Call for papers: Population Health and COVID-19

Guest editors

Daniela Ghio, Joint Research Center European Commission
Enrique Acosta, Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research
Andrew Noymer, University of California, Irvine
David Fisman, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Globally, COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on population health. Demographers are playing a crucial role in increasing our understanding of the factors contributing to the spread of COVID-19, and of morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Yet population-based studies on the correlates and outcomes of the disease remain scarce. How and why is the pandemic unfolding differently within and across countries and regions? What are the population health consequences of COVID-19? How is demographic data collection being transformed during the pandemic? Answers to these questions will contribute to the ongoing fight against COVID-19.

In an effort to increase knowledge on this subject, we are organising a Special Issue on ‘Population Health and COVID-19’ in Canadian Studies in Population, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes on demography and population-related issues in Canada and internationally. This journal publishes original research papers, research notes, review articles and shorter policy briefs. For detailed information on the journal, please refer to

Specifically, for this Special Issue of Canadian Studies in Population, we invite contributions on the following topics:

  • The demography of COVID-19
  • COVID-19-related population health outcomes
  • Correlates and determinants of population health during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Demographic data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Policy implications of COVID-19 research results

Submissions do not need to be Canada-specific. We welcome submissions that focus on Canada as well as other countries and regions.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Manuscript Submission:  
The review process will be similar to regular journal submissions where final decisions are based on peer review. If the paper is not accepted for publication in Canadian Studies in Population, you are welcome to submit it elsewhere for publication.

Author Guidelines: 
We are inviting the following types of contributions for the SI:

1) Original Research Articles up to 6000 words;
2) Research notes up to 3000 words;
3) Review articles up to 4000 words; and
4) Policy briefs up to 1000 words.

The word limit includes abstract, tables, and references as well as the main text. 

Papers can be submitted to Canadian Studies in Population at Editorial Manager

Please identify your manuscript for inclusion in the special issue by selecting SI: Population Health and COVID-19

Please follow the generic submission guidelines

Important Dates
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2020. Please note that the deadline is not negotiable as the Canadian Studies in Population is committed to an accelerated turnaround for this Special Issues.

Any questions can be sent to:

Simona Bignami or
Sophia Chae