Author(s) are expected to mention the approval of regional, national, institutional, or independent Ethics Committee or Scientific Committee, obtaining assent for children aged over seven years participating in the trial.  A relevant statement on ethics committee permission and ethical practices must be included in all research articles under the methods section. All manuscripts reporting the results of an experimental investigation involving human subjects should include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject’s guardian, after approval of the experimental protocol by a local human ethics committee. For prospective studies involving human investigations, authors are expected to have obtained the approval of regional, national, institutional, or independent Ethics Committee, in addition to obtaining the subjects' consent to participate in the study.  All studies involving human experiments should be performed only in accordance with the ethical standards provided by the responsible committee of the institution and in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki for Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subject (revised in 2013). The journal will not consider any paper which is ethically unacceptable. The journal might ask for a copy of ethics approval and/or a copy of the consent form, if relevant. Clinical trials should be registered in a public trials registry in order to be considered for publication. Authors are recommended to register in one of the clinical trials registries certified by ICMJE.


Plagiarism Policy

Submitted manuscripts must be original works, unpublished papers, and not pending publication elsewhere. Based on the definition of plagiarism by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), “when somebody presents the work of others (data, words, or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgement,"  the editorial team of the journal is strictly against any unethical act of copying or plagiarism in any form. Once a manuscript is submitted to the journal, the editorial office conducts a preliminary check for plagiarism using the iThenticate software through the Crossref Similarity Check service. At any stage of the publication process, if plagiarized content is detected, the author will be asked to revise the manuscript and make the changes based on the citation of the original source. Some aspects are excluded at the time of conducting a plagiarism check, such as bibliographies, quotes, phrases, mathematical formulas, and names of agencies, organizations, institutions, hospitals, universities, departments, etc. In severe cases of plagiarism, which is plagiarized when it involves reusing the original results or ideas presented in another publication, the manuscript will be rejected, and all authors will be subject to the same penalty and will be suspended from submitting further articles for at least one year.



Authorship must be based on having substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the article or revising it critically, and final approval of the version to be published. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section at the end of the article.

All authors must give their signed consent for publication in a pledge form, which should accompany the manuscript. The form contains the following statements:

  • I/we certify that the manuscript does not contain any material which would violate any copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or entity.
  • I/we certify that the manuscript will not be submitted to other journals as long as it is in the process of evaluation and publishing in the EJNM.
  • I/we certify that I am (we are), responsible for all the information presented by me (us) in the pledge form and be responsible for all the consequences.

Authors can download the pledge & authorship form from the journal website or from the following link Authorship.



The editorial office edits the papers selected for publication for brevity, clarity, grammar, spelling, and style. When the editing is extensive, with the possibility of altered meaning, queries are sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. A galley proof will be forwarded to the corresponding author before publication of accepted papers which must be returned to the journal office with specific comments if any. Corrections in the galley proof, in case any, must be limited to typographical errors, or missing contents only.


Article Processing Charge (APC)

EJNM imposes a non-refundable article-processing charge of 150,000 Iraqi Dinars for each manuscript accepted for publication.