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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission should include a separate title page which lists: the title of the contribution; names and affiliations of authors; and a contact email address and phone number of the corresponding author.
  • The main manuscript should include a structured abstract and 'Key Messages' after the concluding section containing 3 to 6 dot points summarising the main messages of the paper for a non-technical audience. It should exclude author names and other identifying information.
  • The submission must not have been published elsewhere; nor should it be currently under consideration by another journal.
  • The word count must not exceed 4,000 words (for Research Papers and Introductory Guides) or 1,000 words for Demographics data visualisations.

Author Guidelines

Content types

The journal publishes three main types of contribution:

  1. Research Papers
  2. DemoGraphics data visualisations
  3. Introductory Guides.

Research Papers are standard format journal papers, but in a concise form (see the word limits below). DemoGraphics data visualisations consist of one or two data visualisations with a small amount of accompanying text. Introductory Guides introduce postgraduate students and practitioners to methods, approaches, data, theories, or public domain software which are not well covered in the textbooks. Authors of Introductory Guides are encouraged to contact Associate Editor Dr Elin Charles-Edwards prior to writing to discuss potential topics.


Research Papers and DemoGraphics must focus primarily on Australian population issues. Introductory Guides should be of relevance to Australian population researchers and practitioners and incorporate Australian data examples where relevant.


Research Papers and DemoGraphics should make an original contribution to Australian population studies. Submissions should not have been previously published elsewhere, either in a journal or conference proceedings, or be submitted for publication elsewhere whilst under consideration by this journal.


All submissions must be written in high quality English. Use Australia/UK spelling.


The journal charges no fees for submission, processing, or publication.


Write clearly and for a wide-ranging population studies audience (academics, postgraduate students, and practitioners). Methods, theories, concepts, terminology, and data commonly found in the textbooks (e.g. Rowland’s Demographic Methods and Concepts) do not need to be explained in any detail. More advanced topics should be explained.

Word limits

Research Papers          up to 4,000 words (excluding references and acknowledgments)

DemoGraphics            up to 1,000 words (excluding references and acknowledgments)

Introductory Guides   up to 4,000 words (excluding references and acknowledgments)


All submissions must adhere to the highest ethical standards. Statements of ethics approval should be included in papers where appropriate. For details, see


All named authors of a paper must have contributed to the text of that paper, and not just be supervisors or funders of the research.

Tables and figures

The combined number of tables and figures should not normally exceed 8 for Research Papers and Introductory Guides, and 2 for DemoGraphics. All tables and figures should be easily understood independently of the text. Any graphs or other material reproduced from elsewhere must have the copyright holder’s written permission to do so.


All contributions should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents via this website or by email to (Research Papers), (Introductory Guides), or (DemoGraphics). Word document templates for submissions are also available (use of these is optional). Research Papers and Introductory Guides should be submitted as two Word files:

  • a title page listing the title of the contribution, and the names, affiliations, and email address and postal address of the corresponding author, and
  • an anonymous manuscript which excludes author details.

Please also supply a Microsoft Excel, or other appropriate, file of

  • graphs and data used to create them.

DemoGraphics can be submitted in a single Word document containing the text and high resolution images of the data visualisations.

For all submissions use:

  • Times New Roman 12 point font
  • 1.2 line spacing for the main text
  • a 2 cm margin on all sides.

Equations should be created using the Word equation tool. Tables and figures should be incorporated in the text of the paper (not placed at the end).

Research Paper structure

It is recommended that Research Papers are generally structured around the following headings:

  • Abstract - Structured abstract – see below for subheadings
  • Key words  - Up to 6 key words
  • Introduction - Introduction to the issue/context; summary of current knowledge; why the research was needed; purpose of the paper (aims, research questions or hypotheses), etc.
  • Data and Methods - Data used; methods employed in answering research questions, etc.
  • Results - Succinct and clear description of main findings, etc.
  • Discussion - Might include: what the findings mean; relationship to other studies; implications for research, policy, practice, etc. (where relevant), etc.
  • Conclusions - Might include: brief summary of findings; contributions of the paper; strengths/weaknesses; further research opportunities, etc.
  • Key Messages - 3 – 6 dot points which summarise the main messages of the paper in a non-technical way
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

Alternative structures may be used where it is sensible to do so.


Research Papers and Introductory Guides should be accompanied by an abstract of 100 – 200 words with the following subheadings:

  • Background - Context and justification for the study
  • Aims - Research questions, aims or hypotheses
  • Data and methods - Data used and methods applied
  • Results - Key findings
  • Conclusions - What the findings mean and what the paper’s contribution is.

DemoGraphics do not have abstracts.

Introductory Guides

Introductory Guides should normally include an ‘Introduction’ and ‘Conclusions’ but the main body of the paper may take whatever structure is appropriate to the methods, approaches, data, theories, or software being introduced.

DemoGraphics description

The text accompanying DemoGraphics should be organised under the following headings:

  • Introduction - a short introduction to the topic and any appropriate context;
  • Data and methods - a description of the data used and a brief non-technical account of how the visualisation(s) were created;
  • Key features - an outline of the main features of the data visualisation(s);
  • Supplementary material (optional) - a note of any data or additional files and a URL of where they can be found.

DemoGraphics should be new, and must not have appeared elsewhere (in blogs, social media, reports, or in any other form).


All papers sent for review will be reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers in a double blind peer review process.

Suggested reviewers

For submissions of Research Papers and Introductory Guides please include the names, affiliations, and email addresses of 3 possible reviewers for your paper. These reviewers should not include individuals with whom you have a close professional or personal relationship. The journal will normally approach at least one of the suggested reviewers.


References in the text of the paper should be listed like this:

… Rees (1994) found that …

… life table definitions (Preston et al. 2001 pp. 42-45) …

… according to previous research (e.g. Arunachalam 2012; McDonald 2000).…

 The Reference list at the end of the paper should be formatted as follows.

Journal papers

Surname Initials (Year) Paper title. Journal Name Volume(Issue): page numbers.

e.g. Hugo G (2014) Change and continuity in Australian international migration policy. International Migration Review 48(3): 868-890.


Surname Initials (Year) Book Title. Place: Publisher.

e.g. Rowland D T (2003) Demographic Methods and Concepts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chapters in edited books

Surname Initials (Year) Chapter title. In: Editor’s Surname, Initials (ed.) Book Title. Place: Publisher; chapter page numbers.

e.g. Johnstone K (2016) Communicating population projections to stakeholders: a case study from New South Wales. In: Wilson T, Charles-Edwards E and Bell M (eds.) Demography for Planning and Policy: Australian Case Studies. Heidelberg: Springer; 71-89.

Working papers and reports

Surname Initials (Year) Paper/report title. Working paper series name, Paper/report number. Department/Centre, Institution, Place.

e.g. Biddle N and Crawford H (2015) The changing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population: evidence from the 2006-11 Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset. 2011 Census Papers, Paper 18. Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University, Canberra.

Statistical office publications

Organisation name (Year) Publication Title. Catalogue number. Place: Publisher.

e.g. ABS (2016) Migration, Australia, 2014-15. Catalogue No. 3412.0. Canberra: ABS.


Surname Initials / Organisation name (Year) Website or webpage title. URL. Accessed on dd month yyyy.

e.g. Wittgenstein Centre (2014) Wittgenstein Centre Data Explorer. Accessed on 14 January 2017.

Any other issues

For questions on any other formatting or style issues not covered here, please contact the editorial team.

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