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Have a message. State it. Write nothing else.

Prioritize. Focus on the research, findings, descriptions, or materials that you most wish to share. Convey your main message clearly to the reader.

Supporting material should go into appendices. These can contain less important text, data files, computer programs, detailed technical documentation, non-essential tables, maps, or figures as well as material in languages other than English.

Adhere to commonly used rules for writing scientific papers. That is, formulate your problem clearly, tell the reader why it is important to address this problem, and demonstrate what your findings contribute to the field.

Demographic Research is open to submissions of research and reflections. It also provides researchers with a unique forum for material that conventional journals are unable or reluctant to publish, such as descriptive findings, research replications, and research materials. We do, however, encourage authors to adhere to established standards of publishing format and length in the main texts of their work.

The Journal and its Content

No Fees
Publication Schedule and Availability
Speed of Publication

Demographic Research is an online, open-access journal that publishes peer-reviewed

  • Research Articles
  • Descriptive Findings
  • Review Papers
  • Research Materials
  • Replications
  • Reflections
  • Summaries
  • Reports

on a continuous basis. Journal content is available online at all times. In order to allow readers an easy reprint option (for printing or downloading), we provide all content in PDF files. Volumes 1–3 provide HTML format for the papers as well.

1. Submissions

Our prime publishing criteria are discovery, innovation, usefulness, and quality – in equal measure. All submissions are subject to peer review.

The journal will not consider for publication papers that have been published elsewhere, unless publication has been as a working paper or in a similar form. Presentations which have not been published as part of a printed or electronic volume of conference proceedings may be submitted.

We welcome submissions in seven categories:

Research articles are traditional journal papers, accepted for review with the stipulation that they are submitted exclusively to Demographic Research.

Descriptive findings are careful, brief presentations of single, new empirical findings without integrated theory or extensive literature review. We encourage descriptive findings because identifying and sharing patterns in demographic data can stimulate further research on important topics. We intend to review and publish descriptive findings rapidly, so there are strict limits on content for this submission category.

A Descriptive finding cannot

  • have more than 2,500 words, including all text other than references and table and figure captions
  • include footnotes, endnotes, or appendices
  • have more than five data exhibits (Tables + Figures, total)
  • subdivide data exhibits (e.g., Table 1A, 1B, ...) unless the subdivision corresponds to an important dimension of interest in the data (e.g., Table 1A for females, 1B for males,...)

We will consider very rare exceptions to these rules for situations in which description is necessarily complex, but only if the Editor has given permission in advance.

Review papers synthesize a large literature on a particular subject, often across disciplines. Ideally, they present this literature in a common framework. They do not include new findings, other than pointing out differences of interpretation, inconsistencies, etc.

Research materials are nontraditional submissions intended to facilitate research by others. This very open category includes software, web pages, data sets that are ready for analysis, descriptions of data available elsewhere, and any other contributions that could enhance demographic research.

Replications are carefully prepared and executed studies aimed at replicating other results on the same topic, published either in Demographic Research or elsewhere in the literature. The replication can be carried out in the same context as the original work or in a different context, and the results should illuminate and reflect the similarities to and differences from the original study.

Reflections are usually brief contributions that critically assess various aspects of the content published in the journal. They may also focus on current or "hot topic" demographic research findings, data, theory, tools, methods, or publications which have not been previously discussed in the journal.

Summaries are generally brief descriptions of collections of material, conference proceedings, or projects in progress. A summary should serve to make readers aware of material published in this journal or elsewhere, while describing content and relevance.

Reports are part of an ongoing Special Collection called "Formal Relationships", which presents short reports on mathematical relationships in formal demography.

2. No Fees

There are no fees associated with publication of contributions. Authors will not be asked to contribute to costs of processing, formatting, or storing publications.

3. Publication Schedule and Availability

The journal publishes two volumes each year, each covering a six-month period of January through June or July through December. Readers have free online access to the total content of the journal at all times. All material published is protected by copyright. The copyright for the journal and its contents is held by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Munich, Germany. Copyright for the content of articles published after October 1, 2006, is held by the individual authors.

4. Speed of Publication

If accepted for publication by our Associate Editors, contributions will be published as soon as possible on a rolling basis. Once peer-review has ended and the author has been notified that the material is accepted, the editorial staff will work together with the author to prepare the content for publication. The date of first submission and the date of online publication will be listed online for each paper.