British Journal of Industrial Relations

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Edited By: John Godard

Online ISSN: 1467-8543

Author Guidelines

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The British Journal of Industrial Relations is a journal of work and employment relations, with a focus on the institutions, processes, and practices associated with these relations and their implications for matters of economy and society. It is both multidisciplinary and international in its scope, contributors, and readership.

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Books for review should be sent to Jane Holgate at the following address:

Jane Holgate
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Work and Employment Relations Division
Leeds University Business School
31 Lyddon Terrace (room 2.05)
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom


1. Papers submitted for publication in BJIR will normally be scrutinized by two independent referees as well as by one of the Editors. An initial report to authors is usually provided within four months. If the paper is sent back to authors for revision and resubmission, authors will have a one-year limit for re-submission of manuscripts.

2. It is the policy of the BJIR to conduct ``double-blind'' reviews where the identities of both the authors and referees are concealed. Authors should therefore remove their name, address and acknowledgements from their manuscript file. The cover letter to editor in case of resubmission should also be anonymous as this is normally sent to original referees. Authors should be careful not to reveal their identity when referencing their own work in the text.

3. Ethics. It is generally considered unethical to submit work that, in whole or in part, has been published, is to be published, or is under consideration elsewhere, even if the wording, organization, or analysis have been altered. Manuscripts must be the product of all authors cited on the title page and of only those authors, and they should not, directly or indirectly, identify specific individuals or organizations. Authors should be free of any conflicts of interest. Some exceptions to these rules are permitted, subject to the written approval of the chief editor prior to submission.

4. The BJIR is committed to the principle of replication of social research and expects all authors submitting to the journal to have their data, regardless of their nature, available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication. The editors encourage authors to respond positively to requests from readers for access to their data wherever possible.

5. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission or during the review process by using the services available on

6. Submission on Editorial Express:

Papers are to be submitted electronically directly on

Visit the link above and insert your email address in Step 1. In Step 2, you'll have to specify the type of submission as “submission” or 'resubmission'. You can also specify if this is a normal submission or if it refers to a Special Issue or conference.

Follow the instruction as you go along. If you have any doubts or queries about your submission or resubmission please do not hesitate to contact Editorial Express support at, or Thomas Gaston at

All files should be uploaded as PDF files. On a first submission, complete details of all authors will be required. Other essential documents to be uploaded into EE are a cover letter, which is a brief document in case of first submissions, but a more extended one in case of resubmissions, a Title page and the Manuscript file.

The Title page. This file should contain the manuscript title, names and affiliations of all authors as well as postal and e-mail address for the corresponding author.

The Manuscript file is an anonymous, single PDF file that should include: (i) title, (ii) word count on the top of the opening page, (iii) abstract, (iv) article, (v) references and (vi) tables and figures (if applicable).

In case of a resubmission, the following individual, anonymous PDF files should be uploaded: (1) revised manuscript, (2) cover letter containing authors’ reply to Editor, (3) reply to Referee 1, (4) reply to Referee 2, (5) reply to Referee 3 (if applicable).

7. Format guidelines:

(a)  Manuscripts will contain between 5,000 and 10,000 words, including tables and references. Sheets must be numbered. The word count should appear on the opening page of the manuscript.

(b) An Abstract of around 100 words is required, giving a concise statement of the intention, results and the conclusions of the article.

(c) Tables and Figures should be numbered sequentially and be presented at the end of the manuscript. Each should have a self-explanatory title and should be comprehensible without reference to the text. Presentation of complex statistical tables should be avoided. It is generally better to provide descriptive accounts of data in the main text and where necessary include a statistical appendix.

(d) Bibliographical references in the text should quote the author's name and date of publication thus: Booth (1987). Multiple citations should be given alphabetically rather than chronologically: (Sako 1990; Thurley 1960; Wood 1980). If a work has two authors, cite both names in the text throughout: Dunn & Gennard (1984). In the case of references to three or more authors, use the et al. form on all occasions except in the reference list.

References cited in the text must appear in a list at the end of the article and vice versa. The list should be typed in double spacing in the following format:

Booth, A. (1987). 'Extra-statutory redundancy payments in Britain'. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 25: 401-418.

Dunn, S. and Gennard, J. (1984) The Closed Shop in British Industry. London: Macmillan.

Note that journal titles are cited in the reference list without abbreviation.

(e)  Page references should be included in in-text citations when references are made to literature, regardless of whether or not the reference is a quotation; thus (Kochan, 1999; 23-5). Only if the reference is to the book or article in its entirety should it be cited without a page number or range.

(f) Authors are required to avoid the use of sexist or racist language.

(g) If a long title is necessary (more than 60 letter spaces), a short title should also be given for use as a running headline to the article.

(h) Use endnotes, not footnotes. Keep their number to a maximum of five.

8. Proofs are sent to authors for correction of typesetting errors only. Authors will be charged for any other corrections. Two complimentary copies of the journal and one PDF file of his/her article are supplied to each author.

9. To protect authors and journals against un-authorized reproduction of articles,
Wiley-Blackwell Publishers requires copyright to be assigned to itself, on the express condition that authors may use their own material at any time without permission. On acceptance of a paper submitted to the Journal, authors will be requested to sign an appropriate assignment of copyright form.

The author's consent will be sought before any applications to reproduce material in commercially-published anthologies are granted. Fees are waived for photocopying of isolated articles for non-profit classroom or library reserve use by instructors and educational institutions.

10. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

11. BJIR is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

12. Copyright Transfer Agreement If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below: CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: