Welcome to the IZA Journal of Labor Policy. The IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes scientific articles that are relevant for policy-making. This refers to papers addressing the impact of institutional settings and policy interventions on labor market outcomes, both from a theoretical as well as from an empirical point of view. In addition, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes literature reviews and meta-analyses that synthesize existing research on policy relevant issues.
What makes the IZA Journal of Labor Policy distinct from the vast majority of existing journals in economics is its focus on policy relevance rather than scientific innovation. We even welcome empirical replications as long as they constructively build upon existing findings. We expect papers that carefully address the causal identification of effects, but we do not regard statistical significance of empirical findings as a criterion for paper selection.
Subject areas include evaluation of labor market programs and educational or other interventions that affect labor market outcomes, analysis of the relationship between institutions and labor market outcomes, and all public policy aspects of labor, education, welfare and related social policies, and retirement, including effective policy implementation.
The IZA Journal of Labor Policy is central to IZA’s mission of supporting informed and research-based labor policy debates around the world. We want to make a serious contribution to a scientifically grounded understanding of what works when and how.
The IZA Journal of Labor Policy has been founded in 2012. All back issues remain fully accessible through the websites of our first publishing partner SpringerOpen (izajolp.springeropen.com).
Why publish your article in IZA Journal of Labor Policy?
High visibility IZA Journal of Labor Policy's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication IZA Journal of Labor Policy offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through IZA Journal of Labor Policy and Sciendo.
Flexibility Online publication in IZA Journal of Labor Policy gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage Articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy are included in article alerts and regular email updates. In addition, articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy.
Copyright Authors of articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).
All articles published by the IZA Journal of Labor Policy are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Open access publication fees and waivers
The IZA Open Access Journal Series allows free worldwide access to your published article. This is not without costs for article processing and hosting at perpetuity. However, please note that the IZA Journal of Labor Policy explicitly does not expect any author to pay publication fees from her/his personal funds. Nor do we charge any submission fees. Instead the IZA Open Access Journals aim at exploiting available funds at research institutions and third-party resources (e.g. external funding of research projects and publications). A continuously rising number of research institutions in Economics offer open access funds. Please check with your employer or research funding institution whether funds exist to finance publication of your article and let us know. If your article is accepted for publication, the Open Access Publication Fee will then be €975/$1105. During submission the Editorial Manager will giude you through the financing options. If no other funds exist, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy will fully cover all publication costs.
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The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy will be available in their databases when appropriate.
Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System
The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.
Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.
IZA Journal of Labor Policy operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous Publication of research articles by IZA Journal of Labor Policy is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
All manuscripts submitted to IZA Journal of Labor Policy should adhere to Sciendo's editorial policies.
Once your article is accepted, it will be processed by production and published shortly afterwards. In some cases, articles may be held for a short period of time prior to publication. If you have any concerns or particular requirements please contact the Journal. Sciendo remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
Citing articles in IZA Journal of Labor Policy
Articles in IZA Journal of Labor Policy should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Managing Editor Núria Rodríguez-Planas, City University of New York, Queens College and IZA
Editors Denis Fougère, CNRS and Sciences Po, France Juan F. Jimeno, Bank of Spain, Spain
Editorial Advisory Board Kaushik Basu, World Bank, USA David Blanchflower, Dartmouth College, USA Marco Caliendo, University of Potsdam, Germany Anne Case, Princeton University, USA Janet Currie, Princeton University, USA Juan J. Dolado, European University Institute, Italy Werner Eichhorst, IZA, Germany Richard B. Freeman, Harvard University, USA Pawel Kaczmarzyk, Warsaw University, Poland Francis Kramarz, CREST, France Jonathan Portes, King’s College, UK Jo Ritzen, Maastricht University, Netherlands Nina Smith, University of Aarhus, Denmark Coen Teulings, University of Cambridge, UK Mirjam van Praag, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Stefan Scarpetta, OECD, France Erdal Tekin, American University, USA Gerard van den Berg, University of Mannheim, Germany Arthur van Soest, Tilburg University, Netherlands Etienne Wasmer, LIEPP, Sciences Po, France
Publisher De Gruyter Poland Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str. 01-811 Warsaw, Poland T: +48 22 701 50 15
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Make sure you are submitting to the most suitable journal - Aims and scope
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