Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations

Managing editor(s): Anthony M. Gould (Directeur), Laurie Kirouac (Responsable des recensions françaises), Mathieu Dupuis (Responsable des recensions anglaises) / Editor(s): Samuel Dinel (Coordonnateur aux opérations), Isabelle Miller-Cantin (Chargée de communications)



Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations (RI/IR) is a bilingual quarterly published since 1945 by the Industrial Relations Department of Université Laval (Québec, Canada). It is the world’s first scientific journal on industrial relations and Canada’s only such publication.

RI/IR produces four issues per year, totalling over 800 pages. As a bilingual journal, half of the articles are published in French, and the other half in English. The journal also publishes reviews of leading new books in the field.


RI/IR 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 (paper) and all around the world (online). It is officially recognized by the Canadian Industrial Relations Association.


The articles published in Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations are featured in numerous indexation tools. According to the Ulrichsweb Serials Solutions database, the journal is indexed in more than 70 databases aimed at specialists and researchers worldwide.

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The journal is indexed in the Labordoc database of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

RI/IR is listed by INIST as well as by Google (general), Google Scholar and Persée.


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Open Access

The journal is fully Open Access.


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Editorial policy and ethics

Editorial Policy

RI/IR is a journal dedicated to publication in the field of industrial relations, not from a traditional perspective that would limit this field to labour-management relations, but from a broad and contemporary perspective, which centres its contribution on issues related to work and employment, including labour relations and trade unionism, human resource management, public policy on work and employment, and also ergonomics and occupational health and safety.

Consistent with the field of industrial relations, RI/IR promotes a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of work and employment, grounded in the social sciences. Scholars from areas as diverse as sociology, heterodox economics, socio-economics, labour law, history, political science, psychology, management sciences, ergonomics and feminist studies publish the results of their research in RI/IR. Their methodology can be both quantitative and qualitative, provided that studies take a critical perspective on work and employment, which is so essential to the social sciences.

Beyond the wealth of empirical studies, the journal is also interested in publishing studies that contribute to the theoretical renewal of the field of industrial relations and its related disciplines.

Moreover, articles published should be socially relevant and likely to contribute to solving problems in the world of work and employment.

Being a journal that is rooted in Canada, but with an increasingly international influence and content, RI/IR publishes articles stemming from original research conducted by authors in Canada and from abroad. This openness to international comparisons of conditions of work and employment and of institutions regulating work and employment requires authors to ensure that the results of their research data analysis are more broadly generalizable so that they are of interest beyond the country and the specific case upon which they are based.

As a bilingual journal, RI/IR reflects the Canadian geographical and institutional reality. Among the major international journals specializing in the field of industrial relations, it is the only one that publishes in a language other than English and is committed to maintaining an equal number of French and English articles in each issue.

Editorial Process


The editorial team at RI/IR is interested in receiving submissions on all aspects of work and employment in either English, French or Spanish. Prospective authors are invited to submit papers roughly 7,000 to 8,000 words in length including abstract and bibliography and to ensure that their papers are ready to be reviewed by their peers. We particularly encourage recent PhD graduates to submit articles based on their doctoral research. Prospective authors must ensure that their submissions are in conformity with RI/IR style guidelines.

The manuscripts submitted to the journal are anonymously evaluated by three specialist referees, which ensures that published articles meet the very highest standards of quality.

Book Reviews

RI/IR offers to its readers a book reviews section in which interesting books written by industrial relations specialists are critically examined. Suggestions of books to review are always welcome from our readers as are offers to review current works.

Scientific Evaluation

A manuscript submitted to RI/IR is firstly subjected to a preliminary evaluation by the editor, who considers its compliance with the editorial policy of the journal, its relevance to the industrial relations field and its conformance with the publication criteria for a scientific journal (theoretical or analytical framework, methodology, original results presented and discussed). If the manuscript is of interest, but it does not respect one or more of the criteria, the author will be invited to resubmit a text that does meet the criteria. If the revised manuscript meets the requirements, it will subsequently be transmitted to the scientific evaluation process (3 blind reviews).

The choice of evaluators is made according to several criteria, including the language of the manuscript submitted, the country that the research focuses upon, the problematic addressed, and the methodology utilised. Each reviewer evaluates the article based on the following criteria: originality, research problem, theoretical approach, methodology, analysis, conclusions and the overall quality of the presentation. Each reviewer will make one of the following recommendations: publication without changes; publication with minor changes; publication with major changes or a refusal. The evaluations of the reviewers must be justified in a written text and is often accompanied by suggestions for improvement.

After receiving the reports of the three evaluators, the editor transmits a consolidated report to the author, incorporating the comments and suggestions of the reviewers, as well as those of the editor. In cases where revisions are required, the author must provide a letter along with the revised article explaining how this new version responds to the comments and suggestions included in the consolidated report. Upon return of the revised version, the editor checks the changes made and produces a new evaluation. If necessary, the editor will ask the author to take further account of the reading committee’s suggestions and, if required, other changes that will improve the quality of the paper.

Generally, this process takes around one year.

Articles accepted at the end of this process will go to the publication stage.

Guidelines for Authors

Aims and Scope

Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relationsis a bilingual publication whose mission 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.


Texts may be written in English, French or Spanish, and should be between 7000 and 8000 words in length. This word limit includes the main text, footnotes, references, tables and charts and excludes only the summary and abstract, details of which are given below. The manuscript should be submitted as an attached document by e-mail and must be purged of any information which could enable an author, co-authors or their institutions to be identified. All manuscripts are reviewed by anonymous referees and there is a one-year limit for re-submission of manuscripts following review. The final decision on publication is made by the Editor.

Occasionally the journal publishes shorter commentaries or research notes, and, in exceptional cases, longer articles based on particularly substantial research. Authors who wish to submit texts falling into these exceptional categories should in the first instance contact the editor.


Relations Industrielle/Industrial Relations requests that submitters clearly identify individuals who are considered authors of the draft article. The journal uses the submitted names, affiliation groups, and the order in which the names are presented as submitted.

Submitters must confirm that each author listed has made a real and significant contribution to the manuscript.
In case of dispute or doubt as to the contribution made by an author, the journal may request written confirmation of the role played by each person cited.

The author of correspondence is the person who submits the manuscript to the journal, either by email or through the manuscript management platform. It is considered that this person has been designated by his or her peers to perform this representative role and is able to convey important messages to colleagues.


Submission of a paper implies that it is not already protected by copyright, is not currently under consideration by another journal, and that it is the product only of the authors(s) cited on the title page. We require authors to assign the copyright of their accepted manuscripts to RI/IR.

Tables and charts

Their number should be limited, and they must be carefully and clearly presented. They should also be numbered consecutively in arabic numerals throughout the manuscript, and each must have a title. Their exact location in the text should be indicated. Tables and charts are included in the article’s 8000 word limit.



Authors must provide four or five keywords of the article. These should not be words used in the article title.


Abstract, summary and translation

Authors must furnish an abstract of 125 words at the beginning of the article and a summary of 300 words, giving a concise statement of the intention, results and the conclusions of the article. Please provide the French and Spanish translation of the summary of 300 words, the title and the keywords. The journal takes charge of the translation if necessary.

Autobiographical note

Authors should provide their name, title, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail in a document separate from the manuscript.

You can read all the author guidelines here



Conflicts of interest

Conflict of interest in research describes a situation in which a research actor's (including relatives' or associates') interest introduces a risk of actually, potentially or apparently affecting his or her independence, objectivity or impartiality in making decisions in the exercise of his or her evaluation responsibilities.

Conflicts of interest may involve an individual or an institution. They may be personal, professional, material or financial in nature. Family, political, religious and ideological interests may also pose a threat to independence, objectivity or impartiality.

Each conflict of interest situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the journal's management.


Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations does not tolerate any form of plagiarism in the articles that are published. Any unauthorized use without proper citation of the ideas, words, data, or other material produced by another person without his or her permission is considered plagiarism.

The journal may check for plagiarism in a submitted article using tools of its choice. A suspected case of plagiarism, whether in whole or in part, may be rejected outright by the editorial board.

Both the readership and the editorial board are encouraged to report any suspected plagiarism in a published article to the journal's management.

Redundant publication or self-plagirism

The journal reserves the right to investigate whether a submitted article may be a redundant publication or self-plagiarism. A redundant or self-plagiarized paper is one in which all or a significant portion of the text has already been published by the author without proper justification.

Each case of redundancy or self-plagiarism will be evaluated by the journal's management and could lead to the rejection of a draft article.

Information for contributors

Anyone interested in publishing in Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations must submit their manuscript through the following platform.

You can write to at any time to obtain support for the submission of your manuscript.

The publication of the manuscript implies an assignment of copyright. A form to this effect will have to be signed after the final acceptance of the draft article by the editorial committee


Editorial board

Comité de direction

Editor: Anthony M. Gould

Associate Editor: Yves Hallée

Book Review Editors: Laurie Kirouac et Mathieu Dupuis

Operations Coordinator: Samuel Dinel

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