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Frequently Asked Questions

General Content

What is the London Review of Books?
The London Review of Books is the largest literary magazine in Europe. It has appeared twice a month since 1979, and publishes in-depth reviews of books, as well as features on topical and political matters, poems, and reviews of films and exhibitions.
What subjects are covered?
Art and architecture, biography and memoirs, classics, film, television and media, history, law, literature and literary criticism, music, philosophy, politics and economics, psychology and psychoanalysis, religion and theology, science, technology and mathematics, social sciences and sport.
Which areas of the academic community does this resource support?
The London Review of Books is appropriate for faculty, postgraduate and undergraduate use. It can also be used by librarians as a collection development resource.
What is the editorial process?
All articles are closely edited and rigorously fact-checked by a team of professional editors led by Mary-Kay Wilmers, who has been an editor at the magazine since it was founded in 1979. A distinguished Editorial Board includes Linda Colley, Rosemary Hill, Michael Neve, Inigo Thomas, Jenny Turner, James Wood and Michael Wood.
Who contributes to the London Review of Books?
More than 2000 contributors have written for the LRB, including many of the leading writers and intellectuals of the modern age. There is a full index of contributors going back to 1979.
How often is the content updated?
The London Review of Books is published 24 times a year. This is supplemented with online-only material at On average 360 new articles are published each year. Each issue contains at least 15 original review essays and features.
How are users notified of new content?
Email newsletter updates and RSS feeds indicate new content is available.


Do you offer site licence subscriptions for institutions?
Yes, unlimited concurrent user licences are available. Start a free trial now.
Is it possible to have a free trial?
Yes, free 30-day trials are available to libraries and institutions. Start a free trial now.
Is there coverage by abstracting and indexing services?
The London Review of Books is indexed by many leading academic indexes including the MLA International Bibliography, and specialist book review indexes such as Book Review Index and Book Review Digest. It is also indexed by many other general services including OCLC FirstSearch, Cengage/Gale’s Expanded Academic ASAP and EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete. Abstracts for all articles are publicly available via search engines such as Google.
Can I get the London Review of Books via any of the full text aggregators like EBSCO, Cengage or Proquest?
No, the London Review of Books is not available via any full text aggregators.
Are site licence subscriptions available to consortia?
The London Review of Books welcomes discussion with library consortia and multi-site organisations. Please contact us.
If our LRB site licence subscription expires in the future, will we have access to all the subscribed years of the online issues?
Customers retain perpetual access to all online content that they have specifically subscribed to. The London Review of Books retains the right to provide customers with the purchased online content in a digital medium for local hosting in the future.
What is the ISSN number for the London Review of Books?
ISSN 0260-9592.
How do I request an invoice or a receipt?
An invoice can be requested by emailing with your official purchase order. Please contact us to request a receipt.
What currencies can I pay in?
Payment can be made in pounds sterling or US dollars.
What types of payment can I use?
Payment can be made via credit card, cheque or bank transfer. Please contact us for our bank details.
What are the payment terms?
Our standard terms are payment within 30 days.
Is a paper subscription included with the site licence subscription?
A paper subscription is not included with the site licence subscription.
How can I find out about an institutional print subscription?
Institutional print subscription information can be found here.
How do I claim a missing issue?
Contact us to claim a missing issue.

Access & Technical

What types of access are supported?
The London Review of Books supports UK Access Management Federation, IP range, Referring URL, Library card, Username and Password. See Access Information for more details.
I can’t use IP-based access. Can I still set up access for my institution?
Yes, there are a number of alternatives. See Access Information for more details.
Where will branding for my institution appear?
Your institution name will appear at the top of the screen when a user is logged in.
How do I gain access as an Administrator?
To be added as an Administrator for your institution, please contact us. You may be asked for supporting evidence of your position.
I have forgotten my Administrator username or password.
To receive details of your username and password, please contact us. You may be asked for supporting evidence of your position.
Are usage reports available for my Library/institution?
Yes, usage reports are available. COUNTER is supported by the London Review of Books. COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases Release/Level 3 Journal reports (1-4) are available. The data can be downloaded from the Administrator webpage. The data can be displayed in HTML and chart form and downloaded in CSV and Excel formats. You will require an Administrator username and password to access this facility.
Which browsers are supported?
The web site can be accessed by a variety of browsers but is designed to display and function correctly on Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Firefox 2 and 3, Safari, Chrome, Mozilla and Opera.
Are URLs for content persistent?
Yes, persistent URLs are offered at the article and issue level.
Does the London Review of Books support federated searching and meta-search?
The London Review of Books is implementing support for federated search engines. Search results will be available using GET HTTP requests sent to the search URL with the following parameters:
Parameter Meaning
q Search query
contributor Return only articles by contributor
author Return only articles referencing books by author
publisher Return only articles referencing books by publisher
Parameters should be appended to the search URL preceded by a “?” character and separated by “&” characters. Spaces in parameters should be replaced by “+” characters. For example:

Display, Searching & Content

Is the site accessible to visually impaired users?
The London Review of Books aims for high standards of accessibility, to the extent that the chosen content and functionality permit. Where possible standards conform to level AAA of the web content accessibility guidelines, though they may degrade to level AA where conformance to level AAA would prove impractical. All parts of all sites conform to level A.
Can I change the way the content is displayed?
You can change text size, contrast and width. Your browser must accept cookies to use these options (most browsers accept cookies by default).
How is the content delivered? Can it be printed?
Articles are delivered in HTML and can be printed in printer-friendly format or emailed.
Is the content covered by copyright?
All material on the London Review of Books website is protected by copyright law. No material from the website may be reproduced without prior written permission from the London Review of Books. You may print one copy of any material on this website for your own personal, non-commercial use. For terms and conditions of the institutional site licence please contact us.
What are terms and conditions of use?
For terms and conditions of the institutional site licence please contact us.
Can I request a copy of the Licence agreement?
Yes, to request a copy of the licence agreement please contact us.
Is there a contributors index?
Yes, there is a full index of contributors.
What fields are available for search?
Contributor, Article Title, Issue and Publication Date, Article Type, and Reviewed Book(s) Bibliographic Data. There is a comprehensive search tutorial available.
Is the content classified by subject?
Yes, articles are classified by Subject, Place, Period, Keyword, People, Article Types, Contributors and Reviewed Authors. This is presented in a faceted interface that allows you to filter your results.
What Bibliographic data is available for reviewed books?
Bibliographic Data includes Title, Author, ISBN, Publisher, Publication Date, and number of pages.
How do I cite the London Review of Books?
There is a cite export icon – cite – at the beginning and end of each article.
How do I report an error in an article?
Please contact us to report an error.

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