Editorial Policy

NEF’s editorial policy

All contributions that are submitted will be acknowledged by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Blog Editor as soon as possible. Occasionally, an article may not fit our remit of telecom and internet policy in Europe; in that case we will advise authors on how best to rewrite articles so that we are able to publish them.

In most cases submitted articles will be reviewed speedily by members of the Blog Team, who will edit the piece to enhance readability to the blog’s wider audience. These edits may include:

  • Shortening of text if the article is above our stated 1,000 word limit;
  • The addition of a short introduction to sum up the post’s main findings, the article’s author, their main arguments, and any relevant background information for readers.

Once these edits and revisions are complete, we will send the final version of the blog article to authors with an estimated date and time of publication, and give the author an opportunity to make any further edits they deem are necessary. Usually, we ask authors to approve our edits within a short time; once articles are published, we are happy to make further edits afterwards should the author deem them to be necessary.

Please note that owing to events and other circumstances beyond our control, we may have to change our posting order at very short notice.

Role of the Editorial Team

As part of our processes, the Blog Team will refer the following types of articles to the General Editor (which may cause your blog’s publication to be delayed):

  • Articles that are potentially libellous or defamatory
  • Articles where the blog team has concerns about author’s potential conflicts of interest
  • Articles that are insufficiently evidence based or lacking in academic rigour
  • Any other articles that may impact on the reputation of the author, the LSE, or the members of the LSE Network Economy Forum

In the hopefully rare cases where the General Editor cannot accept a blog, authors can appeal to our Advisory Board and we will ask two members to adjudicate the issue.

Creative Commons policy

All of our articles are published under the Creative Commons licence  (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) and other blogs and publications are free to use them with attribution accordingly. If you do not wish for your article to be republished anywhere else, please let us know.

If you have any questions about our policy, please let us know by emailing us


We gratefully acknowledge the support and guidance from the team at the LSE EUROPP blog on the editorial and commentary policies / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0