The British Journal of Industrial Relations is a journal of work and employment relations, with a focus on the institutions, processes, and practices associated with these relations and their implications for matters of economy and society. It is both multidisciplinary and international in its scope, contributors, and readership.
The journal's purview includes (but is not restricted to) differing forms of work and employment, work organisation, employer practices, systems of representation and rights at work, trade unionism, state policies, and international organizations, especially as they intersect with emergent social and economic issues, but also as they pertain to more traditional topics. Examples of the former are: work in developing countries, migrant workers, and job quality. Examples of the latter are: pay, gender, conflict, and injustice.
We are particularly interested in both research and synthesis papers that make an intellectual contribution to these and related topics through original and ideally critical analysis or through the development and application of alternative lenses for analysing them. Alternative lenses might (but need not) include critical theory, (radical) political economy, or emergent system-theoretic modes of analysis addressing the development of capitalism (including varieties thereof) and/or its cultures.
All research methods are accepted, provided that the research is original, of high quality, and makes a generalisable contribution to our understanding or knowledge of the journal's subject matter. International papers are also encouraged, although they should be broadly relevant to the journal's core readership, which is primarily British but also European, North American, and Australian.
The following are likely to fall outside of the journal’s scope: a) unduly descriptive, technical, or empiricist papers, b) ungrounded or abstract theoretical analyses, and c) papers that focus on more micro or managerial topics lacking in broader relevance to the economy and society. Papers that are by orientation or method more suited to a discipline-based journal than a multidisciplinary one are discouraged.
The journal does not normally publish papers that identify (directly or indirectly) individuals or organizations without their consent, unless the editors are convinced that doing so is essential to a paper's academic contribution and there is sufficient evidence to support potentially contentious statements about the actors in question.
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