Journal of Leadership EducationAs you are preparing your manuscript for submission, please review the aim and scope of the journal and the resources provided here on our website for formatting, manuscript types, etc.

The Journal of Leadership Education welcomes manuscripts from scholars and practitioners representing varied disciplines. Theory and research frame the learning and practice of leadership and the Journal of Leadership Education provides a platform for research and practice oriented scholarship. JOLE provides opportunities for dialogue, evolving discourse, and engagement about the discipline of leadership.  The journal serves as a forum to share teaching advancements, research innovation and application grounded in leadership theory and pedagogy/andragogy

JOLE does not accept submissions published previously or under review by another journal. By submitting their manuscript authors agree that the work has not been published and is not under review by any other journal. Prior presentation at a conference or concurrent consideration for presentation does not necessarily disqualify a manuscript from submission to JOLE.

All manuscripts must be submitted via the Scholastica Manuscript Management system which can be found at

All questions can be directed to our editor at

Manuscript Types

To provide an evidence-based environment for discussion and promotion of new and best practices, all JOLE manuscripts are grounded in Leadership Theory. The journal serves as a forum to share Leadership Education teaching and learning advancements, research innovations, and applications.

Authors may submit manuscripts to the Journal in any of these categories:

Research Manuscripts

Leadership Education research submissions will include a clear statement of research purpose, review and synthesis of related literature, clear explanation of methodology, discussion of findings and conclusions, and appropriate recommendations. Additionally, JOLE will consider systematic, thematic, or integrative literature reviews in the research category.

Theory Manuscripts

Leadership Education theory submissions are constructed in one of two ways:

  • Proposing a new theory to address a gap in Leadership Education scholarship.
  • Discussing a current theory and its ties to Leadership Education.

All theory submissions will include substantive review and synthesis of related literature including supporting theories, comprehensive discussion, and implications to the field of Leadership Education and practice.

Application Manuscripts

Leadership Education application submissions will discuss a project, program, practice or tool that has been implemented. Application manuscripts will include a clear issue statement, review of related literature, description of the application, discussion of outcomes and implications, and recommendations.


The Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE) is proud to offer a new publication venue known as “Origins.” Peer-reviewed, published articles will outline rich, first-hand accounts of experiences, people, situations, and lessons learned while in the presence of a transformative leader. Designed to capture the stories embedded in the acts of mentors from our past, Origins captures tales of leaders who have shaped or molded us into who we are today. While it is expected that much of these articles will be personal accounts, authors should include references when referring to related leadership theories or research.

Review of Manuscripts

Review Process

Once an author completes a manuscript submission, they will receive email confirmation. The editor will review the submission for suitability for the journal and specific category. If suitable, the manuscript will be sent to reviewers. Authors should know the disposition of their manuscript normally within 60 days of receipt. Reviewer response may delay this timeline.

Double Blind Review

The Journal of Leadership Education employs a double-blind peer review process. What this means is that peer reviewers will not know the identity of the manuscript authors. Similarly, the authors will not know the identity of the peer reviewers (before, during or after the review). This is to provide an environment where unbiased reviews are possible.

Author Resources

Submitting a Rigorous Manuscript to JOLE

While each manuscript is unique, quality articles that are published in the Journal of Leadership Education possess several characteristics that are shared among them. As an author potentially interested in submitting to the Journal, we suggest you attend to these characteristics prior to finalizing your submission in advance of its blind review.

A Significant Contribution to Leadership Education

Whether your manuscript is a feature or a brief, it should make a significant contribution to our understanding of the process or practice of leadership teaching and learning.  We suggest the core of your writing be focused on the educational process of leadership development. ,

In addition, we are interested in manuscripts that are informed by and founded upon the larger field of leadership education.  We suggest you explain early in your manuscript how your research, theory, application, or idea is connected to previous scholarship, both seminal and emerging.  If your manuscript is focused on educator self-identity as a tool for leadership education effectiveness, for example, we suggest including a literature review that comprehensively treats each of the areas of scholarship relevant for understanding how your own contribution fits within and builds upon our common knowledge base.

Collection of Literature and/or Data

If you are planning on a research-based submission, we suggest you clearly and succinctly describe how you have collected data that informs your manuscript.  For example, if you have collected data from an academic course, we suggest you fully describe the course and its learning outcomes, its duration, the most relevant population in which its participants hail, and if you as a researcher have a role within the class.

  1. What was the context in which participants provided data?  What opt-out procedures did you include?  How did you account for missing data or under-represented participants?
  2. What instrumentation did you use, which may include quantitative surveys or qualitative protocols?
  3. How were these instruments either developed for your research or implemented in the past and validated?

If you are planning a theory-, application, or idea-based submission, we suggest you comprehensively describe the process you used to include your chosen theoretical foundations within your manuscript.

  1. What is its history related to areas of scholarship relevant to your submission?
  2. How does this theoretical foundation fit within the advancement of knowledge related to leadership education that you plan to make?

Analysis of Literature and/or Data

Your collection of data and/or literature should then lead to a rigorous analysis from which conclusions are drawn.  If your submission is based on contributing a theory, application, or idea, we suggest you describe how your included literature informs your analysis.  If you plan a research-based manuscript, we suggest you comprehensively describe how the data you have collected were analyzed to provide a foundation for rigorous conclusions.

  1. For quantitative research articles, we suggest you describe not only your analytic techniques, but also how those techniques are justified.  For example, a simple comparison of absolute mean values across sub-samples does not justify any findings of difference across these groups.
  2. For qualitative research articles, we suggest you illustrate your coding and triangulation schemes, as well as how you reduced potential researcher bias through rigorous techniques.  For example, for a thematic analysis, we suggest including representative examples of how responses were coded and how codes were grouped to create the themes.

Logical and Justified Conclusions

Once you have appropriately included relevant analysis (and if you are contributing a research-focused manuscript, any data-driven findings that stem from them), conclusions and applications should follow logically and explicitly from your analysis.

  1. Are your conclusions explicitly connected to the data and literature that you have presented earlier in your manuscript?
  2. How are your conclusions focused on the process or outcomes of leadership teaching and learning?
  3. What are the limitation of your conclusions, based on the limitations inherent within the context and boundaries of your own individual context?

Clarity, Parsimony, and Grammar

Once each of these steps is complete, authors often feel internal (and potentially external) pressure to quickly submit their manuscript for the blind review process inherent to the JOLE.  However, the most successful manuscripts also:

  1. Have been reviewed for clarity and parsimony.  Have you used active language to advance a narrative that is logical and justified without including extraneous information?
  2. Have been cleansed of grammatical and typographical errors.  Have you (or a trusted colleague) edited the manuscript to cleanse it of language-based inaccuracies and potential bias?

Authors who attend to these five principles are not guaranteed the acceptance of their manuscript to the JOLE, but they do significantly increase its chances for acceptance.