Aims and Scope

The Reproductive Health Matters (RHM) journal is a peer-reviewed, international journal that explores emerging, neglected and marginalised issues across the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).  It aims to publish original, relevant, and contemporary research, particularly from a feminist perspective, that can help inform the development of policies, laws and services to fulfil the rights and meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of people of all ages, gender identities and sexual orientations. RHM publishes work that engages with fundamental dilemmas and debates in SRHR, highlighting multiple perspectives, acknowledging differences, and searching for new forms of consensus. RHM strongly encourages research that explores experiences, values, information and issues from the point of view of those whose lives are affected.

Key topics addressed in RHM include (but are not limited to) abortion, family planning, contraception, female genital mutilation, HIV and other STIs, human papillomavirus (HPV), maternal health, SRHR in humanitarian settings, gender-based violence, gender, sexuality and sexual rights. RHM is a multidisciplinary journal, welcoming submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) the social sciences and humanities, behavioural science, public health, human rights and law, with an emphasis on qualitative approaches.

RHM publishes two themed issues per year, but also accepts rolling submissions related to other SRHR topics throughout the year, to be published on an ongoing basis. RHM is an open access journal, and particularly welcomes contributions from low- and middle income countries. To promote the accessibility of information and knowledge in languages other than English, selected articles are translated by RHM regional partners into Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

RHM also welcomes enquiries about publishing supplements on a specific theme or topic. Enquiries about publishing a supplement should be made to the editor at

For further information we encourage our authors to visit our journal website.