Labor History

Royalty fund and author's bill of rights

Announcement of Labor History Authors' Bill of Rights, Royalty Fund and Digitisation Project

As readers of this page will know, Dr Craig Phelan of the University of Wales, Swansea, has been appointed as the new Editor of the quarterly, ISI-ranked journal Labor History from 2004. As Editor, Dr Phelan will, with the assistance of his Editorial Board, also oversee the disbursement of the Labor History Royalty Fund each year. This Fund, intended by the publishers to support the Labor History community, will be used to endow essay prizes, student bursaries and travel grants for scholars at all stages of their career; the Fund will also be used to return revenues to authors whose articles in Labor History have been reprinted. From 2004, authors whose work is accepted in Labor History will also have the guarantees provided by the Labor History Bill of Rights, which, amongst other things, commits the journal to the fair review of articles, free from political bias; a copy of the Bill of Rights is posted on the Labor History website.

Institutional subscribers to Labor History will soon be able to enjoy electronic access to the journal's rich archive as the digitisation of the entire run of the journal begins later this year. Access to this archive -- forty years of additional material when the project is complete -- will be free with all institutional subscriptions.

For more information about Labor History, please visit the webpage at

Christine Appel