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Compensation & Benefits Review

Compensation & Benefits Review

The Journal for Total Compensation Professionals

eISSN: 15523837 | ISSN: 08863687 | Current volume: 56 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Compensation & Benefits Review is the leading journal for senior executives and professionals who design, implement, evaluate and communicate compensation and benefits policies and programs. The journal supports compensation and benefits specialists and academic experts with up-to-date analyses and information on salary and wage trends, labor markets, pay plans, incentive compensation, legal compliance, retirement programs, health care benefits and other employee benefit plans.

Our Mission is: To advance evidence-based best practices in compensation and benefits, ultimately improving employee quality of life and organizational outcomes through the distribution of quality research in compensation and benefits.

Our Vision is: To become the first choice, top quality journal for authors and practitioners of employee compensation and benefits.

Special Features

Every issue of CBR provides peer-reviewed articles from experts on important compensation and benefits issues, such as:

· Pay plan design, administration, and communication

· Incentive plans,

· Performance management

· Executive compensation

· Legal compliance

· Global compensation programs

· Metrics, benchmarking and program evaluation

· Case studies

· Job evaluation

· Pay equity and income inequality

· National healthcare systems

· Healthcare benefits

· Retirement benefits

· Workers' compensation

· Work/life balance

· Strategic compensation

· Total rewards

· Employee performance and motivation

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

Compensation & Benefits Review is the premiere journal for compensation and benefits strategy and management. Written by top compensation and benefits professionals and academic experts, CBR articles provide detailed analyses and comprehensive information on all aspects of compensation and benefits design and implementation. CBR aims to address important and difficult issues at all levels (e.g. income inequality, demographic wage gaps, strategic compensation, benefits strategy, total rewards, individual motivation and performance, work-life balance).


Phillip Bryant Columbus State University, USA
Editorial Board
Kristie Abston, Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Samantha Conroy, Ph.D. Colorado State University, USA
Kelly Finnell Executive Financial Services, USA
Thomas P. Flannery, Ph.D. Korn Ferry
Anders Frederiksen Aarhus University, Denmark
Ingrid Fulmer Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Marylene Gagne Curtin University, Australia
Michael Gibbs, Ph.D. University of Chicago, USA
Ji Hyun Kim National University of Singapore, Singapore
Tesa Leonce-Regalado, Ph.D. Columbus State University, USA
Dan Morrell, Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Sanghee Park, Ph.D. Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
Tae-Youn Park, Ph.D. Cornell University
Dorothea Roumpi Pennsylvania State University, USA
Hanbo Shim University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Michael C. Sturman, Ph.D. Rutgers University, USA
Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D. University of Alabama, USA
Advisory Board Members
Brian Bloom Korn Ferry
Duncan Brown, Ph.D. Institute for Employment Studies
Bob Greene, Ph.D. Reward Systems
Steve Gross SEG Consulting Group
Allan Schweyer TMLU
Tami Simon, J.D. The Segal Group
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit CBR’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 review process.

    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 CBR 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 CBR accepts 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 CBR. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to CBR's author archiving policy.

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

    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?

    Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to CBR please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    Article types

    CBR articles provide detailed analyses and comprehensive information on all aspects of compensation and benefits theory, design and implementation. Articles should help readers address current or anticipated problems. Discussions of theory, case studies, and empirical analyses are all welcome and will be considered for review. Previously published work will not be considered for publication in CBR.

    Articles must be a minimum of 2,000 with maximum of 30,000 words. Please use appropriate business writing style – shorter, simple sentences, active voice, limited length paragraphs. Keep in mind that the target audience includes business executives.

    Traditional Academic Research Articles (e.g. Winning the War for Talent 2018): approximately 10 to 30 published pages.

    Research-to-Practice (e.g. Bryant & Allen 2013): Articles that summarize and synthesize research for practice or practice for research/classroom (e.g. John Kilgour). Approximately 5 to 10 published pages.

    Research for Practitioners (e.g. Flannery & Bloom 2020): approximately 2 to 4 published pages.

    Book Reviews (e.g. Schweyer 2020): approximately 2 to 4 published pages.

    Ideas for articles should be submitted to the Editor.

    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.

    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.

    2. Editorial policies

    Peer review policy

    All papers submitted to CBR are subject to double-anonymous peer review. CBR 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.

    CBR is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for CBR can opt in to Publons 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 Publons website.

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    CBR encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    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

    3. Publishing Policies

    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


    CBR 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 CBR 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.

    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

    Open access and author archiving

    CBR 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.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission                                            


    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and LaTeX templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    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  

    Supplemental 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 supplemental files

    Reference style

    CBR adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    English language editing services

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

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    CBR 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.

    Note: 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 CBR 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.


    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.

    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).


    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

    6. On acceptance and publication

    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. 

    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.

    Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    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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