Future Endeavours of the IZA Open Access Journal Series

As per the recent announcement of IZA CEO Hilmar Schneider, it has been decided that from April 1st 2017, the IZA journal portfolio will merge to form three journals instead of five. All previously published content will be accounted and remain accessible online.


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IZA/RIETI Workshop: Changing Demographics and the Labor Market

Cornell Professor Gary Fields has received the IZA Prize in Labor Economics 2014. The prize is awarded for his outstanding contribution on the importance of efficient labor markets to fight poverty and foster economic development in low- and middle-income countries. See Gary's IZAJOLP article on the link between growth and poverty.

Society affiliation

IZA Journal of Labor Policy is published in cooperation with the IZA - Institute of Labor Economics, which is also owner of the whole IZA journal series.

Aims and scope

The IZA Journal of Labor Policy covers all aspects of labor policy, including empirical, theoretical, and institutional approaches discussing concrete issues that are of value for policy formulation and decisions. A central theme of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy is the analysis of the role and effects of labor policy in influencing socio-economic outcomes. In addition, the IZA Journal of Labor Policy publishes studies that synthesize existing research to draw policy conclusions or suggest new frameworks for thinking about labor policy issues.

Subject areas include evaluation of labor market programs (included but not limited to active 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. Studies of labor policy issues from developing, transition and developed economies are also welcome. It is important to note that the IZA Journal of Labor Policy does not exclude European labor policy issues, which are particularly covered by the IZA Journal of European Studies. The IZA Journal of Labor Policy emphasizes global relevance and basic research, while studies published in the IZA Journal of European Studies focus more on practical and immediate policy questions.

The IZA Journal of Labor Policy is central to IZA’s mission of encouraging informed and research-based labor policy debates around the world. In pursuit of this goal, IZA will use its focused workshops to generate contributions. The journal relies heavily on submissions, but also invites articles, especially reviews or syntheses of literature to try to reach policy conclusions – a very important type of research that is undervalued at traditional journals. The IZA Journal of Labor Policy welcomes substantive comments on the articles we publish.

The IZA Journal of Labor Policy belongs to the family of field journals in the IZA Journal Series with Springer, also including: (i) the IZA Journal of Labor Economics, (ii) the IZA Journal of Migration, (iii) the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, and (iv) the IZA Journal of Labor & Development. Each journal publishes 24 articles per year, where each article should be about 10,000 words (including tables, figures and references).

This is a major joint product of the IZA network (and those who want to affiliate with IZA), which plays a central role in the evaluation process. It is an instrument for IZA to foster production of knowledge in the areas where IZA sees need.

The aim of the new IZA Journal Series is to provide a high-quality, peer-reviewed outlet for papers, where the key characteristic of the submission procedure is the fast decision making and publication process. Acceptance/rejection decisions are expected to be made within one month; publication is expected within one month after submission of the final manuscript. The fast process from the submission to the acceptance/rejection decision is guaranteed by (i) an advanced desk rejection policy and (ii) the fact that only those papers refereed that require minor revisions are accepted while those not accepted are rejected without a detailed referee report. This requires the submission of manuscripts that are considered ready by the author(s) for direct publication if found suitable by the editorial team. Potential authors are welcome to contact the editors to gauge interest in a particular study prior to submitting it.

The IZA Journals will be an online journal series accessible through SpringerOpen. This implies that electronic access to all five new journals is provided freely and permanently worldwide immediately upon publication.

Editors' Quote


"Our goal is to make the IZA Journal of Labor Policy a major journal for empirically-grounded research on labor market policy issues in both developed and developing countries, and one that helps connect research to policy. To this end, although our main goal is the publication of original research on labor market policy issues, we will also emphasize publishing review papers that synthesize existing research to draw conclusions on important policy issues. Moreover, to build our knowledge base we will seek to publish papers that provide evidence on labor market policy issues from countries throughout the world, as long as these studies use rigorous empirical methods."

David Neumark, Juan F. Jimeno and Nuria Rodriguez-Planas