Aims and scope

The International Labour Review (ILR) is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal of international scope in labour and employment studies. Established in 1921 by decision of the ILO Governing Body, it is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish and administered by the ILO Research Department.

The ILR aims to advance academic research and inform policy debate and decision-making in all fields related to the world of work, such as economics, law, industrial relations, social policy, sociology and history, by publishing and bringing together the original thinking of academics and experts in those fields. It also features concise reports on current developments and reviews of recent major publications considered to be of particular interest to those working in these fields.

It applies an editorial policy that:
  • is committed to a rigorous, insightful analysis and the highest scholarly standards;
  • fosters diversity and equality of opportunity by strongly encouraging submissions in English, French and Spanish by authors of all generations and from all world regions;
  • welcomes manuscripts related to the world of work from all disciplines and encourages the submission of those with an inter-disciplinary approach;
  • welcomes both theoretical and empirically-based studies, as well as comparative and international studies, and country-level studies that explore concepts, trends and institutions that are of interest to an international audience;
  • promotes a style of writing that is accessible to both academics and policy-makers and a multidisciplinary readership.


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