Editorial Policy


A Virtual Platform on Real Work

Laboreal is an international and interdisciplinary academic journal that publishes papers focusing on the real work activity. It focuses on works that contribute to broaden the knowledge on those phenomena involved in the workers’ health, well-being and safety issue and is aimed at researchers, professors, students and all professionals interested in issues related to the real work activity.

Laboreal disseminates unpublished texts for free, twice a year, on a regular basis, is available in scientific databases. Because we recognize the importance of increasing the visibility of researches and other works written in Spanish and Portuguese, all abstracts are also available in English and French.

We encourage the debate about how to do research and how to act on work. Acknowledging the key role of work in individual and group history, we prefer researches that help its understanding and that discuss ways to assist in the conception, implementation and transformation of the work processes. Focusing mainly on issues regarding prevention, protection, well-being and personal and professional development, papers published in Laboreal cover several topics, such as safety and health management at/through work, continuous and vocational training, (re)designing equipment and (re)organizing human labor processes, public health promotion, local and regional development.

We value papers that:
 

  • Consider the real work using context and practicability criteria in detriment of criteria based on universal and ideal sources;
  • Contribute to act on/transform existing situations;
  • Focus on groundbreaking subjects which contribute to the development of our scientific and intervention knowledge;
  • Present (or indicate) data supporting their arguments.


Based on a cooperative, non-hierarchical approach, Laboreal seeks to integrate the knowledge from different disciplines on human work, particularly psychology, ergonomics, sociology, design and computer sciences, education sciences, health sciences, economics and management.


All submitted texts which fit Laboreal’s editorial policy are reviewed by two experts based on the following assessment criteria:
 

  • 
Relevance of the text to Laboreal’s readers
  • Originality
  • Quality of the theoretical framework
  • Methodological accuracy and adequacy
  • Clear and well justified conclusions
  • Relevance of the bibliography
  • Structural coherence and balance
  • Respect for the submitting instructions


After peer review, the author may be asked to make some changes, upon which a new review will decide whether the work is approved for publishing.

There are no submission or publishing charges for authors.

The published papers reflect only the views of the authors, and the committees cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.