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Employee Relations

Employee Relations

The International Journal

ISSN: 0142-5455

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2018 Impact Factor: 1.496*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 1.903*

CiteScore 2020: 2.8
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 2.6 (Updated Monthly)

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About the Journal

Employee Relations is a leading international academic journal focusing on the importance of understanding employment and HR challenges and debates within the context of contemporary national and international labour markets. This embedded understanding is key to merging organizational, management and employee needs to achieve optimum performance, commitment and effectiveness. International issues are covered in all areas of HR, employment and industrial relations. A stringent double-blind review of each paper is undertaken to ensure its relevance and validity. Employee Relations continuously receives, and welcomes, global authorship.

Unique Attributes

Over the course of its history Employee Relations has developed a reputation for publishing articles by the world’s leading academic thinkers on HRM, employment and industrial relations. It has also successfully combined this heritage with providing an accessible, though rigorously assessed, platform for early career research. Its international scope and focus on contemporary employment issues within their institutional and national contexts is seen through individual articles and in the highly acclaimed Special Issues which facilitate more detailed treatment of prominent challenges and debates within the field of work and employment.


  • HRM
  • Employment/industrial relations management and reform
  • Communication, participation and involvement
  • Diversity and equal opportunities
  • Health, safety and well-being in the workplace
  • Industrial relations and employment protection law
  • Management of performance and rewards
  • Organizational change and people
  • Succession planning and the management of talent
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Quality of working life
  • Social media and the workplace


Today's turbulent business environment makes increasing demands on managers and workforces, as competitive standards rise and expectations of individuals increase. Understanding the decisions, attitudes and behaviours of the key stakeholders in the employment relationship within the national and international contexts in which they operate is crucial to responding positively to this ever changing landscape.

Key Benefits

The journal addresses key issues through authoritative, refereed papers by distinguished international academics and practitioners, Internet site critiques and publications. It suggests alternative strategies for improving working conditions and developing constructive relationships between managers and workforce.

 Key Journal Audiences

  • Academics, consultants, and libraries
  • HR professionals
  • Employee and industrial relations specialists
  • Trade unionists
  • General and line managers

Recent Special Issues

The future of work and the future of unions (Volume 41, Issue 2) - Guest Editors: Paul Nowak and Andy Hodder. This special issue looks back on 150 years of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) which was established in Manchester in 1868. The articles are a mix of reflection of work and unions in the past and queries into the future of work, employment and the roles unions have to play.

Industrial Relations in 21st Century Europe (Volume 40, Issue 4) - Guest Editor: Holm Detlev-Kohler. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a critical reflection on the variety of IR trajectories to face current challenges in a long-term view.

Low pay and the living wage - an international perspective (Volume 39, Issue 6) - Guest Editors: Peter Prowse, Ray Fells, James Arrowsmith, Jane Parker and Ana Lopes. This special issues focusses on the emerging theme of the Living Wage (LW) and the crucial issues of how institutions have developed to reduce low paid employment, particularly in the UK. It also highlights the challenge, both internationally and in the UK, posed by the need for an income to be measured not in terms of poverty levels but in providing a sufficient and sustainable standard of living. This special issue emerges from the British Universities Industrial Relations Association conference stream on the LW and a plenary session on "Who pays the living wage?", held at the University of Leeds on 29 June-1 July 2016.

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This journal is ranked by 

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK) 2, Academic Journal Quality Guide; AERES (France); AIDEA (Italy); Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) B Ranking, Quality Journal List; Australian Research Council (ERA Journal List); CNRS (France); ESSEC (France); FNEGE (France); JourQUAL 2.1 (Germany); NSD (Norway); QUALIS; Scopus; Social Science Citation Index SSCI (Clarivate Analytics); The Publication Forum (Finland); VHB-JOURQUAL 3 (Germany)

Employee Relations is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection page.

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* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)