Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society

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Edited By: Chris Riddell, ILR School at Cornell University

Impact Factor: 1.59

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 8/26 (Industrial Relations & Labor)

Online ISSN: 1468-232X

Author Guidelines

Industrial Relations publishes articles on all aspects of the employment relationship. Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (434 817 2040), or via the red 'Get Help Now' link in the top right-hand corner of the page.  If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office by e-mail

Please indicate your understanding that the article will not be under consideration by any other publisher while it is being reviewed by Industrial Relations. Please also alert us if a similar or related article has been accepted, or is under consideration by, another journal. In such cases, we may request a copy of the similar or related article.

Guidelines for Contributors to Industrial Relations:

Manuscripts:  Article length should be no longer than 25-30 double-spaced typed pages with 1-inch margins, inclusive of tables, notes, and references.  Quotations of over four lines should be indented.  Do not include running heads of author(s)' name(s). Submit your article as a Microsoft Word document, not a PDF file. Do not submit revisions with Track Changes.

Title page: Please provide a title for the paper that is limited to two lines, 33 letters and spaces per line. Author(s), institutional affiliation(s), current mailing addresses, and phone numbers should appear with the title on one copy of the cover page. Place acknowledgments at the bottom of this page. The Title page should be a separate document from the article Word file.

Abstract: Please include an abstract of less than 100 words.

Notes: These should be endnotes, restricted to substantive parenthetical statements, numbered consecutively, and placed on a separate sheet(s) at the end of the paper.

Tables should be on separate pages, numbering them consecutively in Arabic numerals.  Table notes include the source first, then significance levels given by asterisks, then table notes indicated by lowercase superscripts a, b, etc.

Variable names: Use English words for variable names whenever possible (e.g., Percentage Union rather than PCTUN), making variable names as descriptive as possible.  Use initial capitalization (no italics or bold) of all words in names of variables in the text and in tables.

Figures should appear on separate pages in camera-ready form.

References: In the body of the text, place references in parentheses, giving the author's last name and date of publication (using a, b, etc., if more than one work is cited for a given year). Include page numbers in the text only when quoting material. An alphabetical list of cited references should appear at the end of the manuscript; be sure to include volume number, month, and pages for journal articles and inclusive pages for articles in books. Examples of the appropriate format follow:

Dickens, William T., Laura B. Tyson, and John Zysman, eds. 1988. The Dynamics of 
     Trade and Employment. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger.

Freeman, Richard, and Martin Weitzman. 1986. 'Bonuses and Employment in Japan.' 
     Working Paper No. 878. Cambridge, MA:National Bureau of Economic 

Slichter, Sumner. 1919. The Turnover of Factory Labor. New York: Appleton.

Thurow, Lester. 1987. 'A Surge in Inequality.' Scientific American 256 (May):30-37.

Verma, Anil, and Thomas A. Kochan. 1985. 'The Growth and Nature of the Nonunion 
     Sector within a Firm.' In Challenges and Choices Facing American Labor, edited 
     by Thomas A. Kochan, pp. 89-127. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


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

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.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Authors are permitted to self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of the Contribution on the Contributor’s personal website, in the Contributor’s company/institutional repository or archive, and in certain not for profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central as listed at the following website:, subject to an embargo period of 12 months for scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals and 24 months for social science and humanities (SSH) journals following publication of the final Contribution.

Funder arrangements (Wellcome Trust, RCUK, Austrian Science Fund and others)

There are separate arrangements with certain funding agencies governing reuse of this version as set forth here.

The Contributor may not update the accepted version or replace it with the published Contribution.

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Book Reviews to be sent to:

Terence K. Huwe
Industrial Relations
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
University of California
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-5555

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