I always love the new year. It seems like a natural time to begin new things – you know, make changes. In 2013 you may notice a few changes to JOLE. The first change you may notice is the implementation of the Fast Track submission and tracking system. In the last 18 months, submissions to JOLE have grown tremendously. Managing submissions and the review process has become quite cumbersome. Fast Track will provide a more efficient submission and review process. Check the JOLE webpage for updates as we implement this process. We have also begun the process of developing the Impact Factor for JOLE. The Impact Factor is a measure that reflects the average number of citations to recent articles published in a journal. Thompson Institute for Scientific Information tabulates the frequency that articles from a journal are cited over a two year period. This is actually a three-year process because we have to submit two current years to calculate the impact factor. Providing the impact factor is an important service to JOLE’s authors as more and more tenure and promotion committees have requested this information of their faculty. DOI numbers (Digital Object Identifiers) are unique identifying numbers assigned to articles that insure that the article can always be found. This insures the permanency of digital literature. This is another long-term project that we will begin in 2013. Assigning DOI numbers to every article published in JOLE will take some time, but will truly bring JOLE into the digital age. Are there some other things that we can do to improve JOLE for you as an author or reader? Please let me or other members of the Editing Managing Board know. Forty manuscripts were submitted for the Winter 2013 issue with 18 being accepted for publication – a 45% acceptance rate. This acceptance rate is higher than normal (usually 25-26%) but reflects the quality of the manuscripts being submitted to the journal. I hope that you find that these articles inform both your teaching and your perspective of leadership and leadership education.

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