Human Resource Management Journal

Cover image for Vol. 24 Issue 3

Edited By: David Collings, Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson

Impact Factor: 2.423

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 1/26 (Industrial Relations & Labor); 33/172 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1748-8583

Author Guidelines

Human Resource Management Journal seeks to publish well-written, well-researched and well-informed articles on any aspect of employment studies but especially those focused on issues related to the management of people at work. Articles should appeal both to practitioners and academics by virtue of their contribution to contemporary issues, the good use of theory and research and well-founded conclusions and practical implications. Critical reviews are also welcomed, especially those pointing to how theory and practice can be developed further.

Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (maximum), including cover page, abstract, tables, figures and bibliography, and should conform to HRMJ style. An abstract of circa 100 words should also be provided. Articles should also conform to HRMJ:

Tables, figures and graphs should be given appropriate, clear titles and show the source and base numbers for percentages. These should be supplied on separate pages at the end of the paper with their position in the text clearly marked ‘put table one here’. Mathematical notations should be provided in both symbols and words.

Please note that titles may be changed to accommodate length constraints, avoid repetition and attract readers. Normally this will be done in consultation with authors.

References in Articles
There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

References in the text should give the name of the author(s) referred to, the year of publication and the page number(s). For example, 'as Pfeffer (1998: 165) has argued . . .', or 'many studies on HR and performance (see, for example, Huselid, 1995: 643; Guest et al, 2000: 74) . . .'

If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, use letters (a, b, c) to distinguish the publications, for example, Boxall, 2000a.

References cited in the text should be supplied on a separate page which is headed ‘References’; they should be listed alphabetically, by author, and for each author by year of publication. Please use the following format:

  • For books: Legge, K. (1995). Human Resource Management, Rhetoric and Realities, Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • For chapters in books: Kessler, I. (2000). ‘Reward systems’, in J Storey (ed), Critical Approaches to Human Resource Management, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • For articles in journals: Wood, S. (1995). ‘Can we speak of high commitment management on the shop floor?’ Journal of Management Studies, 32: 2, 26-42.

Articles should be submitted online in Microsoft Word format, double-spaced, with pagination. The title should be given at the top of the first page without the author's name or affiliation. A separate title page should contain the title, author's name(s), work address, email and title. Any acknowledgements should also be included on the title page rather than the main document.An abstract of 100-150 words should be provided on a separate page. Tables, figures and legends should be placed at the end of the article.

All submissions to the journal must now be made via the online electronic editorial office at Help with submitting online can be obtained from Gwen Ryan at the Editorial Office (Email: instructions and a help facility are available at the Please ensure that a completed email 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 production, submission and more.

All editorial enquiries should be addressed to Gwen Ryan at, or to: Editorial Assistant to the HRMJ, Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, J.E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business & Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Tel. +353 (0) 91 494267.

All articles are double blind-refereed. In most cases a considered response from the editor with referees' comments can be expected within three months of submission.

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) 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:

Author Services
Online production tracking for your article 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 don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. 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 a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.