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Articles from Oxford Journals economics titles are classified according to the system used by the Journal of Economic Literature (commonly known as 'JEL codes').

JEL codes are submitted by the article's authors; the codes are displayed on the print article, usually after the abstract, and are used to build a 'Browse by JEL code' listing on the journal's website, as well as a free alerting service so that you can be informed when new papers publish in specific areas that are of interest to you (see below for how to sign up).

There are some things to note:

  • "Official" three-character JEL codes ([A-Z][1-9][0-9]) are used. Two- or four-character JEL codes are normalized to the three-character equivalent. If you are an author, you can browse the hierarchy of JEL codes on any journal below to find the most suitable JEL codes for your article.
  • JEL classification may not begin until part way through a journal's archive. The date at which JEL classification starts for each title is shown below. Items such as editorials and book reviews are not assigned JEL codes.
  • Articles appear in the Browse by JEL hierarchy when they are published in an issue, not in Advance Access. We are working on changing this: until then, JEL codes for Advance Access content are searchable via our search engine (sort results by newest).

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR FREE JEL CODE ALERTING

Get the most relevant research for you direct to your inbox.

You can now sign up to receive monthly alerts containing new papers publishing on Oxford Journals in the JEL code areas of your choosing. Select from hundreds of different areas to tailor the alerts to your needs.

1. Log in or register for an Oxford Journals ‘My Account’

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3. Select your areas of interest by ticking the box next to them and click ‘submit’.


JOURNALS OFFERING JEL CODE BROWSING AND ALERTING

Articles which have been allocated to a JEL category display in the 'content box' on the abstract and HTML full text.


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American Journal of Agricultural Economics
JEL classification from 73:1 (1991)

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American Law and Economics Review
Online from: 1:1 (1999)
JEL classification from 10:1 (2008)


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Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy
JEL classification from 15:1 (1993)

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Cambridge Journal of Economics
Online from: 1:1 (1977)
Updated: JEL classification from: 15:1 (1991) [previously from 23:4 (1999)]

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Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Online from: 1:1 (2008)
JEL classification from: 1:1 (2008)


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CESifo Economic Studies
Online from: 49:1 (2003)
JEL classification from: 49:1 (2003)


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Contributions to Political Economy
Online from: 1:1 (1982)
JEL classification from: 26:1 (2007)


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European Review of Agricultural Economics
Online from: 1:1 (1973)
Updated: JEL classification from: 18:1 (1991) [previously from 26:1 (1999)]


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Industrial and Corporate Change
Online from: 1:1 (1992)
JEL classification: Coming soon


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Journal of African Economies
Online from: 1:1 (1992)
Updated: JEL classification from: 1:2 (1992) [previously from 16:1 (2007)]


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The Journal of Competition, Law and Economics
Online from: 1:1 (2005)
JEL classification from: 2:3 November (2006)


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Journal of Economic Geography
Online from: 1:1 (2001)
Updated: JEL classification from: 1:1 (2001) [previously from 1:4 (2001)]


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Journal of Financial Econometrics
Online from: 1:1 (2003)
JEL classification: Coming soon


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The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
Online from: 1:1 (1985)
JEL classification from: 24:2 December (2007)


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Journal of Legal Analysis
Online from: 1:1 (2009)
Updated: JEL classification from: 1:1 (2009)


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Oxford Economic Papers
Online from: Series 1 1:1 (1938)
Updated: JEL classification from: 43:1 (1991) [previously from 57:1 (2005)]


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Oxford Review of Economic Policy
Online from: 1:1 (1985)
Updated: JEL classification from: 7:1 (1991) [previously from 23:1 (2007)]


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Quarterly Journal of Economics
Online from: 1:1 (1886)
Updated: JEL classification from: 106:1 (1991)


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Review of Asset Pricing Studies
JEL classification from 1:1(2011)


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The Review of Economic Studies
Online from: 1:1 (1933)
Updated: JEL classification from: 58:1 (1991)


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Review of Environmental Economics and Policy
Online from: 1:1 (2007)
JEL classification from: 1:1 (2007)


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Review of Finance
Online from: 1:1 (1997)
JEL classification from: 1:3 (1998)


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The Review of Financial Studies
Online from: 1:1 (1988)
Updated: JEL classification from: 4:1 (1991) [previously from 19:4 (2006)]


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Socio-Economic Review
Online from: 1:1 (2003)
JEL classification from: 1:1 (2003)


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The World Bank Economic Review
Online from: 1:1 (1986)
Updated: JEL classification from: 5:1 (1991) [previously from 21:1 (2007)]


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The World Bank Research Observer
Online from: 1:1 (1986)
Updated: JEL classification from: 5:1 (1991) [previously from 22:1 (2007)]