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Instructions for submitting papers

Instructions for submitting papers

1. Submitting a document

Submitted manuscripts must be original texts, aligned with the journal’s editorial policy and suitable for publication under one of its sections (cf. list of sections). Authors may submit the document either in Portuguese or Spanish.

To prepare and submit the manuscript the author shall use one of the submission templates made available here (the three main templates for the submission of manuscripts can be downloaded at the end of this page). The authors must follow the layout of this document, in accordance with the sections and the formatting standards used in this template. As such, the references shall be listed according to the APA referencing style.

According to its Data Sharing Policy, Laboreal encourages authors to share or make open data supporting the analyses or results presented in their manuscripts. It is recommended to deposit the dataset in a repository with a plan for long-term preservation of the files and registration of persistent identifiers, preferably a DOI identifier (for more information see Laboreal's Data Sharing Policy). If the research presented in the manuscript has a dataset, authors should fill the section “Data Availability Statement”, in the submission template.

The author(s) must guarantee the submitted text and the referred research comply with the fundamental ethical principles established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE; check, of which Laboreal journal is a member. Therefore, the fulfilment of these ethical requirements shall be confirmed at the end of the submission template. It is also in this part of the template that the author(s) must state the submitted manuscript is an original and agree on its publication on the platform OpenEdition Journals, provided the manuscript is accepted for publication. Filling the section “Statements on originality, compliance with ethical requirements, and publishing authorisation” is mandatory; failing to do so and the authors will receive the paper back.

The manuscript is submitted through e-mail using the account, and the submission format shall be Word (.docx). All correspondence, including the notification of the decision made by Laboreal Board and the revision requests, is established by e-mail, considering the e-mail accounts the authors have indicated in the manuscript.

2. The peer review process

All manuscripts submitted by their authors are peer reviewed. Each manuscript goes through the following stages:

  1. The members of the Editorial Committee read the manuscript and determine its suitability according to the Journal’s editorial policy.

  2. If the manuscript is accepted, the Editorial Committee assigns two experts to appraise the manuscript.

  3. The manuscript is sent to the reviewers without the author’s name. This process is a double-blind process, since the reviewers do not know the author’s name and the reviewers, in turn, remain unknown to the author.

  4. The reviewers fill out a referee report form and send it back to the Journal’s Editorial Committee within an agreed deadline.

  5. Based on the two opinions, the Editorial Committee writes a single report to be sent back to the author. Provided that the reviewers make a recommendation for acceptance, the report includes a set of recommendations that must be implemented prior to the paper being published.

  6. The author sends the final version of the paper to the Editorial Committee within the indicated deadline, along with a letter explaining the changes and justifying their options.

  7. The Editorial Committee checks whether the experts’ recommendations were followed by the author and may request the experts’ opinions again. According to these evaluations, the author could be asked to make further changes. Once this process is concluded, the Editorial Committee decides whether the paper can be approved for publishing.

  8. All dates regarding the peer review process are documented. If the paper is published, submission and acceptance after peer review dates are identified on the first page. Authors can expect to see their article published within no more than 12 months after submitting, as long as they meet the deadlines.

3. Types of articles

3.1. Limits for the length of the texts

According to the type of article, the body of text shall not go beyond certain limits (excluding abstracts, keywords, graphics, and references). The maximum number of characters for each type of article (including spaces) is:

Type of article

Number of characters allowed


- Empirical research

- Research instruments

- Archaeology of knowledge

- Reports on the work experience

- Thematic reviews

- Notable works

75000 characters

Template A

- Datary

- Comments on historical texts

50000 characters

Template B

- Critical review of books

- Thesis summary

- Reply articles

15000 characters

Template C

Laboreal also publishes "Seminar Proceedings" and "Could you repeat... ?" articles, whose publication results from ad hoc protocols.

3.2. Preparing the abstract

The abstract must be written in the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. The authors are responsible for the translations. For each language, the author must guarantee the quality of grammar and spelling rules.

The abstract cannot be longer than 150 words. It should be clear and easy to read, going through all the details that help the reader understand the main contributions of the paper. The abstract must then describe the key elements in a way that is objective and concise – free from superfluous information or tables, pictures, or references.

Considering the “Empirical research” articles, it is important the abstract mentions: the research purpose; a brief description of its object; the methodology; the research place (in case this information is relevant); and the outcomes, findings or consequences.

As for “Reports on the work experience”, “Research instruments” and “Notable works” articles, it is important the abstract mentions: the main topic; the logic behind the approach; the point of view of the paper’s author; and the outcomes, findings or consequences.

Regarding “Archaeology of knowledge” and “Critical and topical review” articles, it is important the abstract mentions: the field covered by the analysis; the period covered by the analysis; the main source of the analysed publications; the type of documents that were treated; the opinion of the paper’s author, namely regarding what he/she considers the essential contribution of the presented analysis; and the findings, in terms of research avenues to be developed.

3.3. Keywords

The manuscript must include 3 to 5 keywords and the authors are expected to adopt the formatting rules indicated in the submission template. The keywords, as well as the abstract, must be written in the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. The purpose of the keywords is not to indicate the paper’s particularities, but to direct to its field or domain. Relevant keywords indicate: the study or application domain; the paper’s objectives; and the main concepts.

We recommend checking the existing thesauri (e.g., from APA or from Ergonomic Abstracts) so the choice of words is linked to international databases, hence promoting access to the papers.

3.4. Graphics, tables, and pictures

Graphics, tables and pictures must follow the guidelines below:

  • The size must never be larger than the text zone;

  • Each graphic, table or picture must be captioned with an explanation of the main variables;

  • Pictures must be in JPEG format, with a minimum resolution of 200dpi;

  • They will be inserted in the text, but the author must also send them as separate files.

4. References

Laboreal follows the APA format (7th edition), which is available at

4.1. References within the text

Reference notes inserted within the text should respect the author(s)–date format (the author’s last name followed by the date in which the document was published).


  • One author: (Gaudart, 2016)

  • Two authors: (Teiger & Lacomblez, 2013)

  • Three or more authors: all the quotes along the text refer solely the name of the first author followed by “et al.”- (Ravalet et al., 2015)

  • Institutions as authors: the name of the institutions appears unabbreviated the first time. If they are easily recognized, initials may be used on subsequent references (APA, 2010). The name should be repeated in full if it is not immediately recognized - (Autoridade para as Condições de Trabalho, 2011).

  • Republications: both the publication and the republication dates should be mentioned - (Clot, 1995/2008).

When the authors are included in the body the word “and” should be added with the date in parentheses:

The work developed by Teiger and Laville (1991) made it clear…”

Whenever the author refers to multiple works from the same author, the dates should be indicated in chronological order. If the same author published more than one work in the same year, letters should be used along with each year for a clearer distinction :

(Schwartz, 2000, 2004a, 2004b, 2012).

A short, direct quotation (up to 40 words) should be identified with quotation marks (“…”) and mention the its author, date and page number. Provided the transcription is translated, the expression “free translation” should be added after the page number. Furthermore, the quotation should be inserted in the text using exactly the same font.


In fact, the relationships between health and work are covered in a huge complexity, “they are neither unambiguous nor instantaneous” (Gollac & Volkoff, 2000, p. 23, free translation).

When the transcription is longer (over 40 words) a block quotation should be used – detached from the text and without quotation marks (referring the author, date, and page number where the excerpt can be found). If the extract is translated, the expression “free translation” should be added after the page number. The quotation’s font-size should also be smaller than the body.

Consequently, the focus on human action is shared and reinforced over again due to the health concept and experience,

(…) for man, to live means also to learn. I feel good, because I feel myself capable of taking responsibilities for my actions, of making things happen and of creating new connections among things that were not possible without me, but that wouldn’t be the same without them. This is why I feel the need to learn what they are so that I can change them (Canguilhem, 2002, p. 68, free translation).

4.2. Examples of references according to the APA format

The references are organized alphabetically and chronologically at the end of the paper.

These are some of the most common examples:

Same author, different publication years:

Reason, J. (2009). El error humano. Editorial modus laborandi.

Reason, J. (2010). La contribución humana. Actos peligrosos y acciones ejemplaresEditorial modus laborandi.

Single author or joint authorship:

Marquié, J. C. (2016). Le travail de nuit: conséquences sur le sommeil et les performances. Les Cahiers de l’Actif, 482, 27-42.

Marquié, J., & Gabaude, C. (2010). Aging, transportation and mobility: current issues. Le Travail Humain, 73, 1-5.


Author, (Year in brackets). Title of the book in italic (edition number). Publisher.

Amalberti, R. (2013). 
Construir la seguridade: compromisos individuales y colectivos para afrontar los grandes riesgos. Editorial modus laborandi.

Figueiredo, M. (2012/2016). A Face Oculta do Ouro Negro: trabalho, saúde e segurança na indústria petrolífera offshore da Bacia de Campos. EdUFF.

Ramos, S. (2010). Envelhecimento, trabalho e cognição: do laboratório para o terreno na construção de uma alternativa metodológica. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Ravalet, E., Vincent-Geslin, S., Kaufmann, V., Viry, G., & Dubois, Y. (2015). Grandes mobilités liées au travail: perspective européenne. Economica.

Book chapter

Chapter’s author (Year in brackets). Title of the book’s chapter. In Book authors (Mention whether the authors play the role of book editors – Eds. - or Organizers – Orgs. – or Directors – Dirs.), Book title in italic (chapter pages in the book). Publisher.

Barthe, B. (2015). La déstabilisation des horaires de travail. In A. Thébaud-Mony, Ph. Davezies, L. Vogel, & S. Volkoff (Dirs.), Les risques du travail : pour ne pas perdre sa vie à la gagner (pp. 223-232).  La Découverte.

Naville, P. (1997). El trabajo asalariado y su valor. In G. Friedmann, & P. Naville, (Dirs.), Tratado de sociología del trabajo II (pp. 113-134).  Fondo de Cultura Economica.

Santos, M., & Lacomblez, M. (2016). Do artefacto ao instrumento: um modelo de avaliação das relações entre trabalho e saberes numa ação de formação. In W. Alves, & M. Machado (Eds.), Trabalho & saber: questões e preposições na interface entre trabalho e formação (pp. 13-32). Mercado das Letras.


Author, (Year in brackets). Paper’s title. Journal’s title in italic. Volume (in italic), Number(s) (in italic), Paper’s pagination. DOI


Gaudart, C. (2016). Activity, time and itineraries: for the integration of multiple times in the ergonomics analysis of work. Le Travail Humain, 79(3), 209-232.

Lacomblez, M. (2018). Preclaridades da noção de representação. Fractal: Revista de Psicologia, 30(2), 86-93.

Masson, L., Brito, J., & Athayde, M. (2011). Dimensão relacional da atividade de cuidado e condições de trabalho de auxiliares de enfermagem em uma unidade neonatal. Physis, 21, 879-898.

Nusshold, P., & Poy, M. (2015). Ergonomie et psychodynamique du travail. La situation de la formation et la pratique professionnelle des deux approches en Argentine. Travailler, 34(2), 75-88.

PhD Thesis

Author, (Year in brackets). Title of the thesis in italic [Name of the academic qualification, Educational Institution]. Access link, in case the document is available in a repository, archive or library catalogue.

Christo, C. (2013). Análise da atividade de supervisão do trabalho: um olhar psico-social para o gerenciamento na indústria [Tese de Doutoramento, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro].

Thébault, J. (2013). La transmission professionnelle: processus d'élaboration d'interactions formatives en situation de travail. Une recherche auprès de personnels soignants dans un Centre Hospitalier Universitaire [Thèse de doctorat, École doctorale Abbé Grégoire, CNAM, CREAPT, CEE]. Thè


Author (Year, month and days in brackets). Title of the presentation in italic. Conference name. City, Country.


Pereira, C., Santos, M., & Delgoulet, C. (2021, 11-13 Janvier). Les défis des RH pour la transmission de savoirs et savoir-faire dans une entreprise portugaise de lithographie industrielle. 55ème Congrès de la SELF: L’activité et ses frontières: penser et agir sur les transformations de nos sociétés, Paris, France.

In case the communication is published in Proceedings as a chapter:


Coutarel, F., Pueyo, V., Lacomblez, M., Delgoulet, C., & Barthe, B. (2021). Health Crisis, Work Crisis: What Place for Ergonomics in Society Now? In N. Black, W. P. Neumann, & I. Noy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021): Vol. 219. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems (pp. 104-107). Springer.

Silva, D., & Cunha, L. (2021). Automation and the future of human work: an everlasting debate renewed by work activity.  In N. L. Black, W. P. Neumann, & I. Noy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021): Vol.1. Systems and Macroergonomics (pp. 273-281). Springer.

Online documents

Example (report):

ILO (2022). Emploi et questions sociales dans le monde: Tendances 2022. International Labour Organization (ILO).

Example (non academic journal):

Goler, L., Gale, J., & Grant, A. (2016, November 9). Let’s Not Kill Performance Evaluations Yet. Harvard Business Review

Example (site/web post):

London School of Economics and Political Science (2019, March 7). Working in the ‘platform economy’: what is it really like ? LSE Business Review.

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