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IZA Journal of Labor Economics

The journal has been discontinued after its 2023 volume and no longer accepts submissions
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Please note that the journal IZA Journal of Labor Economics has been discontinued and no longer accepts new submissions.

Any third-party websites claiming the journal's continuity and accepting submissions are predatory and have no relation to the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA - Institute of Labor Economics).

Published volumes will remain fully accessible.

In case of questions or concerns, please contact us at journals@iza.org.

View our back issues (2012–March 2019)

Welcome to the IZA Journal of Labor Economics. The IZA Journal of Labor Economics publishes scientific articles in all areas of labor economics. This refers to original high-quality theoretical and applied contributions on both microeconomic and macroeconomic labor-related topics.

In particular, the IZA Journal of Labor Economics encourages submissions in subject areas that are closely linked to the various IZA Program Areas, ranging from education, family and environment to mobility, behavioral and personnel economics, and labor market institutions, among others.

The IZA Journal of Labor Economics is part of IZA’s mission of contributing to social and economic discourse, enabling political decision-making to be based on the best available scientific knowledge. We want to stimulate research to close knowledge gaps. Hence, the IZA Journal of Labor Economics particularly welcomes contributions that provide scientifically sound answers to open and relevant questions of modern labor economics.


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

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Why publish your article in IZA Journal of Labor Economics?

High visibility
IZA Journal of Labor Economics'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 Economics 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 Economics and Sciendo.

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

Authors of articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Economics 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 Labor Economics are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

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 Economics 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 Labor Economics will fully cover all publication costs.

Indexing services

All articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Economics 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.


Sciendo archives the contents of this journal in Portico - digital long-term preservation service of scholarly books, journals and collections.

Plagiarism Policy

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 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 Labor Economics 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 Labor Economics 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 Labor Economics 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 Economics

Articles in IZA Journal of Labor Economics 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 Labor Econom [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.