British Journal of Industrial Relations

Cover image for Vol. 54 Issue 3

Edited By: John Godard

Online ISSN: 1467-8543


5-Year Impact Factor: 1.895 (2015)

The British Journal of Industrial Relations is a journal of work and employment relations, with a focus on the institutions, policies, 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.

Aims and Scope

The journal's purview includes (but is not restricted to) differing forms of work and employment, work organisation, employer practices, systems of representation and rights at work, trade unionism, state policies, and international organizations, especially as these topics intersect with emergent social and economic issues, but also as they pertain to more traditional ones. Examples of the former are: work in developing countries, migrant workers, and job quality. Examples of the latter are: pay, gender, conflict, and injustice.

We accept all research methods, provided that the research is original, of high quality, and makes a generalisable contribution to our understanding or knowledge of the journal's subject matter. International papers are encouraged, although they should be broadly relevant to the journal's core readership, which is primarily British but also European, North American, and Australian.

We also encourage review/synthesis papers, provided that they make an original intellectual contribution to our subject matter, ideally through critical analysis or through the development and application of alternative lenses for analysing this subject matter. Alternative lenses might (but need not) include critical theory, feminist theory, (radical) political economy, or emergent system-theoretic modes of analysis addressing the development of capitalism (including varieties thereof) and/or its cultures.

All papers should be well grounded in the relevant literature and are expected to build on past work published in the journal wherever possible. The following are likely to fall outside of the journal’s scope: a) unduly descriptive, technical, or empiricist papers, b) ungrounded or abstract theoretical analyses, and c) papers that focus on more micro or managerial topics lacking in broader relevance to the economy and society. Papers that are by orientation or method more suited to a discipline-based journal than a multidisciplinary one are discouraged.

The journal does not normally publish papers that identify (directly or indirectly) individuals or organizations without their consent, unless the editors are convinced that doing so is essential to a paper's academic contribution and there is sufficient evidence to support any potentially contentious statements about the actors in question.

For submission guidelines and ethical standards, see our notes for contributors. For an extended treatment of the “nuts-and-bolts” of publishing in the BJIR, see the editorials in volume 54, numbers 2, 3, and 4, and on our website.


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