Open Issue

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM), formerly Reproductive Health Matters, is well known for its twice-a-year journal themed issues, which have gathered collections of papers on current, neglected and forward-looking topics and themes since 1993.

Since 2017, in addition to the themed issues, the journal has also accepted, in our annual open issue, papers related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), outside the identified themes. The papers in the open issue are published throughout the year on an ongoing, continuous basis and alongside the themed issues. Some articles published in the open issue may later be brought together as a collection or listed under key topics. SRHM also publishes special issues, or supplements.

We accept a wide range of article types, including short commentaries, reviews, full research reports, perspectives and book reviews. All papers published in SRHM, whether in the themed, open or special issues are open access.


Submit an article to the open issue


Open Issue FAQs


Is there a cost associated with publishing in the SRHM Open Issue?

Article Publishing Charges (APCs) are charged for the annual open issue, although waivers apply in some circumstances, including for articles of three typeset pages or less and for authors from low income countries. For more information see our instructions for authors.


What is the difference between themed issues, special issues and open issues?

SRHM publishes two themed issues per year. The topics for these issues are identified by the SRHM editorial team, trustees and others active in the field of SRHR, to respond to current, neglected and forward-looking areas. A call for papers is posted on our website for each themed issue, with a specified closure date.

The annual open issue does not have an identified theme but publishes research from across the spectrum of SRHR. There is no deadline to submit to the open issue as SRHM accepts and publishes papers throughout the year on an ongoing basis.

Special issues (also known as supplements) are also produced by SRHM. These are usually on a specified topic and are produced at the request of partners and collaborators. Please contact the editorial office at for further information.

There is currently no Article Publication Charge (APC) associated with publishing in the themed issues but APCs are charged for the annual open issue, although waivers apply in some circumstances.


What topics does the open issue cover?

We accept papers from a range of topics within the sexual and reproductive health and rights field. We also accept a wide range of article types, from full research reports to short commentaries, perspectives and book reviews.

The open issue 2018 included papers on abortion, menstrual health, policy, human rights, HIV, transgender populations, gender-based violence and more. You can see our 2018 open issue here. If you have any doubt about the suitability of your paper, you can contact us on


How do I submit a paper to the SRHM open issue?

To submit a paper, please go to our Editorial Manager site where you will need to register if you are a first time user or where you can login as a repeat user. Please make sure that you have read the instructions for authors before submitting a paper.

You can find more information in our instructions for authors.

If you have any questions about the open issue, please contact us at


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