ISSN 1646-5237
[online version]





Scope and policy

Laboreal disseminates unpublished texts for free, twice a year, on a regular basis, is available in scientific databases. Because we recognize the importance of increasing the visibility of researches and other works written in Spanish and Portuguese, all abstracts are also available in English and French.

We encourage the debate about how to do research and how to act on work. Acknowledging the key role of work in individual and group history, we prefer researches that help its understanding and that discuss ways to assist in the conception, implementation and transformation of the work processes. Focusing mainly on issues regarding prevention, protection, well-being and personal and professional development, papers published in Laboreal cover several topics, such as safety and health management at/through work, continuous and vocational training, (re)designing equipment and (re)organizing human labor processes, public health promotion, local and regional development.

We value papers that:

  • Consider the real work using context and practicability criteria in detriment of criteria based on universal and ideal sources;
  • Contribute to act on/transform existing situations;
  • Focus on groundbreaking subjects which contribute to the development of our scientific and intervention knowledge;

Present (or indicate) data supporting their arguments.

Based on a cooperative, non-hierarchical approach, Laboreal seeks to integrate the knowledge from different disciplines on human work, particularly psychology, ergonomics, sociology, design and computer sciences, education sciences, health sciences, economics and management.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

There are no submission or publishing charges for authors.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


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, depending on the predefined layout (cf. section 3. “Presenting manuscripts”), through

Manuscripts should be sent to Laboreal together with a letter of request, signed by the author(s), explaining the intention to submit or resubmit the text for publication. This letter should include a statement that the submitted text and the referred research comply with the fundamental ethical principles (authors are recommended to consider the APA Ethics Code). Authors should also disclose any conflict of interest, namely financial, commercial, political, academic or personal.


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 the 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 require further changes. Once this process is concluded, it is decided whether the paper can approved for publishing.

8. Upon approval, the author (or each author, in case there is more than one) signs the copyright transfer and a statement of originality (available for download in Portuguese or Spanish). Once the document is filled out and signed, it is sent to Laboreal via email or regular mail. This copy is kept in the Journal’s dossiers.

9. 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 last page.


3.1. Rules for abstract writing

The abstract must be written in all of the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. The author is responsible for the translations, guaranteeing the proper use of each language’s grammar and spelling rules.

There is a limit of 150 words for the abstract. It should be clear and easy to read, going through all the details that help the reader to understand the main contributions of the paper. The abstract must then describe the key elements in an way that is objective and concise – free from superfluous information or tables, pictures or references.

3.2. Limits for the length of the texts

The length of the documents depends upon the section in which it might be published (including graphics, tables and pictures). The maximum number of characters for each section (spaces included) is:

Empirical research
Reports on the work experience
Research instruments
Archaeology of knowledge
Notable works
Critical and topical review

75000 characters

Critical review of books
Thesis summary
Reply papers
The dictionary

15000 characters

3.3. Keywords

The paper must include:

  • 3 to 5 keywords;
  • Keywords in four 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;
  • the main concepts.

We recommend checking the existing thesauri from international databases for keywords (for instance, APA or Ergonomic Abstracts), in order to increase the chances of a quicker access to the article.

3.6. Bibliographical references
Laboreal follows the APA format, which is available at


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