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Policy on Special Issues

By publishing special (thematic) issues, RI/IR’s objective is to provoke thought and debate on a particular subject relating to work and employment, incorporating different viewpoints of interested researchers. To achieve this, all thematic issues should appeal to the broad scientific community.

In general, this means that calls for papers are posted on the journal`s website and diffused by various networks and scientific associations dedicated to the study of work and employment. Exceptionally, a specific call will be launched within the framework of an international conference on a particular theme.

In all cases, articles will be submitted to the scientific evaluation process (three blind reviews).

The process can be managed in two ways:

  • Either, managed by the guest editors
  • Or, in exceptional cases, managed in-house by the journal`s editorial team

The guest editors’ first task involves, in consultation with the editorial team, drafting the call for papers, receiving and selecting the articles submitted, the management of the evaluation process (selecting three evaluators, producing a consolidated report that includes the comments of the evaluators and those of the guest editors), and writing a general introduction to the special issue. However, final acceptance of articles remains the responsibility of the journal`s editorial team. RI/IR provides guidance (e.g. the rules to follow, forms of standard letter) and technical support (e.g. the anonymization of articles).

To avoid any appearance of conflict of interest, the guest editors agree not to submit their own articles to the special issue that they edit. However, they will write the general introduction to the issue, which is not subject to the evaluation process. The introduction is published in two languages at the beginning of the issue.