Call for Special Issue Proposals

Guest editor(s)


Personnel Review: A Journal of People, Work, and Organisations (PR) invites proposals for special issues. The Call for Papers will identify a specific topic or discipline, and a range of themes that might be addressed within our specific area. We value research that is innovative and high in originality and that engages with contemporary challenges to human resource management theory, policy, and practice development. We are keen to attract special issue proposals that highlight innovation and emerging issues in the field, and the medium- to long-term impact of HRM policy and practice, is especially welcome. Prospective Guest Editors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the aims and scope of the journal. 

Personnel Review is ranked as an “A” journal on the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List. Our Scopus CiteScore for 2022 is 6.00 and our Impact Factor for 2022 is 3.9. 

Our journal publishes articles drawn broadly, but not exclusively, from the following areas: 

  • Employee and Industrial relations 
  • HRM policy and practice 
  • Labor market analysis 
  • Impact of gender, ethnicity, faith, disability and other areas of 'traditional disadvantage' on HRM policy and practice 
  • Line management delivery of HRM 
  • Employee experience and insights into HRM policy and practice 
  • Interim and sub-contracted provision of HRM 
  • International aspects of HRM, including developing and emerging economies 
  • Mobilisation and migration 
  • Under-researched contexts and countries 
  • New theories of HRM, including the application of social science and management science thinking and empirical investigations to new theorizing 

We especially encourage submissions of research related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, research that has a specific, actionable connection to challenges and opportunities in practice. The SDGs most aligned with the journal's topical coverage suggested above are SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities). 

Proposals should contain the following information (4 pages): 

  1. Proposed special issue title. 
  2. Justification for the special issue. 
  3. Explanation of how the special issue fits with the aims and ethos of Personnel Review. 
  4. Brief introduction of the guest editors and their previous editorial experience. 
  5. Explanation of plans to disseminate the call to as wide an audience as possible to ensure sufficient submissions. 
  6. A project plan setting out target dates. 

The deadline for proposals is July 1, 2024 and a decision will be made by August 1, 2024. Proposals should be emailed to Dr. Chidozie Umeh ([email protected]) and be no more than four pages in length. All proposals will be reviewed by the Co Editors-in-Chief and the Special Issues Editor. Successful proposals will be invited to draft a Call for Papers and to complete the required Emerald special issue forms. Members of the Guest Editorial team may submit one paper (excluding the Guest Editorial) which will be handled by the Special Issues Editor. 

Professor Pauline Stanton and Professor Eddy Ng