LSE Press

LSE Library

Academic Library · United Kingdom

LSE Press

Lucy Lambe, Scholarly Communications Officer

Program Overview

Launched in May 2018, LSE Press supports the promotion of high-quality social science research and enables wide public access through the use of open, digital publication methods. We publish books and journals and encourage and facilitate innovative and experimental publications. LSE Press works with authors to develop and launch publications that reflect the LSE founding purpose and mission.
  • Publishing activities began: 2018
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.5
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; endowment income; library materials budget; sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 14
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 2
  • Campus-based student-created: 11
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 14
  • Currently inactive or archived: 4
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 7
  • Peer-reviewed: 7


Top Publications:
  • The UK's Changing Democracy: The 2018 Democratic Audit (book)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide (textbook)
  • If You’re So Ethical, Why Are You So Highly Paid? Ethics, Inequality and Executive Pay (book)
  • Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (journal)
  • Journal of Long Term Care (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Public policy
  • Economics
  • International relations
  • Health policy
  • International development


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Monographs, teaching resources/textbooks, short-form monographs, across the social science subjects taught and researched at the London School of Economics
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Ubiquity platforms

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:


Adopted Policies:
Even UP statement on EDI; COPE

Additional Information

Future Plans:
LSE Press features in the LSE 2030 Strategy as part of the "LSE Research for the World" priority. The Press has a goal to increase the number of books published each year, and in 2023 the number of journals increased to five.
Other Information:
Student work is published through our Houghton St Press imprint, both as part of taught programmes and as discrete student-led publication enterprises.