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Advances in Developing Human Resources

Advances in Developing Human Resources

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Human Resource Management

eISSN: 15523055 | ISSN: 15234223 | Current volume: 26 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

From Research to Practice

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) focuses on the issues that help you work more effectively in human resource development. The journal spans the realms of performance, learning, and integrity within an organizational context. Balancing theory and practice, each Issue of the journal is devoted to a different topic central to the development of human resources. ADHR has covered subjects as wide-ranging and vital as performance improvement, action learning, on-the-job training, informal learning, how HRD relates to the new global economy, leadership, and the philosophical foundations of HRD practice.

Current and Concise

Each Issue of ADHR focuses on a single topic of importance to HRD professionals. Special guest editors propose a thematic emphasis for each issue. Experts in their specific fields, they receive papers from some of the most noted professionals in HRD today. Each special Issue is comprehensive yet concise, giving full coverage to each specific subject area.

Dynamic and Relevant

ADHR is easy to read and is highly relevant to both scholars and practitioners. Dealing with the demands of the global economy a diverse workforce can be difficult. From ethics to on-the-job training, from leadership development to action learning to cultural competence, ADHR gives you a quick, easy-to-use reference on each area important in your practice. Complete your library of HRD literature with the comprehensive coverage in ADHR – the essential tool for human resource development specialists.

Each issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources is also available for course adoption or for use in a training environment. Multiple quantity discounts apply. Contact Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-818-7243 for more information.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Advances in Developing Human Resources is a quarterly journal that explores and examines a wide range of topics relevant to developing human potential and ultimately an organization’s overall performance. The journal is grounded in sound research and theory and is edited by a leading scholar in the field. The content is applicable to higher education, profit-sector, non-profit sector, public sector, and a variety of other workplace settings. The journal is readable and relevant to scholars, practitioners, scholar/practitioners, educators, and researchers.

Submissions that offer new conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical insights or build on existing bodies of human resource development research are encouraged. A presenting problem situates a submitted manuscript within a relevant human resource development (HRD) domain/paradigm (e.g. learning, performance, training and development, career development, organization development, critical HRD, strategic HRD, leader/leadership development, higher education, global/cross cultural HRD). Given the interdisciplinary nature of HRD, solutions should be applicable to a wide range of organizational or social contexts with an emphasis on ways that practitioners can apply findings or new knowledge that improves social conditions or the world of work.

The Advances in Developing Human Resources Editorial Board supports Sage’s Action on Diversity presented in June 2021. Through our publications, we are committed to advancing the field of human resource development with scholarship that: reflects the perspectives of a diverse workforce; welcomes and amplifies the voices of the under-represented and exposes unjust practices and systems that are detrimental to building strong human relations and achieving solidarity in our community.


Marilyn Y. Byrd The University of Oklahoma, USA
Associate Editors
Jeremy Bohonos Texas State University, USA
Karen Johnson University of North Texas, USA
John Mendy University of Lincoln, UK
Social Media Associate Editor
Rochell McWhorter University of Texas at Tyler, USA
Editorial Board
Ahmed Al-Asfour Southern Illinois University, USA
Meera Alagaraja Texas A & M University, College Station, USA
Mary V. Alfred Texas A&M University, USA
Matthijs Bal University of Lincoln, UK
Elisabeth Bennett Northeastern University, USA
Jeremy W. Bohonos Texas State University, USA
Angela Carter Clemson University, USA
Joshua C. Collins University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
Oliver Crocco Louisiana State University, USA
Maria Cseh George Washington University, USA
Sara Csillag Budapest Business School, Hungary
Gareth Edwards UWE Bristol, UK
Kristin Frady Clemson University, USA
Thomas N. Garavan Edinburgh Napier Business School, Scotland
Julie Gedro Empire State College, USA
Vivienne Griggs Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University, UK
Manish Gupta Mahindra University, India
Emily Hammer Trinidad State College, USA
Yusuf Hassan University of Birmingham, UK
Latosha R. Henderson Temple University, USA
Claretha Hughes University of Arkansas, USA
Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jie Ke Jackson State University, USA
Namhee Kim Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Judith A. Kolb The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Rita Kowalski Work Life Consulting
Michael P. Leimbach Wilson Learning Worldwide, USA
Steven V. Manderscheid Concordia University, USA
Heather S. McMillan Southeast Missouri State University, USA
John Mendy University of Lincoln, UK
Jason Moats Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, USA
Fredrick M. Nafukho University of Washington, USA
Yuanlu Niu University of Arkansas, USA
Emmanuel Osafo Washington State University Extension, USA
Paul Roberts University of Texas at Tyler, USA
Cynthia Russell CG Russell Consulting, USA
Cynthia M Sims University of Georgia, USA
Tyrone Smith, Jr. Udemy, USA
Ralph Soule George Washington University, USA
Torrence E. Sparkman Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Kyle B. Stone Colorado Mesa University, USA
Thomas R. Tudor University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA
Alina Waite Indiana State University, USA
Nelson H. Wawire Kenyatta University, Kenya
Michael R. Williams Frostburg State University, USA
Robert Yawson Quinnipiac University, USA
Tuncay Yilmaz Sakarya University, Turkey
Seung Won Yoon Texas A & M, College Station, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Advances in Developing Human Resources

    Advances in Developing Human Resources is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site [] to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Sage Publications disseminates high-quality research and engaged scholarship globally, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors from across all countries and backgrounds. 

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Advances in Developing Human Resources will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you:

    • are submitting your original work
    • have the rights to the work
    • have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you
    • are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.

    Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Advances in Developing Human Resources will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, authors may re-use their work according to the Journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information
      7.1 Appealing the publication decision


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Advances in Developing Human Resources, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    Advances in Developing Human Resources is a quarterly journal with articles that explore realistic topics and examine organizational problems relevant to the workplace. Balancing research, theory, and practice each issue is devoted to important and timely topics related to the development of human resources. The content of the journal spans the realms of learning,  performance, and human resource development (HRD) education and teaching as applied to organizational, higher education, profit-sector, non-profit sector, and a variety of other workplace settings. The journal is readable and relevant to scholars, practitioners, scholar/practitioners, educators, and researchers.

    The Advances in Developing Human Resources Editorial Board supports Sage’s Action on Diversity presented in June 2021. Through our publications, we are committed to advancing the field of human resource development with scholarship that: reflects the perspectives of a diverse workforce;  welcomes and amplifies the voices of the under-represented and exposes unjust practices and systems that are detrimental to building strong human relations and achieving solidarity in our community.  

    1.2 Article Types

    Advances in Developing Human Resources welcomes applied, conceptual, theoretical, qualitative or quantitative research studies, integrative literature reviews, perspectives, or other creative, scholarly, practitioner, and educator generated work that seeks to advance the field of HRD. Initial submissions should not exceed 8000 words (including abstract, keywords, references, tables, and figures). An abstract of 150 words should be submitted in a 3-part format: problem-solution-stakeholders and should include 4-5 keywords.

    A non-refereed special feature section (3000 words maximum) will contain case studies, practitioner insights, teaching strategies, or special interest topics on HRD best practices.Submissions to this section are reviewed by the editorial team for quality, fit, and potential to contribute to topics of interest to the field of HRD. 

    A special or themed issue will be published once a year at the beginning of each annual volume. A call for papers, generated by the Editor in Chief, will be posted to the journal website in search of trending, emerging topics of interest or new insights to existing topics in HRD. Consideration will be given to proposals from subject matter experts from a variety of related disciplines who are seeking to advance a trending topic of relevance to HRD. In such instances, prospective guest editors should contact the Editor in Chief for additional information.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    1. Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2. ADHR operates a strictly anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    3. All papers submitted to ADHR are subject to peer review by members of the journal’s Editorial Board or by other scholars in the field of HRD.

    4. ADHR strongly endorses the value and importance of peer review in scholarly journals publishing. All papers submitted to the journal will be subject to comment and external review.

    5. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editor. Only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for anonymize, peer review.  

    6. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 8-10 weeks of submission.

    7. Review criteria includes but is not limited to:

    • Potential for advancement of HRD theory.
    • Potential for advancement of HRD practice.
    • Completeness of the ideas.
    • Quality of the writing.

    Advances in Developing Human Resources is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Web of Science. Web of Science is a third-party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Advances in Developing Human Resources can opt in to Web of Science in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Web of Science website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Advances in Developing Human Resources requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Advances in Developing Human Resources encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    2.6 Research data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Advances in Developing Human Resources and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Advances in Developing Human Resources offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    Manuscript Preparation. The manuscript should contain the following information in the sequence shown:

    • Title Page
      • Full article title
      • Acknowledgments and credits
      • Corresponding author(s) (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)
      • Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
      • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • The 3-part Abstract with four-five keywords
    • Main body
    • References
    • Tables, figures, and appendices as appropriate

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This Journal is capable of hosting additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Advances in Developing Human Resources adheres to the latest APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Advances in Developing Human Resources is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.


    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this Journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    7.1 Appealing the publication decision

    Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

    If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at

    7.2 Contact information

    Correspondence, queries, or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office at, or contact Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief, for information on the decision process.

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