Publications - IRRG

The Economic and Labour Relations Review 

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 or heterodox approach to economics or that and explore equality or justice-based approaches to labour relations and social policy. 

Production of ELRR is supported by the Industrial Relations Research Group (IRRG) within the School of Business, UNSW Canberra and housed within the UNSW Business School, Sydney. Between 2012 and December 2022, its publisher was SAGE Publications. From March 2023 to December 2027, its publisher will be Cambridge University Press.

ELRR's 2022 Journal Impact Factor is 2.500, resulting in a Clarivate ranking of 15/30 among Industrial Relations & Labour journals and 154/379 among Economics journals. Its 2022 Scopus CiteScore is 3.2000, resulting in an Elsevier ranking of 60/200 in Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management and 167/661 in Economics and Econometrics. Its current SNIP metric is 1.101.

Journal issues

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Editorial approach

Articles, book reviews and obituaries are published online as they are received and finalised. Articles are then grouped, where possible thematically, for publication in the journal's four issues per year.

To contact the Editorial staff please email: Jason Antony or Di Kelly.

ELRR does not use the term 'Special Issue'. Nevertheless, Guess Editors are welcome to submit proposals for Themed Collections.

Guest Editors may work with the Editorial Board to propose themes that fit within the journal's Scope Statement (see below) and publish calls for papers on these themes on the journal's website. A Board member will be appointed to work with the Guest Editors to oversee the range, quality and coherence of the collection.

After submission of abstracts, the Board member will work with Guest Editors to invite authors of the most promising abstracts to prepare papers for workshopping into publication drafts. The Guest Editors are welcome to write an introductory thematic overview. All draft papers, normally including the introduction, are then subject to the regular anonymised peer review process, with the Editor and Board making the final decision as to acceptance.

Thus there is no quality difference between papers in themed collections and regular individual-submitted papers.

Peer-reviewed articles that contribute in a lively way to a current controversy, or that open up new ideas in an exploratory way, may be published in the 'Contested Terrains' section, provided they have a sound basis in scholarship.

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. We are currently seeking an Obituary Editor.

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.

Journal: Economic and Labour Relations Review (ELRR)
The Industrial Relations Research Group (IRRG) provides the editorial support for the Economic and Labour Relations Review (ELRR), a refereed journal published by the UNSW Business School through a contract with Cambridge University Press.

Recent publications

Sheldon P, Junankar PN and de Rosa Pontello A (2018) Economic and Labour Relations Review (ELRR). Report prepared for CFMEU Mining & Energy.