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
Architectures and infrastructures
Delivering and measuring impact
Data and linkage quality
Ethical, legal and societal implications (ELSI)
Legal and regulatory issues
Linking to emerging/complex data types
Public involvement and engagement
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.
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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
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
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)
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:
Academics (scholars, researchers, students)
Information governance professionals
Epidemiologists and public health workers
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.
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.
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.
The leading Population Data Science journal further expands its growing credentials with its inclusion in PubMed Central
Swansea, Wales, September 2020 - The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is proud to announce their inclusion in PubMed Central.
It seems that 2020 is certainly the year for IJPDS! Not only has the journal recently been indexed in Scopus, but we are also delighted to announce that IJPDS has been accepted for indexing in PubMed Central® (PMC), and is now live on the platform. The IJPDS team based in Population Data Science at Swansea University Medical School has invested two years preparing for PMCs exacting requirements followed by a very rigorous 6 stage evaluation and set up process, before gaining PMC approval and securing this outstanding achievement. This is a significant addition to the journal’s impressive list of credentials and another positive step forward in the advancement of the field of Population Data Science.
The leading Population Data Science journal expands its growing credentials with its inclusion in Scopus
Swansea, Wales, September 2020 - The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is proud to announce their inclusion in Scopus, ‘The largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.’
In just 3 years since its launch, IJPDS has ensured its presence in some of the world’s leading scholastic indexes and directories, and has acquired an impressive list of credentials. Continuing this trend and to ensure ongoing high quality services for its authors, all articles published in IJPDS are now fully searchable and available via open access on Scopus.
The International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) and the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) are proud to announce their alliance with the signing of their first formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
We find ourselves in a global pandemic, referred to as COVID-19. There is much research underway on all aspects of the pandemic, including to slow its spread, improve diagnostic tests and develop a vaccine. Population Data Science has a unique part to play because of the availability of large-scale datasets on the general population or on specific cohorts, such as age groups, geographic regions, particular health conditions or socio-economic levels.
The deadline for first submissions to the special issue has been extended to 30th September 2020. We will endeavour to expedite the review process and to publish articles in this special issue as a priority.
APCs for this special issue are at a reduced rate of 50% of the rates specified in the author guidelines.
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.