Biodemography and Social Biology

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Biodemography and Social Biology
Eugenics Quarterly to Social Biology.jpg
DisciplineBiology, Sociology, Demography
Edited byHiroaki Matsuura
Publication details
Former name(s)
Eugenical News
Eugenics Quarterly
Social Biology
1.200 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Biodemogr. Soc. Biol.
ISSN1948-5565 (print)
1948-5573 (web)
OCLC no.309845773

Biodemography and Social Biology is a semiannual peer-reviewed academic journal covering the intersection between biology, demography, and sociology. The journal is devoted to "furthering the discussion, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge about biological and sociocultural forces interacting to affect the structure, health, well-being and behavior of human populations".[1] The journal aims to contribute to the fields of both sociobiology and biodemography. It was established in 1916 and is published by Routledge on behalf of the Society for Biodemography and Social Biology, of which it is the official journal. The editor-in-chief is Hiroaki Matsuura (Shoin University). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2019 impact factor of 1.200.[2]


Biodemography and Social Biology was first established in 1916 as Eugenical News. It was published under that title until 1953, during which time it was "the primary source of eugenic-related events and news in the United States". It was renamed Eugenics Quarterly in 1954, when it was launched by the American Eugenics Society as a scholarly journal focused on eugenics and related subjects.[3] It was renamed Social Biology in 1969, as a result of the term "eugenics" falling out of fashion.[4] It was renamed again to its current title in 2008 [5] and continued to publish as an independent journal after the disbandment of the Society for Biodemography and Social Biology in 2019.[6]

Notable studies[edit]

Henry, Louis (1961) “Some data on natural fertility,” Eugenics Quarterly 8: 81–91.

Past Editors[edit]

  • Frederick Osborn (Various affiliations), Chairman (1954-1968) [7]
  • Dudley Kirk (Stanford University), Chairman (1968) [7]
  • Richard H. Osborne (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Editor (1961-1977) [7]
  • Arthur Falek (Emory University), Editor (1977-1980) [7]
  • Richard H. Osborne (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Editor (1981-1999) [7]
  • Kenneth Land (Duke University), Editor (1999-2008) [7]
  • Tim B. Heaton (Brigham Young University) / Ken R. Smith (University of Utah), Editor (2008-2012) [8]
  • Eileen M. Crimmins (University of Southern California), Editor (2013-2021) [9]


  1. ^ "Biodemography and Social Biology Aims & Scope".
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Demography". 2019 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2020.
  3. ^ Gur-Arie, Rachel (2014-11-22). "American Eugenics Society (1926-1972)". The Embryo Project Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  4. ^ Missouri, MU Libraries, University of (2011-03-07). "Eugenical News". Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ Bashford, Alison; Levine, Philippa (2010-09-24). The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 542. ISBN 9780195373141.
  6. ^ Matsuura, H. (2023-04-16). "Overcoming the history of Eugenics in demography call for contributions from historians, ethicists, and human rights scholars". Biodemography and Social Biology. 68 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1080/19485565.2023.2203570. ISSN 1948-5573.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Osborne, Richard H.; Osborne, Barbara T. (1999). "The history of the journal social biology: 1954 (Vol. 1) through 1999 (Vol. 46)". Biodemography and Social Biology. 46 (3–4): 164–178. doi:10.1080/19485565.1999.9988996.
  8. ^ "editorial board: biodemography and social biology, 2008". Biodemography and Social Biology. 54 (1). March 2008. doi:10.1080/19485565.2008.9989127. S2CID 218602220.
  9. ^ "editorial board: biodemography and social biology, 2013". Biodemography and Social Biology. 59 (2). 3 July 2013. doi:10.1080/19485565.2013.843382. S2CID 218604190.

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