In a recent article in which they analyze the contribution of eight international journals in the industrial relations field, Quinlan and Bohle* consider that RI/IR’s particular strength is that a greater number of its articles are devoted to substantive working conditions, in particular wages (including social benefits, pension plans), work intensity and workload, schedules and hours of work, job insecurity, and occupational health and safety.
RI/IR presents the main characteristics of a major research journal: its executive and editorial committees are composed of internationally recognized specialists; its authors and reviewers are often internationally renowned; the process of selecting and evaluating articles is rigorously supervised in compliance with the journal’s publication rules. Lastly, it is internationally recognized for its contribution to research and development in industrial relations. Thus, in 2013, it was classified in Category ‘A’ of the ABDC Journal Quality List, published every three years by the prestigious Australian Business Dean Council.
Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations is one of the very few academic journals that do not require the full transfer of authors’ rights. Its practice is to allow authors to reproduce all or part of the content of their article in a book or publication, as long as they respect the exclusivity period for subscribers and mention its first publication in RI/IR.
Some 50% of scientific articles are now published by journals belonging to five major publishing companies. The field of industrial relations is no exception to this rule. However, RI/IR remains the only one of the eight major industrial relations journals not to be published by a commercial publisher. It is thus the only journal of international stature dedicated to work and employment that maintains complete independence with regard to the policies of major commercial publishers.
There is strong pressure for the results stemming from scientific research, especially when the research is financed through public funds, to be made available as widely as possible and as early as possible. RI/IR shares this view of knowledge as a public good, and one of its mandates involves making its content widely accessible to academics, students, researchers and interested persons in governments, trade unions and companies, both in Canada and abroad. Under our agreement with the Érudit consortium, a moving wall allows subscribers to access publications relating to the last year. Free access to issues older than one year is granted via the Érudit portal.
* Quinlan, M., Bohle, P. (2014) “Re-invigorating Industrial Relations as a Field of Study: Changes at Work, Substantive Working Conditions and the Case of OHS”, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 38 (3), 1-24.