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Author Guidelines

Before your submission, please check that your manuscript has been prepared in accordance to the step-by-step instructions for submitting a manuscript to our online submission system.

Manuscript Format
Your manuscript should be in MS Word or LaTeX format. You are advised to download the document Instructions for typesetting manuscripts (which can be found on as a template or for more details on preparing your submissions to International Journal of Population Studies for consideration.

All manuscripts must be written in clear, comprehensible English. Both British and American English are accepted. Usage of non-English words should be kept to a minimum and all must be italicized with the exception of “e.g.”, “i.e.” and “etc.” If you have concerns about the level of English in your submission, please ensure that it is proofread before submission by a native English speaker or a scientific editing service.

Types of Submissions Accepted
International Journal of Population Studies accepts 7 types of manuscripts: original articles, reviews, letters, editorials, commentaries, perspectives, and position papers. Please read further for the definition of each type and select the appropriate option in the submission system. Submissions exceeding the suggested requirements, such as ‘entire manuscript length,’ will still be processed for consideration and peer review. However, additional article processing charges will apply in exceptional cases (e.g., the raw text file exceeds 2MB etc.) In these instances, the article processing charge will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Original articles: Scientific articles on original basic and applied research and/or analysis. This manuscript type typically has 5 tables and figures in total and up to 60 references and 8,000 words (inclusive of reference list and abstract).

Review articles: A summary highlighting recent developments and current/future trends of the field. This manuscript type typically has 5 tables and figures in total and up to 80 references and 8,000 words (inclusive of reference list and abstract).

Letters to the Editor-in-Chief/authorship (please specify): Comments from reader(s) about individual articles. These letters must be constructive and contribute to the development of individual articles published or the entire journal. Letters containing new ideas, supporting data, or data criticizing the article may be subjected to peer-review (determined on a case-by-case basis by the journal’s editorial team) and published in the online publication but not in the printed version. This manuscript type typically has 2,000 words (exclusive of reference list)

Editorials: Solicited concise commentary highlighting prominent topics in the Journal issue. These are the official opinions of the editors of the journal or special issue. Editorials will be published in both online and printed versions of the journal. This manuscript type typically has 3,500 words.

Commentaries: Unsolicited commentaries or analysis from reader(s) targeting specific published articles in the journal. Commentaries will be subjected to peer-review and may be published in both online and printed versions of the journal. This manuscript type typically has 3,500 words.

Perspectives articles: These are author’s personal opinions on a subject/topic. Unlike Review articles, Perspective articles may cover a more specific, narrow part of the field. However, these are still required to uphold the spirit of academia to be objective as well as aim to initiate or further discussions and novel experimental procedures in the field. Accepted articles may be solicited or unsolicited. This manuscript type typically has 5 tables and figures in total and approximately 70 references and 7,000 words (inclusive of reference list and abstract).

Position papers: Submissions that reflect the official opinion of an organization (e.g., government bodies, funding agencies etc.).This manuscript type typically has 3,500 words.

Cover Letter
All submissions must include a cover letter as a separate file. A cover letter should contain a brief explanation of what was previously known, the conceptual advancement with the findings and its significance to broad readership. The cover letter is confidential and will be read only by the editors. It will not be seen by reviewers.

Title Page
The title page includes the title of the manuscript and a list of all authors with their full affiliations as stated below. The title of the article should capture the conceptual significance for a broad audience. The title should not be more than 50 words and should give readers an overall view of the paper’s significance. Titles should avoid using uncommon jargon, abbreviations, and punctuation.

List of Authors
The names of authors must be spelled out rather than set in initials along with their affiliations. Authors should be listed according to the extent of their contribution, with the major contributor listed first. All corresponding authors should be identified with an asterisk. Affiliations should contain the following core information: department, institution, city, state, postal code, and country. For contact, the email address of at least one corresponding author must be included. Please note that all authors must see and approve the final version of the manuscript before submitting. The educational degree of each author should be provided.

In submission, the cover letter and the title page should be uploaded as supplementary files (similar to as other supplementary files), in separation of the manuscript file without authors' names and their affiliations.

Articles must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words. The purpose of the abstract is to provide sufficient information for a reader to determine whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. After the abstract, please give 5–8 key words; please avoid using words already used in the title.

The text of the manuscript should be in Microsoft Word or LaTeX.

Section Headings
Please number the section headings (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) in boldface. Likewise, use boldface to identify subheadings, but please distinguish subheadings from major headings using numbers (e.g., 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, etc.). Further subsections of subheadings should be differentiated with the numbers 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, etc., but these subheadings should rarely be used.

The introduction should provide a background that gives a broad readership an overall outlook of the field and the research performed. It tackles a problem and states its importance regarding the significance of the study. The introduction can conclude with a brief statement of the aim of the work and a comment about whether that aim was achieved.

Materials and Methods
This section provides the general experimental design and methodologies used. The aim is to provide enough details for other investigators to fully replicate your results. It is also required to facilitate better understanding of the results obtained. Protocols and procedures for new methods must be included in detail to reproduce the experiments.

This section can be divided into subheadings. This section focuses on the results of the experiments performed.

This section should provide the significance of the results and identify the impact of the research in a broader context. It should not be redundant or similar to the content of the results section.

Please use the conclusion section for interpretation only, and not to summarize information already presented in the text or abstract.

Conflict of Interest
All authors are required to declare all activities that have the potential to be deemed as a source of competing interest in relation to their submitted manuscript. Examples of such activities could include personal or work-related relationships, events, etc. Authors who have nothing to declare are encouraged to add "No conflict of interest was reported by all authors" in this section.

Funding and Acknowledgements
Authors should declare all financial and non-financial support that have the potential to be deemed as a source of competing interest in relation to their submitted manuscript in this section. Financial support is generally in the form of grants, royalties, and consulting fees. Examples of non-financial support could include the following: externally-supplied equipment/biological sources, writing assistance, administrative support, contributions from non-authors, etc.

Ethics information, including Institutional Review Board name, if applicable, should be included in a subheading labeled "Ethics Statement" before References, in as much detail as possible. If the dataset is from aggregated tabulations or other forms or publicly available sources, or the dataset is virtual, please write "The analyses described in this paper were performed using secondary data obtained from publicly available sources as outlined in the Data and Methods section." for this section.

This section is optional and is for all materials (e.g., advanced technical details) that have been excluded from the main text but remain essential to readers in understanding the manuscript. This section is not for supplementary figures. Authors are advised to refer to the section on ‘Supplementary figures’ for such submissions.

Footnotes and Endnotes
Footnotes or endnotes are not allowed in the body text.

Authors should include all figures in the manuscript and submit it as one file in the OJS system. Reference to the “Instructions for Typesetting Manuscript” is strongly encouraged. Figures include photographs, scanned images, graphs, charts and schematic diagrams. Figures submitted should avoid unnecessary decorative effects (e.g., 3D graphs) as well as be minimally processed (e.g., changes in brightness and contrast applied uniformly for the entire figure). It should also be set against a white background. Please remember to label all figures (e.g., axis). Please number each figure in boldface (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.) and add captions below the figure. The caption should describe the entire figure without citing specific panels, followed by a legend including a description of each panel. Please identify each panel with uppercase letters in parenthesis (e.g., (A), (B), (C), etc.)

The preferred file formats for any separately submitted figure(s) are TIFF or JPEG. All figures should be legible in print form and of optimal resolution. Optimal resolutions preferred are 300 dots per inch for RBG colored, 600 dots per inch for greyscale and 1200 dots per inch for line art. Although there are no file size limitations imposed, authors are highly encouraged to compress their figures to an ideal size without unduly affecting legibility and resolution of the figures. This will also speed up the process of uploading in the submission system.

The Editor-in-Chief and Publisher reserve the right to request from author(s) the high-resolution files and unprocessed data and metadata files should the need arise at any point after manuscript submission for reasons such as production, evaluation, or other purposes. The file name should allow for ease in identifying the associated manuscript submitted.

Tables, Lists, and Equations
Tables created using the Microsoft Word table function are preferred. The tables should include a title at the top. Titles and footnotes/legends should be concise. These must be submitted together with the manuscript. Likewise, lists and equations should be properly aligned and their meaning clear to readers. For listing things within the main body of the manuscript, please use roman numbers in parenthesis (e.g., (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), etc.)

Supplementary Information
This section is optional and contains all materials and figures that have been excluded from the entire manuscript. These materials are relevant to the manuscript but remain non-essential to readers’ understanding of the manuscript’s main content. All supplementary information should be submitted as a separate file during submission. Please ensure the names of such files contain ‘suppl. info.’ Videos may be included in this section.

In-text Citations
Reference citations in the text should be done using the author-date method in which the author’s surname and the year published are included in the text. The citation style depends on the number of authors for the reference.

One author

Niemi (2011) illustrated some scenarios to prove this.

The theory governs civil society (Niemi, 2011) and social behaviour. 

Two or three authors
Always use both or all names. Examples:

Chandler and Tsai (2001) analysed data from several reports.

One study had a similar finding (Chen, Cohen, and Gates, 2001).

More than three authors
In the citation, use first three authors' names in the citation, followed by italicized et al. and the year. In the body text, only list first author's name, followed by italicized et al. and the year. Examples:

This was further emphasized (Dickson, Martin, Clinton et al., 2014) and subsequently widely accepted.

Dickson et al. (2014) brought up some points to support such an argument.

Multiple sources by the same author in the same year
Use lowercase letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. Use the lowercase letters with the year in the in-text citation. Example:

There is evidence showing.(Robine and Long, 2000a)

Personal Communications
Personal communications cannot be used as citations.

This section is compulsory and should be placed at the end of all manuscripts. The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication.

The references in reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order of the first author’s surname. Authors referenced should be listed with their surname followed by their initials. All references should also appear as an in-text citation. References should follow the following pattern: Author(s) followed by year of publication, title of publication, full journal name in italics, volume number, issue number in parenthesis and, lastly, page range. If the referred article has more than three authors, list only the first three authors and abbreviate the remaining authors to italicized ‘et al.’ (meaning: "and others"). If the DOI is available, please include it after the page range.

Journal Articles
Journal article (print) with one to three authors
Younger P (2004). Using the internet to conduct a literature search. Nursing Standard, 19(6): 45–51.

Journal article (print) with more than three authors
Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, et al. (2009). Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 105: 731–738.

Journal article (online) with one to three authors
Jackson D, Firtko A, and Edenborough M (2007). “ Personal resilience as a strategy for surviving and thriving in the face of workplace adversity: A literature reviewJournal of Advanced Nursing, 60(1): 1–9.

Journal article (online) with more than three authors
Hargreave M, Jensen A, Nielsen TSS, et al. (2015).Maternal use of fertility drugs and risk of cancer in children—A nationwide population-based cohort study in DenmarkInternational Journal of Cancer, 136(8): 1931–1939.

Book with one to three authors
Schneider Z, Whitehead D, and Elliott D (2007). Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, 3rd ed. Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier Australia.

Book with more than three authors
Davis M, Charles L, Curry MJ, et al. (2003). Challenging Spatial Norms. London: Routledge.

Chapter or Article in Book
Conway KM (2014). Critical quantitative study of immigrant studentsIn FK Stage and RS Wells (Eds.)*, New Scholarship in Critical Quantitative Research — Part 1 (pp. 51–64). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Note that the editor’s name is not inverted.

Proceedings of meetings and symposiums, conference papers
Chang SS, Liaw L, and Ruppenhofer J (Eds.) (2000). Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: General session and parasession on loan word phenomena. Berkeley, February 12–15, 1999. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Conference proceedings (from electronic database)
Bukowski RM (2009). Prognostic factors for survival in metastatic renal cell carcinoma: Proceedings of the Third Cambridge Conference, Cambridge, June 27–28, 2009. Cancer, 115(10):2273–2281.

Online Document with author names
Este J, Warren C, Connor L, et al. (2008). Life in the clickstream: The future of journalism. Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. Retrieved on March 12, 2013 from

Online Document without author name
Princeton Writing Program. (n.d.). Developing an argument. Retrieved on July 7, 2014 from

Gale L (2000). The relationship between leadership and employee empowerment for successful total quality management (Thesis). University of Western Sydney. Retrieved from Australasian Digital Thesis database.

Standards Australia Online (2006), Glass in buildings: Selection and installation. AS 1288-2006, amended January 31, 2008. Retrieved from SAI Global database on April 20, 2010.

Government Report
National Commission of Audit (1996). Report to the Commonwealth Government. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Government report (online)
Department of Health and Ageing (2008). Ageing and aged care in Australia. Retrieved on September 18, 2012 from main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing.

Rencher WF (1995). Bioadhesive pharmaceutical carrier. US Patent 5462749 A.

No author
Guide to agricultural meteorological practices, 2ndedn. (1981). Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva.

Note: When referencing an entry from a dictionary or an encyclopedia with no author there is no requirement to include the source in the reference list. In these cases, only cite the title and year of the source in-text. For an authored dictionary/encyclopedia, treat the source as an authored book.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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