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
  • Epidemiology
  • 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.



If your research is funded by RCUK* then you can apply for help with Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The RCUK block grant is now available to its funded researchers to help pay article processing charges (APCs), enabling authors to comply with RCUK's* open access policy.

The RCUK* stipulates that journals must meet the following criteria for publication:

  • A peer-review process
  • Gold open access - this allows immediate, unrestricted on-line access to peer-reviewed and published research papers, free of any access charge and with maximum opportunities for re-use
  • Publish under Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence and allow immediate deposit in other repositories

IJPDS is fully compliant with RCUK's funding criteria as listed on SHERPA/RoMEO and in our author guidelines.

Follow this link to check whether your organisation is in receipt of RCUK open access block funding 2017/2018.

(*RCUK includes AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, NC3Rs and STFC)



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.

Watch this video to find out how Emily Marchant, PhD Researcher from Swansea University, benefited from writing for The Conversation, or 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

  1. is essential to securing future funding in an increasingly competitive market
  2. aids career progression through e.g. REF, University KPIs, PDRs and other HEIs
  3. helps develop your profile as a researcher specialising in a particular area
  4. aids networking and future collaboration
  5. 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



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.



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
  • Governments
  • 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
  • Regulators
  • Academics (scholars, researchers, students)
  • Information governance professionals
  • Data Scientists
  • Statisticians
  • Epidemiologists and public health workers
  • Social scientists
  • Technologists (computer and information sciences)
  • Public Engagement professionals
  • Media

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.



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
  • Commentaries
  • Comments and letters
  • Reports of events
  • Working papers
  • General reader summaries of complex topics
  • Help-sheets and tips
  • Informative reports
  • Consultations


From 1st January 2018 all manuscript submissions will be subject to Article Processing Charges (APCs). However, we are delighted to be able to offer a 30% discount on all manuscript submissions for the first 12 months*. Please view the author guidelines for individual prices.

Whilst we are committed to keeping our APCs competitively priced for our authors, we must ensure the sustainability of IJPDS by covering all costs associated with the open access publishing process, from initial submission through to final publication and promotional activities.

Therefore, we will only ever charge what is necessary for the welfare of the journal and the satisfaction of its contributing authors.

Follow this link for details of the IJPDS Article Processing Charges

*1st January to 31st December 2018



In 2017, IJPDS received an overwhelming response to both the general and special issue calls for manuscripts. As a result, we need to increase the size and complexity of our review panel.

Population Data Science spans numerous fields and whilst we welcome anyone working within PDS to join, we have particular interest in recruiting experts in the following areas:

  • Analysis of free-text data
  • Architectures and infrastructures
  • Clinical IT systems
  • Data protection legislation and regulation
  • Disease registers
  • Ethics and ELSI (ethical, legal & societal implications)
  • GIS (geographic information systems) / spatial data analysis
  • Information / data governance
  • Information security
  • Metadata development
  • Privacy-preserving methodologies, including SDC (statistical disclosure control) and PPRL (privacy-preserving record linkage)
  • PROMs (Patient reported outcome measures)
  • Public engagement
  • Survey data
  • Use of apps

How to get involved?

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer and joining our international panel of PDS experts, then now is a great time to seize the opportunity to get involved whilst the call is open.

All you need to do is email us directly using contact@ijpds.org with your name, organisation, area/s of expertise, and contact details.

All peer-reviewers who go on to publish a manuscript in IJPDS within 12 months of conducting a review will be awarded a 50% discount on the standard article processing charges.*

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!


*To qualify for the 50% discount, a reviewer must conduct a thorough peer-review upon request, and then submit an article within 12 months of completing the review. Requests to review articles are based upon the areas of expertise required for the content of a particular manuscript and therefore, we cannot guarantee that every IJPDS peer-reviewer will qualify for this offer.



Sharing the data that accompanies your published research is a positive growing trend for the research community. Whilst we recognise that it is not always possible to share all data openly for ethical or confidentiality reasons, IJPDS encourages the sharing of non-sensitive raw data along with details of the software used wherever possible.


Why Share Research Data?

Benefits to the research community – Datasets are valuable to the research community and re-use of data avoids duplication of effort and the associated costs. This, in turn, can stimulate further research.

Benefits to the public – Stimulating further research through data sharing wherever possible is in the public’s interest as it can help accelerate the pace of research and its subsequent impact.

Satisfying Funders – Research funders are increasingly stipulating the sharing of data as a requirement. For example, in the UK, RCUK require the inclusion of a statement on data availability within academic papers. For full guidance see: RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy

Increase research impact – Publishing your data is not only a good way of demonstrating that you were the first to conduct the research, but if your data is re-used, then you will benefit from citations in addition to the accompanying article.

Scientific Integrity – Sharing data allows others to replicate, validate, and correct your results thereby adding to the integrity of the science.

For details on how and where to submit your data, please refer to the Author Guidelines.

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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.


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Preterm birth, unplanned hospital contact and mortality in infants born to teenage mothers in five countries: a cross-country comparison using linked administrative data

Katie Harron, Maximiliane Verfuerden, Ibinabo Ibiebele, Can Liu, Alex Kopp, Astrid Guttmann, Jane Ford, Anders Hjern, Jan van der Meulen, Ruth Gilbert
Published online: Jun 7, 2018

Validation of the Scottish Social Care Survey using data from Renfrewshire Council.

David Henderson, Nick Bailey, Colin McCowan, Stewart Mercer
Published online: Jun 7, 2018

Unconsented linkage between dormant trials and administrative data: practical and regulatory implications

Maximiliane Verfuerden, Mary Fewtrell, Kathy Kennedy, Alan Lucas, John Jerrim, Katie Harron, Ruth Gilbert
Published online: Jun 7, 2018

There And Back Again: Women's Marginal Commuting Costs

Isabel Stockton, Annette Bergemann, Stephan Brunow
Published online: Jun 7, 2018

Mental health service users’ perceptions on the use of administrative data for research

Emily Satinsky, Corine Driessens, David Crepaz-Keay, Antonis Kousoulis
Published online: Jun 8, 2018

Analysis of factors associated with changing general practice in the first 14 years of life in Wales using linked cohort and primary care records: implications for using primary care databanks for life-course research

Carol Dezateux, Lucy J Griffiths, Bianca L De Stavola, Ashley Akbari, Amrita Bandyopadhyay, Karen S Tingay, Mario Cortina-Borja, Helen Bedford, Ronan A Lyons
Published online: Jun 8, 2018

Are the needs of people with mental health problems met?

Foteini Tseliou, Michael Rosato, Dermot O'Reilly
Published online: Jun 8, 2018

Using Big Data in Policy Evaluations: the Troubled Families Programme

Naomi Knight, Lu Han, Lan-Ho Man, Ricky Taylor
Published online: Jun 8, 2018

The prevalence of multimorbidity measured by linked healthcare data and its association with mortality in a large longitudinal cohort

Marjorie Johnston, Corri Black, Stewart Mercer, Gordon Prescott, Jessica Butler, Mike Crilly
Published online: Jun 8, 2018

The Relationship Between Health and Homelessness in Scotland

Andrew Waugh, David Rowley, Auren Clarke
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

A method for Linking Multiple De-identified Datasets

Andrew Waugh, David Rowley, Auren Clarke
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

Integrating electronic health records from different sources across the UK: lessons from a record linkage study

Amrita Bandyopadhyay, Karen Tingay, Ashley Akbari, Lucy Griffiths, Mario Cortina-Borja, Helen Bedford, Suzanne Walton, Carol Dezateux, Ronan A Lyons
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

A Regional Collaboration of Health (ARCH): Using health survey and linked routine data to understand wellbeing.

Fatemeh Torabi, Ashley Akbari, Jane Lyons, Mathilde Castagnet, Ronan Lyons
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

Use of prescribed contraception in Northern Ireland 2010-2016

Joanne Given, Helen Dolk, Ann Marie Gray
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

Comparing two measures of multimorbidity in hospitalised patients

Lynn Robertson, Dolapo Ayansina, Angharad Marks, Corri Black
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

Validating Synthetic Longitudinal Populations for evaluation of Population Data Linkage

Tom Dalton, Graham Kirby, Alan Dearle, Özgür Akgün, Monique Mackenzie
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

Cohort study of osteoporosis and fracture risk in Wales: does secondary prevention achieve any benefit?

Laura North, Llion Davies, Damon Berridge, Angharad Walters, Ashley Akbari, Ronan Lyons
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Welsh Government Flying Start Programme Evaluation Using Linked Data

Sarah Lowe, Laura McGinn, Marcos Quintela, Luke Player, Karen Tingay
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Replication of Acute Kidney Injury e-Alerts

Gareth Davies, Timothy Scale, Ashley Akbari, James Chess, Ronan Lyons
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Challenges in linking administrative data for monitoring bloodstream infection in neonatal units in England and Wales

Caroline Fraser, Ruth Gilbert, Ruth Blackburn, Berit Muller-Pebody, Katie Harron
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

The Inverse Care Law programme: evaluating a population based intervention in primary care within deprived communities in Wales.

Jiao Song, Ashley Akbari, Caryn Cox, Leon May, William Watkins, Sarah Aitken, Sarah Thomas, William King
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Are children who are treated for asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis disadvantaged in their educational attainment when acutely exposed to air pollution and pollen? A feasibility study

Amy Mizen, Jane Lyons, Sarah Rodgers, Damon Berridge, Ashley Akbari, Paul Wilkinson, Ai Milojevic, Ruth Doherty, Lorraine Dearden, Iain Lake, David Carruthers, Sarah Strickland, Anna Mavrogianni, Gwyneth Davies
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

A population-based data-linkage study of prescribed pain medications dispensed to persons with cerebral palsy

Guiomar Garcia Jalon, Aideen Maguire, Oliver Perra, Anna Gavin, Dermot O'Reilly, Allen Thurston
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Making sense of change and stability in looked after children’s care placements using state sequence analysis

Ben Matthews, Chris Playford, Janice McGhee, Fiona Mitchell, Chris Dibben
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Cognitive development Respiratory Tract Illness and Effects of eXposure (CORTEX) project: Data processing challenges in combining high spatial resolution pollution level data with individual level health and education data

Jane Lyons, Amy Mizen, Sarah Rodgers, Damon Berridge, Ashley Akbari, Paul Wilkinson, Ai Milojevic, Ruth Doherty, Lorraine Dearden, Iain Lake, David Carruthers, Sarah Strickland, Anna Mavrogianni, Gwyneth Davies
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

EUROlinkCAT: Common Data Model

Maria Loane, James Densem, Joan Morris, Joachim Tan
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Data Portal - supporting multi-modal data analysis, data linkage and real-world outcomes

Christopher Orton, John Gallacher, Ronan A Lyons, David Ford, Simon Thompson, Sarah Bauermeister
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Childhood Adversity and Traumatic Disorders: A self-report and Danish linkage study

Siobhan Murphy, Mark Shevlin, Ask Elklit, Mogens Christoffersen
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

A tool to improve the efficiency and reproducibility of research using electronic health record databases

Mohammad Al Sallakh, Sarah Rodgers, Ronan Lyons, Aziz Sheikh, Gwyneth Davies
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Health Inequalities in the British Nursing Workforce

William Ball, Richard Kyle, Iain Atherton, Nadine Dougall
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Influences of cycle facilities on cycling to work

Zhiqiang Feng, Chris Dibben
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

The Northern Ireland Baby Hearts Study: A Case-Control study using a hybrid data linkage method

Nichola McCullough, Helen Dolk, Maria Loane, Briege M Lagan, Frank Casey, Brian Craig
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

Building a Pan-Canadian Real World Health Data Network

Mark Smith, Michael Schull, Kimberlyn McGrail, Alan Katz, Brent Diverty, Ted McDonald, Charles Victor, Lisa Lix, Alison Paprica
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

A Comparison of Mental Health Performance Indicators in Canada

Mark Smith, Amanda Butler, Alain Lesage, Paul Kurdyak, Carol Adair, Simone Vigod, Wayne Jones
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

Learning Disability and Northern Ireland: Achieving Proportionate Universalism through Administrative Data Research

Jamie Murphy, Orla McBride, Lisa Hanna-Trainor, Laurence Taggart, Mark Shevlin, Pauline Heslop, Roy McConkey, Gyles Glover
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

Social-determinants of self-reported multi-morbidity among adults in Northern Ireland: a census-based administrative data study

Fiona Ferry, Michael Rosato, Gerry Leavey, Emma Curran, Paul de Cock, Dermot O'Reilly
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

The Mental Health of Migrants in Northern Ireland

Kishan Patel, Anne Kouvonen, Tania Bosqui, Ari Vannanen, Dermot O'Reilly
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

The factors associated with entry to formal care for the elderly in Scotland: A longitudinal analysis

D. Helen Corby, Dawn Everington, John Starr, Ian J. Deary, Chris Dibben
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

Prevalence and predictors of antidepressant prescribing in Northern Ireland

Mark Shevlin, Michael Rosato, Stephanie Boyle, Jamie Murphy, Daniel Boduszek
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

Chronic Disease Prevalence. A perspective using Administrative Data from Australia

Shaun Purkiss, Tessa Keegal, Dennis Wollersheim, Hassan Vally
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

Predicting psychosis admission rates in Wales using neighbourhood deprivation

Leah Jones, Mike Jackson, Christopher WN Saville
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

The Good, the Bad, the Clunky and . . . the Outcomes

Kerina Jones, Sharon Heys, Karen Tingay
Published online: Jun 21, 2018



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