Call for papers

Innovations in measuring adult mortality in countries with deficient civil registration

We are excited to announce a call for papers for a Special Collection on measuring adult mortality in settings where civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems are insufficient. We aim to bring together articles describing recent progress in questionnaire design, data collection and statistical models used to measure mortality over age 15 from survey and census data. These methods can fill in the data gap till CRVS are well-established and can assist in evaluating CRVS quality. We intend to publish this collection in Demographic Research.

The collection will encompass three themes, all related to major gaps in adult mortality data that limit our ability to track progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, or to monitor the excess mortality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other health crises:

1. Expanding the mortality data collected by surveys and censuses
2. Innovations in modelling of mortality using survey and census data
3. Accelerating the collection of adult mortality data through mobile phone surveys

We invite those interested in this Special Collection to submit an extended abstract, after which, if selected, a full research article or descriptive findings will be expected. The timeline, and requirements are as follows:

15 January 2023: Submission deadline of extended abstract (up to 4 pages) to, in relation to one of the above themes, noting whether the submission is intended as a research article or descriptive finding.
15 February 2023: After initial screening, selected papers will be invited to submit full manuscripts. Please note, not all submissions will be invited, and we reserve the right to reject submissions based on relevance and value.
15 May 2023: Deadline for full manuscripts, to be submitted to These papers will be proposed to Demographic Research, and should follow the journal’s submission guidelines. Please note, the journal at this point does not guarantee approval of the special collection.

For any queries, please contact:

Ashira Menashe-Oren, Université Catholique de Louvain (
Nandita Saikia, International Institute for Population Sciences (
Stéphane Helleringer, New York University - Abu Dhabi (

Publié le 10 novembre 2022