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Journal of Industrial Relations

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Editorial Team

Marian Baird, University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Bradon Ellem, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Associate Editors:

Stephen Clibborn, University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Rae Cooper, University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Chris F Wright, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Book Review Editor:

Sarah Kaine, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Editorial Assistant:

Rawya Mansour, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Print ISSN: 0022-1856
Online ISSN: 1472-9296
Frequency: 5 times per year
Publisher: SAGE

Submission Process: Online via

Improved Impact Factor: 1.013 | Ranking: 12/26 in Industrial Relations & Labor |
5-Year Impact Factor: 0.937
Source: 2015 Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters, 2016)

Introducing The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR)

The JIR is one of the oldest and most highly regarded academic journals in industrial relations around the world. It is the major journal of its kind in Australia and has provided an authoritative record of developments in industrial relations and employment for over 50 years.

An Internationally Renowned Editorial Board

Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Harry Katz, Cornell University, USA; and Chang Hee Lee, ILO, China.

'The Journal of Industrial Relations is one of the prime outlets for research on work, labour and employment relations. The journal is international in scope and has an authorship and readership from across the globe. Its location in Australia means it is excellently placed to connect the established Anglophone tradition of employment relations research with the expanding body of work now being undertaken in Asia. The journal has an excellent editorial team and a record of attracting scholars with a global reputation to publish in its pages. For researchers in Europe, it is a principal source of theory and evidence on global developments in the world of work and a desirable place in which to publish: JIR is a journal to which one sends one's best work'.

Edmund Heery, Professor of Employment Relations,
Cardiff Business School, UK

'JIR is a terrific source of information about the wide-ranging changes occurring at the workplace. The journal reports on international and comparative developments in articles written by leading academic authorities. The articles are well researched with a variety of methodologies used to analyze original data'.

Harry C. Katz, Cornell University, USA

Aims and Scope

The JIR is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed international journal. The editors invite scholarship from a range of disciplinary perspectives, examining any aspect of employment relations. Contributions exploring the traditional concerns of industrial relations as well as studies addressing the intersection of workplace, family and community are welcome. We publish: rigorous qualitative and multi-method analyses, including theoretically-informed case studies and international and comparative papers, research notes, review essays, all of which are peer reviewed. We also publish shorter articles, from practitioners and academics on current controversies in industrial relations.

Peer Review Policy

  • The JIR adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from each other.
  • All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that fit within the aims and scope of the journal, and meet the academic and editorial standards of the journal, are sent for external review.
  • Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees.

How to submit your manuscript to the JIR

The JIR is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Simply visit to login and submit your article online.

OnlineFirst Publication

The JIR benefits from Online First, a feature offered through SAGE's electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication.


The JIR is published 5 times a year (by SAGE) and is available in hard-copy, as well as accessible electronically. For more information on the JIR, contents alerts, free electronic access to table of contents and abstracts, visit the Journal of Industrial Relations website.

The JIR is indexed and abstracted in: Social Sciences Citation Index; Journal Citation Reports/Social Science Edition; Social Scisearch; and Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences.