Contributor Guidelines

The International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research is a peer-reviewed journal that brings together international practitioner and academic expertise to support the understanding and practice of human resource development (HRD) and its impact and influence.  Its aim is to create and develop synergies between practice and theory to offer critically reflective practitioners and academics evidence based ideas and insights on the contemporary issues and challenges facing HRD internationally. The journal is sponsored though a partnership between the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and the University Forum for HRD (UFHRD).

The editors welcome contributions on a wide range of HRD themes and issues. This includes: the HRD knowledge base (learning, skills, competences); HRD interventions: HRD analytics; HRD and ethics; the professionalization of HRD; vocational educational training policy and practice; issues related to workforce development, generational differences, international and national policy initiatives.

Submission types

There are four ways of contributing:

  1. Articles of between 4,000 to 7,000 (max) words related to applied research. These articles will report either results of empirical research and / or develop theoretical perspectives. Such articles will contribute to knowledge and understanding about HRD and closely related subject areas.
  1. Articles of between 4,000 to 7,000 (max) words related to evidence-based practice. These articles will focus on accounts of practice – interventions, programmes and events – but which can be constructed to make a contribution of interest to a broader HRD practice community. Case study type article are welcome. All such articles should consider impact in terms of factors such as the transfer of learning and implications for the development of HRD practice.
  1. Articles of between 4,000 and 7,000 (max) words related to evidence based policy and/ or implications for policy both within organizations and at national and international levels . These articles could address, for example, skills policies, strategic workforce development, the labour market, education – work transition, demographic changes and challenges. As with Type 2 submissions, case studies are welcome but also cross cultural comparisons and reviews which move beyond one organisation or country. Articles should be constructed to move beyond description so as to include review, assessment and considered questioning of the policy(ies) under consideration.

 Article types 1,2 and 3 will be subject to anonymous peer review by two reviewers.

  1. HRD Forum. This section of the journal provides space for contributions which adopt an alternative format to the conventional article. It might be an interview, a speculative ‘think piece’, a commentary, viewpoint or review. Their purpose is to simulate discussion and debate on current HRD practice, policy and research and consider the future directions of HRD practice, policy and research. Contributions here are not subject to peer review although the Editor / Associate Editors may seek comments and suggestions from members of the Editorial Advisory Board and which would be discussed with the author as part of the editorial process. Think pieces and viewpoints should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words (max). Book reviews should be no more than 500 words (max), and review articles no more that 2,000 words (max).

Authors are welcome to discuss their ideas with either the Editor in Chief or any of the Associate Editors.

Submission guidelines:

  • Maximum word count includes references and footnotes/endnotes
  • Footnotes and endnotes are discouraged and should only be used to provide additional explanatory information when deemed necessary
  • Articles must include an abstract of no more than 200 words (not included in the word count). The abstract must be written in plain English and written in a way that is understandable to academic and non-academic readers alike.
  • Author details: names, organisation address, and emails should be includes in a separate word document accompanying the submitted article. This should also include a short biographical statement to include author current job title or role (or one previous title), and type of articles (e.g. practice, policy, research, viewpoint).
  • Manuscripts will use a sans serif font e.g. Arial, font size 11
  • Margins should be set as ‘normal’ for A4 paper – (2.54 cm top, bottom, right, left margins)
  • Title and main headings should be sentence case in bold e.g. The University as a learning organisation? A case study of the Middle East University
  • Sub-headings should be sentence case in italics: Flattening the Organisational Structure.
  • A lower level of sub-sub headings should be used sparingly.
  • In text citations and references should use APA style
  • Quotations of less than 20 words should be put in the text with single quotation marks. Quotes of more than 20 words should be indented and delineated by a space at top and bottom, but without quotation marks.
  • Where figures/tables are reproductions/non-original content permissions must be granted from the copyright holder before final publication.
  • Caption headings for tables should be placed above the table, and should be labelled sequentially e.g. Table 1, Table 2 etc. Tables should be in word format and placed in the text where first cited.
  • Caption headings for figures, should be placed below the figure, and labelled sequentially e.g. Fig. 1; Fig. 2 etc. Figures should be placed in text where first cited.
  • Check all references – accuracy, format, before submission
  • For re-submissions following initial review, please supply a marked copy and clean copy of your manuscript and a point by point response to the reviewer/editor comments
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in MS word format or RTF format, attached to an email and emailed to one or other of:

Editor in Chief
Dr Rick Holden:

Associate Editors
Dr Barbara Eversole:
Dr Mark Loon:
Dr Jan Myers:
Ann Rennie:
Dr Roland Yeo:


Copyright Statement

The International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research is a publication of the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) and The University Forum for HRD (UFHRD). It is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) License. This permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

Copyright on any research article published by the IJHRDPPR is retained by the author(s). Authors grant IFTDO/UFHRD a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified.