Journal of Industrial Relations

Overview - Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR)

The Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) owns the Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR). The JIR is an international ISI-ranked journal that analyses a wide range of employment and workplace issues. It is one of the oldest and most highly regarded academic journals in industrial relations around the world. The JIR is the pre-eminent journal of industrial, employment and workplace relations in Australia and has provided an authoritative record of developments in industrial relations for over 50 years (since April 1959). It is a peer reviewed journal, publishing five issues per year. The JIR includes contributions exploring the traditional concerns of industrial relations as well as studies addressing the intersection of workplace, family and community and how individuals, groups, organizations and institutions (including government) shape the employment relationship. The JIR has an international reputation for publishing rigorous qualitative and multi-method analyses, including theoretically-informed case studies and international and comparative papers.

The current JIR editors are Professor Marian Baird and Associate Professor Bradon Ellem of the University of Sydney Business School.


Improved Impact Factor: 0.922 

International Ranking: 10 out of 26 in ‘Industrial Relations & Labor’ journals

Source: Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters©)


International endorsements of the JIR from leading Journal Editors:

"The Journal of Industrial Relations is one of the prime outlets for research on work, labour and employment relations. The journal is international in scope and has an authorship and readership from across the globe. For researchers in Europe, it is a principal source of theory and evidence on global developments in the world of work and a desirable place in which to publish: JIR is a journal to which one sends one's best work."

Edmund Heery Cardiff University, UK

"JIR is a terrific source of information about the wide-ranging changes occurring at the workplace. The journal reports on international and comparative developments in articles written by leading academic authorities. The articles are well researched with a variety of methodologies used to analyze original data."

Harry C. Katz Cornell University, USA

For more information on the JIR, submission guidelines, contents alerts, free electronic access to table of contents and abstracts, visit the Journal of Industrial Relations website.



Prof. Marian Baird, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Prof. Bradon Ellem, University of Sydney Business School, Australia


Associate Editors

Dr Stephen Clibborn, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

A/Prof. Rae Cooper, University of Sydney Business School, Australia

Dr Chris F Wright, University of Sydney Business School, Australia


Book Review Editor

A/Prof. Sarah Kaine, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


Editorial Assistant

Ms Rawya Mansour, University of Sydney Business School, Australia


Previous Editors

  • 2009 – Present Marian Baird and Bradon Ellem (University of Sydney)
  • 2005 – 2009 Bradon Ellem and Russell Lansbury (University of Sydney)
  • 1999 – 2005 Ron Callus and Russell Lansbury (University of Sydney)
  • 1991 – 1999 Braham Dabscheck (University of New South Wales)
  • 1974 – 1991 John Niland (University of New South Wales)
  • 1959 – 1974 Kingsley Laffer (University of Sydney)


Current and Upcoming Articles of Interest:

Current and Upcoming Articles of Interest:

In the FEBRUARY 2016 Issue:

The latest hard copy issue of the Journal of Industrial Relations, the February issue, contains two articles on contemporary organisational and policy problems which will be of particular interest to members.

Ashlea Kellner, David Peetz, Keith Townsend and Adrian Wilkinson examine the increasingly complex and much publicised question of industrial relations in franchises in their article headed: ‘We are very focused on the muffins’.

Ray Markey leads a multidisciplinary team examining another question reflecting changes in the nature of work and employment, namely, measures to extending employment entitlements to non-standard workers, in particular through long service leave portability.

Other articles examine the impact of qualifications, awards and enterprise agreements on wage determination (Damian Oliver) and wage inequality and neoliberalism (Ian Watson), while there are important papers on Canada and China together with a study by Ed Heery, one of the UK’s leading scholars, on the pluralist tradition in British industrial relations.

All articles are available at the following link as well as in the February issue: