LSHTM Press adheres to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to ensure ethical editing and publishing. A range of peer review models are supported, depending on which is most suitable for the publication.
Open Access and Copyright
LSHTM Press is a fully open access publisher. All of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licenses.
LSHTM Press strongly encourages all its authors, editors and reviewers to register for an account with ORCID. Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published work, ensuring that the author receives the correct credit for their contributions.
All content published with LSHTM Press is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). All of our article metadata are openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives.
LSHTM Press content is LOCKSS enabled, and copies of all publications are made available via LSHTM Research Online, the School's open access repository.
LSHTM Press is committed to ensuring that author names can be submitted and displayed in an accurate and culturally sensitive way. ORCID identifiers, rather than names, will be recommended for author identification. It will not be mandatory to provide a surname on submissions.
The following applies to all LSHTM Press academic journals, unless otherwise noted.
LSHTM Press expects all authors to make available any research outputs commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate and/or reproduce reported findings outlined in the paper. This may include:
The research outputs must be accompanied by documentation that enables the above to be understood and applied in practice, such as data dictionaries and code guides.
Availability of support material
A dedicated ‘Availability of support material’ section should be provided in the paper. This should provide appropriate citation for research outputs that underpin the paper. Information should include:
Authors are encouraged to deposit research outputs that underpin reported findings to an appropriate FAIR-aligned public repository and obtain a Persistent Identifier (PID). This may be a subject-specific repository tailored to the requirements of a designated community, an institutional repository that makes available research outputs produced by its academics, or a cross-disciplinary/general repository that accepts many types of research output. FAIRsharing.org and the Registry of Research Data Repositories provide repositories that may be appropriate.
File formats and standards
Research outputs should be made available in a form that allows them to be accessed, analysed, and/or combined with other information with minimal barriers. To enable this, the use of well-documented, domain standards and open file formats are encouraged. If a proprietary format must be used (e.g. as a result of it being the de-facto standard used by software tools in a research field), the information must also be made available in an alternative open format.
The FAIR Sharing portal provides examples of data and metadata standards relevant to scientific research.
Access and reuse
Access procedures should be appropriate to the research outputs being made available.
If the research output is made available by a third party, contact information for applying for access should be provided.
If an author does not have the rights to distribute a research output, they must acknowledge the source and provide information on how it may be accessed or requested from the third-party.
Authors from within LSHTM should also note the LSHTM Data Management Policy.