Upon submission, the editors make an initial judgment about the suitability of the manuscript for external review, based on its scholarly quality, fit with the journal’s aim and scope, and length of the article. Manuscripts that are not deemed to fit with the aim and scope of Human Relations or to be very weak (e.g., containing serious methodological flaws or limited incremental theoretical or empirical contribution) may be rejected at this point. If an article is overly long, the editors reserve the right to request a reduction in length before further consideration of the manuscript.
Suitable manuscripts are then sent to three reviewers for expert advice about the scientific content and presentation of submitted articles. Human Relations uses a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are concealed from both parties. After the reviewers submit their expert opinions on a manuscript, the handling editor makes an editorial decision. The decision and the reviewers’ comments to author will be forwarded to the corresponding author by email.
If authors are invited to revise and resubmit their paper for further consideration, they will be given 16 weeks in which to submit a major revision, 12 weeks for a minor or further revision and 4 weeks for provisionally accepted papers. The handling editor will assess whether or not to send the revised paper back to some or all of the original reviewers before making a decision.
Acceptance for publication
Contributor agreement form
If your article is accepted for publication, you will retain the copyright of your article and be required to complete an online contributor agreement form, granting The Tavistock Institute licence to publish your article. Articles will not be published without the completion of a contributor agreement form.
One set of proofs is emailed to the corresponding author. Corrections should be restricted to typographical errors. The publisher reserves the right to disallow any other changes, as these may involve expensive resetting and delays.
Author print copies
The corresponding author will receive up to a maximum of five print copies of the journal issue this article appears in to distribute to co-authors.
PDF of article for circulation
A PDF of the final version of the article will be supplied to the first-named author of the article, to be circulated among multiple authors. We encourage authors to send this PDF to as many leading academics in the field as possible, to help to gain maximum readership and exposure for the article.
The journal makes no page charges to authors.
Permissions and reprints
Requests for permission to reprint articles published in Human Relations should be addressed in the first instance to the Managing Editor and emailed to Meg Davis.
For comprehensive information about ordering reprints, please see SAGE Publishing.