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Local Economy

The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
Published in Association with Local Economy Policy Unit
London South Bank University
Partner Organisation: Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Partner Organisations: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development an
Institute of Economic Development

Executive Editor
Andrew Jones Local Economy Policy Unit, UK
UK Editors
Tony Jackson University of Dundee, UK
Andrew Jones Local Economy Policy Unit, UK
Joyce Liddle Northumbria University, UK
Nicholas Wise Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Asia-Pacific Editor
Lee Pugalis University of Technology Sydney, Australia
European Editors
Oto Potluka University of Basel, Switzerland
Koen Salemink University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Sabine Weck ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development gGmbH, Germany
North American Editors
Nichola Lowe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Tara Vinodrai University of Waterloo, Canada
Greg Schrock Portland State University, USA
Australasian Editor
Etienne Nel University of Otago, New Zealand
African Editors
Kedibone Phago University of Limpopo, South Africa
Chris Thornhill University of Pretoria, South Africa
Review Editor
Stephen Barber University of Bedfordshire, UK
Book Reviews Editor
Andrew Jones Local Economy Policy Unit, UK


eISSN: 14709325 | ISSN: 02690942 | Current volume: 34 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Founded in 1986, Local Economy brings together policy analysts, researchers and practitioners concerned with local economic policies and social justice. Local Economy aims to make academic research accessible to all working in the broad field of local economic development and social change.

Local Economy
is a peer-reviewed journal operating as an interdisciplinary forum for the critical review of policy developments in the broad area of local economic development and urban regeneration. It seeks not only to publish analysis and critique but also to disseminate innovative practice.

From its origins at the Local Economy Policy Unit (LEPU) at London South Bank University, the journal has grown into the premier UK-based journal for those who want to critically engage with problems of local economic development and regeneration. It maintains a commitment to grassroots activism, social justice and economic empowerment considered within the context of wider social, political and economic change.

Local Economy covers a very broad range of issues and accommodates a diversity of perspectives. The editors intend to continue enlarging both the range of issues covered and the journal's international scope.

Local Economy welcomes robust empirical analysis which can include papers based on sophisticated quantitative methods. It is not, however, an econometrics journal and papers relying on advanced econometric methods will be rejected.

"Local Economy provides a unique insight into the shifting landscape of local economic development. The journal continues to evolve, both in international coverage, and the range of issues it engages with." Nigel Berkeley, Director, SURGE (The Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Development), Coventry University

"Alone among academic journals, Local Economy combines robust academic research and analysis with insights and opinion from practitioners working on the latest developments in the field" John Shutt, Director of the European Regional Business & Economic Development Unit (ERBEDU), Leeds Metropolitan University

"In addition to its core focus on local economic development, Local Economy has covered many other aspects of place shaping for the past twenty-six years, and as such is an invaluable support for professional development." Dr Ross Brown, Scottish Enterprise

Sam Aaronovitch Memorial Prizewinner

The Sam Aaronovitch Memorial Prize is awarded each year to any article in Local Economy which by both its quality and content best promotes the progressive values of LEPU’s founder Sam Aaronovitch. View the prize winning papers.


This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Founded in 1986, Local Economy brings together policy analysts, researchers, and practitioners concerned with local economic policies and social justice. Local Economy aims to make academic research accessible to all working in the broad field of local economic development and social change.

Local Economy is a peer-reviewed journal operating as an interdisciplinary forum for the critical review of policy developments in the broad area of local economic development and urban regeneration. It seeks not only to publish analysis and critique but also to disseminate innovative practice.

From its origins at the Local Economy Policy Unit (LEPU) at London South Bank University, the journal has grown into the premier UK-based journal for those who want to critically engage with problems of local economic development and regeneration. It maintains a commitment to grassroots activism, social justice and economic empowerment considered within the context of wider social, political and economic change.

Local Economy covers a very broad range of issues and accommodates a diversity of perspectives. The editors intend to continue enlarging both the range of issues covered and the journal's international scope.

Local Economy welcomes robust empirical analysis which can include papers based on sophisticated quantitative methods. It is NOT, however, an econometrics journal and papers relying on advanced econometric methods will be rejected.

UK Editorial Board
Hugh Atkinson London South Bank University, UK
Stephen Barber University of Bedfordshire, UK
Caitriona Beaumont London South Bank University, UK
Gill Bentley University of Birmingham, UK
Danny Dorling University of Oxford, UK
Siân Errington Unite the Union, UK
Francesca Froy Whose City Ltd, UK
Deian Hopkin Former Vice Chancellor London South Bank University, UK
Tony Jackson University of Dundee, UK
Martin Jones Staffordshire University, UK
Peter Luke London South Bank University, UK
Neil McInroy Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), UK
Munir Morad Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Raj Patel The Learning and Skills Network, UK
John Shutt Professor of Informatics at Leeds Beckett University, UK
Leanne Townsend University of Aberdeen, UK
Duncan Tyler London South Bank University, UK
Lynn Vickery London South Bank University, UK
David Walburn London South Bank University, UK
Alan Waters Norwich City Council, UK
David Webster University of Glasgow, UK
Dominic Williams Hewdon Consulting, UK
Georgia Wrighton Kingston University, UK
International Editorial Board
Hilary Botein Baruch College, CUNY, USA
Yves Chappoz University Lyon 3 - IAE, France
Renato Galliano Milano Metropoli, Italy
Johannes Kananen Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland
Diane Lupke Lupke & Associates, Inc., USA
Patrick McVeigh Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, New Zealand
Debra Mountford OECD, France
Erik Pages EntreWorks Consulting, USA
Christian Saublens EURADA, Belgium
Ivan Turok Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Advisory Editorial Board
Glenn Athey Athey Consulting, UK
Tim Blackman Durham University, UK
Andrew Carter Centre for Cities, UK
Andrew Church University of Brighton, UK
Greg Clark London South Bank University, UK
Mike Danson Heriot-Watt University, UK
Timothy Dixon Oxford Brookes University, UK
Julian Dobson Urban Pollinators Ltd, UK
Ray Hudson University of Durham, UK
Robert Imrie King's College London, UK
Alexandra Jones Centre for Cities, UK
Paul Miller Gavurin, UK
Gerry Mooney The Open University, UK
Andy Pike University of Newcastle, UK
Stephen Syrett Middlesex University, UK
Tony Travers London School of Economics, UK
David C Valler Oxford Brookes University, UK
Judith Watson University of Brighton, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Local Economy

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Local Economy will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Local Economy, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Local Economy welcomes contributions for the four main sections of the Journal.

    1. Viewpoints: punchy, polemic, readable commentaries on up-to-date issues (2000–3000 words before references)

    2. Features: peer-reviewed articles on any aspect of local economic policy (6000-8000 words before references). Issues covered include:

    Urban and rural issues
    Local and regional analysis
    Area-based initiatives
    Local governance
    Regeneration and partnerships
    'Race' and exclusion
    Employment, skills, welfare-to-work
    Business development
    Gender and local economies
    Social exclusion and economic policy
    Local evaluation

    Local Economy gives preference to well-written and researched articles which, while grounded in practice, offer more general insights and contributions to theory. Articles that engage with debates about current policy issues and which provide timely, up-to-date critique and/or suggestions to enhance policy effectiveness are especially welcomed. We particularly like to see contributions from those working directly in the field.

    Local Economy publishes articles which provide a rich description and analysis of local issues, which will 'ring bells' for others engaged in similar local project work. Local Economy is particularly interested in articles which would be of interest to readers across the full policy community and which balance critique with proposals for change. Although the core focus of the journal is on local issues, this does not rule out national or supra-national issues or policies which have an impact at the local scale.  

    3. In Perspective (3000-5000 words before references): Edited (but not peer-reviewed) articles dealing with various themes in local economic development. The main, although not exclusive, purpose of In Perspective articles is to give practitioners an opportunity to reflect on current or recent practice.

    Recent new initiatives have included:

    Culture and regeneration
    Job rotation
    Universities and local economic development
    The social economy
     
    We welcome proposals for themed collections of In Perspective papers to be edited by Guest Editors.

    4. Reviews and Review Essays: keeping up to date with recent publications and reports.

    5. Special IssuesLocal Economy also welcomes suggestions for special issues which draw together Viewpoint, Feature, and In Perspective articles on a particular theme. Guest Editors are welcome to put forward proposals for such editions.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All feature articles in this journal have undergone peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two external referees.

    All other papers in this journal are screened by the editors.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Local Economy encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Local Economy and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Local Economy offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  Rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    Local Economy does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Local Economy adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Local Economy is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lec to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All articles must include an abstract. The editors may change the abstract to ensure it includes appropriate keywords.

    Please insert page numbers.

    All graphics should be at least 300DPI JPEGS and all graphs should be in an editable format, either in word or excel. For more detail, see section 9.4.3 below.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Local Economy editorial office as follows:

    lepule@lsbu.ac.uk

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