Focus and Scope

The LSE Public Policy Review is an open-access, refereed journal which is published quarterly. Most issues will be 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. 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. From time to time, LSEPPR may also develop issues that showcase other high-profile research undertaken at the LSE.

Future issues for 2020 include:
Populism; Approaches to Redistribution: Transfer Programmes and Universal Basic Income; Labour Market Informality and Challenges to Social Protection; Wellbeing

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.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


The LSE Review of Public Policy is published with the support of the LSE School of Public Policy.

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