Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Comparative Population Studies (CPoS) is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary open-access journal of demography and population studies. Topics include, but are not limited to: family and fertility, ageing and health, migration and mobility, as well as cross-national comparisons and spatial demography.

The journal was founded in 1975 and relaunched as Comparative Population Studies (CPoS) in 2010. It is published free of charge and without submission or processing fees as an online open-access journal (CC BY-SA) on a rolling publication model. Colour figures are published free of charge.

The journal also features special issues coordinated by guest editors covering a specific research topic. Information for guest editors is available upon request from the managing editor (Contact) .

The publisher of Comparative Population Studies is Prof. Dr. Norbert F. Schneider on behalf of the Federal Institute for Population Research, who is supported by a scientific advisory board. A board of reviewers assists the Managing Editor Dr. Katrin Schiefer in evaluating submissions.

Information on the submission process is available at Submissions.

 

Section Policies

Research Papers

The journal publishes research articles only.

Contributions to the journal must be previously unpublished unless published as working paper. Papers may cover a wide range of topics in the fields of demography, geography, sociology and population studies, either focussing on empirical analysis, conceptual theories, statistical methods or state of the art reviews. The journal welcomes contributions with a spatial or cross-nationally comparative perspective.

Submissions are subject to peer review and are selected for publication based on quality, innovativeness, relevance, and fit with journal scope. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are equally appreciated.

The journal does not publish research notes or policy briefs.

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Peer Review Process

Submissions for review are welcome at all times (no submission or processing fees). CPoS provides free language editing after successful review of a submission. All submissions will undergo a double blind peer review process by at least two reviewers. Authors may be asked by the managing editor at all times during the editorial process to revise a contribution in order to maintain scientific standards and comply with the journal’s author guidelines and style guide. The managing editor may commission additional reviews as part of the editorial process. For authors who are requested by reviewers or editors to revise and resubmit their article it is mandatory to resubmit the article together with a documentation of the changes made according to the recommendations of reviewers or editors and to explain these changes. This statement will be provided to the reviewer together with the resubmitted article. Reviewers will receive all previous reviews in order to re-review resubmitted papers. Reviewers are expected to comply with the principles of the Code of Good Academic Practice and Regulations on Academic Misconduct at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). Reviewers should not accept reviews if anonymity is breached or in case of conflicting interests. Exceptions to this policy may apply in cases where articles are based on conference contributions or previous publications. Review results will be made available to the authors anonymously. Decisions on the acceptance of papers, revision of contributions, additional reviews or re-reviews and copy editing are solely the responsibility of the managing editor in agreement with the publisher, and are final.

 

Editorial Policy

CPoS is published in accordance with the good academic practice, as set out in the Code of Good Academic Practice and Regulations on Academic Misconduct at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). The rules of the aforementioned code apply to all parties involved in the process of publishing the journal, including the publisher, editors and other members of the editorial team, reviewers, as well as members of the board of reviewers and the scientific advisory board. Academic misconduct will be treated in accordance with the rules set out in the aforementioned code.

By submitting a contribution, the corresponding author declares that the article has – in full or in parts – not been published previously, that the copyright lies with the author(s) and that all copyright-protected material is used with full consent of the copyright holder and is properly cited (see Copyright Notice). If the submission is in full or in parts identical with or based on an already published working/discussion paper, conference report, web page or any other form of publication – the author(s) shall make sure to comply with the additional rules. The corresponding author is expected to act on behalf of all co-authors and is responsible for final proofreading. Authors are requested to prepare their contributions in accordance with the good academic practice, as set out in the Code of Good Academic Practice and Regulations on Academic Misconduct at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). Academic misconduct will be treated in accordance with the rules set out in the aforementioned code. Full responsibility for the article lies with the authors. Articles are not accepted for publication unless they are formally approved in writing by the managing editor of the journal. Communication will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author only.

 

Publication and Open Access/Copyright

CPoS is published open access on a rolling publication model, free of charge for authors, readers and libraries. Articles finally approved by the corresponding author will be published online. An annual printed full colour version is available for cooperating institutions and libraries and will be distributed at the beginning of the following year.

Libraries are encouraged to subscribe to the electronic version of CPoS free of charge and may hold local copies of the journal in their databases. Archive copies of the journal in print and electronic form are held by the German National Library. CPoS holds an ISSN for its electronic (1869-8999) and print (1869-8980) editions. Each article is identified by a URN identifier for long-term accessibility distributed by the German National Library and an additional doi identifier.

From volume 2016 onwards, CPoS is published under a Creative Commons BY-SA license. The copyright of volumes 2015 and older remains with the Federal Institute for Population Research. Authors of those articles are granted permission to re-publish or re-print the article or parts of it, provided that the initial publication in CPoS is properly acknowledged.