Journal of Population Sciences

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Advances in Mortality Forecasting
Guest editor: Fanny Janssen
Deadline for submissions: 20 December 2017

Aims and scope

GENUS - Journal of Population Sciences - is an open access peer-reviewed journal published by Springer on behalf of the Sapienza University of Rome. Founded in 1934 by Corrado Gini, GENUS has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to population studies. It has an interdisciplinary focus by publishing articles of “pure” demography and articles aiming to further a better knowledge of the interrelationship between demography and biological, social and economic phenomena, connected with the evolution of the population. These have spanned not only pure demography but also anthropology and anthropometric, sociology and psychology, biology and genetics. In keeping with the times -and particularly from 1965 under Nora Federici, and from 1993 under Antonio Golini as directors – an increasing number of articles have been published on general population theories, population dynamics and mathematical demography. GENUS has always tried to promote open dialogue across cultural, ideological and at times theoretical walls in the attempt to understand the complexities underlying population issues.

Introducing the Book-review team

Genus is excited to introduce our newly formed Book-review team.  We invite you to send books on population studies to the following address:

Prof. Daniele Vignoli
DiSIA – Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni
University of Florence
Viale Morgagni, 59
50134 Firenze (Italy)

Editor Profiles

Director in Chief: Viviana Egidi

Viviana Egidi is Full Professor of Social Statistics in the Faculty of Information Engineering, Informatics and Statistics of the University of Rome “la Sapienza”, Department of Statistics, where she is in charge of the courses Survey Methodology and of Health Statistics and Epidemiology. She was Director of the Department of Economy of the Faculty of Economy of the University of Trieste and Director of the Department of Social Statistic of the National Institute of Statistics (Istat). She participated in, and often coordinated, many national and international research projects, as well as several Istat Research Commissions, and she was member of the National Commission on Social Exclusion and Poverty. Currently, she is part of the Scientific Advisory Board of the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years and Better Lives. Her research interests are mainly focused on mortality, morbidity and survival by health status; multiple-cause-of-death analysis; lengthening of life, ageing and life conditions of older people; survey methodology and data quality evaluation.

Editors in Chief: Graziella Caselli and Giuseppe Gesano

Graziella Caselli is Honorary Professor of the Italian University, and Laureate 2012 IUSSP-International Union for Scientific Study of Population. She is Honorary President of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), and Editor in Chief of GENUS - Journal of Population Sciences. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Vienna Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. For 12 years she was Head of the Department of Demography, at University of Rome “La Sapienza” and for 6 years she was Member of the Authority for Statistical Information, at the Italian Prime Minister’s Office. She has participated in and directed many national research projects. Her main field of research are: population longevity and ageing; analysis of the role of socio-demographic factors on the welfare state; elderly health and survival; projections and forecast models for mortality by cause; devising demographic models for longitudinal analyses, and heterogeneity.

Now retired, Giuseppe Gesano was previously a researcher at CISP (Italian Committee for Population Studies) and Sapienza University of Rome. In the late 1980s he was Professor of Demography at University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”. Since the early 1990s he was the Director of Research of CNR (National Council of Research), where he also directed the former IRPS (Institute for Research in Population Studies) for five years. His main fields of research are: population projections, migration, and labour population.

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

The Book-review team

Team Chief: Daniele Vignoli

Daniele Vignoli is Associate Professor in Demography at the University of Florence. He is an international collaborator of the Stockholm University Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE). He has participated in and coordinated national and international research projects. He has published in leading Demography and Sociology journals. He received his PhD in Demography from La Sapienza, University of Rome, in 2008. His research interests include: family-related behaviors and their interrelationship with the socio-economic status and subjective wellbeing of individuals; comparative family demography. Personal website:


Elena Ambrosetti

Elena Ambrosetti is Assistant Professor in Demography at the Faculty of Economics and affiliated to the Department of Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance - Sapienza University of Rome. Her main research interests are: Demography of the Mediterranean countries, determinants of fertility transition, international migration and integration.


Marina Zannella

Marina Zannella is a Post-Doc researcher at the Department of Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance - Sapienza University of Rome. Her main research interests focus on welfare arrangements, intergenerational transfers and gender relations.