Editorial Policy

Population publishes original research on population issues in France and around the world. It welcomes research approaches grounded in demography and related disciplines, such as sociology, economics, anthropology, history, geography, epidemiology, public health, etc. The journal publishes methodological studies, theoretical analyses, and empirical research results concerning all regions of the world.

Each year, the journal publishes an article on the demographic situation in France as well as a thematic or regional overview of a population question. These articles provide a large readership with synopses of both factual data and aspects of theoretical and political debate. They also feature reliable, long time series as statistical appendices.

In 2022, the journal created a new feature (data papers), which welcomes contributions on research data and sources.

The journal is aimed at researchers as well as a broader readership including teachers, students, experts, and policymakers.

Thanks to the numerous international research networks to which INED belongs (IUSSP, AIDELF, Population Europe, HED, etc.), Population also enjoys a wide circulation in demographic research networks worldwide.


Open-Access Publication

Population is published on Cairn-int.info (in English) and Cairn.info (in French), and all content is open immediately upon publication.

Readers can view and download all content at no cost. Print versions can be purchased individually or through subscription.

This transition to open science is part of the new ‘Subscribe to Open’ programme developed by Cairn in partnership with a consortium of French university libraries (COUPERIN), the Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education (ABES), and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR).

Support from these organizations enables Population to publish its content on Cairn-int.info (in English) and Cairn.info (in French) without submission fees or processing charges for the authors or their institutions (Diamond model), in compliance with the guidelines of cOAlition S and the French national open science plan.

Additionally, INED provides the translation, editing, and graphic design of each work accepted for publication.


Evaluation and Editorial Process

Population’s Editorial Board is composed of scientific experts from around the world.

Manuscripts (articles, short papers, and data papers) may be submitted in English or French (see Submission Guidelines).

Submissions are examined by the Editorial Board, which meets every 2 to 3 months, and undergo a double-blind external peer review. Authors are informed of the decision (accepted, revise and resubmit, declined) within 3 to 5 months after submission. Authors also receive a summary of the peer-review reports and of the Board’s discussions.

Accepted submissions are edited by professional editors and graphic designers to ensure optimal clarity and readability of texts, tables, and figures. Population covers all translation costs and publishes the texts simultaneously in English (www.journal-population.com) and French (www.revue-population.fr) within 12 months after the Board’s acceptance of the final version.


Authorship Rights

Authors grant the journal the non-exclusive right to reproduce and disseminate their contribution.

As of 2022, content is published under a Creative Commons licence (BY-NC-ND).


The conditions under which authors may deposit their submitted and accepted versions in a non-commercial repository or on personal websites are set out in the journal’s self-archiving policy.



Research Data

Consistent with INED’s policy of sharing research data as openly as possible, and for the reproducibility and transparency of analyses, the journal encourages authors to provide access to the sources, data, and computer code(s) used for their contribution.

It is recommended—and required for published data papers—that data be deposited in a reliable data repository of the author’s choice.





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