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Journal Notice

Women's Midlife Health will cease to be published by BMC as of 31st December 2023 and is closed to new submissions. BMC will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and all articles published in Women's Midlife Health during its time with BMC will remain fully searchable via the BMC website.

Thematic Series: Structural Racism and Women in their Midlife

This series highlights the effects of structural racism on women in their midlife, and includes topics such as disparities in reproductive ageing and midlife health between Black and White women, the impact on incarcerated midlife women, and more. 

Thematic Series: Disability in Midlife

This series highlights the conceptualization and burden of disability and its impact on health and functioning during the midlife and late adulthood.

Thematic Series: Stress in Midlife

This series highlights key questions confronting women and clinicians regarding stress and its impact on health and functioning during the midlife years.

Thematic Series: Contraception and Pregnancy in Midlife

This series highlights key questions facing women and clinicians regarding pregnancy and contraceptive choices.


  1. Authors: Shakiba Pourasad Shahrak, Serge Brand and Ziba Taghizadeh

Aims and scope

Women’s Midlife Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers original and review articles focused on the physical and mental health of women during midlife, including articles on aging, reproductive aging and their inter-relationship. The journal focuses on research that provides new insights into the health transitions that occur during midlife, welcoming research that examines the vulnerabilities and opportunities during this life stage and their consequences for healthy aging. Read more

About the Editors

Dr. Siobán D. Harlow, Editor-in-Chief

Siobán D. Harlow, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases at the University of Michigan and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University. She is Principal Investigator of the Michigan site of the 20–year multi-ethnic cohort Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) and for the SWAN Repository and chaired the 2011 consensus conference: “STRAW+10: Addressing the Unfinished Agenda of Staging Reproductive Aging”. From 2003–2009, she served on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Division of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization.

Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods, Editor-in-Chief

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, has led a sustained program of research in the field of women’s health. In 1989 Dr. Woods and her colleagues, including Dr. Joan Shaver, established the first NIH-funded Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Dr. Woods has served as president of the American Academy of Nursing, the North American Menopause Society, and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She was honored with the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award and the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research.

Dr. Woods was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) and to the American Academy of Nursing for her research, education, and advocacy advancing women’s health. She was elected to fellowship in the Gerontological Society of America. 

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Speed
    13 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    260 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    293 Altmetric mentions