Journal Policies

Focus and Scope of Journal

The Journal of Income Distribution is one of the oldest inequality journals. It offers to scholars the opportunity to disseminate their research on the measurement, the causes, and the consequences of inequalities. Submissions, containing either empirical or theoretical work, on the following topics are also considered for publication:

  • Distributional aspects of living standards, economic inequality, mobility, and opportunity.
  • Models which seek to explain income/wealth distribution.
  • The interplay between demographics and income/wealth distribution.
  • The intersection between family economics and inequality.
  • Race, Ethnic origin, and/or Gender differences and inequality.
  • Production-factor allocations.
  • Micro- and macro-economic models of the (causal) relationships between inequality and socio-economic outcomes.
  • Migration and its impact on economic inequality
  • Differences in income distribution and/or living standards between and among societal, regional or national groups, over time.
  • (Causal) relationships between income distribution and growth.
  • The redistributive effects of public policies related to taxation and/or social reallocation systems, including those connected to savings, education, medical care, pensions, etc.
  • Statistical methods and data issues used in the analysis of economic distribution and redistribution.
  • Econometric and statistical issues in working with administrative data and “big data”.

The Journal of Income Distribution also publishes selected lectures on topics of interest to the journal. For some recent examples, please see, for example,

Inequality and Conflict by Joan Maria Esteban,


Inequality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Stephan Klasen.

Further lectures will follow regularly.


Manuscripts, in English, for consideration for publication should be submitted through the website at

Peer Review

The Journal of Income Distribution aims to provide a full and fair peer-review process conducted by those knowledgeable in the particular sub-field of income distribution. The Journal thus far is extremely impressed with the accountability of peer referees it selects. While it continues to give anonymity to referees, invariably authors are extremely appreciative of the work referees do in an effort to improve their submissions. Many do voluntarily and individually officially credit them for their work. The Editor acknowledges the contribution through the periodic publication of an open list of past referees to the JID. Each paper submitted is refereed by at least two scholars. If their recommendations differ, a third referee is retained with the aim of reaching a majority decision on publication. Referees are asked to return their reports within 2 months days of initial receipt of a paper. Referees are asked to prepare a comments portion of a confidential report to be passed on to the authors. The JID team of over 200 referees consists of experts actively engaged in research, who really enjoy their assessment task. They are joined and buttressed by an advisory editorial board of internationally recognized experts. who, in forming the backbone of our body of referees, assure the high quality of evaluation of the submitted papers. The Editorial Office is still in the beginning stages of learning how to handle the new technique of website communication and to guide manuscripts remotely through the evaluation stages. The "formal trails" are being set up to benefit authors and referees. This should go some of the way toward speeding up the refereeing process and giving authors and referees the full advantage of electronic transmission. The Editorial Office takes into account the working conditions of our colleagues who might not have access to strong institutional support for high technology. We do hope that we have found a balance between the necessary urgency of quality-control on submissions to the JID and the conditions of work of both those presenting and those judging research results.

Review Guidelines

Referee Report Part I:


1) Relevance of the submission to the purpose of the JID.

2) Paper's contribution to research on Distribution Theory.

3) Submission's contribution to Social Economics.

4) Appropriateness of paper's title.

5) Adequacy of paper's abstract.

6) Correctness of the logic and technical aspects of the paper.

7) Necessity and quality of the paper's illustrations and tables.

8) Clarity and accessiblity of submission's text.

9) Appropriate length of the submission.

10) Adequacy of paper's references.

11) Ranking of this paper in comparison to similar papers published in highly regarded professional journals.

Overall Recommendations: 5. Acceptable without any changes. / 4. Acceptable with minor modification (explanation requested). / 3. Acceptable with major modification (explanation requested). / 2. To be re-written & re-evaluated (explanation requested). / 1. Unacceptable (reason/s requested).

Part II:

Comments, suggestions, and recommendations: Please be specific. The author(s) will receive a copy or a summary of this part. If revision is recommended, the author(s) will be provided constructive comments to help in revising the manuscript.

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Copyright Information

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Publisher Information

Ad libros publications inc. is the publisher of the Journal of Income Distribution. Business communications, subscription orders, and change-of-address requests (indication of old address as well as new address requested) are to be sent to Ad libros publications inc., Journal of Income Distribution, 235 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. or by e-mail to Advertising rates and information are available at either of the above addresses. Copyright is held jointly by the Journal of Income Distribution® and Ad libros Publishing Inc. The periodical’s mailing cost is paid in US or Canadian postage.