Transfer, The European Review of Labour and Research, is the quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Research Department of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). Since 1995, the journal has published research findings of relevance to both the European trade union movement and the academic and research community with the aim of stimulating dialogue between the two.
Transfer helps to foster understanding of significant developments in the field of European trade union policy and industrial relations. The journal presents research findings of practical relevance to industrial relations. At the same time, it enables the academic and research community to gain access to the world of industrial relations in practice. Transfer contains contributions from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, economics, political science, law and history.
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Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.
Three issues per year of Transfer are thematic. The remaining issue is non-thematic. The Editor and Editorial Committee of Transfer invite submissions to the non-thematic ('open') issues of articles whose subject matter falls within the aims and scope of Transfer.
Given the European perspective of Transfer, the journal particularly welcomes submissions which take a comparative approach or which situate their specific discussion in a wider European framework. In line with its aims, Transfer welcomes contributions not only from academics and researchers but also from practitioners. Transfer also welcomes proposals from external editors for thematic issues of the journal.
|Marina Luttrell||European Trade Union Institute, Belgium|
|Vera Šcepanovic||Institute for History and International Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands|
|Maarten Keune||Professor, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies (AIAS)/Law Department, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Philippe Pochet||Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium|
|Bart Vanhercke||European Social Observatory, Brussels, Belgium and ETUI, Brussels, Belgium|
|Kristin Alsos||Fafo, Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo, Norway|
|Chiara Benassi||King’s Business School, London, UK|
|Tomas Berglund||Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Jean-Yves Boulin||Associated researcher in sociology, IRISSO-Université Paris Dauphine, France|
|Maria da Paz Campos Lima||Dinâmia’CET– Lisbon University Institute, Portugal|
|Virginia Doellgast||Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Employment Relations and Dispute Resolution, Cornell University, ILR School, USA|
|Roland Erne||Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University College Dublin, Ireland|
|Anke Hassel||Professor of Public Policy Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany|
|Christian Lyhne Ibsen||Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Marta Kahancová||Central European Labour Studies Institute, Slovakia|
|Evelyne Léonard||UCLouvain, Belgium|
|Antonio Martin Artiles||Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Dept Sociología, Spain|
|Oscar Molina||Sociology - Sociologia Centre d'Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotiadiana i el Treball - Institut d'Estudis del Treball, Barcelona|
|Adam Mrozowicki||Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw, Poland|
|Gregor Murray||Full Professor, Director, School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal, Canada|
|Roberto Pedersini||Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy|
|Arianna Tassinari||Assistant Professor, University of Bologna, Italy|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 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, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that 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 the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print 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, the author 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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research Data
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.1 Information required for completing your submission
- 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
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Transfer aims to stimulate the dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It helps to foster understanding of significant developments in the field of European trade union policy and industrial relations. The journal presents research findings of practical relevance to the trade unions. At the same time, it enables the academic and research community to gain access to the world of industrial relations in practice. Transfer contains original contributions from a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, economics, political science, law and history.
The Editor and Editorial Committee of Transfer invite submissions to the non-thematic (open) issues of articles whose subject matter falls within the aims and scope of Transfer. Given the European perspective of Transfer, we particularly welcome articles which take a comparative approach or which situate their specific discussion in a wider European framework. In line with its aims, Transfer welcomes contributions not only from academics and researchers but also from practitioners.
Manuscripts should preferably be submitted in English but manuscripts in French and German will also be considered. If translated from another language articles should be accompanied by the original.
Articles should be between 5000 and maximum 8000 words including tables, notes and references We encourage authors to limit the number of tables in their articles.
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.
SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
• The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
• The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
• The author has recommended the reviewer
• The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).
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.
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 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 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.
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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
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.
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 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 plagiarised 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.
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 licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence 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.
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 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.
European Union Member States: Please use the two-letter ISO code in line with the EU Interinstitutional Style Guide. See: http://publications.europa.eu/code/en/en-370100.htm
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
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.
This Journal is able to host 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 supplemental files.
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted to the Managing editor by email attachment to:
Managing editor, Transfer
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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. 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).
Please also 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.
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.
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.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final 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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research editorial office as follows:
Managing editor, Transfer
Boulevard de Jardin Botanique, 20
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