Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 12 Issue 1, Spring 2006

It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of the first open issue of Transfer, publishing peer-reviewed articles on a wide range of themes of interest to our readers. Since 1995, special issues of Transfer on themes of interest to trade unionists and academics alike have been organised and edited by members of the Editorial Committee of Transfer. Many important contributions have been published and Transfer has gained a strong reputation as one of the principal European industrial relations journals, as well as for being a journal that bridges successfully the academic and the trade union worlds. With the new open issues our aim is to continue this important work and not to transform the role of the journal. However, the peer-review system implemented as of this first open issue of 2006 is meant to act as a quality-control system that allows us to publish articles of interest to the readers of Transfer on a wider range of themes, and by a wider range of authors.

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