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The mission of this publication is to provide audiences of the WorldatWork with important compensation and benefits information, in a high-quality format, that:

  • Serves as an educational and informative resource with respect to contemporary issues, for the purpose of advancing compensation and benefits management, theory, knowledge and practice.
  • Provides compensation and benefits decision-makers with a resource to assist them in contributing to the development of business strategies that lead to superior organizational performance.
  • Provides an outlet for publication of practical and scholarly writings, including research that advance the compensation and benefits profession.
  • Enhances the public image and reputation of WorldatWork.
Article Level, Content and Focus

Level: Article content level should target mid- to senior-level managers and directors. The primary audience of the journal includes individuals who are striving to enhance their knowledge base and understanding of complex and challenging issues facing the profession.

Content/Focus: Articles to be published in WorldatWork Journal:

  • Deal with complex and ever-important issues in compensation and benefits, as well as crucial public-policy issues related to the field. Articles should help set future directions for developments in compensation and benefits.
  • Take a results-oriented approach.
  • Practices ("what is") should be significant and unusual. Articles should address applications of practices well beyond the specific instances showcased. "Practices-oriented" articles may present a potential model for broader application.
  • Research/theoretical-based ("what could be") articles should show "what is" and "what could be," and provide an incremental approach to getting there. Data-based, empirical-research articles that do not address the broader perspective are not appropriate.
  • Have a broad, strategic perspective on the topic, backed by relevant new information, research and data.
  • Provide new, previously unpublished ideas, concepts, solutions or perspectives. (Rewrites of previously published articles are not acceptable.)
  • Define the context of the topic in terms of demographics and other considerations.
  • When appropriate, provide information about other approaches, options and issues to consider.
  • Bring closure to the topic being addressed.
  • Provide citations of data and resources addressed in the article, to aid the reader in locating detailed backup materials.
  • Have "staying power," shelf life.


Readers include all WorldatWork members, who receive the journal as a membership benefit. The WorldatWork membership consists of more than 24,000 professionals (including practitioners, consultants, academicians and others) in the United States, Canada and other countries engaged in the design, implementation and management of employee compensation and benefits programs. Outside subscribers include libraries and individuals interested in keeping abreast of the latest ideas, strategies and contemporary thinking regarding critical issues facing the compensation and benefits fields.

Refereed Review Process

The WorldatWork Journal is a scholarly, or refereed, journal that only publishes articles that have passed through a peer review process. All manuscripts are subjected to a blind, refereed review process prior to acceptance for publication, which provides the author with written constructive criticism of the submitted work while maintaining the author’s anonymity. Reviewers are selected according to their area of expertise and score article content based on:

  • Relevance to WorldatWork members/professionals
  • Appropriateness for target-audience level
  • Technical integrity
  • Effective communication of article purpose
  • Inclusion of results-oriented information
  • Contribution, uniqueness, value to field
  • Strategic emphasis
  • Staying power, shelf life
  • Appropriateness of length for content covered.

Based upon reviews, articles may be:

  • Accepted as is
  • Accepted unconditionally with a request for revision
  • Rejected, with recommendation for revision and resubmission
  • Rejected.

Note: authors may be asked to revise their manuscripts based upon reviewer feedback.

Copyright Ownership

For all manuscripts selected for publication, WorldatWork requires authors, in writing, to transfer all copyright ownership to the association. WorldatWork’s general practice is to allow authors unlimited use of their manuscripts for non-commercial and educational purposes, such as for meetings or classroom handouts. In addition, WorldatWork reviews reprint requests on a case-by-case basis and typically grants republishing rights to other publications, provided appropriate credit is given to WorldatWork Journal and the author.

In consideration of this copyright assignment, WorldatWork provides authors with five complimentary copies of the issue in which the author’s article appears, as well as an opportunity to purchase reprints of the article for a nominal fee.

WorldatWork does not pay for manuscripts.

Manuscript Specifications

Length: Typically, manuscripts should range from 2,500 to 4,000 words. However, the decision to publish is based on the overall quality of the manuscript, among other considerations such as timeliness and relevance of the topic. Shorter or longer articles will be considered. Each manuscript should be accompanied by an executive summary of 50 to 100 words.

Submission Format: Manuscripts should be submitted in a Microsoft Word format.

Graphics/Visuals: Authors are encouraged to recommend materials for charts and other visual elements to accompany articles. Final graphics will be designed and prepared for publication by WorldatWork.

Source Documentation: Journal text should be documented by the "Author-Date" system briefly described below. [Complex citations (i.e., multiple authors with the same name) will be treated as prescribed in The Chicago Manual of Style, Fourteenth Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1993.]

Style for Citation within the Text:

  • Within the text of each article, the writer briefly will identify each source by noting the last name of the author and year of publication. This notation will be enclosed in parentheses. Preferably, the notation will be placed just before a punctuation mark. Example: (Doyle 1990).
  • If necessary for clarity, as in the case of multiple references to the same source, a specific section and/or page reference may follow the date (separated by a comma). Where a section or volume number is listed, a colon will precede the page reference. Example: (Driver 1991, 9:220-225).
  • For works by two or three authors, name each of them. Example: (Doyle and Straus 1996). For more than three authors, use the name of the first followed by "et al." Example: (Zipursky et al. 1998).

Style for Reference List:

  • Cited works will be identified in detail in a reference list following each journal article. The list will be arranged alphabetically by author (or, when appropriate, editor, organization or name of anonymously published material).
  • Each entry will give the author’s full name, publisher/publication date, followed by full citation of article/book title, and section/page reference. The list will be cross-referenced when necessary for clarity.

Sample of Reference Style:

Ashburn, Anderson. June 1978. "Devising Real Incentives for Productivity." American Machinist. 116-130.

Brown, A.A. 1960. "America Keeps a 165-Year-Old Promise." American Mercury. 91:113-15.

"Children Get School Help." April 21, 1963. New York Times. 56.

Doyle, Michael, and David Straus. 1978. How to Make Meetings Work. Chicago: Playboy Press.

Doyle, Robert J. September 1970. "A New Look at the Scanlon Plan." Management Accounting. 48-52.

________. "Gainsharing — A Total Productivity Approach." 1982. Journal of Contemporary Business. Vol. II. 2:57-70.

Driver, Harold. Indians of North America. 1961. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 9:220-25.

Thompson, Hildegarde. 1961. "Education for the Indians." Encyclopedia Americana. Boston: Encyclopedia Americana. 15:61.

"United States of America: Racial Composition." 1937. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica. 990-95.

Publishing Schedule

WorldatWork Journal is published quarterly in electronic format, printed on demand and combined biannually (Q1 and Q2; Q3 and Q4). Manuscripts should be submitted at least three months before the desired publication date. Please contact the editor for schedules.

For More Information

Contact Jean Christofferson managing editor, WorldatWork Journal