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Editor-in-Chief: Mark D. Hayward

ISSN: 0070-3370 (print version)
ISSN: 1533-7790 (electronic version)

Journal no. 13524

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The editors welcome submissions that contribute to the scientific literature and that are of general interest to population scientists. Demography publishes research drawing on several disciplines including the social sciences, geography, history, biology, statistics, epidemiology, and public health. The journal gives priority to the publication of articles reporting on original research, including theoretical developments, improvements in models or methods, policy evaluations, applications of demographic principles or techniques, assessments of demographic data, comparative studies, and historical studies; the editors will also consider review articles on appropriate topics. Studies of developed and developing countries are welcome. Such research papers should not exceed 8,000 words, excluding references; tables and figures should not exceed a combined total of 10. The editors will also consider the following types of submissions, not to exceed 2,000 words: research notes, and brief commentaries on articles previously published in Demography, presenting reanalyses that generate new substantive conclusions. Revisions of papers published in proceedings not under copyright will also be considered; the volume of the proceedings should be noted in the submission letter.
Manuscripts submitted to Demography will be judged, in part, by whether they have reconciled their results with already-published research on the same topic. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to preserve the data used in their analysis and to make the data available to others at reasonable cost from a date six months after the publication date for the paper and for a period of three years thereafter. Authors wishing to request an exemption from this requirement (e.g., because the analysis is based on a proprietary data set) should notify the editors at the time of manuscript submission or after receiving this notice; otherwise, authors will be assumed to accept the requirement.
Demography is a peer-reviewed journal. All manuscripts considered appropriate for the journal are reviewed externally. To preserve anonymity, authors and referees should avoid self-identifying references. Submission of a manuscript to Demography is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in the journal. It has been decided by the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America, owner of Demography, that a nonrefundable $25.00 submission fee must accompany all manuscripts. Only sole student authors may be exempt from this requirement. Submission fee waivers may be granted at the discretion of the Editor for authors in developing countries and not associated with an international organization, or for authors experiencing financial hardship. A paper submitted to Demography while it is under review by another journal will not be accepted for review.
It is determined by the Board of Directors of the Population Association of American that if your paper is selected for publication, you will be required to pay the appropriate page charges to assist in defraying the cost of production ($20.00 per page). The PAA office will forward the order form after you receive your proofs. This form can also be accessed online through the PAA website (www.populationassociation.org/publications/demography/). To pay online, please go to www.populationassociation.org/publications/demography/. If you did not have a grant or institutional support that assisted your research, you may request a waiver by emailing the PAA Secretary-Treasurer, c/o membersvc@popassoc.org or stephanie@popassoc.org.

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    Aims and Scope


    Since its founding in 1964, the journal Demography has mirrored the vitality, diversity, high intellectual standard and wide impact of the field on which it reports.

    Demography presents the highest quality original research of scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, psychology, public health, sociology, and statistics. The journal encompasses a wide variety of methodological approaches to population research. Its geographic focus is global, with articles addressing demographic matters from around the planet. Its temporal scope is broad, as represented by research that explores demographic phenomena spanning the ages from the past to the present, and reaching toward the future.

    Authors whose work is published in Demography benefit from the wide audience of population scientists their research will reach. Also in 2011 Demography remains the most cited journal among population studies and demographic periodicals.

    Published bimonthly, Demography is the flagship journal of the Population Association of America, reaching the membership of one of the largest professional demographic associations in the world.

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