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Call for Papers: Demography and COVID-19


Guest Editors:          

  • Santosh Jatrana
  • Jeromey Temple
  • Tom Wilson
  • Collin Payne

Like any pandemic, COVID has not affected us all equally. The direct risk of infection and mortality is unevenly shared across demographic groups, and the impact of societal responses to COVID-19 will affect population groups differently. How demography interacts with this global pandemic has increasingly become a topic of discourse. While demographic factors such as population composition, population mobility, population density, population ageing may relate to COVID-19’s spread, demographic processes (births, deaths and migration) may also be influenced by COVID-19.  For example, evidence suggests that older people are at greater risk than the young ones, and that men are more likely to die from COVID-19 than women are. The link between migration and pandemic has long been established. Research from past pandemics have also shown long-term repercussions for fertility, mortality and migration.

We are organising a Special Issue on ‘Demography and COVID-19: Risks, responses and impacts’ in the Journal of Population Research. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes on demography and population-related issues. International in scope, the journal presents original research papers, perspectives, review articles and shorter technical research notes. The range of coverage extends to substantive empirical analyses, theoretical works, applied research and contributions to methodology. For detailed information on the journal, please refer to

The scope of the Special Issue will extend beyond traditional research papers to include commentaries, reviews, data lag issues etc. For this Special Issue of the Journal of Population Research, we invite papers that include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Demography of COVID-19
  • Forecasting and population futures
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Census
  • Vital registration during COVID-19 in developing countries
  • COVID-19 and human mobility
  • COVID-19 and mortality differentials: the role of age structure
  • Gender and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and household impacts (eg., changing living arrangements, changing working arrangements)
  • Impact of COVID-19 on fertility and fertility intentions

Notes for Prospective Authors

Manuscript Submission:  

The review process will be similar to a normal journal submission with final decisions based on peer review.  If the paper is not accepted for publication in Journal of Population Research, then you are welcome to submit the paper elsewhere for publication.

Author Guidelines:

We are inviting the following types of contribution for the SI: 1) Peer-reviewed original research articles and critical or analytical reviews up to 6000 words. 2) Peer-reviewed short reports of research findings up to 3000.  3) Review articles up to 4000 words.4) Mini data quality issues up to 1000 words.  5) Submitted or invited commentaries and responses debating, and published alongside, selected articles. The word limit includes abstract, tables, and references as well as the main text. 

Papers can be submitted to Journal of Population Research at

Please identify your manuscript for inclusion in the special issue by selecting SI: Demography and COVID-19: risks, responses and impacts in the submission process.

Please follow the generic submission guidelines

Important Dates:

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2020
. Please note that Journal of Population Research is committed to accelerated turnaround for Special Issues so the deadline is not negotiable. We do encourage you to submit ahead of the due though.

Any questions be sent to Santosh Jatrana on:

santosh.jatrana [at]; santosh.jatrana [at]

Santosh Jatrana, Jeromey Temple, Tom Wilson and Collin Payne

Guest Editors for the Special Issue