Industrial Relations Journal

Cover image for Vol. 48 Issue 1

Edited By: Peter Nolan

Online ISSN: 1468-2338

Author Guidelines

Scope of the Journal

The IRJ publishes analysis, reports, overviews and commentaries on industrial relations and related themes and issues in the UK, the countries of western, central and eastern Europe and overseas - including developed and developing countries. Whilst authors from all countries are invited to submit their work for consideration, European themes are especially encouraged in the context of continuing major, and far-reaching developments. Submissions may be overviews and surveys of a country, countries or regions either in general terms or on a particular theme. Case studies of change in organisations which illustrate wider movements are also welcomed. Industrial relations is broadly defined to include, for example: all aspects of trade unions, management and collective bargaining from the shop floor to the level of the multinational corporation and international trade union federation; studies of work, workers and the working environment; changes in the management, organisation, size and location of industrial organisations and their consequences; alternative industrial organisations including forms of workers' participation, industrial democracy and workers' control; women and discrimination in employment; minorities in employment; unemployment - its origins, significance and defects; technological change and its impact upon industrial relations; the economics of labour, trade unions and collective bargaining; national economic and industrial relations policies; the law in industrial relations; the nature and incidence of industrial conflict; comparative industrial relations.

Submission of Articles

The IRJ welcomes articles and suggestions for articles from academics, practitioners, journalists, research students, national and international civil servants. Especially welcome are contributions which use research work which contributes towards discussion and debate on the resolution of industrial relations problems. Contributions are also welcome from practising managers, trade union officers and others with significant practical experience. Additionally, the IRJ has a strong interest in reporting research findings in articles of short research notes, especially where they are of practical interest or application. Articles can be controversial and written from any perspective or ideology but must be soundly based in well-attested facts and well-informed opinion. Potential contributors who have ideas for articles or other material should send an outline to the Editor or Managing Editor who will be as helpful as they can. Articles should be written so that they are intelligible to non-specialists as well as specialists. The practical implications of research findings should always be discussed.

In addition, all articles submitted must satisfy the following:

Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. Before the article is considered an accurate word count (including references) must be given: large tables and figures can be equivalent to 800 words.

Manuscripts should be submitted in an editable format (.doc, .rtf) via our online submission system: Please note IRJ no longer accepts submissions in hard copy. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started
1. Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or higher or Safari 1.2.4) and go to the Industrial Relations Journal ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage
2. Log-in or click the 'Create Account' option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.
3. If you are creating a new account:

- After clicking on 'Create Account', enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important.
- Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next'.
- Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click 'Finish'.

4. If you have an account but have forgotten your log-in details, go to 'Password Help' on the Industrial Relations Journal ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage and enter your e-mail address. The system will send you details on how to log in.
5. Log-in and select 'Author Centre'.

Submitting Your Manuscript
6. After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a Manuscript' link in the menu bar, or 'Submit an EndNote Manuscript' (if this is available on the site and you have used an EndNote formatting template to create your manuscript in Microsoft Word).
7. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
8. Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
9. You are required to upload your files.

- Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
- Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the 'Browse' button.
- When you have selected all the files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.

10. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access Manuscript Central any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help with your Submission
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For advice and assistance regarding submitting an article please contact the Editorial Assistant, Pius Sy, at

Style Requirements for Manuscripts

Articles must be double-spaced, with margins. All work submitted should be carefully checked for word-processing errors, spelling, punctuation, etc. Each contributor is required to supply full contact details.

Authors are requested to provide an abstract of the article in no more than 50 words.

Main Text
1. First page - Title in lower case (excepting initial Capital and proper names), followed by author(s) names and then followed by abstract in italics.
2. Authors' affiliations should be place at the foot of the title page
3. Acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the text and immediately before References.
4. Use English spelling in the text. Use 'and' and not '&' (except in the name of a publishing company).

Footnotes and References
1. Footnotes should be placed at the foot of the page to which they refer, numbers in text should come after full stops or other punctuation.
2. References in the text should either have the year in brackets, eg. Smith (1990) or followed by a semi-colon if the name is in brackets eg. (Smith, 1990; Brown, 1997).
3. At the end of the article list to be in alphabetical order of the first author's surname (no numbering), followed by
4. Second and subsequent authors - initials first, then surname

(Example) References:
Bhagwati, J. (1993), 'Regionalism and Multilateralism: An Overview', in J. de Melo and A.

Panagariya (eds), New Dimensions in Regional Integration (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press).

Deardorff, A.V. and R.M. Stern (1984), 'Methods of Measurement of Nontariff Barriers', Institute of Public Policy Studies Discussion Paper No. 203 (University of Michigan).

GATT (1994), The Final Act of the Uruguay Round (Geneva).

Prebisch, R. (1950), The Economic Development of Latin America and its Principal Problems (New York: United Nations).

Ram, R. (1985), 'Exports and Economic Growth: Some Additional Evidence', Economic Development and Cultural Change, 33, 2, 415-425.

Authors must indicate if their articles have been submitted or published elsewhere even if in a different form. If subject to copyright then clearance must be obtained and sent to the Editor. Work which is to be in a book prior to its publication in article form is not acceptable. All articles published in the IRJ are subject to the Journal's copyright and may not be published elsewhere without the Journal's consent.

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) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.

In addition to publication online via Wiley Online Library, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Register of Current Research
This is an occasional feature in the IRJ. Researchers wishing to publicise their work should send concise summaries under the usual research headings to the Managing Editor.

Book Reviews
Reviews of significant books are currently commissioned by the Book Review Editor.