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Edited By: Immanuel Ness

Online ISSN: 1743-4580

Author Guidelines

Editorial Offices

Editorial correspondence, manuscripts, and book reviews should be sent to Immanuel Ness, Editor of WorkingUSA. The journal is a peer-review journal sustained by Brooklyn College, City University of New York and edited by Immanuel Ness of the Department of Political Science. All submissions should be sent to the journal via email to  Send submissions as attachments in Word or WordPerfect format.  Mail submissions, manuscripts, book reviews, letters, and all editorial correspondence for publication should be sent both in hard copy and an accompanying disk to Editor, WorkingUSA at Brooklyn College/CUNY Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway - 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004.  Telephone: 212-966-4014, Fax: 212-966-4038. Authors should include mailing address, telephone, fax (if available), and e-mail. Publishers should send books and manuscripts to the above address.

Aims and Scope

Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society is a peer-review cross-disciplinary social science quarterly journal intended for a broad exploration of the economic, political, and social dimensions of work and labor. The journal publishes articles directed to an open and critical analysis of the U.S. and global labor movement. The journal editors see a strong and robust labor movement as a force that is central to the immediate and long-term social, economic, and political interests of the working class. The journal endeavors to promote thoughtful analysis of the current and future prospects of workers that advances beyond the narrow goals of individuals. We see workers as a force that organized labor must embrace to advance the struggle for social and economic justice.

Submission Guidelines

It is strongly recommended that submissions are free of jargon or abstract and oblique methodological formulations and are accessible to subdisciplinary fields but directed to a broader academic and labor readership.  Manuscripts should be typewritten double-spaced with notes, references, tables, figures, and charts. Article manuscripts must range from 2,500 to 7,500 words and accompanied by an abstract of 100 to 150 words in length clearly stating the goals, objectives, methods, and arguments of the author. Authors should include a two-sentence biography indicating name, affiliation, research interests and, if applicable, publications. Submissions must include 6-8 keywords related to the theme of the article.

There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at
References in Articles
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The peer review process is blind and anonymous for both authors and readers.  Articles sent to readers for peer-review do not include the names or affiliations of authors.  Similarly, writers are not provided the names or affiliations of the readers. 

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:

Online production tracking is available for your article through Author Services.
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 so they do not need to contact the Production Editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

Early View
Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society is covered by Wiley’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.