As soon as we took the administration of the ISLSSL, we proposed to the International Association of Labour Law Journals, in the person of its president Prof. Steven Willborn, the idea to develop an annual volume comprising significant articles published in journals of labour law.
The original proposal for this yearbook is herewith:
ANNUAL VOLUME OF LEADING ARTICLES
ON LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW
AN INITIAL PROPOSAL FOR DISCUSSION
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LABOR LAW JOURNALS
The International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISL&SSL) has asked [us] to consider publishing an annual volume of leading articles on labour and employment law. This document is an initial proposal designed only to structure a productive discussion of the topic.
General Organization of the Volume:
1. Initially, the Volume would be published only on-line. It would be published on the websites of the International Association of Labour Law Journals (IALLJ) and the international site of the ISL&SSL.
2. Initially, the articles would be published in their original language only (no translations).
3. One article would be chose for inclusion in the volume by the editors of each participating journal.
4. Only members of the IALLJ would be eligible to participate.
5. Members of the IALLJ would not be required to participate.
6. Individual journals would retain all copyright rights in the articles; they would transfer to the IALLJ only the one-time right to republish in the Volume.
7. The Volume would clearly indicate the journal in which each article was originally published and it would provide subscription and contact information for that journal.
Benefits of the Volume
1. The ISL&SSL wishes to expand the scope and depth of its scholarly engagement with critical labour and employment law issues around the world
2. The Volume would be an advertisement for members of the IALLJ. It would permit the journals to feature the high quality of articles in their journals and, perhaps in so doing, to increase their subscriptions.
Problems of Proceeding with the Volume
1. Copyright issues would need to be sorted out.
2. Duties for composing the Volume would have to be assigned and assumed.
We believed that such a publication would constitute a significant contribution to legal knowledge in our specific area and to reach out the public of specialised reviews. It is not an easy task. Steven Willborn undertook a painstaking process of consultations to each and every one of the magazines that integrate IALLJ. After obtaining a majority consensus, the first annual volume has started. It is coordinated by Steven Willborn and Alan Neal, who has expressed a willingness to cooperate in this project. It is clear, in any case, that the possible publication of this volume is subject to its content and coherence, in addition to the consensus given by the magazines involved. It is only then that the volume might be published.
Our thanks go to Alan Neal and Steven Willborn for the enthusiasm and dedication that they are putting in this project.