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IZA Journal of Development and Migration

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Welcome to the IZA Journal of Development and Migration. The IZA Journal of Development and Migration publishes academic articles in the closely related fields of development and migration economics. Economic development and migration are closely linked like the two sides of a coin. Understanding the drivers of emerging labor markets is essential to understanding the drivers of migration and vice versa. In particular, the IZA Journal of Development and Migration covers (i) all aspects of economic development related to issues of human behavior and/or the labor market of developing, emerging or transition countries, including both policy issues and more structural problems, and (ii) all issues related to the economics of migration and ethnicity in this context.

The IZA Journal of Development and Migration is part of IZA’s mission of contributing to social and economic discourse, enabling political decision-making to be based on the best available academic knowledge. We want to stimulate research to close knowledge gaps. Hence, the IZA Journal of Development and Migration particularly welcomes empirical and theoretical contributions that provide academically sound answers to open and relevant questions of development and migration policies.


The IZA Journal of Development and Migration has been founded in 2012. All back issues remain fully accessible through the websites of our first publishing partner SpringerOpen (izajodm.springeropen.com).

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Why publish your article in IZA Journal of Development and Migration?

High visibility
IZA Journal of Development and Migration'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 Development and Migration 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 Development and Migration and Sciendo.

Online publication in IZA Journal of Development and Migration 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 Development and Migration are included in article alerts and regular email updates. In addition, articles published in IZA Journal of Development and Migration 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 Development and Migration. 

Authors of articles published in IZA Journal of Development and Migration retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

Open access

All articles published by the IZA Journal of Development and Migration 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 Development and Migration explicitly does not expect any author to pay publication fees from her/his own 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 guide you through the financing options. If no other funds exist, the IZA Journal of Development and Migration will fully cover all publication costs.

Indexing services

All articles published in IZA Journal of Development and Migration are included in:

  • RePEc
  • Scopus

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation.

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.

Detailed description of the Similarity Check System can be found at:

Peer-review policy

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 Development and Migration operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are not aware of the names and affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous Publication of research articles by IZA Journal of Development and Migration 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.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to IZA Journal of Development and Migration 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 Editorial Office of the IZA Journal Series (journals@iza.org).

Citing articles in IZA Journal of Development and Migration

Articles in IZA Journal of Development and Migration 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.

Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. J Migr [year], [volume number]:[article number].

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Managing Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Journal Metrics

Cite Score
SCImago Journal Rank
Source Normalized Impact per Paper

Abstracting & Indexing

IZA Journal of Development and Migration is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ReadCube
  • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • WanFang Data
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Volume 11 (2020): Issue 1 (Jan 2020)

1. Before you submit

Before you submit, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following.

  • Make sure you are submitting to the most suitable journal within the IZA Journal Series
  • Note that we do not accept papers that have been submitted to other journals as well
  • Understand the copyright agreement
  • Understand the Open Access Publication Fees and our waiver policy
  • Understand our peer-review policy 

2. Ready to submit

To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these editorial policies and formatting guidelines.

  • IZA Journal of Labor Economics publishes only Original Articles

Click the relevant link to find style and formatting information for the article you are going to submit.

Submit your manuscript in Editorial Manager.

Managing Editor
Francesco Pastore, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

David A. Lam, University of Michigan, USA
Hartmut F. Lehmann, University of Bologna, Italy

Editorial Advisory Board
George J. Borjas, Harvard University, USA
Nancy Chau, Cornell University, USA
Barry R. Chiswick, George Washington University, USA
John S. Earle, George Mason University, USA
Gary Fields, Cornell University, USA
Markus Frölich, University of Mannheim, Germany
Adriana Kugler, Georgetown University, USA
Murray Leibbrandt, University of Capetown, South Africa
Shi Li, Beijing Normal University, China
Alan Manning, London School of Economics, UK
Pia M. Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, USA
Una O. Osili, Indiana University–Purdue University, USA
Giovanni Peri, University of California, USA
Jacques Poot University of Waikato, New Zealand
David A. Robalino, World Bank, USA
Klara Sabirianova Peter, University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill, USA
James P. Smith, Rand, USA
Rodrigo R. Soares, University of Columbia, USA
Yves Zenou, Monash University, Australia
Zhong Zhao, Renmin University, China

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