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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


1 Articles:
The Editors welcome articles for publication in the Journal. They also welcome shorter, more speculative pieces for the Commentary section, research notes, practitioner pieces that need not be research-based, and contributions to the Legal Forum. All papers are subjected to a refereeing process before an editorial decision is made.

2 Submissions:
(a) Articles: academic papers should not normally exceed 6000 words. An abstract of 50-100 words should be included.
(b) Commentaries: shorter, more speculative pieces, also with an abstract.
(c) Research Notes: should not normally exceed 3500 words. Content more descriptive and less analytical than articles.
(d) Practitioner Papers: either descriptive or analytical pieces, normally not to exceed 3500 words, on any subject of wide interest to the readership. An abstract should be included.
(e) Legal Forum: analysis, discussion and debate on recent industrial cases and statutes.
(f) Book Reviews: contributions are invited on recently published books that are on any subject of wide interest to the readership. Should not normally exceed 1000 words.
(g) Comments/Replies (on published articles): before making a submission, the author of a comment should first communicate with the article author to ensure there are genuine disagreements or points of issue. Submission should not exceed 1500 words. If accepted for publication, the article author will be given the right of reply (not to exceed 1500 words).

3 Copyright:
The copyright of published articles is held by ER Publishing Ltd. No limitation will be placed on the personal freedom of the author to copy, or to use in subsequent work, material contained in the paper.

4 Payments:
Payments are not made to the authors. 


1 Style:
Articles must be submitted in the Journal’s style. For guides on style, authors should consult a recent issue. Particular attention should be paid to the method of citation and the style for lists of references (including citation of legal cases and references).

2 Footnotes:
The first footnote should be asterisked and contain the author’s position(s), affiliation(s) and any acknowledgements.

3 Quotations:
Quotations longer than 35 words should be indented. Short quotations should be enclosed in double quote marks and run on in the text.

4 Tables and diagrams:
Tables and diagrams should be numbered consecutively in arabic numbers and their place in the text indicated clearly. Tables: tables should follow the style of tables in recent issues of the Journal. Charts and diagrams: authors are responsible for preparing the final copy of any charts and diagrams. These should be drawn to a professional standard with black ink on white paper. The headings, labels, etc., should also be drawn professionally or be prepared on a computer and reduced to a size suitable for inclusion directly into the final text. The original plus one reduced copy must be provided and it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the changes and diagrams are proof read prior to submission.

5 References:
References should be listed in full, alphabetically, at the end of the paper in the following style:
Anderson, G. (1991), The Employment Contracts Act 1991: An Employers’ Charter? New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 16(2): 127-142.
Fox, A. (1974), Beyond Contract: Work, Power and Trust Relations, London, Faber.
Kumar, P., Coates, M.L., and Arrowsmith, D. (1987), The Current Industrial Relations Scene in Canada, Kingston, Queens University.
Sulong, S. (1965), Aspects of Trade Union Government in New Zealand, MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.
Walsh, P., and Ryan, R. (1993), The Making of the Employment Contracts Act. In Harbridge, R. (ed),Employment Contracts: New Zealand Experience, Wellington, Victoria University Press.

If required, authors are expected to correct proofs quickly and not to make revisions on proofs. Editors reserve the right to make editorial changes before typesetting. No commentator will be allowed to make substantive alterations to a comment in proof (i.e. after the original author has written a reply).

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