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The Demography editor welcomes submissions that contribute to the scientific literature in population studies and that are of general interest to demographers. Published bi-monthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December is included in the PAA membership fee. Subscriptions are available through Springer Science+Business Media. The annual subscription rate is $250.00 (US), for domestic and foreign subscribers.

Demography publishes research drawing on several disciplines including the social sciences, geography, history, biology, statistics, epidemiology, and public health. As a member-only benefit, Demography is available online through SpringerLink. View Demography tables of contents and supplements online.

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Submission Policies & Procedures

Editorial Policy

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. 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.

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). To pay online, follow the link below. If you did not have a grant or institutional support that assisted your research, you may request a waiver by emailing the PAA office at

Conflict of Interest Practices for Editorial Handling of Manuscripts

The editorial structure of Demography is fundamental to understanding how potential conflicts of interest are handled. The editorial team includes an Editor, Deputy Editors, and an Editorial Board. Members of the Editorial Board serve as frequent reviewers for Demography. Deputy Editors play a substantial editorial role: they shepherd submissions from initial screening to ultimate publication or rejection. This includes identifying appropriate reviewers for the manuscript (based on their own knowledge of the field, the reviewer data available in Editorial Express, and perusal of the manuscript and its citations); adjudicating conflicting reviews; and making an action recommendation to the Editor.

Conflict of interest (COI) cases occur when there is an appearance of a conflict of interest. These include manuscripts submitted by a current or recent research collaborator, current or recent doctoral student, current or recent colleague, or current or former postdoctoral mentee of the Editor or a Deputy Editor. They also occur when an author is the former advisor to the Editor or a Deputy Editor or if there is a close personal relationship between an author and either the Editor or a Deputy Editor.

The current editorial structure enables Demography to handle conflict of interest cases efficiently. While the majority of Deputy Editors are typically at the same institution as the Editor, several more are from other institutions and are termed “outside” or “external” Deputy Editors.

First, the Editor him or herself is barred from submitting a manuscript to Demography during his or her term. In the case of a submission authored by a Deputy Editor, either the Editor serves as Deputy Editor (if she or he does not have a COI with the submission) or the Editor selects a Deputy Editor from a different institution than that of the author, which is most often an outside Deputy Editor. The submitting Deputy Editor has no access to confidential editorial information (e.g., names of reviewers, name of assigned Deputy Editor) related to his/her submission. If a manuscript is submitted by any author (as either sole author or as a co-author) from Demography’s then home, the Editor has a COI and hence one of the outside Deputy Editors is asked to serve as Acting Editor as well as to assume the responsibilities of Deputy Editor. Thus, the final editorial decision is made by the outside Deputy Editor. We use the identical procedure when there is a potential conflict of interest with the Editor. If there is no Editor or Deputy Editor without a COI, the immediately preceding Editor is asked to take on responsibility for the review process.

Last Updated: November 10, 2014

Preparation of Manuscripts

The following are basic guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts for review. For detailed information regarding the preparation of manuscripts for Demography, including information on matters of style, visit Springer’s Demography website and select the “Instructions for Authors” link on the right.

  1. Format the manuscript for 8½ × 11-inch paper. All text (including indented material, references, footnotes, and acknowledgments) must be in 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides.

  2. Organize the manuscript file as follows:
    1. Title page with no information that identifies the authors, to ensure anonymity;
    2. Separate page for the abstract (no more than 200 words);
    3. Text with footnotes (no tables or figures);
    4. Appendices;
    5. References;
    6. Tables;
    7. Figures and Figure Titles. Place each table and figure on a separate page. Cite each table and figure in the text.

  3. Prepare a separate title page with the title of the manuscript; the names and institutional affiliations for all authors as they should appear in the published journal; the corresponding author’s name, affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers. Include any acknowledgments on this page.

Additional Details

Submission of Manuscripts

Submit manuscripts and $25.00 nonrefundable fee online at Contact the editorial office of Demography ( if you have questions or experience problems with your online submission, or if you are unable to submit your manuscript electronically.

Reminder: 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).

Publication Ethics

Demography joined the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) in our endeavor to preserve and promote the integrity of the scholarly record through policies and practices that reflect the current best principles of transparency and integrity. Demography considers COPE’s Core Practices alongside specific national and international codes of conduct for research.


Mark D. Hayward
University of Texas at Austin
Population Research Center
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Austin, Texas 78712-1699

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