Focus and Scope

LSE Public Policy Review is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal which is published quarterly and draws principally (but not exclusively) on authors from across the LSE’s 19 departments. Issues are thematic and concentrate on a key topic at the heart of current debates in public policy. Public policy challenges bring to the fore cross-cutting questions which require a global perspective and a focus on their interconnectedness. Articles in each issue take different disciplinary perspectives, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and analysis at the forefront of current thinking.  As a result, each issue presents a comprehensive approach to the specific theme and an analysis that is academically rigorous but also readily accessible to all readers.

All issues are initially proposed as public symposia, with symposia leaders outlining the main themes, suggested papers and authors. The LSEPPR Commissioning Editors regularly review a range of proposals for future issues, and decide amongst them based on the relevance of the topic, the fit of the proposed approach with the aims and scope of the journal and the level of scholarship of the proposed contributions.

Given the thematic nature of the LSE Public Policy Review’s issues, we cannot accept open submission of individual manuscripts.

Types of outputs accepted

The LSEPPR publishes original research papers, conceptual articles, review papers written for a general readership, in non-technical language aimed at a wide audience including government, business and policy-makers, as well as academics and students. LSEPPR seeks to actively contribute to the study and development of public and social policy, public administration and public management.

Publication Frequency

The journal  publishes four issues quarterly online throughout the year. ‘Guest’ issues are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal schedule.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

All content published with LSE Press is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for online tracking and referencing.

We register our journals and books with as many suitable indexers as possible and can provide advice to editors on how to improve the chances of application to high impact index services. All of our article metadata are openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives for discovery.

We assist our editors with getting their journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and can provide advice on getting indexed in databases such as Scopus or Web of Science.

LSE Press content is LOCKSS enabled, and copies of all LSE Press content is also made available from LSE Research Online, the School’s open access repository.


The journal platform includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.


The LSE Public Policy Review is published with the support of the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund and the LSE School of Public Policy.

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