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The Journal of Human Resources Submission Requirements

The Journal of Human Resources (JHR) publishes work in economics that employs the best available empirical methods. The JHR is not a business management journal and does not consider HR, staff management, or personnel research.

The Journal of Human Resources requires that all authors submit all manuscripts online at Do not send submissions directly to the editor, coeditors, managing editor, or editorial office.


The JHR charges a submission fee of $150 to consider all initial submissions. (No fee is charged for invited revisions.) This fee is nonrefundable and does not guarantee that the manuscript will be sent to outside reviewers; we reject more than half of all manuscripts without sending them to outside reviewers. Please be certain that your manuscript falls within the purview of the JHR (e.g., not management or personnel research) before submitting it. Researchers for whom the submission fee would cause a significant economic hardship may request an exemption.


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Detailed information on manuscript preparation is available at, including information on:


Replication and Data Availability: We expect authors to adhere to our replication policy and make available the data and programs to other researchers. If there are special circumstances that make this data availability impossible, you must request an exemption from our replication policy at the time of initial submission, and state the reasons for your request.


Disclosure Statement: Upon submission, authors must supply a disclosure statement for each author, including funding information, potential conflicts of interest, and the IRB status of the work.


Formatting: Manuscripts should be 35 pages or fewer, excluding tables and figures.


For questions about the online submission process, email the JHR Managing Editor, Lisa Al-Amoodi.


Turnaround statistics for first-round submissions:
Average time to decision: 30.55 days
Median time to decision: 9 days
Acceptance rate: 4%


Statement on Gold Open Access

JHR offers the option of Gold Open Access to articles published in the journal. This means that after an article has gone through peer review and is accepted for publication, it would be eligible to be made freely available via gold open access, for a fee. The authors, or their institutions, or funding bodies, must pay an article processing fee to help defray the costs of publication. The electronic version of the article will then appear on the journal website, free for readers to access without a paywall, in perpetuity and without an embargo. Gold OA articles are published under the CC-BY-ND-NC license, which allows sharing and access, but does not allow republication, commercial use, or distribution. A less restrictive CC license may be negotiated with the publisher separately for a higher fee. Articles can also be made open access at any point after they have been published in the journal, even if some time has passed since initial publication. Please direct questions about open access to the editorial contact.


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Publishing Fees

We accept publishing fees for gold open access (OA), color section fees, and page fees. Page fees are requested when a research grant or other institutional funds are available to underwrite publication costs. Ability to pay is not a condition for acceptance of a manuscript. To pay online, please go to: or email for assistance.


Article sharing policy

The University of Wisconsin Press prefers authors publicize the official preprint or final version of an article from, rather than sharing a working paper. Sharing the Version of Record has the added benefits of increased usage, article citations, Altmetric scores, and disambiguation with the use of persistent identifiers (DOIs). For more on article versions, see this resource.