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About the Journal

Work, Aging and Retirement provides a peer-reviewed forum for evidence-based, translational research on worker aging and retirement, with the goal of enhancing understanding of these phenomena.

Work, Aging and Retirement reflects a broad community of professionals in the fields of psychology, sociology, economics, gerontology, business and management, and industrial labor relations. It aims to publish high-quality research that will generate interest from public policy makers, organizational decision makers, human resource professionals, and older worker advocates for the policy implications that these papers bear. Work, Aging and Retirement encourages an international perspective, publishing research and findings from various countries, regions, and entities that are governed by different socio-economic policies.

Work, Aging and Retirement primarily considers empirical and theoretical investigations that enhance understanding of phenomena related to worker aging and retirement. These phenomena can be (1) at one or multiple levels—individuals, groups, organizations, regions or countries, and societies or cultures; or (2) in work settings such as business, education, training, health, service, government, or military institutions; or (3) in the public or private sector, for-profit or nonprofit.

A non-exhaustive sampling of specific topic areas appropriate for this journal includes:

  • Age discrimination at workplace;
  • Age-related diversity issues at workplace;
  • Aging and creativity, innovation, and adaptation;
  • Aging and expertise and knowledge management;
  • Aging and positive and negative work behaviors;
  • Aging and the use of technology and work systems;
  • Aging and training, learning, and skill acquisition;
  • Aging and work stress, health, and well-being;
  • Aging and work–family interface;
  • Attitudes toward retirement;
  • Early retirement;
  • Employment after retirement;
  • Gender roles in retirement;
  • Health and financial well-being in retirement;
  • Leisure activities in retirement;
  • Mid and late career issues;
  • Older workers’ abilities, personality, and other characteristics;
  • Older workers’ job attitudes, affect, and emotions;
  • Older workers’ work motivation;
  • Performance measurement and management for older workers;
  • Retirement adjustment;
  • Retirement and family life;
  • Retirement decision making;
  • Retirement planning;
  • Retirement-related human resource practices;
  • Social security, pension systems, and retirement savings;
  • Testing and personnel selection for older workers;
  • The demography of aging and retirement;
  • Work design for older workers;
  • Workforce planning.

Work, Aging and Retirement publishes three types of articles.

Empirical Articles: This journal publishes empirical articles that report (1) theoretically driven and rigorously conducted empirical investigations that extend conceptual understanding of worker aging and retirement-related phenomena (original investigations or meta-analyses), (2) descriptive research on phenomena where we lack basic knowledge which will provide a foundation for building new knowledge and theory (such studies should provide novel data on important and unknown phenomena), (3) rigorously conducted qualitative research on phenomena that are difficult to capture with quantitative methods, or (4) replications of previously published empirical studies to offer confirmative or rebuttal evidence. It should be noted that the journal will only devote a small percentage of pages to publish replication studies, and we request that authors discuss such potential submissions with the Editor before submission.

Methodological Articles: This journal publishes methodological articles devoted to the development and dissemination of innovative methods for collecting, analyzing, understanding, and interpreting data related to worker aging and retirement.

Review Articles: This journal welcomes and commissions review articles that either (1) synthesize literature and create new theories of worker aging and retirement-related phenomena that will stimulate novel research, or (2) offer an extensive literature review on a specific topic to summarize the state of knowledge and critically assess the gaps and important issues in past research, thereby directing future research.

New Submission Option

Announcing New Submission Option for Publishing in Work, Aging and Retirement

Mo Wang, University of Florida, Editor

The editorial team of Work, Aging and Retirement is pleased to announce a new submission option for the journal. This new editorial process will be used in addition to the traditional editorial process (where author[s] submit a complete manuscript for peer review) to achieve publication. Specifically, following this new submission option, authors can submit the following two types of work for editorial consideration:

Type I. Research Proposals

Author(s) can submit a research proposal to the journal. The research proposal should include the following components:

  1. An introduction section (very much like the introduction section in a complete manuscript) which motivates the research question and develops testable hypotheses.
  2. A method section which describes the planned research design, research procedures and materials, sampling, and measures.
  3. An analytic strategy section that details the plan for analyzing the data.

The research proposal will first be reviewed by an Action Editor of the journal to generate an initial assessment regarding the fit and the quality of the proposal. If the Action Editor decides to move forward, the proposal will be assigned to two reviewers from the Editorial Board of Work, Aging and Retirement. The reviewers will evaluate the potential contribution that can be realized by the proposed research project and offer feedback to further improve the research proposal. After considering the reviewers’ comments, the Action Editor will decide whether to reject the research proposal, invite a revision of the proposal, or accept the proposal.

At the point that a research proposal is accepted (immediately or following one or multiple rounds of revisions), an agreement is reached by the author(s) and the editorial team to publish the full manuscript in the journal, on the condition that the proposed methods and analytic strategies are fully executed and regardless of whether the hypotheses are supported by the findings. The compliance with the agreed-upon proposal will be determined by a review from the original reviewers and from the Action Editor, at which point they may also offer further suggestions to improve the manuscript before the final manuscript is accepted for publication.

In addition, Work, Aging and Retirement will publish the abstract of the accepted research proposal on its website.

Type II. Hybrid Registered Reports

Author(s) can submit a hybrid registered report to the journal. The hybrid registered report is based on a completed study (or studies), but only the Introduction, Method, and Proposed Analyses sections are submitted for review. Thus, the work will be judged on the merits of the research question and methodology, not the findings.

The editorial process of the hybrid registered reports is the same as the one of research proposals. At the point that a hybrid registered report is accepted (immediately or following one or multiple rounds of revisions), an agreement is reached by the author(s) and the editorial team to publish the full manuscript in the journal, assuming that the full manuscript submission is consistent with what was committed to in the accepted hybrid registered report and offers a sensible interpretation and discussion of the findings. The full manuscript will go through the review process from the original reviewers and from the Action Editor, at which point they may also offer further suggestions to improve the manuscript before the final manuscript is accepted for publication.

Submission Instruction

Research proposals and hybrid registered reports adhering to this new editorial process may be submitted via the journal’s online submission portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/workar. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to select “Research Proposal” as the submission type. In addition, please also indicate in the cover letter whether the submission is a research proposal or hybrid registered report.

The editorial team of Work, Aging and Retirement hopes that this new submission option can help us battle publication bias and the file drawer problem that are detrimental to our science. It also constitutes an important step to remove the incentive for authors to engage in HARKing (i.e., hypothesizing after the results are known). However, given that this new submission option is experimental in nature, the editorial team will continuously monitor the success of this approach and may make revisions accordingly along the way.

If you have questions regarding this new editorial process, please contact the journal editor, Mo Wang, at mo.wang@warrington.ufl.edu.

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