London Review of Education
Contact the journal
All general enquiries should be made to the
Editor-in-Chief, Professor Hugh Starkey.
The London Review of Education (LRE) is a fully open-access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a diversity of perspectives on all types, sectors and phases of education. It is free to read and free to write for; there are no article processing charges.
We welcome and publish contributions from across the world, with an editorial perspective inspired by London’s status as a global city. Founded in 2003 by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), but independent from it, LRE maintains the Institute’s principled concern for social justice. We encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and international co-authorship.
LRE is a wide-ranging journal that features rigorous analysis and significant research using a variety of methodologies across key themes in education. For example, we cover but are not limited to: assessment; curriculum; educational improvement; equalities and human rights; institutional effectiveness; language, literacy and numeracy; lifelong learning; organization; pedagogy; public goals and policies; resources and technology; teacher education; widening participation. We particularly welcome articles that cross disciplines and interrogate links between research, policy and practice.
We ensure the highest quality of reporting and presentation through an independent, anonymised peer-review process. Once accepted, articles appear in the next available issue, eliminating delays in publication. As an entirely web-based open-access journal, LRE provides opportunities for including illustrative video clips, colour photos and illustrations.
SPECIAL CALL FOR PAPERS: Decolonising the school curriculum. For publication March 2022. See link for information, contact and deadlines.
Professor Hugh Starkey, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Pete Wright, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Denise Miller, University of Greenwich, UK
Book Reviews Editor
Dr Janice Tripney, UCL Institute of Education, UK
IOE Director (Chair), UCL Institute of Education, UK
Professor Lynn Ang, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Vincent Carpentier*, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Professor Julie Dockrell, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Rob Higham*, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Professor Gary McCulloch, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Tamjid Mujtaba*, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Richard Race*, University of Roehampton, London, UK
Dr Leena Robertson*, Middlesex University London, UK
Dr Lynne Rogers*, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Becky Taylor*, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Dr Emma Towers*, Kings College London, UK
Grace Healy, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Shone Surendran, UCL Institute of Education, UK
External Advisory Board
Christine Chuen Meng Goh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Li-Ching Ho, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Claus Holm, Aarhus University, Denmark
Catherine Kell, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Normand Labrie, University of Toronto, Canada
Yasushi Maruyama, Hiroshima University, Japan
Larissa McLean Davies, University of Melbourne, Australia
Yu Kai, Beijing Normal University, China
Submission and Reviews Manager
Open access policy
All articles published in the London Review of Education are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 international license agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC BY license agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ and licensing terms and conditions can be found in our Journals Editorial Policy.
Abstracting & Indexing
UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search databases. Articles published in the London Review of Education are indexed in:
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Academic Search Complete
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- Academic Search Ultimate
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- Cogito Indexing Test
- Education Research Complete
- Education Source
- HWW Smartlink FullText
- NSA Collection
- Super Aggregated Database
- Sustainability Reference Center
- Google Scholar
- UCL Discovery
- Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
Articles submitted to LRE are subject to double-blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. Further information regarding peer review can be found in our journals Peer Review Policy. LRE's academic peer reviewers also refer to this guide.
Book reviews are subject to editorial review by the Book Reviews Editor, Janice Tripney.
Article publication charges (APC)
UCL Press journals do not levy an article-processing charge (APC) for submission or publication in this journal. Contributors to LRE will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.
How to submit
The London Review of Education (LRE) invites papers on research and analysis related to education in any context. We publish general articles in every issue regardless of whether there is a special feature planned (see below), so please do feel free to submit a paper at any time. We especially welcome articles of around 6,000 words that reveal links between research, policy, and practice, and which analyse key themes in education, including public goals and policies, pedagogy, curriculum, organization, resources and technology, and institutional effectiveness. We also consider some other types of content (see ‘Article types’, below)
LRE considers manuscripts on condition that they have not been published already and are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions to the journal must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editor(s).
For pre-submission enquiries, please email your abstract and author CV to the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Hugh Starkey, unless you are responding to a guest-edited call for papers. In which case, please contact the named guest editor(s). A pre-submission abstract should be between 300 and 500 words.
Please read the following notes in full. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be returned for reformatting before peer review.
- General papers - please send submissions and enquiries to the Editor, Hugh Starkey: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contributions to special features - please consult the special call for papers for details of where to send your submission
- Book reviews – please send submissions to the Book Reviews Editor, Janice Tripney: email@example.com
Special feature call for papers
A special feature on Decolonising the school curriculum will be published in March 2022. See link for information, contact and deadlines.
Original research article
Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature.
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.
Less common articles
LRE also considers other content. This might be a research ‘conversation’ between two or more academics, succinct analysis (2,000-3,000 words) of a current issue in education, or a report about ongoing research. Please send enquiries to the Editor-in-Chief, Hugh Starkey.
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book. Book reviews are often invited but suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor, Janice Tripney. A book review might assess the importance of a book's contribution to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. Please read our detailed guidance for book reviewers and refer to the journal's aims and scope before submitting a review.
The London Review of Education regularly publishes special features that are edited either by guest editors or by the Editor-in-Chief. These features focus on a theme, subject or area of discourse in education research that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from guest editors with a specialism in any field of education research.
All general enquiries should be made to the Editor-in-Chief, Hugh Starkey.
Some recent special features are:
- Europe and education, LRE 18(1), March 2020.
- Methodological innovations, guest edited by Charlotte Vidal-Hall, Nozomi Sakata and Rob Higham, LRE 17(3), Nov 2019.
- Knowledge and subject-specialist teaching, guest edited by David Lambert, LRE 16(3), Nov 2018.
- History education and student social identity, guest edited by Arthur Chapman and Jocelyn Létourneau, LRE 15(2), July 2017.
Preparing your manuscript
LRE Ethics requirements for papers submitted to the journal.
LRE is committed to upholding the integrity of the work published. Papers may be reporting empirical research, or practice papers reporting practice-based evidence. Authors submitting research papers are required to follow best ethical practice for research as outlined in the British Educational Research Association or similar professional body (please indicate this clearly in your submission). Authors are required to show in their papers that they have received ethical approval for their research from all relevant institutional review boards and that they have followed General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in the handling of personal data. Where such committees do not operate, authors are responsible for providing evidence of their adherence to relevant ethical guidelines (please indicate this clearly in your submission).
All publications are in English (UK). In order to facilitate rigorous and high-quality peer review, all manuscripts should be written in good and coherent English. Should you require help when writing your manuscript, a native English-speaking colleague may be well suited to help edit the level of English language in the manuscript. You may also want to consider using a professional English language editing service to improve the level of English language. Please note that using professional English language editing services does not guarantee manuscript acceptance in the journal, and you may be charged for these services.
Authors are welcome to submit a covering letter with the manuscript, for the Editors’ reference. Should you wish to provide one, please briefly summarise your manuscript, its findings, major themes, relevant discussion points and any disclosures including conflicts of interest the Editor(s) should be aware of.
ORCiD helps researchers record and report their work by providing researchers with a personal unique identifier that can be kept throughout their career. UCL Press journals now implement ORCiD in publications and authors are encouraged to register with ORCiD and enter their ORCiD details on submission. To register, follow the instructions on the ORCiD web pages at https://orcid.org/, or for UCL authors please visit the UCL Open Access pages http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/open-access/ORCID.
Data and materials
The London Review of Education encourages authors to either deposit any datasets on which conclusions in their manuscript rely in publicly available repositories or to present them in the main paper or additional supporting files, in machine-readable format (such as spread sheets rather than PDFs) whenever possible. UCL Press journal authors are encouraged to follow the FAIR data principles - to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Further information and guidance on these principles are outlined at https://www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples
Formatting your submission
All manuscript text should be Times New Roman 12-point font and be double spaced.
UCL Press’s style preferences are outlined in our Author Guidelines. These are written to support book authors, but the guidance on text styles is also appropriate for journal articles.
Versions for peer review
The journal operates double-blind peer review, in which authors and reviewers are anonymised to keep their identity hidden from each other. Authors should submit the manuscript as:
- The complete manuscript not blinded, as a Word file (.doc/.docx, etc.) and;
- An anonymous PDF version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review (anonymisation includes references to authors, acknowledgements, self references, and any electronic author identification., etc.) Manuscripts may be returned before peer review if manuscripts are not sufficiently blinded.
Please prepare your manuscript under the following headings, and in the order given.
Your title should succinctly reflect the article’s content, using key words that are most likely to draw interested readers to the content through a search engine. There are no hard rules, but titles that accurately communicate article content in a few careful words are more effective than catchy phrases that require a subtitle for explanation. Snappy quotations are best avoided. If the title takes up two full lines or more in the manuscript, it is too long.
Include the full title, the full names of contributing authors including their institutions/affiliation and address, their institutional email address, and their ORCiD IDs. The corresponding author should be identified.
Declarations and conflict of interests
Clearly state the following, having referred on each point to the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy for guidance:
- Any and all possible conflicts of interest and competing interests that may relate to the submitted manuscript, including all financial and non-financial competing interests. Where there are no conflicts of interests or competing interests, authors must clearly declare this under the same heading – usually as “The authors declare no conflicts of interest with this work”.
- Statement of ethics or institutional review board approval for research (where applicable). See additional guidance on ethics approval under the heading ‘Preparing your manuscript’, above.
- Consent for publication (where applicable).
Originality of article statement
All submitted articles must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else, nor have been published in any form prior to submission to any UCL Press journal. By submitting, authors are agreeing that the submission is original except for material in the public domain and such excerpts of other works have written permission of the copyright owner. Where there is potential for duplication authors must correctly reference and cite the work. Co-publication of an article, as agreed with the publisher and journal, may be considered in accordance with the ICMJE guidelines on overlapping publication, at the discretion of the Editor.
Present an abstract of 150 to 200 words. This should reflect the entire content of the submission. It should cover the key steps in your article, probably including the genesis of your project/research/theorising, research questions/hypotheses, the research design and methods, findings and outcomes, a discussion of these including limitations, and any indications offered for future action or research
Your abstract will ultimately be used by search engines, and it will form part of the meta-data that will be seen first by people searching your article.
List up to 10 keyword terms that accurately reflect the article.
Please refer to the ‘General notes for submission’ at the top of this page and to the article type descriptions above when preparing the main body of text.
If any abbreviations have been used, please define and list them accordingly under this heading.
Any sources of funding for the research reported should be declared, including any project codes.
Mention everyone whose contribution to the work you wish to recognise in this section. Those that contributed to the paper but are not listed as authors can be acknowledged here.
Notes on the contributor(s)
Please include an academic/professional biography of c.70 words for each of the listed authors.
A full reference list should contain all the sources cited in the text. Any source not cited in text should not be included. The journal uses an author, date style of referencing. Please refer to this guide.
Note on appendices
Articles in LRE do not feature end-article appendices. All illustrative matter should be included in the body of the text or as a table/figure.
Preparing tables and figures
Authors are responsible for determining the copyright status of illustrations or other material they wish to reproduce in their article and, if necessary, obtaining permission to reproduce it. This applies both to direct reproduction and to ‘derivative reproduction’ (where authors create a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). By including such material in their submission, authors warrant that it may be reproduced or adapted under the terms of the CC BY licence in the same way as their own work. Please note that short extracts of copyright text (excluding poetry and song lyrics) for the purposes of criticism, discussion, or review may be reproduced without formal permission assuming that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.
All tables and figures should be numbered sequentially (Table 1, Table 2, etc) and have a short, clear title or caption. Each one should be tagged in the correct place in the manuscript, e.g. <Insert Table 1 near here>, even if the table or illustration has been placed in the manuscript in its final position.
Tables and author-generated line diagrams
These should be incorporated into the text at their final position. Please supply tables formatted in Word.
Please submit these as separate, editable documents accompanied by the original Excel spreadsheet from which they were generated.
Please submit images as separate image files (jpg, tiff, eps).
Should your manuscript need revision to meet the journal’s requirements, or following peer review, please attend to the following points when revising your manuscript.
Provide your timely revisions along with a response letter to any reviewer reports, within the specified revision period to the handling editor.
- Clearly show and/or highlight the revisions you have made in the text. This can be accommodated by making use of either a different colour text, highlighting the text, or by using Microsoft Word's Track Changes function.
- In your response letter, address all points raised by the editor and reviewers, preferably sequentially and in a bullet point list.
- Outline the revisions you have made to your manuscript.
- Where applicable, perform any additional analyses or experiments the reviewers recommend (unless you feel that they would not make your paper better; if this is the case, explain why in your response letter).
- Provide a polite objective rebuttal to any points or comments you disagree with.
The journal uses an author, date style of referencing. Please refer to this guide.
VOLUME 18 (2020)
Developing an Empowering School Curriculum: A renewed focus on action research, edited by Pete Wright (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
AI and the Human in Education, guest edited by Sandra Leaton Gray (UCL Institute of Education, UK) and Natalia Kucirkova (University of Stavanger, Norway)
Europe and Education, edited by Hugh Starkey (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
VOLUME 17 (2019)
Methodological Innovations in Qualitative Educational Research, edited by Charlotte Vidal-Hall, Nozomi Sakata and Rob Higham (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
New Directions in Lifelong Learning, guest edited by Lorena Sanchez Tyson and Valerie Watson Vega (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
VOLUME 16 (2018)
Knowledge and Subject-Specialist Teaching, guest edited by David Lambert (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
Lessons Learned From Professional Doctorates, guest edited by Denise Hawkes (UCL Institute of Education, UK), Sridevi Yerrabati (Sohar University, Oman) and Susan Taylor (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
VOLUME 15 (2017)
Music Education in Context, guest edited by Hilary McQueen and Maria Varvarigou (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
Negotiating the Nation: Young people, national narratives and history education, guest edited by Jocelyn Létourneau (Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada) and Arthur Chapman (UCL Institute of Education, UK)