Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor is a refereed, open access journal published by the Institute for Critical Education Studies (ICES) and a collective of scholars in critical university studies, or critical higher education, promoting dignity and integrity in academic work. Contributions are aimed at higher education workplace scholar-activism and dialogue on all issues of academic labor.

Critical Education and Workplace defend the freedom, without restriction or censorship, to disseminate and publish reports of research, teaching, and service, and to express critical opinions about institutions or systems and their management. Co-Editors of these journals resist all efforts to limit the exercise of academic freedom and intellectual freedom, recognizing the right of criticism and whistleblowing by authors or contributors and editors. We reserve all protections of the press, summed as the “public’s right to know” or more fully as "the public right to knowledge about matters of public interest."

Critical Education and Workplace function with an independent and free press ethic, as a publisher and as media for its academic and citizen journalists. Critical Education and Workplace publish academic research along with a range of critical commentary and opinion. Critical Education and Workplace defend open access and the principle that making information or research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.