Editorial: Crafting Review and Essay Articles for Human Relations

Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Andrew D. Brown

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Human Relations has long welcomed different types of reviews – systematic reviews, meta-analyses, conceptual reviews, narrative reviews, historical reviews – and critical essays that are original, innovative, of high-quality, and contribute to theory building in the social sciences. The main purpose of this essay is to sketch out our current broad expectations for reviews and essays as a guide for authors and reviewers. As Editors of the journal, we do not wish to be overly prescriptive. After all, reviews may be integrative and focus on synthesis and integration to generate new concepts, frameworks and perspectives, or they may be more problematizing and contribute by identifying problematics, tensions, and contradictions in a literature. Furthermore, consonant with its heritage, Human Relations invites scholarship from all research traditions across the social sciences that focus on social relations at work. It is a pluralistic, heterodox journal that will continue to publish a range of reviews and critical essays so long as authors have clear objectives and contribute meaningfully to the field. This will generally involve writing reviews and essays that seek to maximize what we see and are sufficiently complex to deal adequately with the richness and variety of the literatures and ideas considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-394
Number of pages30
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number3
Early online date8 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.


  • Human Relations
  • critical essay
  • literature review
  • meta-analysis
  • organization theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management


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