The Economic and Labour Relations Review (ELRR) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal that brings together research in economics and labour relations. Its multi-disciplinary approach encourages articles that critically assess dominant orthodoxies and alternative models to facilitate informed debate. 

We particularly welcome submissions that adopt a post-Keynesian (heterodox) approach to economics and explore equality or justice-based approaches to labour relations and social policy. 

The ELRR is produced by the Industrial Relations Research Centre (IRRC) on behalf of UNSW Business School and is published by SAGE Publications. It has an Impact Factor of 2.259 (2019) and is ranked 12/30 in Industrial Relations & Labour and 90/371 in Economics journal rankings (2019) . 

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Editorial approach

Printed editions of the ELRR journal are grouped thematically and online articles are published as they are received and finalised. The journal is published four times a year by Editors in Chief Anne Junor and  Al Rainnie

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  • While ELRR publishes articles online in the order in which they are received, reviewed, revised and finalised, it seeks to group print issues thematically. This thematic grouping is done in two ways: 

    1. Guest Editors may work with the Editorial Board to propose themes, issue calls for papers on these themes and write an introduction to those articles that eventuate after the normal reviewing process. All such papers, normally including the introduction, are subject to the regular double-blind reviewing process through Sagetrack under Editorial Board oversight
    2. Alternatively, the Editors and Board frequently undertake an ex-post-facto thematic grouping of accepted manuscripts that have been submitted individually
    3. The results of the two processes may be combined. 
  • In line with ELRR policy of recognising the particular difficulties faced by women and First Nations/minority scholars during COVID-19 isolation, the journal will be looking for balanced representation in each volume. In the case of themed collections, we will continue to consider relevant high-quality submissions for publication in subsequent issues in cases where authors were prevented by COVID-19 related circumstances from meeting deadlines set in calls for papers. 

Guide to submissions

All submissions must be made via the ScholarOne™ Manuscripts website and manuscripts must adhere to strict guidelines. 

  • The Economic and Labour Relations Review publishes original, scholarly/research-based articles, all of which are double-blind peer reviewed. The normal word length maximum is 8,000. 

    Submissions must be research-based and demonstrate high standards of scholarship. At the same time, they must be clear, accessible to the well-informed lay reader, and free from jargon. Each submission must articulate clearly the question being explored, and its relevance to an international readership, or to a current policy or theoretical debate. The theoretical, methodological or empirical approach to addressing that question must be outlined. In general, an article must make an original contribution to theory or policy by: 

    • Developing a new concept or theory and explaining its derivation and policy or empirical implications; or 

    • Using a systematic analysis or mapping of a literature in order to provide a new critical perspective or write a ‘position paper’ on current debates or relevant policy issues; or 

    • Using a literature review to derive a researchable question and then use empirical analysis to test an explanatory model that seeks to answer it. 

    Authors are expected to build on work published in the journal wherever possible, by reading past issues of the journal in order to engage with debates and themes that are relevant to their submission. 

    Book Reviews 

    ELRR welcomes book reviews of around 2000 words. These need to be submitted through ScholarOne/Sagetrack. A full list of up-to-date books for review is available from the journal’s editorial office. The book review editors may also be contacted with review proposals. 


    ELRR plays a role as a journal of record and invites obituaries that document the academic contribution of significant scholars. 

  • Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the  guidelines and instructions to authors. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. It is essential that articles conform to the length limits specified.  

    Make a submission via the ScholarOne™ Manuscripts website.