Editorial Policy

Labour History is committed to publishing high quality peer-reviewed scholarship in Australasian labour history and international labour history with a comparative bent including Australasia and/or the Asia-Pacific region. We also welcome scholarship in labour-related aspects of Australasian and comparative social history. Our preference is for scholarship which applies historical methods and historically-informed concepts and perspectives to advance knowledge within these cognate fields of inquiry. Because history needs to be informed by the analytical strengths of other disciplines, Labour History encourages historians to write with theory in mind and seeks contributions about history from writers in other disciplines. We look for lucid prose in historical narration and in discussion of method and theory.

While the focus of Labour History remains Australasia, we also welcome:

  • articles that engage in international debates in labour historiography and theory;
  • innovative articles on labour and social history in other countries and regions;
  • comparative and transnational perspectives on Australian labour and social history.

Within these broad parameters, the editors particularly welcome scholarship that engages with one or more of the following key themes both from an historical perspective and with a view to informing contemporary debate, practice and policy: paid and unpaid labour; labour management and employer strategy; technology, work, and the labour process; working life, working conditions and working-class experience, including experience grounded in indigeneity, gender, age, ethnicity and/or religion; labour and community; labour mobility and transnational labour activism; labour and anti-labour industrial and political organisations; industrial conflict; labour and anti-labour ideology; labour movement formation and development; the development and dynamics of labour-aligned social and political movements; and labour in war and peace.

Labour History is committed to the view that history has a social purpose. Besides publishing scholarly articles, Labour History aims to strengthen the network of labour and social historians and to reflect their involvement in the practice of history in the community. As such, we invite the submission of short essays, review articles, notices of coming events, discussions of the teaching of labour history and of ethical, professional and legal issues affecting labour historians, etc.

Policy revised November 2011.