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Society affiliation

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

Aims and scope

The IZA Journal of Labor Economics covers research in all areas of labor economics. It publishes high quality theoretical and applied contributions on both microeconomic and macroeconomic oriented labor-related topics.

In particular, the Journal encourages submissions in subject areas that are closely linked to the various IZA program areas, and are not covered by one of the other area-specific journals in the IZA Journal Series. Contributions on various topics such as evaluation of labor market programs, behavioral and personnel economics, labor market aspects of environmental issues, and labor market institutions, among others, are highly welcomed.

The IZA Journal of Labor Economics belongs to the family of field journals in the IZA Journal Series with Springer, also including: (i) the IZA Journal of Migration, (ii) the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, (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.

The IZA Journals is 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.

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The use of internet data for labor research
Published: 27 November 2015 

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Editors' Quote


"Our goal for the IZA Journal of Labor Economics is to publish the best empirical and theoretical research in labor economics and in a timely fashion."

Pierre Cahuc, Joni Hersch and Sinem H. Ayhan