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Focus and Scope

The Public Sphere is a journal of international policy studies produced by postgraduate students at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s School of Public Policy.
We publish evidence-based research in economic policy, public management, international affairs, development studies and social policy. The journal offers contributors and readers an active space to rethink, critically analyse and address important policy problems. The Public Sphere welcomes submissions that contribute to vibrant debate from advanced students in relevant degree programs, academics and practitioners.


Publication Frequency

The Public Sphere is published annually in London, United Kingdom.


Open Access Policy

Houghton St Press is an open access publisher, and all of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licences.


Archiving Policy

Houghton St Press registers our journals and books with as many suitable indexes as possible. 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.

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


Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also 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.


Sponsors

We are grateful to the School of Public Policy for funding The Public Sphere

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