Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Global Labour Journal is an online, open access, academic journal that serves as a forum to capture the plentiful and diverse scholarly work emerging on labour activities worldwide, with the aim of understanding, recording, and promoting the transition of the labour movement to a new form of global unionism, and highlighting the ways labour activities are increasingly shaped by global forces.

The Global Labour Journal serves the labour studies community by accepting academic work on a wide variety of workers and worker-related issues. These range from single-country to comparative to international studies of workers and their organisations in the Global North and South. We are especially interested in receiving submissions from regions of the world that are often neglected in labour studies.

A key area of focus is the informal sector of labour, and the accompanying shift of focus away from the "traditional" workplace as well as "traditional" workers as the central locus of action. Other key areas of inquiry are migration, the transition from peasant agriculture to mass agriculture, and the impact of new multilateral institutions on global labour activities.

The Journal also accepts articles that represent the diversity of labour identities and emergent labour strategies, forms and organisation. This diversity includes responses to corporate restructuring, "traditional" modes of unionisation, labour service organisations, new social movements, works councils, sector-wide bargaining institutions, institutions that mediate conflict and political parties with links to labour. The Journal seeks to explore the role of globalisation in breaking down boundaries between the global/local and the public/private as they relate to labour activities.

The Journal does not espouse a particular political line, but welcomes a wide variety of approaches and analyses. Our aim is to provide a global forum for scholarly work on a comparative sociology of labour movements.

The Global Labour Journal is a multi-disciplinary journal. Submissions should speak to a wide audience. We welcome work from various academic disciplines and sub-disciplines including Anthropology, Area Studies, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Political Economy, Politics and International Relations and Socicology.

Similarly the Global Labour Journal welcomes both theoretical contributions and empirical analyses. Various methods and research techniques can be used, including case study, comparison, conjunctural analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography, historiography, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis and sructural analysis.

Should you have any questions about the suitability of your manuscript for submission to the Global Labour Journal, please feel free to contact the Managing Editor.

The Journal works closely with its sister publication, the Global Labour Column, which is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The Column covers much the same topics as the Journal, but in the form of shorter analyses, critical comments and opinion pieces. The Journal and the Column exchange the names and email addresses of potential authors on a regular basis. If we choose to pass your details on to the Column, they may or may not contact you and invite you to contribute an article. Please let us know if you do not want us to share your name and email with the Column.



Section Policies


  1. Papers should not have been previously published, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere. Please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal. Authors are required to accept the copyright terms of the Global Labour Journal.

  2. Papers should be written in English. If you are not a first-language English speaker, consider having the article checked by a professional English-language editor before you submit it to the Journal.

  3. Authors should submit manuscripts via our website.

  4. Papers should be as short as is consistent with clear presentation of subject matter. Papers should be a maximum of 8000 words, including footnotes and references; if there are valid reasons, we are willing to consider papers of up to 10,000 words. An abstract of 100-200 words should precede the main text, accompanied by up to 5 keywords and a biographical note of 50-150 words. Please include a word count (including notes and references).

  5. Submissions must be accompanied by full contact details (for each author, if co-authored), including: name, affiliations, full mailing address, telephone, and email address. Note that there is provision for this on the online profile that is created when registering with the Global Labour Journal and submitting your paper. Email will be the primary mode of contact between author and the Global Labour Journal.

  6. All Global Labour Journal articles are subject to a double-blind peer review; as such, the body of your text should be suitably anonymous.

  7. The Global Labour Journal endorses the guidelines provided by the British Sociological Association for non-sexist, non-racist and non-disabilist language.

  8. Should you have any questions about a submission to the Global Labour Journal, please contact the GLJ Managing Editor

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The Global Labour Journal welcomes proposals for Special Issues on specific topics or aspects relating to labour. The Journal publishes a maximum of one Special Issue per year.

If you would like to propose a Special Issue, please note the following:

  • The Special Issue should adhere to the general guidelines as stated in the Focus and Scope of the Journal.
  • A detailed proposal should be sent to the GLJ Managing Editor.
  • The proposal should include the theme of the Special Issue, an outline of its purpose, a motivation regarding its relevance, and details of proposed authors and article titles.

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Book reviews should cover publications that are not older than two years and are relevant to labour studies. We welcome reviews of books in languages other than English (although the review should be written in English).

Book reviews should be 1200-1400 words in length.  From time to time, we also publish longer review articles covering either more than one book or a single book that merits more detailed discussion.

Please cite all book details at the start of your review, including: title, author(s)/editor(s), city of publication, publisher, year of publication, number of pages, hardcover/softcover, price/currency and ISBN. The reference should be formatted like so:

Workers in the Global Economy. Stewart Price (ed.) London: Sage Publications. 2006. 344 pp. hardcover 55.00 USD; softcover 24.00 USD, ISBN xxxx-xxxxx-xx.

Reviews should provide readers with an overview of the book, including its basic content and structural organisation, the recommended audience,its scholarly aims, and how the author situates this work within the larger context of the area or field. The review should provide critical commentary of the book, assessing its contribution to the field in a non-polemical manner. When reviewing edited volumes, authors should provide a sense of the range of contributions in the collection. The review should be written in a language and style that is accessible to readers across various disciplines.

Please include full contact details with your submission, including name, institutional affiliation, postal address and email address.

Please note that book reviews are generally assigned by the Reviews Editor, but please feel free to contact the GLJ Managing Editor with suggestions or queries.

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Each issue of the Global Labour Journal contains a Global Issues piece. The aim of this section of the Journal is to provide a forum for readers to share, debate and analyse key issues that face the world of labour in the age of globalisation. We are interested in publishing articles that record the activities and strategies of the new networks, forms of action, and organisations emerging globally, as well as analyses of events and activities of existing labour movements.

To accommodate a wide range of material and debates, the length of Global Issues contributions is open for discussion with the editors. The standard is 1500 words, but we have published contributions up to 6500 words. The submissions should adhere to the fundamentals of Global Labour house style. As these submissions are meant to stimulate the expansion of existing debates, and to air the perspectives of a variety of actors involved in global labour activities, Global Issues contributions are not subject to peer review. They will, however, be reviewed by the editors for language, suitability and general appropriateness, and are subject to time and space limitations of the Journal.

We encourage readers to submit responses to articles found in the Global Issues section. These should be in the 500-1500 word range. We reserve the option to give the original author a right to reply. Responses should avoid personal attacks and be formulated in a collegial manner.

Global Issues contributions may be submitted via the GLJ website, or directly to the Global Labour Journal Managing Editor. In many cases, they are solicited directly by the editors. It is recommended that you contact the Managing Editor to discuss the suitability of your contribution prior to submission. 

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Peer Review Process

The Global Labour Journal operates a rigorous double-blind review process, meaning that the identities of authors and reviewers are always concealed from one another. All submissions are read thoroughly by the editors to determine whether or not they should be sent for external review. If your paper is deemed unsuitable for the Journal, it will be returned to you without being sent to review.

Once it has been determined that a submission is suitable for publication, it will be assigned to two independent reviewers. Reviewers are chosen on the basis of their familiarity with the subject matter of your paper as well as their availability for completing the review within the allotted time.

We endeavour to complete the review process as quickly as possible but we are bound by the response times of our reviewers. We regret any delays that authors may experience during the course of the review process, as these are often out of our control.



Publication Frequency

The Global Labour Journal is published three times a year in January, May and September.  


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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