Submission Guidelines/Notes for Authors

  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 Global Labour Journal.
  2. Papers should be written in English.
  3. Authors should submit manuscripts either via our website or as an email attachment in Microsoft Word to the .
  4. Papers should be as short as is consistent with clear presentation of subject matter. Papers should be a maximum of 7000 – 10 000 words, including footnotes and references. An abstract of 100-200 words should precede the main text, accompanied by up to 5 key words and a biographical note of 50-150 words. Please include a word count (including notes and references).
  5. Papers must be typed in double spacing throughout (including notes and references), with generous margins on all sides, 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 ‘auto-formats,’ headers/footers etc.
  6. Your submission must be accompanied by full contact details (for each author, if co-authored), including: name, affiliations, full mailing address, telephone, and email address. Email will be the primary mode of contact between author and Global Labour Journal.
  7. All Global Labour Journal submissions are subject to blind peer review; as such, the body of your text should be suitably anonymous.
  8. Global Labour Journal endorses the guidelines provided by the British Sociological Association for non-sexist and non-racist language.
  9. Section headings should be indicated with underlining; subsections should be indicated with upper case lettering. American or UK spelling may be used, to the author's preference. Please indicate italic type by underlining, and use single quotation marks.
  10. Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles. All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be typed below the tables. 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 Please be advised that if the table or figure submitted is not your own and previously unpublished material, you will be responsible for seeking copyright permission from the copyright holder. The author will incur the cost of any such permission granted.
    • In-text: When referring to a source whose name is in the text, use only the author's name, with year of publication in brackets, 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 brackets, e.g. (Young, 1989). Pagination follows year, e.g. (Young, 1989: 140). With dual publication, give both names, e.g. (Murphy and Fischer, 1983); for three, four or five authors, cite all authors the first time the reference appears in the text, and in subsequent citations, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al., e.g. (Ruberman et al., 1984); when a work has six 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 the letters a, b etc. after the year of publication, e.g. (Parsons, 1951a). A series of references should be enclosed within a single pair of brackets, separated by semicolons, e.g. (Cohen, 1988; Cohen and Wills, 1985; Payne and Jones, 1987).
    • End of text: All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full at the end of the article using the following style:
    • 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.]
    • Charmaz, K. (1991) Good days, bad days: The self in chronic illness and time. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
    • Kaufert, P.A. and McKinlay, S.M. (1985) 'Estrogen-replacement therapy: The production of medical knowledge and the emergence of policy', in Lewin, E. and Olesen, V. (eds) Women, health and healing: Toward a new perspective. New York: Tavistock.
    • Pollack, M. (ed.) (1992) AIDS: A problem for sociological research. London: Sage.
    • ODI (Overseas Development Institute, London) (2006) 'Cash Transfers and Their Role in Social Protection'. ODI Research Proposal, London [Online]. Available at: www.odi.org.uk/plag/PROJECTS/cash_transfers, [Accessed 16 December 2007]. [Reference to a URL must include an 'accessed on' date.]
    • Articles that do not conform to the fundamentals of this style will be returned to the authors for revision.
  12. NOTES: Authors should use endnotes, not footnotes. Endnotes should be written in plain text, without embedded endnote formatting. Within the text, please indicate footnote placement like so [1], [2]. Whenever possible, endnotes are to be kept to a minimum.
  13. QUOTATIONS: Lengthy quotations (more than 40 words) should be displayed, indented, without the use of quotation marks. References to sources should be given at the end of the quotation, with the author's name and year of publication in brackets. Shorter quotes should be retained within the body of the text, within single quotation marks. Double quotation marks should only be used for a quotation within a quotation.
  14. Should you have any questions about submission to Global Labour, please contact .

Book Review Guidelines

Book reviews should be approximately 1200-1400 words in length.

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 and price/currency. 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.

Your review should provide readers with an overview of the book, including basic content and structural organization, the recommended audience and scholarly aim(s) of the book, and how the author situates this work within the larger context of the area or field. The review should provide a 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 an email address.

Please note that book reviews are generally assigned by the Reviews Editor, but please feel free to global labour@mcmaster.ca with suggestions or queries.

Global Issues Guidelines

The aim of this section of the journal is to provide a forum for readers to share, debate and analyze key issues that face the world of labour in the age of globalization. We are interested in publishing documents that record the activities and programs of the new networks, forms of action, and organization emerging globally, as well as descriptions and analyses of events and on-going activities in global labour.

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. They should adhere to the fundamentals of Global Labour house style, as outlined in the Submission Guidelines/Notes for Authors above. 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, 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 and 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 website, or directly to the Global Labour Managing Editor at globallabour [at] mcmaster [dot] ca 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.