Frequently asked questions

Hello! Welcome to the journal subscription and digital archive FAQs page. Please check to see if the answer to your query is on this page before contacting us: if you still need help, give us a call on 020 8597 0090 or send a message via our Contact Us page. We aim to respond to urgent queries within three working days.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What’s the difference between a print subscription and a digital subscription?
  2. How do I access my paid-for PDFs?
  3. What is the digital archive and who can access it?
  4. How do I access the digital archive?
  5. I represent an institution. How do I purchase an institutional subscription?
  6. How do I access free-to-view journal articles?
  7. What are the rules about printing / distributing Lawrence & Wishart’s journal articles?
  8. I haven’t been sent a journal issue that I’m due – what do I do?
  9. I can’t access a PDF file I purchased – what do I do?
  10. How do I cancel my subscription?

What’s the difference between a print subscription and digital subscription?

Both print and digital subscriptions give the journal subscriber one year’s digital access to the back issues of the journal via their website login (more on that here). Print subscribers will, in addition to digital access, receive print editions of journal issues.

Digital subscribers will be notified via email when a new issue has been published and is ready to access on the website.

This is true of all of our journals excluding Socialist History, whose subscriptions are managed by the Socialist History Society.

How do I access my paid-for PDFs (non-subscribers)?

If you buy a PDF via the website, you will be prompted to create an account. Once logged in to your account, you may access all of your purchased articles by going to ‘My Account’ and then ‘Files’.

What is the digital archive and who can access it?

The digital archive contains many articles from back issues of our journals, going all the way back to 1987, digitised and available to view as individual article PDFs on our website.

We are very proud that the digital archives for two of our journals – Soundings and New Formations – are 100% complete. The digital archives of our other journals – Renewal, Anarchist Studies and Twentieth Century Communism – are partially complete, with only issues from the last couple of years digitised. Digitising all of our journal archives is something we are working on in 2017 and beyond, with the exception of Socialist History, which is managed by the Socialist History Society.

Subscribers will be given access to all digitised content for the journal in question, and non-subscribers may also access individual article PDFs for a small fee per article. We also have a wide range of free-to-read content available here.

How do I access the digital archive?

The digital archives can be accessed in three ways:

  1. Purchase individual articles. You can browse our back issues by navigating to Journals > Select the journal you want to browse > ‘All Issues’. By clicking on each individual article in the contents list of an issue, you will be able to read an abstract and purchase the article. Our articles range from about £2 to about £8 in price (excl. VAT).
  2. Buy a subscription. If you find that you need to buy many articles from a single journal, it may be more cost-effective to buy a subscription to the journal. When you buy a subscription, you’ll be prompted to create an account. Once logged in, you may browse the archive exactly as is described above, except rather than being offered the option to buy an individual article, you will instead be given the option to download for free.
  3. Browse our catalogue of free-to-read content. At Lawrence & Wishart we are committed to disseminating impactful research and critical thought, and that’s why we make an effort to provide free-to-read content with every new journal issue. To browse our free-to-read articles, click here.

Standing order and PayPal subscribers

If you hold a subscription by standing order (eg. you did not buy your subscription through our website) you can request access to the archives by filling out this form. Someone will get back to you within three working days.

I represent an institution. How do I purchase an institutional subscription?

Institutions can access some of our journals through Ingenta, or alternatively contact Lynda Dyson at lynda [at] lwbooks.co.uk

How do I access free-to-view journal articles?

At Lawrence & Wishart we are committed to disseminating impactful research and critical thought, and that’s why we make an effort to provide free-to-read content with every new journal issue. To browse our free-to-read articles, click here.

What are the rules about printing / distributing Lawrence & Wishart’s journal articles?

All of our free-to-view content is licensed to individual users under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

If you are an author looking to re-print, distribute or place your work in a repository, please check here for more details.

Lawrence & Wishart does not authorise the distribution of any paid-for materials for commercial or teaching purposes without prior written consent. If you are a teacher, academic, publisher, library or institution looking to use any materials (eg. journals and journal articles) for teaching or commercial purposes, please contact us here to find out about permissions and fees.

I haven’t been sent a journal issue that I’m due – what do I do?

Sorry to hear that! Please get in touch and we will find out what’s happened.

I can’t access a PDF file I purchased – what do I do?

Sorry about that! We have been experiencing ongoing issues with PDF downloads whereby sometimes a PDF does not download to a user account when purchased. We’re working on fixing it but in the meantime when this happens we will email you the article either the same working day or next working day. If you haven’t heard from us within 3 days, please give us a nudge.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Subscriptions must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to your next billing cycle to ensure that you are not charged for another year. We regret that we cannot refund any payments already given for annual renewals. You can cancel at any time by filling out our cancellation form. (Note that you have to be logged in the view the form).