National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS)
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IPSS Web Journal; The Japanese Journal of Social Security Policy
(formerly called Journal of Population and Social Security: Social Security Section before June 2003)
Instructions for Authors Writing for the Journal

IPSS Web Journal "The Japanese Journal of Social Security Policy" invites rigorous and clearly written articles from persons in the social and behavioral sciences. In particular, articles with implications for Japanese social policy are welcomed. Research areas include, but are not limited to, studies of the Japanese perspective in contemporary social policy issues; theoretical, empirical, and comparative analysis of Japanese social security institutions; analyses of the comparison between Japanese and other countries' social policies; reviews of other issues related to Japanese social policy.
The Web Journal is a semiyearly research journal of IPSS in English. It has a broad readership of policymakers, government officials, academics, graduate and undergraduate students, business people, and other interested nonspecialists.
We regard the submission of an article as your implied commitment not to submit the article to other publications while it is under consideration by the IPSS Web Journal. If you have published a related article elsewhere, you should state this in your cover letter to us.

Editorial Policy

The Web Journal's editorial policy is comparable to that of other professional journals. The Web Journal's Editor will reject articles outright if they have obvious mistakes, are so poorly written that correctness cannot be determined, or are otherwise inappropriate for our journal. In such cases, we will inform you that as quickly as possible. Articles accepted for consideration will be sent anonymously to two or more outside referees. The decision to publish will be based primarily on the recommendations of the referees.

Preparing the Article

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General Comments

The software in which the article is written must be compatible with Microsoft Word. Articles should typically be less than 15,000 words, including the text, the tables, the chartsn the notes, the references and an abstract of not more than 150 words. The abstract should be double-spaced, in a separate file. The abstract should state the purpose of the study, the basic procedures, main findings, and conclusions. Below the abstract, supply 2 - 5 key words.

Style Guide

Use the Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press) as a guide for notes, citations, references, and table presentation. For more detail information, please click below tag.
Title Page (PDF file, 76KB)
Graph Page (PDF file, 76KB)
Reference Page (PDF file, 76KB)

Tables and Charts

The software in which your tables and charts are presented must be compatible with Microsoft Excel. When printing the table, use a point size that is easily read. Make sure every table and charts are referenced in the text. Give each table and chart a number and a title. Each table and each chart must have number consecutively; in the order they are mentioned in the text. Place each table and chart on a separate sheet of paper. Notes for tables and charts (including the source note, which should be presented unnumbered at the end of the table's notes) are independent of the rest of the article and should be numbered (using superscripts) consecutively, always starting with 1. Place these notes below the table and the chart on the same sheet of paper if possible; they may be single-spaced. Group the tables and charts and present them after the references.


The Japanese Journal of Social Security Policy, Copyright c 2002 by National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of IPSS Web Journal for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not distributed for profit or direct commercial advantage and that copies show this notice on the first page or initial screen of a display along with the full citation, including the name of the author. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than IPSS must be honored.


If you have questions regarding the mechanics of submitting an article, please contact Katsuya Yamamoto : E-Mail Contact us, Fax +81-3-3502-0635