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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.

  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Articles

  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 vetted by a professional English-language editor before you submit it to the Journal.

  3. Authors should submit manuscripts via our website. Follow the instructions at the top of this page under "Online Submissions".

  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 five keywords and a biographical note of 50-150 words. Please include a word count (including notes and references).

  5. Papers must be typed in 1.5 or double spacing throughout (including notes and references), but without justification. All pages should be numbered. Please format your manuscript using Times New Roman font, at 12 point size (even for titles and headings). Avoid any automatic formatting.

  6. Your submission must be accompanied by full contact details (for each author, if co-authored), including: name, affiliation, full mailing address, telephone, and email address. Email will be the primary mode of contact between author(s) and the Global Labour Journal.

  7. All Global Labour Journal articles are subject to a double-blind peer review. Therefore, the body of your text and the filename should be suitably anonymous.

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

  9. First-level headings should be in normal font but bold; significant words should be capitalised. Second-level headings should be in italic font and bold; only the first word should be capitalised (except for proper nouns).

  10. The Global Labour Journal uses UK spelling (with the "s" variant). If in doubt, refer to the Oxford English Dictionary or to the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors. We do not use the Oxford comma (that is, no comma before the last word or phrase in a series). Use double quotation marks, and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations.

  11. Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles. Titles should be placed above tables and below figures. All notes and sources for tables and figures should appear immediately below the table or figure. Column headings should clearly define the data presented. Please be advised that if the table or figure submitted is not your own and previously unpublished material, you will be responsible for seeking copyright permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it. The author will incur the cost of any such permission granted.


    In-text citations:

    When referring to a source whose name is in the text, use only the author's name, with year of publication in parentheses, e.g. "Young (1989) argues...." If the author's name is not in the text, include both the author's name and year of publication separated by a comma within parentheses, e.g. (Young, 1989). Page numbers follow the year, e.g. (Young, 1989: 140). 

    If the source has two authors, give both names every time, e.g. (Murphy and Fischer, 1983). If there are three authors, give all authors the first time the reference appears in the text; in subsequent citations, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al., e.g. (Ruberman et al., 1984). When a citation has four or more authors, cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al.

    If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, distinguish between them by use of lower-case letters – a, b, c, etc. – after the year of publication, e.g. (Parsons, 1951a).

    A series of references should be enclosed within a single pair of parentheses, separated by semicolons; the references should be in ascending chronological order, e.g. (Cohen and Wills, 1985; Payne and Jones, 1987; Cohen, 1988).

    End of text reference list:

    All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full at the end of the article using the following style:

    • Article with single author – Alonzo, A.A. (1979) Everyday Illness Behavior: A Situational Approach to Health Status Deviations. Social Science and Medicine, 13(3): 397-404. (Please be sure to include both volume AND issue numbers.)

    • Book with single author – Charmaz, K. (1991) Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

    • Chapter in edited volume – Kaufert, P.A. and S.M. McKinlay (1985) Estrogen-replacement Therapy: The Production of Medical Knowledge and the Emergence of Policy. In Women, Health and Healing: Toward a New Perspective, edited by E. Lewin and V. Olesen. New York: Tavistock.

    • Edited volume – Pollack, M. (ed.) (1992) AIDS: A Problem for Sociological Research. London: Sage.

    • Article on a website – Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (2006) Cash Transfers and their Role in Social Protection. ODI Research Proposal. London. Available online at www.odi.org.uk/plag/PROJECTS/cash_transfers [accessed 16 December 2007].

  13. NOTES: Authors should use footnotes rather than endnotes. Within the text, please insert footnote by using the Word tool for footnotes, which automatically regulates numbering. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum.

  14. QUOTATIONS: Quotations longer than 40 words should be displayed and indented without the use of quotation marks. The source should be given at the end of the quotation, with the author's name, year of publication and page number in parentheses. It is essential that the page number of the source text is given for all direct quotations. Shorter quotes should be retained within the body of the text, within double quotation marks. Single quotation marks should only be used for a quotation within a quotation.

  15. Articles that do not donform to the fundamentals of this style may be returned to the authors for revision.

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


Submission Guidelines for Book Reviews

  1. Book reviews should be approximately 1200–1400 words in length.

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

Workers in the Global Economy. Stewart Price (ed.). London: Sage. 2006. 344 pp. ISBN xxxx-xxxxxx-xxx. Hardcover US$55; softcover US$24.

  1. Your review should provide readers with an overview of the book, including its basic content and structural organisation, its recommended audience and 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, reviewers 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.

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

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

  4. Style guidelines: Note that the same general style guidelines apply for book reviews as are given for Article submissions.

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


Submission Guidelines for Global Issues pieces

  1. 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 existing labour movements.

  2. To accommodate a wide range of material and debates, the length of Global Issues contributions is open for discussion with the editors. The standard length is 1500 words, but we have published contributions up to 6500 words.

  3. The submissions should adhere to the fundamentals of Global Labour house style.

  4. 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.

  5. We will consider responses to articles found in the Global Issues section. These should be approximately 500–1500 words long. 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.

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


Publishing a Special Issue in the Global Labour Journal: A Brief for Prospective Guest Editors

In any one calendar year, one issue of the GLJ may be a Special Issue dedicated to a clearly defined, specific topic. A Special Issue contains a non-peer-reviewed introduction and between three and six peer-reviewed articles that cover different aspects of the general theme. The Editorial Board collaborates with guest editors on the production of Special Issues. (Note that the Special Issue will also contain the usual additional material – Global Issues piece and book reviews – but these remain the responsibility of the GLJ Editorial Board.)

The first stage in the process is an informal inquiry by prospective guest editors who are interested in publishing a Special Issue with the GLJ. Email this inquiry to the Managing Editor of the Journal [globallabour@mcmaster.ca]. Briefly state who you are, what your suggested topic is, and why you think it would be interesting for the GLJ’s readers. The Editorial Board will discuss whether they think the idea is suitable for the Journal.

Generally, the Editorial Board is interested in topical issues that are relevant for labour scholars and labour activists. Either an empirical or a theoretical-methodological angle could be taken. So far, the Journal has had special issues on the power resources approach, Guy Standing and the notion of a “precariat”, creative campaigns against economic inequality, the ILO’s decent work agenda, labour and the economic crisis, labour standards in India, public sociology, and globalisation and labour in China and India.

If the editorial team is interested in the proposed Special Issue, we will ask for a full proposal. This should contain the following material: 

  • an outline explaining the relevance of the topic (500 words);
  • abstracts, article titles and affiliations of contributing authors of prospective articles (200 words each);
  • brief biographical statements of the prospective guest editors (100 words each).

 The Editorial Board will discuss the proposal and decide whether or not to accept it. If we feel that a Special Issue on the proposed topic should be published, we will suggest a publication date. One member of the Editorial Board – together with the managing editor – will liaise with the guest editors throughout the entire process of production and publication. We suggest that the guest editors also select a spokesperson who communicates with the GLJ about any matters pertaining to the Special Issue.

 Once agreement is reached to publish the Special Issue, further information about procedures will be provided to the guest editors. This includes protocols for the review process, article selection, the publication process in general, and the division of labour between the GLJ and the guest editors.


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