International Journal of Population Studies

Editor-in-ChiefGu, Danan

ISSN: 2424-8606 (Online)

ISSN: 2424-8150 (Print)

Journal Abbreviation: Int J Popul Stud

Publication Frequency: bi-annual

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Publishing Model: Open Access

Journal no: 9P

About the Journal

International Journal of Population Studies (IJPS) is an open access, multidisciplinary journal that publishes high quality original research and timely reviews of recent advances and emerging issues in population processes; dynamics of fertility, mortality, and migration; and linkages with socioeconomic and environmental change across times, spaces, and cultures.

The journal aims to provide a platform for researchers worldwide to promote and share cutting-edge knowledge and advances in different areas of population research. Article formats include original research, commentaries, meta analyses, perspectives, shorter technical research notes, review essays, and book reviews that address demography and population-related issues. The journal also offers special conference proceedings and other meetings.



Call for papers on Environment and Population Dynamics in South Asia


Guest Editor 

Dr. Sangram Kishor Patel
Population Council
Second Floor, B-86, Defence Colony
New Delhi - 110024 (INDIA)

Over the last few decades (particularly after 1950), the World’s population has doubled from three billion to more than six billion. This increased the pressure on land use, and resource depletion continued. Further, it fuelled with habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and water pollution, air pollution, global warming and climate change across the globe. Impacts of these problems are more on developing regions likeSouth Asia. South Asia is a region with great diversities in population growth, socio-economic development and facing serious population and environmental problems. The most threatened areas are grasslands of Sundarbans, coastal areas and mountain forest ecosystems of the Himalayas. Large sections of the population of South Asian region lack basic human needs such as sufficient food and nutrition, clean water, adequate shelters, and access to education and health care. However, the current changing environment and frequent occurrence of extreme weather events are posing a serious challenge to socio-economic development, food security, livelihoods and health hazards among the population in the region along with the resilience mechanisms. So, it is necessary to investigate these issues through the lenses of research, which may help formulate better policies and programs at the local and regional levels. We herein would like to invite researchers from the international community working in the areas of environment, climate change and population dynamics to contribute to this special issue on “Environment and Population Dynamics inSouth Asia”. This issue will broadly cover the issues related to population dynamics and its relationship with various environmental issues (but may not be limited to) such as climate change and resilience, natural disaster, disaster management, waste management, WASH, urbanization and air pollution, climate change and migration, climate change and health etc.

If any researcher who is interested in submitting a paper for consideration in this special issue of IJPS, please submit your paper by September 30, 2019 and highlight the phrase “for special issue” in the cover letter. The page charge can be waived.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published, nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a double-blind, rigorous peer review process. All manuscripts must be written in English. Before you start to prepare your paper, please read the Author Guidelines. All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to the Online Submission System.


Editorial Office

International Journal of Population Studies

Posted: 2019-05-02

Call for Guest Editors and Special Issues on Population Dynamics and Challenges in Asia


We would like to launch a series of special issues related to population dynamics and challenges in Asia.

Asia is the most populous continent in the world with great diversities in population growth and socioeconomic development. Many Asian countries witnessed a faster pace of urbanization, population aging than most today's developed countries; and most of them will likely grow old before they grow rich. However, the poor health care system, inadequate pension coverage, poor nutrition, poor facilities and infrastructure, and poor living environments, will impose tremendous challenges for Asian countries. In order to provide scholarly articles to help address the challenges, International Journal of Population Studies is proud to launch series of special issues. These special issues will focus on, but not limited to the following themes:

(1) Population dynamics

(2) Data quality in population and health surveys

(3) Changes of family support system

(4) Successful aging

(5) Aging-friendly city

(6) Pension system reforms

(7) Urbanization, climate change, and health

(8) Economics of aging

(9) Population aging and healthcare challenges

(10) Reproductive health

(11) Child nutrition, health and development

(12) Gender equity and women’s empowerment

(13) Labor force migration in Asian countries and consequences

(14) Youth and development

(15) Low fertility and socioeconomic development

(16) Population growth and sustainable development goals

(17) Dynamics and projections of family household

(18) Business of aging

(19) Marriage matching

(20) Vulnerable populations

If any researcher is interested to coordinate this special issue or suggest new issue with social significance, please send your request to for more information. We especially welcome multi-culture or cross-nation comparative studies.

Posted: 2018-06-22
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Vol 5, No 1 (2019)

Table of Contents

Research Articles

by Meredith Van Natta, Zachary Zimmer
157 Views, 82 PDF Downloads

This study examines the extent to which the Spanish language influences the way in which respondents report health using the ubiquitous self-assessed health (SAH) outcome. We account for citizenship status, ethnicity, and a series of other covariates. The study uses the 2003-2016 national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES) (n=39,107). Analyses treat SAH as non-ordered categorical and employ multinomial regressions. Results indicate that those answering in Spanish are considerably and significantly more likely to rate health as “fair/regular” ceteris paribus. Non-U.S. citizens and naturalized citizens are significantly more likely to rate their health favorably in comparison to U.S.-born; those identifying as Hispanic, Black, and other/multiracial are likely to rate health less favorably than others regardless of citizenship or interview language. A model that examines only foreign-born and accounts for years lived in the U.S. shows Spanish language still strongly predicted SAH outcomes, but years spent in the U.S. did not, a finding that does not support notions of acculturation. The study concludes that there is a language bias in the standard SAH measure typically used national-level health surveys and national-level surveys such as NHANES should adjust the question translation to better understand the health of immigrants.


Research Articles

by Danan Gu, Qiushi Feng
97 Views, 69 PDF Downloads

Based on the methods of the average period age ratio and the average cohort age ratio, this study systematically assesses age heaping or digit preference in all population censuses of China. Our study finds that the overall age heaping was relatively low in the Chinese censuses; however, there was a notable preference for ages ending with zero after age 50 in the first two censuses, despite a weakening trend over time. Our study further shows that age heaping in China’s censuses is likely associated with age-related policies such as those on late marriage and retirement. As shown in the study, the average age ratio method can be an alternative of the Whipple’s Index and be improved if the size of birth cohort was taken into account when the number of births is generally reliable.


Research Articles

by Myint Myint Wai, Espen Bjertness, Thein Thein Htay, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul, Johanne Sundby
125 Views, 90 PDF Downloads
Many women in developing countries are dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. These maternal deaths are attributed to the poor coverage of reproductive health services and high fertility levels. A holistic review of the reproductive health is necessary to reflect the country’s situation and progress of reproductive health and provide recommendations for areas that need an improvement. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the historic development of maternal mortality and fertility in Myanmar during the past 25 years, focusing on the antenatal care (ANC) coverage, deliveries attended by skilled persons, and contraceptive use. All published nationally representative data were compiled, and trend analysis was performed. The maternal mortality ratio declined significantly by 9.1 (95%CI: 4.0-14.1) maternal deaths per 100,000 live births/year between 1990 and 2015, but it failed to achieve the target of Millennium Development Goals 5. There was no significant improvement in ANC coverage and care during delivery. Contraceptive use increased significantly, leading to a reduction in the total fertility rate. Nevertheless, overall reproductive health failed to reach a satisfactory level. Maternal mortality still remains high. Thus, there is a need to improve service coverage and more so in the regions with poor performance to reduce the high maternal mortality.

Research Articles

by Sandra Mirembe, Abel Nzabona, John A. Mushomi
101 Views, 55 PDF Downloads

Youth internal migration is seen as a solution to youth unemployment, and this has resulted in over urbanization and its associated negative effects such as congestion, pollution, unemployment, underemployment, and increased crime rates. The study aimed at examining the employment status of youth migrants, assessing the relationship between demographic factors and youth internal migration, investigating the association between socio-economic factors and youth internal migration, and evaluating the association between reasons for migration and migrant employment status. The study used secondary data collected in the youth employment and migration in Eastern and Southern Africa project. In Uganda, the project was carried out in nine districts. The study focused on both men and women aged 18-35 years and a total number of 1524 respondents were interviewed. Results of the study revealed that age, residence, and region had a significant association with migration status (p≤0.05). Age, sex, number of children, region, and reasons for migration had a significant association with self-employment status of the migrant (p<0.05). Marital status, sex, and reasons for migration had an association with the possibility of a migrant youth being employed (p≤0.05). The study recommends that local governments should provide the required infrastructures, social services, and amenities to encourage youths to carry out economic activities so as to develop their places of origin.