Call for Manuscripts

Due to high levels of interest, we are extending the deadline to Friday 31st May. Please note that there will not be an opportunity to extend the deadline beyond this date.


IJPDS presents a special subject specific ‘Maternal and Child Health’ call for manuscripts.

Maternal and Child Health will be the very first issue in our new range of publications called Focus that aim to spotlight current research across the wide ranging and diverse subject areas within Population Data Science.


About the Call

Poverty, disadvantage and associated poor health often start at the earliest stages of life. Poor parental health can affect development of the baby before and after birth, resulting in foetal growth restriction/small-at-birth, preterm birth, or being large for gestational age. The implications of these can last a lifetime, affecting health (brain and lung development, hearing/sight impairment), educational outcomes and subsequent life chances.

This means that addressing inequalities in society starts with improving maternal and neonatal health. However, given a backdrop of rapidly-emerging and growing societal and economic challenges that include rising obesity, escalating living costs, inequality and large sections of society - including many migrants and asylum seekers - facing poverty and deprivation, it has never been more important to be able to understand how best to protect future generations from the long-term disadvantages that arise from adverse exposures before birth, including those linked to changing societal challenges.

This call aims to facilitate such understanding and to inform evidence-based preventative interventions. Due to the expansion of big data, there are many maternal and infant datasets that could be linked, analysed and compared for improving population health.

This special call covers all types of manuscript (see Author Guidelines/Manuscript Types).

With the array of issues to consider, some manuscripts might be about research studies, others might be methodological in terms of harmonising different datasets or facilitating linking intergenerational data, others might address the ethical, legal and social issues (e.g. in domestic violence, substance abuse data), or be about policy implications and impacts, amongst other possibilities.


Extended and Final Deadline: 31st May 2024

  • We encourage submissions from all international researchers into Maternal & Child Health
  • All manuscripts must be centred on Population Data Science, as per the scope of IJPDS.
  • To submit a manuscript, Login to your existing account or Register if you are submitting for the first time.
  • Please refer to the Author Guidelines before completing your submission
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Guest Editor: Sinead Brophy, Chair of the MIREDA partnership

Sinead Brophy is a Professor in Health Data Research UK (Wales/N. Ireland), Director of the National Centre of Population Health and Wellbeing Research, and Lead of Early Years in Administrative Data Research Wales. She is a Member of the UKPRP networks on Generating Excellent Nutrition for UK Schools and the Maternal and Child Health Network.

MIREDA aims to improve maternal and infant health, particularly among disadvantaged groups by developing new resources and tools for research using routinely collected data.