Demographic Research

20th Anniversary of Demographic ResearchPrint this page


As Demographic Research turns 20, we look back at the journal’s history.

20th Anniversary of Demographic Research
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On July 1st 1999, Demographic Research published its very first paper: Finnish Life Tables since 1751, authored by Väinö Kannisto, Mauri Nieminen, and Oiva Turpeinen, who identified four stages of mortality transition in Finland. The first volume produced four more papers: three on mortality and longevity and one on modelling fertility.

Thanks to the efforts of James W. Vaupel, Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), the journal was made Open Access from birth. We were the first online journal in demography to guarantee free access to readers around the world.

Proud of the journal’s impact, quality, and transparency

Today, a single volume still runs for six months and often has more than 50 publications. Next to the increasing number of published papers, the Journal’s impact factor has grown continuously. According to the Journal Citation Report, it reached 1.15 in 2017, positioning Demographic Research firmly in the first quarter of the top ranking demographic journals.

In recent years, reproducibility has become one of the major challenges in scientific publishing. Since 2013, we have been encouraging our authors to make their data and code available to everyone and to ensure that the findings are robust and can stand up to scrutiny. We take pride in the openness and transparency of our editorial process, our high standards of peer review, and our competitive review times.

What is the most cited paper so far?

According to Crossref, the single most cited paper published in Demographic Research is a 2008 article on trends in parents and children living together in the US: Cohabitation and children's living arrangements: New estimates from the United States by Sheela Kennedy and Larry L. Bumpass.

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