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About IZA Journal of Labor Policy
This page includes information about the aims and scope of IZA Journal of Labor Policy, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & 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.
All articles published by 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.
Authors of articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
The publication costs for IZA Journal of Labor Policy are covered by IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.
SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy will be available.
Publication and peer review process
Acceptance/rejection decisions are expected to be made within 4 weeks; publication is expected within two months after submission of the final manuscript. The managing editor can suggest to the author to reallocate a submission to one of the other four journals if considered more appropriate. 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 articles refereed are accepted that require minor revisions 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 APC of 800 Euros is waived for those invited to submit and for those who actively support the IZA journals by refereeing a certain number of articles.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My IZA Journal of Labor Policy, a personalized section of the site.
Portability of peer review
In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from IZA Journal of Labor Policy, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in IZA Journal of Labor Policy and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.
Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.
IZA Journal of Labor Policy will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.
Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.
Correspondence concerning articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by IZA Journal of Labor Policy. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.
SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.
We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:
- Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
- A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
- Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
- Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
- Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.
Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.
Data and materials release
Submission of a manuscript to IZA Journal of Labor Policy implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.
Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.
Appeals and complaints
Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.
Submitting authors are asked to declare that they have observed the IZA Guiding Principles of Research Integrity. A statement confirming this will be added to all submitted articles.
IZA Journal of Labor Policy's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of IZA Journal of Labor Policy to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.
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.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. J Labor Policy [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Labor Policy 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in IZA Journal of Labor Policy?
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. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
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 are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through IZA Journal of Labor Policy and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in IZA Journal of Labor Policy gives authors 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 relevant databases and papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on IZA Journal of Labor Policy's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.
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.
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