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Author Guidelines

Asian Labour Review welcomes submissions producing critical analyses and theorisation of the following:

  • Relation between labour, capitalism and contemporary development in Asia
  • Politics of the international / regional patterns of production and their impact on different classes of labour
  • Different ways in which work and employment are experienced in different geographical domains by different social groups in Asia
  • International and national labour policies that affect the livelihoods of workers in Asia
  • Individual and collective actions taken by and for workers by workers and local/national/regional/international labour and social movement organisations

We welcome articles that cut across rigorous theoretical thinking, analytical insights and reality-reflecting labour researches. Articles need to contain original pieces of theoretical and/or empirical works and should not exceed 10,000 words, including bibliographies.

We also publish Reviews of books or analyses of labour in other formats, such as film. Reviews should not exceed 2,000 words for a single-authored volume, 3,000 words for an edited volume, and 4,000 words for a review of two or more volumes. More seminal works, both theoretical and empirical, that are believed to need close attention due to their potential contribution to the critical inquiry on broad issues of Asian labour can be submitted as Notes that is between 2,000 and 4,000 words.


Useful platform for reference generator (the easiest way, recommended): https://www.citethisforme.com/ (please select Harvard Style)

In-text: When referring to a source whose name is in the text, use only the author’s name, with year of publication in brackets, e.g. Dang (2014) argues…. If the author’s name is not in the text, include both the author’s name and year of publication separated by a comma within brackets, e.g. (Chang, 2014). Pagination follows year, e.g. (Chang, 2014: 140).

With dual publication, give both names, e.g. (Han and Liem, 2013); for three, four or five authors, cite all authors the first time the reference appears in the text, and in subsequent citations, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al., e.g. (Han et al., 2013); when a work has six or more authors, cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al.

If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, distinguish between them by use of the letters a, b etc. after the year of publication, e.g. (Fumio, 2013a).

A series of references should be enclosed within a single pair of brackets, separated by semicolons, e.g. (Leong, 2013; Haruhi and Fumio, 2011; Han and Liem, 2013).

End of text: All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full at the end of the article using the Harvard style:

Chang, Dae-Oup. (2009). Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State. London: Routledge.

Pandita, S. and Panimbang, F. (2014). Global Supply Chains: Struggle within or against them?. In: S. Garwood, S. Croeser and C. Yakinthou, eds., Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy: Voices from the Field, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Harvey, D. (2007). Neoliberalism as creative destruction. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 610(1), pp.21-44.

Pringle, T. (2015). ‘Labour as an Agent of Change: The Case of China’, in Pradella, L. and Marois, T, eds., Polarising Development: Alternative to Neoliberalism and the Crisis, London: Pluto.

Asia Monitor Resource Centre. (2014). A Week that Shook Cambodia: The Hope, Anger and Despair of Cambodian Workers after the General Strike and Violent Crackdown, Hong Kong: AMRC, available at http://www.amrc.org.hk/sites/default/files/FFM-Cambodia-Report-022014-amrc_0.pdf  [Accessed: 16 May 2015]. (Reference to a URL must include an ‘accessed on’ date).



Within the text, please indicate footnote placement by using superscript (e.g. 1, 2). Whenever possible, footnotes are to be kept to a minimum.


  • Lengthy quotations (more than 40 words) should be displayed, indented, without the use of quotation marks.
  • References to sources should be provided at the end of the quotation, with the author’s name and year of publication in brackets.
  • Shorter quotes should be retained within the body of the text, within single quotation marks.
  • Double quotation marks should only be used for a quotation within a quotation.