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Author Guidelines

Information for Contributors

Canadian Studies in Population has a broad interest in substantive and technical demography and related fields of study. While Canadian Studies in Population will continue to emphasize Canadian content, the editorial board encourages manuscript submissions from all sectors of the international community.

It is assumed that manuscripts submitted for review to Canadian Studies in Population have not been previously published and are not scheduled for publication elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript to other professional journals while that manuscript is under review by Canadian Studies in Population is unacceptable.

This journal does not levy any charges -- including no article processing charges (APCs), no submission charges, and no page charges, colour charges, or any instance where money is required to complete the publication process.  

Preparation of Manuscripts and Book Reviews

Authors are asked to prepare their papers in accordance with the following guidelines.

1. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages (including references), and should be double-spaced with wide margins. Use Times New Roman 12-point font.

2. Book Reviews are accepted only through our online submissions system known as OJS. If you wish to submit a book review, please follow the links below. 

Quick links for Authors

  • Register as a new author
  • Submit a new or revised manuscript or book review

Submission URL:
If you do not have your username and password for the journal's web site, you can use this link to reset your password (which will then be emailed to you along with your username).

  • Track the status of your submissions in OJS.
  • Update the details in your profile on OJS.

A video tutorial for online submission can be found here.

For help with the registration, you can find a video tutorial here.

If you encounter any problem or if you have any concerns, please contact the Editor of Canadian Studies in Population at the following address:

3.  Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word document format on A-sized pages (8.5 x 11 inches), should not exceed 30 pages (including references), and should be double-spaced with wide margins. Use Times New Roman 12-point font.

4. Articles should include the following components, each to begin on a new page (in one document), in this sequence: Title of the article; Abstract and keywords; Main body of the text; Acknowledgements; References; Tables, Figures, and illustrations (each a separate page, within one document). The author's affiliation (e.g., name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation) is recorded when an author registers for the journal for the first time; therefore authors do not need to include those information in the manuscript. In addition, author's name should not appear anywhere else in the body of the paper.

5. Author/s should provide English and French abstracts of the paper, each not exceeding 100 words. The abstract should be a concise summary of the paper and its conclusions, not a copy of the introductory paragraph. List three or four Keywords on a separate line after the abstract.

6. Sub-topics or headings should be limited to two levels and referred to in the text by title rather than by number.

7. Use Footnotes for substantive comments or clarifications to the text. Submitted endnotes will be reset as footnotes.

8. Style of citations

In the text, use in-line author-date citations (last name of author and year of publication, with page numbers if appropriate).  It is preferable to place them at the end of sentences, but in any case they should not interrupt modifier phrases (e.g., ‘This contradicts Bell’s (1964) analysis...’ is not correct). For citation of works by more than two authors, use the first author's name and ‘et al.’ (but provide all names in the reference list). Do not use ‘ibid.’

Do not use a comma after the author’s name. If a page number is to be given in connection with an author’s work, use a colon after the year of publication followed by the page number or appropriate range of pages (using an en dash* and truncating leading common digits). Separate citations by different authors with a semicolon, listing their names in alphabetical order. Follow the examples below:

  • It has been shown that the propensity to migrate is strongest among young adults (Lee 1966).
  • Various theories have been suggested in the literature linking fertility change to economic change (Black 1982; Brown 1966; Green 2003: 21–56; White 1978, 1984).
  • Some researchers have argued that there is a positive association between age and belief in life after death (Bones 1990: 430–3; James 1951).
  • According to the findings of Barnold (1980: 12) and Beim and Charlie (2001), smoking is inversely associated with education.
  • Quotations in the text. If a quotation is longer than three lines, start a new paragraph and use quotation marks to enclose the quoted material (they will be removed in typeset text). The end of the quote must include an author-date citation as indicated below:

“Even a casual examination of the data suggests that fertility may be countercyclical in Canada. When the unemployment rate was at its minimum in 1965 and 1966 (at roughly 3.6 per cent), the decline in the total fertility rate (as measured by the annual change) was at its maximum over the entire period from 1948–1984. Similarly, in the early 1980s when the unemployment rate had increased to over 11 per cent, the decline in the total fertility rate had slowed substantially and even increased slightly in 1984” (Hyatt and Milne 1991: 3).

9. Reference list

Include a double-spaced alphabetical list of references cited in the text, giving full publication information and without any abbreviations (except state codes and publishers as given). Do not use quotation marks around the titles of any works. Follow the examples below as to form, structure, and capitalization. For multiple works by the same author(s), indicate all others after the first occurrence with 3 em dashes* before the period instead of the author name(s). Please provide DOIs if available, particularly instead of URLs for online sources.


Beaujot, R., and D. Kerr. 2004. Population Change in Canada. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Becker, G. 1976. A Treatise on the Family. Harvard: Harvard University Press.

———. 1981. The Economic Approach to Human Behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 

Edited books

Simon, J.L. (ed.). 1995. The State of Humanity. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.


Henry, L. 1968. The verification of data in historical demography. Population Studies 22:61–81.

Wood, C.H., and F.D. Bean. 1977. Offspring gender and family size: Implications from a comparison of Mexican Americans and Anglo Americans. Journal of Marriage and Family 39(1):129–39.

Chapter in a book

Fong, E. 2005. Immigration and the city, in Urban Canada: Sociological Perspectives, edited by H.H. Hiller. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, p. 37–68.

Freedman, D., A. Thornton, D. Camburn, D. Alwin and L. Young-DeMarco.1988. The life history calendar: A technique for collecting retrospective data, in Sociological Methodology, edited by C.C. Clogg. Vol. 18. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 87–101.

Paper presented at a conference

van de Walle, E. and S. Lardoux. 2005. ‘Living with a man’: Cohabitation in sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. Philadelphia (March 31–April 2). 

Government report

Frenette, M. and R. Morissette. 2003. Will they ever converge? Earnings of immigrants and Canadian-born workers over the past two decades. Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series (Cat. No. 11F0019MIE2003-215). Ottawa: Statistics Canada.

Articles retrieved online, with URL or Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Acemoglu, D., and P. Restrepo. 2017. Secular Stagnation: The Effect of Aging on Economic Growth in the Age of Automation. Working Paper 23077. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau for Economic Research.

Mohsin, M., F. Wong, A. Bauman, and J. Bai. 2003. Maternal and neonatal factors influencing premature birth and low birth weight in Australia. Journal of Biosocial Science 35(2):161–74.

10. Tables

Each table should by on a new page and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 3). Tables should be constructed in MS Word using the ‘Tables’ facility (ensure there is a new row of cells for each line of data, and do not separate data within columns with paragraph returns). Tables should be either in black and white or in colour, and should not be locked. In the manuscript, tables should be placed at the end of the submitted manuscript in a separate section, with placeholders indicating where they should appear within the text, e.g., insert Table X here.

It is very important that each table should not exceed in size the equivalent of one journal page (6 in. by 9 in, with 3/4-in. margins). Avoid gridlines in the body of the table.

11. Graphs, maps, and other figures

Graphs, maps, and other figures should be provided on new pages in the manuscript and numbered consecutively, apart from the tables.

Graphs should be constructed in Excel format. Other figures can be sent as high-quality tiff or jpegfiles. Figures and graphs should not be enclosed by boxes. For graphs, do not use gridlines and do not shade the background. The fonts for legends and labels should be sansserif (such as Arial), and the font size chosen such that it would be approximately 9-point when reduced to the size printed in the journal.

Place maps, graphs, and any other types of figures at the end of the manuscript document and indicate where each is to be inserted in the text, e.g. insert Figure X here. These can be either in black and white or in colour, and should not be locked.

12. Electronic files

Electronic files (e.g., Excel) of all tables, figures, and graphs will be requested by the editorial office at the time a manuscript is accepted for copyediting and formatting.

13. Acknowledgments (optional)

Place acknowledgement in a separate section at the end of the main part of the text, before the References.

Preparation of Book Reviews

Book reviews should be in the range of 500 to 1,500 words.

Reviewers should include on the first page the title of the book, author(s)/editor(s), city of publication, publisher, ISBN, retail price, and number of pages, as well as the reviewer’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address. Please provide this information as in the example below:

The Neolithic Demographic Transition and its Consequences 
edited by Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel and Ofer Bar-Yosef  
New York: Springer Science & Business Media 2008 
ISBN 978-1-4020-8538-3
Hardcover, $319.00, 542 pp.  

Reviewed by Helena Fracchia, University of Alberta, hfracchia(@)



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. I have entered my mailing address in my profile in this OJS system. 

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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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