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Journal of Industrial Relations

2016 Impact Factor: 0.684
2016 Ranking: 17/27 in Industrial Relations & Labor
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editors-in-Chief
Professor Marian Baird University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Professor Bradon Ellem University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Associate Editors
Dr Stephen Clibborn University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Associate Professor Rae Cooper University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Dr Chris F Wright University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Book Review Editor
Associate Professor Sarah Kaine University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


eISSN: 14729296 | ISSN: 00221856 | Current volume: 59 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 5 Times/Year

The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed international journal administered by the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA). The JIR is based in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. ALERA (formerly the Industrial Relations Society of Australia) was established in May 1958 and the first issue of the Journal of Industrial Relations appeared in the following year. ALERA brings together representatives of management, trade unions, government, the professions and academia.

“The Journal of Industrial Relations is one of the prime outlets for research on work, labour and employment relations. The journal is international in scope and has an authorship and readership from across the globe. For researchers in Europe, it is a principal source of theory and evidence on global developments in the world of work and a desirable place in which to publish: JIR is a journal to which one sends one's best work.” Edmund Heery, Cardiff University, UK

JIR is a terrific source of information about the wide-ranging changes occurring at the workplace. The journal reports on international and comparative developments in articles written by leading academic authorities. The articles are well researched with a variety of methodologies used to analyze original data." Harry C. Katz, Cornell University, USA

The editors invite scholarship from a range of disciplinary perspectives, examining all aspects of industrial relations. We publish rigorous qualitative and multi-method analyses, including theoretically-informed case studies and international and comparative papers. Contributions examining traditional and emerging actors and institutions in industrial relations, as well as studies addressing the intersection of the workplace, family, community and the state, are welcome. We urge all our contributors to locate their empirical work in relevant literatures and debates and to seek to make a contribution to those conceptual concerns.

Academic Members
Janice Bellace Wharton School (U.S.A.) & IIRA
Sara Charlesworth RMIT, Australia
Ray Fells UWA, Australia
Michele Ford University of Sydney, Australia
David Guest King's College London, UK
Edmund Heery Cardiff University, UK
Wei Huang Renmin University, China
Christian Lyhne Ibsen University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dong-One Kim Korea University, South Korea
Thomas Kochan MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Chang-Hee Lee International Labour Organisation, Taiwan
Joohee Lee Ewha University, South Korea
Fang Lee Cooke Monash University, Australia
Adam Seth Litwin Cornell University, USA
Ray Markey Macquarie University, Australia
Michelle O'Sullivan University of Limerick, Ireland
Erling Rasmussen AUT, New Zealand
Mia Rönnmar Lund University, Sweden
Jill Rubery Manchester Business School, UK
Louise Thornthwaite Macquarie University, Australia
Jennifer Tomlinson Leeds University Business School, UK
Keith Townsend Griffith University, Australia
Anil Verma University of Toronto, Canada
Kyoung Hee Yu UNSW, Australia
Representing the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA)
Natascha Boehm Hon. Secretary
Sarah Meier Past National President
Joanna Minchinton Treasurer
Sharlene Wellard National President
Editorial Assistant
Rawya Mansour University of Sydney Business School, Australia
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Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR)

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jir 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 Journal of Industrial Relations will be reviewed.

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. Manuscript Guidelines
    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 Funding
    2.5 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 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 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. Manuscript guidelines

The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed international journal administered by the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA). ALERA (formerly the Industrial Relations Society of Australia) was established in May 1958 and the first issue of the Journal of Industrial Relations appeared in the following year. ALERA brings together representatives of management, trade unions, government, the professions and academia. The JIR is based in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. 

1.1 Aims & Scope

The editors invite scholarship from a range of disciplinary perspectives, examining all aspects of industrial relations. We publish rigorous qualitative and multi-method analyses, including theoretically-informed case studies and international and comparative papers. Contributions examining traditional and emerging actors and institutions in industrial relations, as well as studies addressing the intersection of the workplace, family, community and the state, are welcome. We urge all our contributors to locate their empirical work in relevant literatures and debates and to seek to make a contribution to those conceptual concerns.

Before submitting your manuscript to the Journal of Industrial Relations, please ensure you have read the Aims and scope.

1.2 Article Types

  • Rigorous qualitative and multi-method analyses, including theoretically-informed case studies and international and comparative papers; research notes; review essays; all of which are peer reviewed.
  • Shorter articles: from practitioners and academics on current controversies in industrial relations.

Articles submitted to the JIR should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The maximum length of the full manuscript (including references, tables etc.) is 10,000 words. 
  • Research Notes and Controversies should between 4,000-5,000.
  • All manuscripts should be anonymised and include a separate title page: with the author(s) affiliation and full contact details: full name of author(s), institution, postal and email addresses (noting the corresponding author) as well as a short biographical note for each author (100 words max).
  • The manuscript should include an abstract (150-200 words) and keywords (3-5 words).
  • The manuscript should follow the Harvard (author, date) system of referencing, with ‘endnotes’ (if necessary and kept brief) rather than ‘footnotes’.

Research Notes and Controversies – Guidelines:

Research Notes and Controversies are shorter (4,000-5,000 words) than a full research article. They will tend to be more focussed on the topic they address, and they will tend to present the most recent evidence on a particularly topical issue that would fit within the journal’s aims and scope and be of interest to the Journal’s readership. Both types of manuscript should stimulate new debate, question accepted thinking and add to the body of knowledge in a particular focus areas. These pieces are subject to the same double-blind peer review of all JIR articles, after editorial consideration.

A Research Note might consist of contributions on the following:

  • Methodological issues and problems associated with particular research approaches or questions.
  • An evaluation of research agendas in a particular area and arguments as to the need for change.
  • Reports of fieldwork that illuminate wider methodological, theoretical or issues of policy and practice.
  • An emerging or innovative research topic or method which warrants urgent attention.

A Controversy contribution might consist of the following:

  • A reflection on key concepts or body of knowledge that aims to stimulate new debate. 
  • An engagement with a body of literature that produces a new interpretation or proposes a new theoretical or empirical direction. 
  • A polemical critique of accepted wisdom on a topic. This must be serious in intent and considered in tone. 
  • An investigation of a particularly important/ground-breaking issue of policy or practice relating to the world of work.

Papers will not be accepted as either Controversies or Research Notes if they are underdeveloped versions of a standard article or do not raise substantive methodological/theoretical/policy issues.

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

  • The JIR adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from each other.
  • All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that fit within the aims and scope of the journal, and meet the academic and editorial standards of the journal, are sent for outside review.
  • Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees.

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 Funding

Journal of Industrial Relations requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

Journal of Industrial Relations 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

Journal of Industrial Relations 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

Journal of Industrial Relations 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.

The Introduction (no heading) should clearly state the purpose of the article, give only strictly pertinent references, and not review the subject extensively. Material, Methods and Results must be presented in logical sequence in the text, with text and illustrations emphasizing only important observations. Ethical approaches to research on sensitive topics with children must be described. The Discussion should emphasize new and important observations of the study and conclusions therefrom. Do not repeat in detail data from results. Include implications of the findings and their limitations, and relate observations to other relevant studies.

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

 The JIR does not currently accept supplemental files.

4.4 Reference style

Journal of Industrial Relations adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

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

Journal of Industrial Relations is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jir 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.

5.1 ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

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 Journal of Industrial Relations editorial office as follows:

JIR Editorial Address
Professors Marian Baird and Bradon Ellem
Editors-in-Chief, Journal of Industrial Relations
Work and Organisational Studies (H70)
Business School, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Email: business.jir@sydney.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9351-6656
Fax: +61 2 9351-4729

Book Reviews:
Books for review and all related correspondence should be sent to:
A/Prof. Sarah Kaine, Management Discipline, University of Technology, Sydney, City Campus, PO Box 123 Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia.
Email: Sarah.Kaine@uts.edu.au

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