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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The journal seeks original papers that contribute significantly to knowledge in any of the various disciplines of population studies. Early in the paper, the author should describe clearly and precisely the issue addressed, and explain why the paper is considered a significant contribution to the literature on its subject. Manuscripts that seem suitable for consideration are sent to two or more reviewers, who are asked to give priority in their assessments to the following acceptance criteria:
  1. Of interest to a significant proportion of the Journal’s international readership.
  2. An original contribution of scholarly or policy significance.
  3. Shows adequate familiarity with relevant literature.
  4. Data, methods, and design are appropriate to objectives.
  5. Conclusions are convincingly justified.
  6. Structure, length, and quality of English are satisfactory.
If the editors consider that a paper does not adequately satisfy these criteria, it may be declined without being sent to reviewers.

Editorial requirements
The papers should be of publication standard before submission—well structured and in good English. They should be as short as practical. Reports of empirical studies may be up to 7,500 words in length (for main text—excluding abstract, references, annexes). Longer texts will be considered for essays, reviews, and similar contributions. Research notes of up to 3,500 words or so are also welcome. There is a facility for placing supplementary material on the publisher’s website. A paper reporting a study should be presented as a report of a study undertaken, rather than as the study itself: present tense for results, exposition, commentary; past tenses for how the data were used to produce the results.