About the Journal
The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focussing on the science pertaining to population data.
It publishes articles on all aspects of research, development and evaluation connected with data about people and populations. These include:
- Accessing distributed data
- Analytical advances
- Architectures and infrastructures
- Capacity building
- Delivering and measuring impact
- Data and linkage quality
- Ethical, legal and societal implications (ELSI)
- Legal and regulatory issues
- Linking to emerging/complex data types
- Outcomes-based research
- Privacy-protection methodologies
- Public involvement and engagement
- Service evaluations
- Technological advances in data storage and management
- Using big data
The creation of the IJPDS was inspired by the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN). The journal has a regular section for topics of particular interest to the IPDLN sub-edited by the Director(s) of the network.
At IJPDS we value research that truly impacts society. We are uniquely committed to connecting academia with the public and keeping them informed of exciting new research as it unfolds.
Working to bridge the gap between academic research and the public
The IJPDS' innovative model brings a new dimension to the traditional academic journal format by informing the public of the latest research and providing authors opportunities for direct impact and even greater visibility.
Engage directly with the public for maximum impact via The Conversation
In the field of Population Data Science, arguably the most important audience for your work are the ultimate beneficiaries, the public. This is where IJPDS authors can create the greatest impact of all.
To help authors disseminate the complex content of manuscripts published in IJPDS to this audience, we offer a service through The Conversation, which is an influential and independent channel for research news and views. Articles selected from the academic and research community for publishing in The Conversation are delivered directly to the public in an easy to understand general reader format, prepared by the authors from their original published manuscript.
The Conversation is truly international with Editors based in the UK, Australia, US, Africa and France, that are working with more than 55,000 specialist scholars and researchers. It is a not-for-profit, open access educational entity that provides a free on-line resource to help provide the public with clarity and insight into society's biggest problems.
Follow this link to find out more about The Conversation and to see previously published articles.
Why impact matters
The importance of impact beyond the world of academia cannot be underestimated. The ability to demonstrate the contribution of your research to and its influence on society
- is essential to securing future funding in an increasingly competitive market
- aids career progression through e.g. REF, University KPIs, PDRs and other HEIs
- helps develop your profile as a researcher specialising in a particular area
- aids networking and future collaboration
- has the potential to influence public policy
The Conversation can help IJPDS authors to achieve essential impact. Articles are disseminated to more than 22,000 sites worldwide, giving a global reach of 35 million readers a month, and The Conversation is a primary resource for up-to-the-minute content for the press, web, radio and TV.
Put simply, The Conversation unlocks the knowledge of researchers and academics allowing for better understanding of complex issues and a better quality of public discourse and conversations.
How to write for The Conversation
We encourage every author that publishes a manuscript in IJPDS to take full advantage of the service offered through The Conversation. As soon as your manuscript is published, we will contact you by email offering you the possibility of writing an article for The Conversation.
For authors wanting to take advantage of this service, we will forward your published manuscript* to IJPDS' designated Editor at The Conversation who will review the suitability of the content. Successful applicants will then be introduced directly to the Editor who will work closely with them to create the finished article.
*This service is available for manuscripts that undergo a full peer-review process with IJPDS
Speed of Publishing
As an e-journal, IJPDS has the flexibility to publish approved manuscripts immediately without having to wait for each Issue.
As soon as a manuscript is ready, we ensure that your work is instantly available to the right audience via Open Access giving authors the greatest possibility of citations.
Readership - Reaching the Right Audience
IJPDS benefits from an established specialist global audience spanning six continents within the field of population data science through its strategic partner, the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN). We publish articles from around the world in order to highlight how the field of population data science is impacting societies globally.
IJPDS publishes research of interest to a number of sectors including:
- Academia and research institutes
- Healthcare and hospitals
- Third sector organisations
- Private sector organisations (e.g. Information Technology, Manufacturing, Consultancies)
- Life Sciences
Our established readership spans a broad spectrum of specialist areas within population data science. Here is an example of the types of experts included in the Journal's readership:
- Government officials
- The public
- Academics (scholars, researchers, students)
- Information governance professionals
- Data Scientists
- Epidemiologists and public health workers
- Social scientists
- Technologists (computer and information sciences)
- Public Engagement professionals
The IJPDS has a particular interest in engaging with the public, the ultimate beneficiaries of population data science research, which sets us apart from other scientific journals.
We value research within the field of population data science that truly impacts society and are uniquely committed to connecting academia with the public to keep them informed of exciting new research as it unfolds.
Variety of Manuscripts Welcome
At IJPDS we appreciate that good quality research is presented in different formats.
The Journal distinguishes itself by accepting a broad range of submission formats that may be out of scope for other academic journals. These include:
- Research articles
- Review articles
- Protocol papers
- Methodological developments
- Applied papers
- Case studies
- Features on a particular topic
- Comments and letters
- Reports of events
- Working papers
- General reader summaries of complex topics
- Help-sheets and tips
- Informative reports
No Article Processing Charges until December 2017
In the spirit of supporting the sharing of research, IJPDS is offering authors the opportunity to publish their work free of charge until December 2017.
Call for new submissions
IJPDS is now accepting new submissions and publishes on a continual basis. To submit a manuscript, you will be asked to register. IJPDS accepts a wide variety of manuscript types. Please refer to the author guidelines for the full list. There are no article processing fees at present.
Make a Submission
Call for submissions for a Special Issue is now Closed
We would like extend our thanks to all authors who submitted their articles for the IJPDS Special Issue. This call is now closed and we look forward to bringing you the latest research on 'Cross-centre Working in Data-Intensive Research' shortly. The hot topic for the next Special Issue will be announced in the new year, when we will open a fresh new call for submissions.
Call for Peer-reviewers
IJPDS is looking to build up a database of peer-reviewers. If you would like to be added to the list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as this, we will seek peer-reviewers on an ad hoc basis depending on the nature of submissions received.