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Pamela J. Smock, Editor
Demography Editorial Office
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248

The 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 2013 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 (please login) Demography is available online through SpringerLink.

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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). The PAA office will forward the order form after you receive your proofs, and can also be accessed below. 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 Secretary-Treasurer, c/o or

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.

  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; and (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.

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.
Preparing Manuscripts for Demography

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