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Journal of Population Sciences

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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).  

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 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: June 30, 2021

Call for Papers: Thematic Series on Population Perspectives on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

This collection of papers showcases demographic methods and population perspectives that are becoming critical for the progressive strengthening and ongoing maintenance of robust civil registration and vital statistics systems. It takes a life-course approach as the topics engaged span birth, marriage, divorce and death registration. The collection highlights the gender dimensions of CRVS systems – through the study of sex-specific differentials in completeness of registration of vital events and the analysis of gender aspects that shape the laws, social norms, and bureaucratic processes related to civil registration systems. Papers showcasing research from low- and middle-income countries are strongly encouraged.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 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.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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