Guidelines for Authors

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Aims & Scope

The Population Dynamics Lab is an open science forum currently hosted at the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology.  Its aim is to provide tools and evidence for understanding the distribution and change in human wellbeing at the population level.  These tools and evidence are peer-reviewed in real time and rapidly made available to address developing events, advance demographic science and increase popular understanding of population processes and change.

The lab welcomes submissions addressing all areas of demography.  Currently, it prioritizes submissions that advance science and insights at the intersection of demography, data science, and health. The Population Dynamics Lab operates with commitments to open science, to reproducibility, and to the power of peer-feedback and community engagement in methodological and theoretical advancements. The Population Dynamics Lab is intended to reach academic and public scholars, industry researchers, students, and professionals interested in open demographic sciences. 

Types of Content

Methodological Innovations includes submissions based on original research (primary or secondary data analyses), reviews, or simulations. These might also include material prepared for teaching demographic insights that effectively bring to light to cutting edge concepts and research in demography.

Data Tools include submissions based on preliminary tests of model datasets, training datasets, or simulations especially pertaining to methodological advancement and reproducibility techniques, or new tools for population data generation through harmonization and aggregation. 

Methodological Insights includes submissions that reflect upon or propose a rethinking of  statistical or methodological approaches  in demography (statistical, biological, etc), ideally accompanied by suggestions for future directions. 

Submission Requirements

In order to submit to the Population Dynamics Lab, you will need to submit the following in the submission portal:

The Denominator: your full (long-form) written contribution  based on the accepted content types and link to Git repository

The Download: a shorter piece written for popular dissemination with an image that represents your “download” or bottom-line message. 

See the Submission Guidelines page for more detailed information about submission formatting and requirements. 


The Population Dynamic Lab is committed to advancing open science and reproducibility. As such, we require authors to include their annotated code. We encourage authors to link to their data, if it’s publicly available, either through Github, OSF, or Figshare. If data are not available to the public, we require a  simulated or synthesized dataset that can be used by colleagues in the Population Dynamics Lab  community to simulate their code or practice with their code. 

The Population Dynamic Lab’s Github can be found here.

If you’re not sure about where to start with reproducibility, here are some resources and sites: 

Some repositories to consider: Github, FigShare, and Open Science Framework

Find introduction to Git and Github here and here.

Find more resources on research reproducibility here.

Information for authors and potential authors:

All of the content on the UW’s Population Dynamics Lab is covered under a Creative Commons License 2.0. You can find the specifics about this license here. This license is not the most restrictive license and was chosen so that authors who submit here can also freely submit to journals. It is important to note that many journals have specific restrictions on any work that has been published or in preprint. Authors should be aware of this and decide what to post on our site, understanding that restriction. The CC-BY License allows viewers of this site to share and adapt your work but requires proper attribution (citation). 

What is proper attribution?

Proper attribution means citing both the authors work and the Population Dynamics Lab site. Citation features are conveniently located under each article and the citation for the Population Dynamics Lab Website can be found under “x” page/”y” document. 

CC-BY Licensing and Journals

Please check your intended journals to be sure they do not forbid posting content here, before posting there. You may need to consider what is legally covered with licensing versus intellectual novelty depending on your intended journal. Note that journals that are typically friendly towards pre-prints or reproducibility, should in theory, be okay with posts documented here. We encourage authors to be creative in advancing reproducibility in light of these challenges.  You may want to ask your intended journal outlet about restrictions around posting parts of the published work on the Population Dynamics Lab, after it is published with them.  The abbreviated format of the Population Dynamics Lab blogs is not likely going to inhibit or restrict posting of material, but it is good to check.  It could be that it merely enhances readership of the longer article.