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1. Laboreal, an international and multidisciplinary scientific journal, launched in 2005, is published in electronic format twice a year – in July and in December. It is an open-source journal, published in the e-platform OpenEdition Journals, in

The journal makes available the “Norms to submit and publish papers” ( as well as a list of reviewers, from several different countries, who took part in the scientific assessment of the papers found in each specific number.

2. The papers’ submission and publication are free of charge for the authors. All content published by Laboreal is available, at no costs, both for the user and 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.

3. All published papers place the real work activity in the center of their analyses. Overall, contributions that broaden the knowledge about phenomena that involve the workers’ health, well-being and safety issues are valued the most.

The journal also encourages 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.

To sum up, as far as the guiding principles are concerned, the papers thar are valued the most:

  • 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.

In addition, 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.

Given the referred options, the journal addresses as its audience researchers, lecturers, and students, together with all the professionals interested in real activity work-related issues.

4. 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.

5. Laboreal publishes original texts that follow the fundamental ethical principles defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), of which it is a member (

Indexed in scientific databases, the journal disseminates texts that fit topic-related numbers and non-thematic numbers. 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.

The quality and soundness that characterize each Laboreal edition have echo in its distribution in international databases, such as Academic Search Database; DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals; Ergonomic Abstracts; Fonte Académica; Journals for Free; Latindex; Research Library Proquest and SciELO.

6. The Editorial Board ( is committed to fulfilling the Press Law and respecting the readers’ good faith. It also assures to comply with deontological and ethical principles that guide the scientific research, as referred in the current Editorial Charter.

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.

The Editor-in-Chief,

Marianne Lacomblez

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