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European Labour Law Journal

European Labour Law Journal

Editor in Chief
Frank Hendrickx University of Leuven, Belgium
Managing Board Members
Anne Davies University of Oxford, UK
Guus Heerma van Voss University of Leiden, Netherlands
Sophie Robin-Olivier University of Paris I - Sorbonne, France
Achim Seifert University of Jena, Germany
Bernd Waas Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Language Editor
Editorial Assistant
Sarah De Groof University of Leuven, Belgium

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eISSN: 23995556 | ISSN: 20319525 | Current volume: 9 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
The European Labour Law Journal is a peer reviewed academic journal in the area of European labour law and social policy. European labour law is viewed in a wide sense. It includes labour law at the European Union level as well as labour law in the Member States. Included is also a focus on developments of labour law at a global level taking into account its relevance for Europe. Attention is also paid to developments at the level of policy, legislation, case law as well as academic doctrine.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal wishes to increase and foster the debate on the future of labour law in Europe and to increase the knowledge of labour law. It aims to better define the role of labour law in Europe and in light of a European Social Model which can provide solutions for the challenges facing the EU and its Member States, requiring a good combination of economic market performance and quality of life, good work and social justice.
In order to contribute to this, the Journal studies European labour law in national, European and international contexts. Current and future developments in Europe and the world necessitate a fundamental investigation of labour law in the EU and its Member States, and of the basic principles of labour law in Europe.


Corresponding Board Members
Edoardo Ales University of Cassino, Italy
Helga Aune University of Oslo, Norway
Catherine Barnard University of Cambridge, UK
Elín Blöndal Bifröst University, Iceland
Michele Colucci College of Europe at Parma, Italy
Nicola Countouris University College London, UK
Tomas Davulis Vilnius University, Lithunia
Sarah De Groof University of Leuven, Belgium
Raluca Dimitriu Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania
Filip Dorssemont University of Louvain, Belgium
Kristine Dupate University of Latvia, Latvia
Stein Evju University of Oslo, Norway
José João Abrantes New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Anthony Kerr University College Belfield, Ireland
Francis Kessler University Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France
György Kiss University of Pécs, Hungary
Etelka Korpic-Horvat University of Maribor, Slovenia
Aristea Koukiadaki University of Cambridge, Greece/UK
Haris Kountouros DG for Finances (European Parliament), Belgium
Rüdiger Krause University of Göttingen, Germany
Pal Lajos University of Budapest, Hungary
Günther Löschnigg University of Graz, Austria
Manuel Luque Parra Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Fiona McGrath University of Edinburgh, UK
Leszek Mitrus Jagiellonian University, Poland
Costas Papadimitriou University of Athens, Greece
Wolfgang Portmann University of Zürich, Switzerland
Jean-Luc Putz Attorney Luxembourg Bar, Luxemburg
Wilfried Rauws University of Brussels, Belgium
Mia Rönnmar Lund University, Sweden
Lynn Roseberry Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Krassimira Sredkova Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria
Martin Stefko Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic
Nurhan Sural Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Gaabriel Tavits University of Tartu, Estonia
Adriana Topo University of Padua, Italy
Aline Van Bever University Leuven, Belgium
Evert Verhulp University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anders von Koskull Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Ivana Vukorepa University of Zagreb, Croatia
Christian Welz European Foundation, Dublin, Ireland
Marjo Ylhäinen University of Helsinki, Finland
Advisory Board
Takashi Araki University of Tokyo, Japan
Janice Bellace Wharton School (U.S.A.) & IIRA
Roger Blanpain Tilburg University & University of Leuven, Belgium
Giuseppe Casale ILO & IIRA, Switzerland
Sjoerd Feenstra European Commission, Belgium
Matthew W. Finkin University of Illinois, USA
Antoine Jacobs Tilburg University, Netherlands
Teun Jaspers Utrecht University, Netherlands
Evance Kalula University of Cape Town, South Africa
Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky Central European University, Hungary
Marie-Ange Moreau European University Institute, Italy
Alan Neal University of Warwick, UK
Ruth Nielsen Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Birgitta Nyström Lund University, Sweden
Joellen Riley University of Sidney, Australia
Michal Sewerynski University of Lodz (Poland) & ISLSSL, Poland
Manfred Weiss Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Ton Wilthagen Tilburg University, Netherlands

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of European Labour Law Journal will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Footnotes
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information


1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to European Labour Law Journal, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article Types

The European Labour Law Journal accepts academic contributions of substantial length (as a rule, between 12,000 and 15,000 words, footnotes included) or if of a shorter length (as a rule, between 6,000 and 8,000 words, footnotes included) in all areas falling within its scope. These contributions may, for example, 1) deal with the broad area of the European Union labour law and policy; or 2) be confined with specific national or international developments that are particularly relevant for the European Union and/or its member states; or 3) discuss labour law at a general or doctrinal level, or 4) deal with cross-disciplinary findings with relevance for labour law in Europe.

The European Labour Law Journal includes short reports on specific developments in nationals and European-level labour law. This comprises commented/annotated overviews (on average, between 750 and 1,500 words) of actual issues in national labour law and policy (policy changes, legislation, case law, specific collective agreements, etc.)

The European Labour Law Journal also includes book reviews, short conference or policy reports, as well as announcement of specific events.

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

European Labour Law Journal operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

European Labour Law Journal encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

European Labour Law Journal and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

European Labour Law Journal offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

4.4 Footnotes

Footnotes should not be collated at the end of the article, but will be published at the foot of each relevant page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)' names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g. …limitations are possible.¹ The asterisked footnote should give the author's position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required.

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

European Labour Law Journal is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Editor-in-Chief: Frank Hendrickx

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the European Labour Law Journal editorial office as follows:

Editor-in-Chief: Frank Hendrickx

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