About the Journal

Aims and Scope

The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, established in 2003, is an open access journal that features contributions addressing population trends as well as a broad range of theoretical and methodological issues in population research. The journal welcomes submissions that fall into the following categories:

Research articles: original peer-reviewed articles presenting new research;

Review articles: peer-reviewed contributions providing a broader overview of a selected topic, with a focus on summarising existing research, main arguments and discussions, identifying research gaps and outlining future research agenda;

Data & Trends: peer-reviewed short contributions analysing changes and patterns in various components of population dynamics or presenting databases and data infrastructure;

Perspectives: peer-reviewed short contributions and essays focusing on ideas, concepts or theories, either discussing existing research or proposing new frameworks and interpretations;

Letters & Commentaries: comments, reflections, updates and critique on the past contributions published in the journal. These can either be brief and focused (Letters) or broader-based and more elaborate (Commentaries) spontaneous contributions, which will be assessed by the journal editors. If accepted, they will be published online and linked to the article they discuss. The authors of the discussed articles may be invited to respond.

The journal also publishes Debatesinvited short contributions and reflections on selected questions and issues.

While based in Austria, the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research aims to give a global coverage of population issues and attract high-quality contributions from authors from different regions and backgrounds.

Since 2008, the volumes have been devoted to selected themes following special calls for thematic issues. Please find the latest call for papers under Announcement.

Open Access Policy

The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research is an open access journal. All contents is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the other (see also our Licensing information).

Article submission, processing and publication, including coloured graphs, are free of charge.

Peer Review Process

Submitted manuscripts (except invited Debate contributions) are first assessed by the editors or guest editors, who desk reject submissions which do not fit the topic of the current special issue or do not meet the quality criteria of the journal. The remaining submissions are subject to double-blind peer review by at least two reviewers who are not based at the same institution as the authors, have not recently collaborated with the author and do not have other potential conflict of interest. In exceptional cases, one of the editors may serve as an additional reviewer, but she/he is then no longer included in the editorial decision process. The names of reviewers are not disclosed to the authors of the manuscript under review.

The reviewing process usually takes up to three months and includes the use of the plagiarism detection software and other appropriate checks as required. The editors rely heavily on the judgments of the reviewers, although they are not bound by them and can summarise, restate, or elaborate the reviewers’ assessments in their recommendations to authors. The authors are informed of the board’s decision. In case of rejection or request for modifications, the authors receive an explanation or a specification of the modifications suggested by the reviewers and editors. Resubmissions should address comments provided by the reviewers and the editors. The editors may contact initial reviewers or contact new external reviewers to assess resubmissions if necessary.


Plagiarism is not accepted by the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research and will be considered as academic misconduct. Please see the definition of plagiarism in the Editorial Policies & Ethics Guidelines.

The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research screens all submitted manuscripts using plagiarism detection software, PlagScan (https://www.plagscan.com) and iThenticate (https://ithenticate.com), and other appropriate checks as required.

In cases of suspected plagiarism, the VYPR will follow the COPE guidelines, which may result in the rejection of the submitted manuscript during peer review, or the correction or retraction of the published article, as appropriate.

Editorial Policies & Ethics Guidelines

See our detailed policies and guidelines at https://viennayearbook.org/editorial-policy-publication-ethics

Publication Frequency

The Yearbook is circulated online and in print. Articles are published online online on a rolling basis. Full text PDFs are freely and immediately available for download from our journal website. Printed copies of the special issues are available annually in full colour, generally towards the end of the calendar year.


Journal content is also stored at the institutional repository of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, EPUB.OEAW, which is archived via Portico and the Austrian National Library.

Journal History

The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research has been published by the Vienna Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2003, replacing the German-language publication "Demographische Informationen".