1. Submission and Peer Review Process
  2. Article Types
  3. After Acceptance

1. Submission and Peer Review Process

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

For help with submissions, please contact: [email protected]

This journal does not charge submission fees.

Article Preparation Support
Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.

Open Access
This journal is a subscription journal that offers an Open Access option. You’ll have the option to make your article Open Access after acceptance, which will be subject to an Article Publication Charge (APC), unless a waiver applies. For more details about this journal's APC, click here. To read general information about APCs, please click here.

Preprint policy
Please find the Wiley preprint policy here.

Human Resource Management Journal will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. You may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. You are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Registered Reports
To promote replicability of quantitative research, Human Resource Management Journal now offers authors the option of publishing registered reports.

Please see the journal’s Registered Reports FAQs for details.

Guidance is also available at the Wiley Registered Reports Author Guidelines.

The Center for Open Science provides a wealth of information on Registered Reports. The webpage can be found here

Data Sharing and Data Availability
This journal encourages data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission.

Data Citation
Please review Wiley’s Data Citation policy.

You should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. You are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature.

All listed authors should have contributed to the manuscript substantially and have agreed to the final submitted version. Review editorial standards and scroll down for a description of authorship criteria.

This journal requires ORCID. Please refer to Wiley’s resources on ORCID.

Reproduction of Copyright Material
If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is your responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ.

The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce the material "in print and other media" from the publisher of the original source, and for supplying Wiley with that permission upon submission.

Title Page 
The title page should contain: 

  • A brief informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
  • A short running title of less than 40 characters;
  • The full names of the authors;
  • The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;
  • Acknowledgments.
Main Text File
Please ensure that all identifying information such as author names and affiliations, acknowledgements or explicit mentions of author institution in the text are on a separate page.

The main text file should be in Word or PDF format or LaTeX and include:

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations
  • Structured Abstract
  • Up to seven keywords;
  • Practitioner Notes – four bullet points per section of approximately 80 characters.
  • Main body: formatted as introduction, materials & methods, results, discussion, conclusion
  • References;
  • Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
  • Figures: Figure legends must be added beneath each individual image during upload AND as a complete list in the text.
Practitioner Notes
To make the research we publish in Human Resource Management Journal more accessible to the non-expert or lay reader, all manuscripts should also include a “Practitioner Notes” section outlining - in bullet point form – (a) what is currently known about the subject matter, (b) what your paper adds to this, and finally (c) the implications of your study findings for practitioners. Please aim to contribute no more than four bullet points per section, each of approximately 80 characters (i.e., one full sentence) to maintain clarity. The following example may be helpful (from Anderson and Tomlinson’s “Signaling standout graduate employability: The employer perspective” -

What is currently known?

  • The ‘employer voice’ is central in understanding graduate employability
  • In an overcrowded graduate labour market where supply of graduates exceeds organizational demand for graduate level recruits, employers must distinguish between graduates with similar skills, qualifications and accomplishments
  • Work and other forms of experience are assumed to enhance employability but their relationship to employability outcomes is not clear.

What this paper adds?

  • Empirical description of the dimensions of employer's graduate employability expectations
  • Identification of the signals employers utilise to determine qualities of standout employability
  • Explanation of the role of skilled social action grounded in work and other experience for employers' framing of signals of standout employability

The implications for practitioners

  • For higher education and career counselling practitioners—graduates' standout employability performances must be grounded in narratives of experience that signal a shared social context from which employers can infer organizational belonging and fit
  • For graduate recruiters—reliance on signals from which idealized personal, social and cultural qualities are inferred may limit the effectiveness of organizations' diversity and inclusion policies and systems
  • For career development and human resource development practitioners—further development of graduate recruits' skilful social action capabilities may be important to ensure their ongoing internal employability development beyond the point of their transition into the organization.

Reference Style
This journal uses APA reference style. Review your reference style guidelines prior to submission.

Figures and Supporting Information
Figures, supporting information, and appendices should be supplied as separate files. You should review the basic figure requirements for manuscripts for peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. View Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Peer Review
This journal operates under a double-blind peer review model. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to Editors unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.

Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Guidelines on Publishing and Research Ethics in Journal Articles
The journal requires that you include in the manuscript details IRB approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent, as appropriate. You will be expected to declare all conflicts of interest, or none, on submission. Please review Wiley’s policies surrounding human studies, animal studies, clinical trial registration, biosecurity, and research reporting guidelines.

This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly (
This journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read Wiley’s Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors and Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines.

2. Article Types

Article Type


Word Limit

Original Articles

Original Articles provide a theoretically-driven empirical or conceptual contribution.

Conceptual papers may take the form of a systematic review (which could link to policy or practice issues), a review proposing new research questions/propositions, or thought pieces that foreshadow new directions.

6000-10000 Words including tables, figures and reference section.

Invited Papers

The Editors-in-Chief can invite Review or Provocation Papers.

Provocation papers should stimulate debate in key areas of HRM. These are intended to challenge conventional wisdom in a specific area and to propose a new way forward for future research. Provocation papers will normally be 5,000 words.

Details of previously published Review and Provocation papers can be found here.



5000-10,000 Words


Special Issue Series

HRMJ has an annual call for Special Issue proposals on themes related to the core aims and scope of the Journal. All proposals will be reviewed by members of the editorial team and judged according to theoretical contribution and practical importance of the topic to the mission of HRMJ, as well as international coverage and scope of the proposed special issue.

Papers rejected from HRMJ Special Issues because of a lack of fit with the Special Issue content can be submitted to a regular issue of the journal instead.

The Special Issue Archive can be found here.


Registered Reports

To promote replicability of quantitative research, Human Resource Management Journal now offers authors the option of publishing registered reports.

At Stage 1, authors submit the study design (e.g., Introduction, Theory, Literature Review, Hypotheses and proposed Methods) . An ‘in principle’ acceptance allows for the submission of Stage 2 paper.

Stage 2 papers are accepted insofar as the researchers have executed the study design faithfully according to the protocol agreed at Stage 1 acceptance and that the results are reported rigorously, along with a detailed discussion that highlights the contributions of the study to both theory and practice.

For full details, please see the journal’s Registered Reports FAQs.

Stage 1 – 4000 Words


Methodology Papers

Methodology papers offer a clear methodological contribution and be of utility to research practice in HRM. They can be in any area of methodology pertinent to HRM, people and organizations, or cognate work relevant to understanding this.

For full details, please see here.

5000 words

In Theory

HRMJ encourages the submission of theory driven papers that integrate, elevate and deepen our understanding of management and organizations. We adopt a broad understanding of theory that includes papers that integrate existing knowledge, papers that make a clear contribution to extending or developing new theory, and normative papers that make a contribution to management practice and policy. We embrace a broad range of topic areas that includes existing research on human resources, organizational behavior, strategic management, work and employment, international business, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity, business and society, corporate governance and related topics that elevate our understanding of management and organizations, and which have a relevance or salience to research on HRM

6000-10000 Words including tables, figures and reference section.

Review Article

HRMJ seeks to publish literature review articles that make a significant contribution to theory development in Human Resource Management and the management of people at work. Literature reviews published in HRMJ should be innovative and provocative, and the journal particularly welcomes reviews which are interdisciplinary in nature. A range of review methods are welcome, providing the paper makes a clear conceptual contribution, setting out or proposing new research directions. The key criteria used to evaluate literature review submissions can be found here. 40 pages in length (excluding tables and appendices).

10000 words

3. After Acceptance

First Look
After your paper is accepted, your files will be assessed by the editorial office to ensure they are ready for production. You may be contacted if any updates or final files are required. Otherwise, your paper will be sent to the production team.

Wiley Author Services
When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point.

Author Licensing

WALS + standard CTA/ELA or open access
You may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or Open access under the terms of a Creative Commons License.
Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Review the Creative Commons License options available to you under Open access.

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions.

Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email.

Author Name Change Policy
In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.