The magazine was co-founded in 1986 by Sam Dolgoff. The first issue of the magazine appeared on May 1, 1986. Among others it was published by Sam Dolgoff as Libertarian Labor Review in the United States which decided to rename itself in number 25 as Anarcho-Syndicalist Review in order to avoid confusion with right libertarian views The headquarters is in Philadelphia.
ASR publishes reports on the international syndicalist movement, debates and analysis of strategies for contemporary syndicalist organizing, an ongoing series exploring anarchist economic theory, articles on aspects of anarcho-syndicalist history, and an extensive reviews section. The ASR web site includes complete listings of contents for all issues.