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Obstetric Medicine

Obstetric Medicine

Published in Association with International Society of Obstetric Medicine
Published in Association with MacDonald Obstetric Medicine Society
Published in Association with North American Society of Obstetric Medicine
The Medicine of Pregnancy

Editors-in-Chief
Charlotte Frise Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Stephen Lapinsky Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Editors Emeritus
Sandra Lowe Royal Hospital for Women, University of New South Wales, Australia
Catherine Nelson-Piercy Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare Trust, UK
Founding Editor
Associate Editors
Ghada Bourjeily The Miriam Hospital and Brown University, USA
Stephanie Cox Auckland District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand


eISSN: 17534968 | ISSN: 1753495X | Current volume: 11 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

This journal provides expert, up to date reviews on a broad range of topics in the field of obstetric medicine. In touch with the controversies and challenges within the field, Obstetric Medicine serves as a source of information, a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and stimulus to further investigation. Whilst huge advances have been made in reducing maternal mortality through obstetric causes, this journal covers medical conditions which can have a profound effect on the outcomes of pregnancy for mother and child. Clinically focused, the editors plan to include a series on “how to treat” common clinical symptoms in obstetric medicine.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Obstetric Medicine remains the only peer reviewed international journal addressing the specialised needs of obstetric physicians and other health care professionals committed to the expert management of women with medical disorders of pregnancy. This journal covers medical conditions which can have a profound effect on the outcomes of pregnancy for mother and child.

In touch with the controversies and challenges within the field, the journal serves as a source of information, a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and stimulus to further investigation so that more women can benefit from multidisciplinary expert care.

Obstetric Medicine is the official journal of

  • International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM)
  • Macdonald Obstetric Medicine Society (MOMS)
  • North American Society of Obstetric Medicine (NASOM)
  • Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ)
  • Society of Obstetric Medicine of India (SOMI)

Obstetric Medicine provides expert, up to date reviews on a broad range of topics in the field of obstetric medicine, publishing research and clinical cases of interest to its readers.

Associate Editor
Adam Morton Mater Hospital and University of Queensland, Australia
Junior Editors
Matthew Cauldwell St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK
Bernadette Jenner Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, UK
Editorial Board
Leonie Callaway Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and The University of Queensland, Australia
Michael Carson Jersey Shore Univeristy Medical Centre, USA
Kenneth Chen Prince of Wales Hospital Endocrinology, Australia and Women & Infants' Hospital Medicine, USA
May Ching Soh John Radcliffe Hospital and Imperial College Healthcare, UK
Bill Hague Women's and Children's Hospital, Australia
Risto Kaaja Satakunta Central Hospital and Turku University, Finland
Raymond Powrie Women & Infants' Hospital, USA
Jose Antonio Rojas-Suarez, MD University of Cartagena, Colombia
Karen Rosene-Montella Brown University, USA
Priya Soma-Pillay Steve Biko Academic Hospital & University of Pretoria, South Africa
Wing Hun Tam, MD The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lay-Kok Tan, MD Duke-NUS Graduate School of Medicine, Singapore
Jason Waugh Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Chandrika Wijeyaratne, MD University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Kate Wiles Kings College, London, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Obstetric Medicine

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/obmed to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Obstetric Medicine will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Declarations
      2.3 Authorship
      2.4 Acknowledgements
      2.5 Funding
      2.6 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.7 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.8 Clinical trials
      2.9 Reporting guidelines
      2.10 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    Submissions may be made under the following categories:

    1. Original research articles
    2. Systematic reviews
    3. Case reports
    4. Letters to the Editor

    Commissioned articles: The following may be published following invitation or agreement by the Editors, prior to submission.

    1. Editorials
    2. Topic Reviews
    3. Journal Club

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Obstetric Medicine, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    When assessing the length of your contribution, allow 250 words for each table, figure or group of eight references, since all of these will contribute to its total length.

    **All papers (apart from Letters to the Editor) should be accompanied by a covering letter, title page and summary**

    Covering letter
    The covering letter is important. To help the Editors in their preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

    Title page: All the following must be completed before submission
    The first page should contain the full title of the manuscript, a short title, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the name, postal and email addresses of the author for correspondence, as well as a full list of declarations (Authorship, Ethical approval, Funding, Guarantor, Declaration of Interests, Acknowledgements) as well as appropriate Keywords.
    The title should be concise and informative, accurately indicating the content of the article. The short title should be no more than six words long.

    Summary/Abstract
    A summary of no more than 150 words must accompany all submissions. The summary should state the main purposes of the study, the basic procedures used and the most important conclusions drawn; numerical data should be included. Original Research Articles should include a structured summary, namely: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion. Letters to the Editor do not require an abstract.

    Editorials
    Editorials will be commissioned by the Editors. Maximum length: 1,000 words, with up to 10 references.

    Review Articles
    Suggestions for review articles are welcomed by the Editors and the subject matter should be outlined to the Editors, if possible before writing the article. Maximum length: 3,000 words, with up to five tables or illustrations.

    Original Research Articles
    These are expected to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of maternal medicine. Maximum length: 3,000 words, with up to five tables or illustrations. Structured summaries are required, namely: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion.

    Case Reports
    These should be prepared in a narrative style and comprise a summary; a short introduction stating the reasons for reporting the case; the case report including history, investigations and treatment; and a discussion referring to the relevant literature. Maximum length: 1,000 words, with up to two tables or two tables or illustrations.

    Letters to the Editors
    These should relate to articles published recently in the journal. Maximum length: 300 words plus up to five references.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All contributions to Obstetric Medicine will be considered for publication on the understanding that they are not under consideration/accepted for publication or already published elsewhere. Obstetric Medicine operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. All will be peer-reviewed, and the final decision on acceptance or rejection will remain with the Editors.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Decalarations

    Please see: Obstetric Medicine Declarations Policy Document

    The following statements should be uploaded under the file type ‘Declarations’ for every manuscript submitted. These will be published at the end of every paper accepted for publication.

    Please note that consent forms should not be uploaded.

    Please read the Declaration guidelines for authors (available here carefully before submitting your Declarations document.

    DECLARATIONS
    1. Conflicting interests (section 2.6)
    2. Funding (section 2.5)
    3. Informed consent (section 2.7)
    4. Ethical approval (section 2.7)
    5. Guarantor (section 2.10)
    6. Contributorship (section 2.11)
    7. Acknowledgements (section 2.4)

    Please see the below example of a completed declarations section:

    DECLARATIONS
    Conflicting interests: MS is an employee of XXX. BF has received grants from XXX. 
    Funding: This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number XXX]
    Informed consent: Written informed consent was obtained from the patient(s) for their anonymized information to be published in this article.
    Ethical approval: The ethics committee of  XXXX approved this study (REC number: XXXX)
    Guarantor: BF
    Contributorship: BF and NP researched literature and conceived the study. MS was involved in protocol development, gaining ethical approval, patient recruitment and data analysis. BF wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors reviewed and edited the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript
    Acknowledgements: We would like to thank XXX XXXX for his assistance and guidance in this research.

    2.3 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.4 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.4.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.5 Funding

    Obstetric Medicine requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.6 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Obstetric Medicine to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.7 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    2.8 Clinical trials

    Obstetric Medicine conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    2.9 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

    2.10 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Obstetric Medicine requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at jovie.mcmillan@sagepub.co.uk

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Obstetric Medicine and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Obstetric Medicine offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Tables
    Tables must be prepared using the Table feature of the word processor. Tables should not duplicate information given in the text, should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, and should be given a brief title.

    Figures
    All figures should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. All figures must be accompanied by a figure legend. If figures are supplied in separate files, the figure legends must all be listed at the end of the main text file.

    Line drawings should be produced electronically and clearly labelled using a sans serif font such as Arial. Graphs may be supplied as Excel spreadsheets (one per sheet). Other line drawings should be supplied in a suitable vector graphic file format (e.g. .eps)

    All photographic images should be submitted in camera-ready form (i.e. with all extraneous areas removed), and where necessary, magnification should be shown using a scale marker. Photographic images must be supplied at high resolution, preferably 600 dpi. Images supplied at less than 300 dpi are unsuitable for print and will delay publication. The preferred file format is .tif.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Obstetric Medicine adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Obstetric Medicine is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/obmed to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    If you encounter any difficulties during the online submission process, please contact ObMededitorial@sagepub.co.uk for further assistance

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Obstetric Medicine editorial office as follows:

    Emily Kent
    Publishing Editor
    SAGE Publications Ltd
    1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road
    London, EC1Y 1SP, UK

    emily.kent@sagepub.co.uk

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