Focus and Scope

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: technological advances in data storage and management; architectures and infrastructures; legal and regulatory issues; ethical, legal and societal implications (ELSI); privacy-protection methodologies; data and linkage quality; analytical advances; accessing distributed data; linking to emerging/complex data types; using big data; outcomes-based research; epidemiology; service evaluations; public involvement and engagement; capacity building; and delivering and measuring impact.

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.


Publication Frequency

IJPDS is permanently open for new submissions to each annual general issue at all times throughout the year. We publish on a continuous basis so that articles are included in the current issue as soon as they are ready.

IJPDS dedicates one Special Issue per year to a topic of particular importance and groups articles together under one topic. Submissions to the special issues are also published immediately as soon as they are ready. Although our Special Issues are archived as annual editions, occasionally we re-open a call if it is deemed sufficiently important to add to that particular collection of research. In such instances, articles are published in the original Special Issue Volume as a continuation of that topic.

Conference proceedings are delivered on an as-and-when basis with abstracts being published immediately when ready and in conjunction with a conference taking place.

IJPDS archives its publications (one general issue, one special issue and any conference proceedings) annually using CLOCKSS for ensured sustainability and long-term survival of digital scholarly content.


Open Access Policy

At IJPDS, sharing research freely is at the heart of everything we do and, as an Open Access journal, it is important that we uphold the Open Access ethos of making research freely accessible to all without restriction.

All manuscripts are published using the Creative Commons CC-BY licence that allows others more freedom to engage with IJPDS author’s research whilst still protecting the author’s moral rights, including:

  • the freedom to use published research and associated benefits of using it
  • the freedom to study manuscripts and to apply knowledge acquired from them
  • the freedom to make and redistribute copies of the information
  • the freedom to make changes and improvements, and to distribute derivative works

We also use the CC0 “No rights reserved” licence for publishing source data that permits its re-use.

Benefits of CC-BY

By removing the restriction on derivative works, CC-BY opens up more options for using the research e.g. new ways of representing scholarly articles through text-mining and visualization techniques or allowing articles to be translated into other languages, and encouraging engagement with manuscripts through wider use has clear benefits to the authors.

Protecting Authors

Publishing under a free license does not mean that authors lose all their rights, as the author retains the copyright for their manuscript. Any use of manuscripts published in IJPDS still require full attribution (i.e. giving credit and recognition to the author of a manuscript). Creative Commons licences require that no modifications to manuscripts should ‘be prejudicial to the Original Author’s honour or reputation’ (


Executive Director

Professor David Ford
Swansea University, Wales, UK


Founding Editor-in-Chief

Professor Kerina Jones
Swansea University, Wales, UK


Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Stephanie Lee FCIM Chartered Marketer
Swansea University, Wales, UK


Marketing Manager

Sharon Hindley
Swansea University, Wales, UK



Michael Bale & Nicholas Corlett
Swansea University, Wales, UK



Alexander Roberts & Brian Rogers
Digital Humanities Team
Swansea University, Wales, UK

IJPDS is based in Population Data Science at Swansea University.

IJPDS is published under Swansea University, a registered charity. No 1138342.