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Prof. Amanda Pyman has been announced as new editor-in-chief at the Journal of Industrial Relations.

Deakin University’s Prof. Amanda Pyman and Macquarie University’s Prof. Lucy Taksa have been appointed the new Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals that focuses on workplace relations. The journal will be based at Deakin University from 2022. 

The JIR is the flagship publication of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA), which includes state and territory societies of employment relations/industrial relations. 

Prof. Pyman is Dean of Deakin’s Business School and Prof. Taksa is the Director of the Centre for Workforce Futures at Macquarie University, Sydney. 

The new editors propose a renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region and on the “Global South.” “We aim to enhance the JIR’s engagement with issues and interests of concern to scholars and practitioners in the industrial relations field and also issues of interest to peak bodies, employers, workers, and the professions” said Prof. Pyman. 

Prof. Taksa added “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with ALERA to build an even stronger JIR through working closely with academics, practitioners, professional associations and policy-makers who are key stakeholders.”

ALERA’s JIR subcommittee chair Prof. Teicher congratulated Profs. Pyman and Taksa. He added “Their appointment ushers in a novel era for ALERA and the JIR. Earlier editorial teams were all based at only one university in Sydney. Although the JIR will soon be based at Deakin University, Melbourne, the new team, working with the Editors-in-Chief, will be drawn from around Australia.”

The JIR is highly ranked as an ‘A’ journal by the Australian Business Deans Council; it has a 5-year “impact factor” of 2.259. In 2020, the JIR experienced a 45.5% increase in manuscript submissions compared with 2019. The JIR is in its 64th year of publication and from 2022 will be more environmentally friendly by changing to online access as the default option, rather than mailing paper copies. 

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