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.
If your research is funded by UKRI (RCUK)* then you can apply for help with Article Processing Charges (APCs)?
The UKRI (RCUK) block grant is now available to its funded researchers to help pay article processing charges (APCs), enabling authors to comply with UKRI (RCUK)* open access policy.
The UKRI (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 UKRI (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 UKRI (RCUK) open access block funding 2019.
(*UKRI (RCUK) includes AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, NC3Rs and STFC)
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.
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
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, the ESRC stipulates that grant holders must formally deposit all data in a responsible data repository.
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.