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German Journal of Human Resource Management

German Journal of Human Resource Management

Zeitschrift für Personalforschung
2017 5-Year Impact Factor: 0.133
2017 Ranking: 160/209 in Management | 67/82 in Psychology, Applied
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

Marion Festing ESCP Europe, Germany
Renate Ortlieb University of Graz, Austria
Anders Dysvik BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Christian Grund RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Anne-Wil Harzing Middlesex University London, UK
Beatrice van der Heijden Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Christine Harbring RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Axel Haunschild Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Stephan Kaiser Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Michael Müller-Camen WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Tanja Rabl TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
Martin Schneider Paderborn University, Germany
Jürgen Wegge Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

eISSN: 23970030 | ISSN: 23970022 | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 3-4 Frequency: Quarterly

The German Journal of Human Resource Management (GHRM), formerly Zeitschrift für Personalforschung (ZfP), was founded in 1987 and is one of the world’s oldest academic journals published in this specialism. From its origins as a forum for research from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, the German Journal of Human Resource Management has broadened its reach to the international academic HR community and is the only HR journal outside the US and UK listed in the Social Science Citation Index.

Double blind peer-reviewed and published quarterly, the German Journal of Human Resource Management covers a broad spectrum of research topics related to human resource management, employment relations, behaviour in organisations and personnel economics. The Journal has an international editorial team and board and welcomes scholarly work from regions outside German-speaking countries. Original contributions advancing the scientific knowledge of human resource management are published in English and German.

The German Journal of Human Resource Management also publishes special issues on current research topics which are edited by international guest editors. Previous special issues include Qualitative Research Methods in HRM, Green HRM, International HRM, HRM in Professional Service Firms, HRM from a Paradox Perspective and From Silence to Voice in Organizations.

The German Journal of Human Resource Management is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Why publish in the German Journal of Human Resource Management:

  1. Rigorous double blind peer review process
  2. Global dissemination of your article via the SAGE Journals platform
  3. High quality copyediting, typesetting and presentation of your article
  4. Online first publication

The German Journal of Human Resource Management (GHRM) formerly Zeitschrift für Personalforschung (ZfP), is a leading peer-reviewed resource for the international HR community, with a global reach and editorial board.

It publishes quarterly and aims to advance scientific knowledge covering a broad spectrum of research topics related to human resource management, employment relations, behaviour in organisations and personnel economics. It publishes both theoretical articles as well as empirical work and is open to a wide range of methodological approaches. Original contributions are published in English and German.

Editorial Board
Dorothea Alewell Universität Hamburg, Germany
Yochanan Altmann Middlesex University London, UK
Samuel Aryee University of Surrey, UK
Cordula Barzantny Toulouse Business School, France
Michael Beckmann University of Basel, Switzerland
Torsten Biemann University of Mannheim, Germany
Tanya Bondarouk University of Twente, Netherlands
Janine Bosack Dublin City University, Ireland
Julia Brandl University of Innsbruck, Austria
Alex Bryson University College London, UK
Peter Dowling La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia
Robert Dur Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Barry Gerhart University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
David E. Guest King’s College London, UK
Martin Högl Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Ute Hülsheger Maastricht University, Netherlands
Robert Kase University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Eric Kearney University of Potsdam, Germany
Anne Keegan University College Dublin, Ireland
Hugo Kehr Technical University of Munich, Germany
Rudolf Kerschreiter Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Alain Klarsfeld Toulouse Business School, France
Martin Kleinmann University of Zurich, Switzerland
Alexander Koch Aarhus University, Denmark
Udo Konradt University of Kiel, Germany
Suzan Lewis Middlesex University London, UK
David Marsden London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Albert Martin Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Wenzel Matiaske University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany
Wolfgang Mayrhofer WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Bertolt Meyer Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
Manfred Moldaschl Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany
Sara Louise Muhr Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Maral Muratbekova ESCP Europe, France
Anne-Katrin Neyer Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Eddy Ng Dalhousie University, Canada
Jacqueline O'Reilly University of Sussex, UK
Hilla Peretz ORT Braude College (OBC), Israel
Markus Pudelko University of Tübingen, Germany
Hugh Scullion University of Hull, UK
Bruno Staffelbach University of Zurich, Switzerland
Stefan Strohmeier Saarland University, Germany
Stefan Süß Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Mary Triana University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Donald Truxillo University of Limerick, Ireland
Mo Wang University of Florida, USA
Uta Wilkens Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Hannes Zacher Leipzig University, Germany
Thomas Zwick University of Würzburg, Germany
Senior Editors
Oswald Neuberger University of Augsburg, Germany
Werner Nienhüser University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Hans-Gerd Ridder Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Christian Scholz Saarland University, Germany
Thomas Spengler Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Suzanne Tietze Keele University, UK
Dudo von Eckardstein WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Hartmut Wächter † Trier University, Germany
Wolfgang Weber Paderborn University, Germany
Jürgen Weibler University of Hagen, Germany
Rolf Wunderer University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: German Journal of Human Resource Management

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

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.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of German Journal of Human Resource Management will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

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, 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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

  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 Declaration of conflicting interests
  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 Supplementary 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


1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to German Journal of Human Resource Management, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article Types

German Journal of Human Resource Management publishes original articles in English or in German, either in the form of a standard manuscript or as part of a Special Issue.

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Articles should be of around 10,000 words in length and abstracts should be 200-300 words.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Incoming contributions are forwarded to the editors-in-chiefs, who ask an editor to supervise the contribution and coordinate the review process. The assigned supervising editor ensures the manuscript is anonymised, which is then subject to a double-blind review process.

On the basis of two reviews the supervising editor can reject the contribution, encourage the author to re-submit to the German Journal of Human Resource Management (possibly with a renewed assessment), return the submission for revision in accordance with the suggestions of the reviewers, or accept the manuscript without revisions.

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.

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.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

German Journal of Human Resource Management encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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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

German Journal of Human Resource Management 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.

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 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

3.3 Open access and author archiving

German Journal of Human Resource Management offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

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.

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 Supplementary material

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 supplementary files

4.4 Reference style

German Journal of Human Resource Management adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

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

German Journal of Human Resource Management 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.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.


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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.

We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

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. 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 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

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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 sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

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. 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.

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the German Journal of Human Resource Management editorial office as follows:

Renate Ortlieb ( or Marion Festing (

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