Academic Journals in Industrial Relations

Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations (Universite Laval)

RI/IR is officially recognized by the Canadian Industrial Relations Association. It is a bilingual publication whose mission it is to be the foremost site in Canada for the publication of high calibre research papers from both established and new researchers in the industrial relations field. At the same time, the Journal serves as an international forum for contributions and research debates for both Canadian and international researchers. The Journal's mission includes the promotion of a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach as applied to the study of work and employment, the major fields involved in industrial relations, which traditionally includes human resource management, public policies and labour relations. As a scientific journal, RI/IR contributes to the furthering of knowledge in the industrial relations field both in Canada and abroad, and also contributes to the development of theoretical and methodological approaches applied in this field. RI/IR is an essential resource for academics, students, human resources and labour relations managers, union officials, policymakers and observers. The Journal is distributed in more than twenty countries (printed) and all over the world (online). 

CIRA members receive a subscription to the journal with their membership.  Due to a current labour dispute at Laval University, issue 72-1 will be somewhat delayed in its release.  

Other top academic journals in industrial relations

Industrial Relations Journal (Blackwell/Wiley)

A cutting edge, research based, peer reviewed publication focusing on the changing nature, forms and regulation of the employment relationship. The Journal welcomes contributions that further understanding of industrial relations, labour markets, and the organisation and future of work. With a strong international embrace, the Journal has been at the forefront of the contemporary analysis of state, capital and labour relations in a period of crisis and institutional flux. It aims to lift the quality of academic and policy debate through the publication of theoretically and historically grounded studies of the shifting character of industrial relations in the twenty first century.

Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society (Berkeley, Wiley-Blackwell)

Industrial Relations is the academic journal of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. It is in its fiftieth year of publication. Industrial Relations offers valuable international perspectives on current topics in industrial relations, covering every aspect of the employment relationship. Each issue includes research articles, notes, and symposia on all aspects of employment relations and the labor market. 

Journal of Industrial Relations (Sage)

The Journal of Industrial Relations is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed international journal administered by the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association. 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. 

British Journal of Industrial Relations (London School of Economics)

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 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. 

European Journal of Industrial Relations (London School of Economics/Sage)

The European Journal of Industrial Relations is the principal English-language forum for the analysis of developments in European industrial relations and their theoretical and practical implications. It is particularly oriented to cross-national comparative research. It embraces a broad definition of industrial relations and encourages contributions which relate to any aspect of work and employment. It publishes rigorous and innovative work on and from all European countries, from the Atlantic to the Urals. All social science disciplines are relevant to its remit, and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged. A major objective is to foster cross-national comparative analysis; and in this context, work which relates European developments to broader global experience is welcome. While contributors to the Journal are expected to demonstrate theoretical or empirical originality – and preferably both – they should also make their work accessible to those practically engaged in industrial relations, and where possible show the practical significance of their analysis. As a means of strengthening the integration of theory and practice, the Journal welcomes reflective contributions from practitioners. It also recognizes that industrial relations is a subject of contention and controversy, and aims to provide an arena for that debate. 

Journal of Labor Research (Springer)

The Journal of Labor Research provides an outlet for original research on all aspects of behavior affecting labor market outcomes. The Journal provides a forum for both empirical and theoretical research on the U.S. and international labor markets, and labor/employment issues. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars in all relevant fields on topics that involve analyses of the workplace. Issues relating to labor markets and employment relations, including labor demand and supply, personnel economics, unions and collective bargaining, employee participation, dispute resolution, labor market policies, types of employment relationships and the interplay between labor market variables and various economic outcomes are published by the Journal. The Journal of Labor Research also publishes book reviews relating to these topics. 

Labor Studies Journal (Sage)

The Labor Studies Journal is the official journal of the United Association for Labor Education. Published quarterly, LSJ is a multi-disciplinary journal covering issues related to work, workers, labor organizations, and labor studies and worker education in the US and internationally. The journal publishes articles which use a wide range of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, and is a must-read for such groups as union, university, and community based labor educators, labor activists, and scholars from across the social sciences and humanities. 

Work and Occupations

Get a broad perspective on the dynamics of the workplace and examine international approaches to work-related issues in this respected journal. Work and Occupations offers distinguished scholarship with an interdisciplinary perspective. Work and Occupations brings you original contributions in a wide range of work areas, addressing such current topics as:

  • Emotion, work, and labor 
  • Gender and race relations
  • Globalization and work
  • Immigrant and migrant workers
  • Internal labor markets 
  • Labor force trends 
  • Labor-management relations 
  • Labor movement revitalization 
  • Networks in careers and workplaces
  • Occupational safety and health 
  • Organizational careers 
  • Organizational culture
  • Socialization processes
  • Transitions between work, home, unemployment, and school 
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Work and family 
  • Work attitudes and behaviors
  • Worker cultures 
  • Workplace diversity 
  • Work group dynamics 
  • Working in later life. 

Work, Employment and Society (Sage)

Work, Employment and Society is a leading international peer-reviewed journal of the British Sociological Association which publishes theoretically informed and original research on the sociology of work. The journal covers all aspects of work, employment and unemployment and their connections with wider social processes and social structures. It is sociologically orientated but welcomes contributions from other disciplines which address issues in a way that informs less debated aspects of the journal's remit, such as unpaid labour and the informal economy. The journal adheres to high standards of scholarship but sees no conflict between accessibility and scholarships; submissions must be clear and free from jargon. 

Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society (York University)

Just Labour explores the complex ways new technologies, subcontracting, new management strategies, and emerging self-employment are undermining the traditional employee-employer relationships and disciplining workers. Just Labour investigates how union action has been subverted by the international integration of capital, the proliferation of precarious employment, the challenges of organizing marginalized workers, and the increasingly anti-union practices of employers and the state. Just Labour addresses the culture and activities of Canadian workers and their unions as they face new challenges. The journal will explore new ideas and seek out fresh approaches to solving problems. Just Labour brings the work of leading academics and trade union researchers to a broad readership in popular, accessible language. 

Labour (Blackwell Publishing Wiley Online)

LABOUR provides a forum for analysis and debate on issues concerning labour economics and industrial relations. The Journal publishes high quality contributions which combine economic theory and statistical methodology in order to analyse behaviour, institutions and policies relevant to the labour market. 

Global Labour Journal (McMaster University)

This online, open access, academic journal 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. Global Labour serves the labour studies community by soliciting 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 organizations in the areas of 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; peasant agriculture and the transition to mass agriculture; and the impact of new multilateral institutions on global labour activities. The journal also solicits articles that represent the diversity of labour identities and emergent labour strategies, forms and organization. This includes corporate restructuring, traditional trade union responses, labour service organizations, new social movements, as well as the conventional institutions that workers engage in the workplace such as works councils, sector wide bargaining institutions, institutions that mediate conflict and political parties that have links with labour. The journal seeks to explore the role of globalization 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 in labour studies, but welcomes a wide variety of approaches and analysis. Our aim is to provide a global forum for scholarly work on a comparative sociology of the labour movement. 

Labour/Le Travail (Athabasca University Press)

Labour/Le Travail is the official, semi-annual publication of the Canadian Committee on Labour History. Since it began publishing in 1976, it has carried many important articles in the field of working-class history, industrial sociology, labour economics, and labour relations. Although primarily interested in a historical perspective on Canadian workers, the journal is interdisciplinary in scope. In addition to articles, the journal features documents, conference reports, an annual bibliography of materials in Canadian labour studies, review essays, and reviews. While the main focus of the journal's articles is Canadian, the review essays and reviews consider international work of interest to Canadian labour studies. Many of Labour's articles are illustrated and each issue is book length, averaging 350 pages per issue. 

Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal (Lancaster House)

The Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal provides in-depth analysis of key issues in labour and employment law. It also provides timely commentary on major legislative and case law developments. Designed for academics, adjudicators and practitioners, the Journal is in its sixteenth year of publication, appearing three times a year in softcover format, with an annual hardbound volume included in the subscription price. Canada’s foremost journal in the field of labour and employment law, the journal is a member of the prestigious International Association of Labour Law Journals, comprising the world’s top labour law periodicals. 

Comparative Labor Law and Policy (University of Illinois)

The Comparative Labor Law Journal was founded in 1976 to provide a venue for the very best scholarship in the comparative analysis of labor law, employment policy and social security issues. In 1997, the Journal moved to the University of Illinois where it was renamed Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal and its Editorial Advisory Board broadened better to reflect its mission. With an extensive world-wide circulation, the Journal has become a major international forum for research, theoretical and applied, in an area of growing importance to the developed and in the developing world. 

Labor History (Taylor Francis)

Labor History is the pre-eminent journal for historical scholarship on labor. It is thoroughly ecumenical in its approach and showcases the work of labor historians, industrial relations scholars, labor economists, political scientists, sociologists, social movement theorists, business scholars and all others who write about labor issues. Labor History is also committed to geographical and chronological breadth. It publishes work on labor in the US and all other areas of the world. It is concerned with questions of labor in every time period, from the eighteenth century to contemporary events. Labor History provides a forum for all labor scholars, thus helping to bind together a large but fragmented area of study. By embracing all disciplines, time frames and locales, Labor History is the flagship journal of the entire field. 

Labour Economics (Elsevier)

Labour Economics is devoted to publishing research in the field of labour economics both on the microeconomic and on the macroeconomic level, in a balanced mix of theory, empirical testing and policy applications. It gives due recognition to analysis and explanation of institutional arrangements of national labour markets and the impact of these institutions on labour market outcomes. 

Journal of Labor Economics (University of Chicago Press)

The first journal devoted specifically to labor economics, the Journal of Labor Economics has since 1983 presented international research on issues affecting the economy as well as social and private behavior. JOLE’s contributors investigate various aspects of labor economics, including supply and demand of labor services, personnel economics, distribution of income, unions and collective bargaining, applied and policy issues in labor economics, and labor markets and demographics. JOLE is the official journal of the Society of Labor Economists. Individual subscriptions are concurrent with membership in the society. 

International Labor and Working-Class History (Cambridge Journals)

The ILWCH has an international reputation for scholarly innovation and quality. It explores diverse topics from globalisation and workers' rights to class and consumption, labour movements, class identity, unions, and working-class politics. ILWCH publishes original essays, book reviews, and an acclaimed scholarly controversy section. Comparative and cross-disciplinary, the journal is of interest to historians, sociologists, political scientists, and students. 

Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas (Duke University Press)

This journal is the official journal for the Labor and Working-Class History Association. The labor question—who will do the work and under what economic and political terms?—beckons today with renewed global urgency. As a site for both historical research and commentary, Labor hopes to provide scaffolding for understanding the roots of our current dilemmas. Although the tradition from which the journal derives its energy has focused primarily on social movements and institutions based on industrial labor, Labor intends to give equal attention to other labor systems and social contexts (agricultural work, slavery, unpaid and domestic labor, informal sector, the professions, etc.). Its focus begins on the US experience but extends to developments across the “American” hemisphere and to other transnational comparisons that shed light on the American experience. 


Have we missed a journal? E-mail Nadia Cournoyer, Administrative Coordinator at acri-cira@rlt.ulaval.ca