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Featured article: The anatomy of job polarisation in the UK

This paper, by Andrea Salvatori, studies the contribution of different skill groups to the polarisation of the UK labour market. It shows that the large increase in graduate numbers contributed to the substantial reallocation of employment from middling to top occupations which is the main feature of the polarisation process in the UK over the past three decades. The increase in the number of immigrants, on the other hand, does not account for any particular aspect of the polarisation in the UK. Changes in the skill mix of the workforce account for most of the decline in routine employment across the occupational distribution, but within-group changes account for most of the decline in routine occupations in middling occupations.

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The Journal for Labour Market Research is a journal in the interdisciplinary field of labour market research. As of 2016 the Journal publishes open access. The journal follows international research standards and strives for international visibility. With its empirical and multidisciplinary orientation, the journal publishes papers in English language concerning the labour market, employment, education/training and careers. Papers dealing with country-specific labour market aspects are suitable if they adopt an innovative approach and address a topic of interest to a wider international audience. The journal is distinct from most others in the field, as it provides a platform for contributions from a broad range of academic disciplines. The editors encourage replication studies, as well as studies based on international comparisons. Accordingly, authors are expected to make their empirical data available to readers who might wish to replicate a published work on request.

Celebrating our first Impact Factor!

On June 28, 2023, as announced by Clarivate Analytics in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Journal for Labour Market Research, published by SpringerNature, has achieved its first Impact Factor of 1.7. 

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Other Journal Metrics for JLMR: 

5-year Impact Factor: 2.1
Immediacy index: 0.2
Eigenfactor® score: 0.00056
Article influence score: 0.784
Journal Citation Indicator: 0.92

CiteScore 2022: 2.6
Rank #20/57 in Industrial Relations
Rank #298/705 in Economics and Econometrics
Rank #117/226 in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Advisory Board

John T. Addison, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA
David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Hans-Peter Blossfeld, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
Alison Booth, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Hannah Brückner, New York University, Abu Dhabi
Colin Crouch, Warwick Business School, Coventry, England
Steven J. Davis, University of Chicago, USA
Christian Dustmann, University College London, United Kingdom
Gøsta Esping-Andersen, University of Barcelona, Spain
Michael Lechner, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Thomas Lemieux, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Karl Ulrich Mayer, Leibnitz Association, Berlin, Germany
Kathleen Thelen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    1.7 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.1 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.442 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.653 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    18 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    270 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    179 Altmetric mentions 

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