Information for Authors

We warmly welcome contributions from around the world.
The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education (IJBPE) aims to be truly ‘international’ in recognition of the fact that parent education and support is a global movement. While the transition to parenthood is affected by personal, social and cultural factors, there is, nonetheless, a core human experience which women and men share when they become mothers and fathers. Therefore, the strategies employed by practitioners in one part of the world will have relevance to those working elsewhere.

Topics of interest to readers of the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education include:-

Pre-conception education

Education and support for labour and birth

Education for early parenting 

Parenting education for:-

  • fathers
  • same-sex couples
  • kinship carers
  • parents from minority groups
  • parents in prison
  • parents who are refugees or asylum seekers

Supporting parents to develop an optimal relationship with their unborn and newborn baby, and their pre-school child

Also of interest to the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education are Summaries of Research, and its application to practice, in relation to:-

  • early brain development
  • importance of breastfeeding
  • how babies acquire language
  • sleep and routines
  • optimal nutrition from birth to pre-school
  • IT for pre-school children
  • supporting parents to nurture their children with autism
  • supporting parents to nurture their children with learning disabilities
  • supporting parents to nurture their children with physical health challenges
  • supporting parents who are fostering or adopting children


The IJBPE is published in the UK, in English. Articles will be edited with sensitivity, to ensure that they can be easily understood by readers, and a proof sent to the author for approval before publication.


The IJBPE is not a magazine. Nor is it a strictly academic Journal. Yet it wishes to be respected as authoritative and aims to be cited by researchers, academics and practitioners across the world. To this end, the tone of articles needs to be formal without being ponderous. Authors should assume that their readers are well-educated, highly motivated practitioners accustomed to reading referenced articles and interested in the latest research in their field.


Below are guidelines for authors. They are merely guidelines and individuals’ creativity is welcome. The Editor is happy to support authors who may be new to writing but have important messages to convey.

  1. Articles should begin with an unstructured summary of approximately 150 words.
  2. Please explain your topic in non-specialist language, suitable for a health or social care professional or qualified lay educator (e.g. Health Visitor, Midwife, Parent Educator, Psychologist, Birth Educator).
  3. If relevant, please include synopses of the latest research relating to your topic.
  4. The article should be referenced using the Harvard system as follows:

    (book) Brown, A.B., Green, C.D. (1984) Early Teaching and Learning (3rd ed.) Oxford, oxford University Press.
    (article) White, E.F., Grey, G.H., Pink, I.J. (2007) Early brain development. Journal of the Early Years, 99(4),23-30.
    (website) Marron, S.T., Verdant, J.K. (2017) Parents with disabilities. Available at: https://ablethrive.com/parenting/parents-disabilities?gclid=Cj0KCQiAtJbTBRDkARIsAIA0a5PMqUGflVJ1rsbkC9prioxkn13SYqg8L27RfJ-lIh9lrYr70uUnA14aAnKKEALw_wcB  <Accessed: 28 Feb, 2017>
  5. Feel free to make use of bullet points, boxes and tables. These help break up your text and increase accessibility.
  6. Include diagrams (as long as not copyright). Illustrations and diagrams should be provided as separate high resolution files (minimum 300dps), and not embedded in a Word document. In some cases they will have to be redrawn. Please bear in mind the need for confidentiality and obtain consent before submitting any photographs featuring individuals. If you wish to reproduce any copyright material, it is your responsibility as the author to obtain permission to do so from the original journal/author.
  7. Suggestions for further reading or additional resources for readers are helpful.
  8. Your article should be approximately 1,500 – 3,500 words in length.


Please submit articles electronically to the Editor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The Editor will decide whether an article submitted for publication needs to be peer-reviewed. Peer review will normally be undertaken by a member of the Editorial Board. If no member of the Editorial Board has the required expertise, the Editor will submit the article to an external reviewer.


Authors will be informed whether their article has been accepted for publication within 6 weeks of its submission.


Acceptance for publication is conditional on the author assigning copyright to the International Journal of Birth & Parent Education and its Publisher: Birth and Parent Education Ltd.


We are a ‘green’ publisher, as we allow self-archiving of articles.

Sharing your work: understanding article versions

  • Author’s Original Manuscript (AoM) – your paper, before peer-review
  • Accepted Manuscript (AM) – paper after peer review, revised and accepted for publication
  • Version of Record (VoR) – final, definitive, citable version of paper (i.e. the publisher pdf)

Where can I share my article and which version can I share?

E.g. personally created webpage, not university profile page, or Facebook or other social media
Department or institutional repositoryNon-commercial subject repository
(e.g. PubMed)
Commercial repository or social media site
(e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, SSRN)
AoM Yes - at any time* Yes - at any time* Yes - at any time* Yes - at any time*
AM Yes – on acceptance* Yes, but 12 months after publication* Yes, but 12 months after publication* No - abstract only plus link to VoR or AM on other repository
VoR Yes, but 12 months after publication Yes, but 12 months after publication Yes, but 12 months after publication No - abstract only plus link to VoR or AM on other repository

* Post your AoM or AM using a version of this text:

“This is an [Original Manuscript / Accepted Manuscript] of an article published by the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education on [date of publication], available at https://ijbpe.com/


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