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Aims and scope

GENUS is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal of population sciences. Founded in 1934 by Corrado Gini, GENUS is among the oldest demography journals in Europe. GENUS publishes articles on topics that include, but are not limited to: family and fertility; ageing; health and mortality; migration and mobility; formal demography; historical demography; relations between population dynamics and biological, environmental, economic, and social change. Former GENUS's Directors have been: Nora Federici (1965-1992), Antonio Golini (1993-2008), Graziella Caselli (2009-2010), and Viviana Egidi (2011-2018). GENUS is affiliated with Sapienza University of Rome and published under the auspices of the Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP).


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Understand the costs and funding options - Fees and funding

Starting from 2019 through 2021, Sapienza University is fully sponsoring a number of articles. Authors with no open access funding at their institution can request that the article processing charge (APC) is paid via Sapienza University, and they need to contact before submitting their manuscripts.


Article collections


Thematic series
Changes in the sexual behaviour of young people
Edited by: Marcantonio Caltabiano, Alessandra De-Rose, Maria Castiglioni 
Collection first published: 24 May 2020


Thematic series
Advances in mortality forecasting
Edited by: Fanny Janssen
Collection first published: 27 September 2018

Learn more about Genus

To find out more about Genus - Journal of Population Sciences, read the interview with Graziella Caselli published in the SpringerOpen blog.

Call for Papers: Thematic Series on Gender differences in survival across the ages of life

A part of the literature on the female survival advantage has for a long time considered this phenomenon as a long-lasting characteristic of human populations. This was mainly considered to be caused by inherently biological differences between the two sexes, although it was recognized that the spreading of smoking and other unhealthy behaviors had also a part in this phenomenon.

A recent strain of research, however, was able to show that a significant female survival advantage at post-reproductive age only emerged quite recently: in the cohorts born at the end of the XIX century. The process which leaded to the increase in the gender gap is still poorly understood. Some scanty evidence seems to indicate that it first took place among wealthier social strata and that it was somehow connected with the process of fertility decline. The present Thematic Series has two main goals: First, it intends to break down the analysis of the gender gap by different stages of life (infancy, adulthood and old age). Second, it seeks to analyze the evolution of the gender gap adopting a long-term perspective. The papers of this Thematic Series will thus focus on different cases of gender differences in survival at different ages in a long run perspective.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021

Call for Papers: Thematic Series on Italian grandparenthood and grandparenting within the European context

This proposed Thematic Series seeks to reflect and push forward the current state of the art in the study of grandparenthood and grandparenting in Italy in a comparative European perspective. First, we look for studies that examine demographic aspects of grandparenthood, such as age at grandparenthood and number of grandchildren. Studying these aspects is fundamental to understand current and possible future developments of the grandparent role. Second, we will collect papers that analyse intergenerational transfers, contacts and living proximity between grandparents, parents and children. Further, studies on the consequences of grandparenting and especially of grandchild care provision will be examined are welcome. Finally, submission of studies on the consequences of grandparents’ role on parents’ and children’s outcomes is also encouraged.  Cross-cutting aspects across all studies will be represented by regional and socio-economic differences.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021

Call for Thematic Series

GENUS welcomes proposals for Thematic Series on a suitable demographic theme. This is an invitation to scholars who are interested in editing a Thematic Series.

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