Educational Management Administration & Leadership

Educational Management Administration & Leadership

2015 Impact Factor: 0.692
2015 Ranking: 151/231 in Education & Educational Research
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Tony Bush The University of Nottingham, UK

eISSN: 17411440 | ISSN: 17411432 | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

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Educational Management Administration & Leadership is covered by the Social Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Report-Social Science edition.

Educational Management Administration and Leadership is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original contributions on education administration, management and leadership in the widest sense: on the management of schools of all types, and of further and higher education institutions; on administration and policy at all levels - institutional, local, national and international; and on the study and teaching of educational administration.

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Educational Management Administration & Leadership is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

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

Educational Management Administration and Leadership is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original contributions on education administration, management and leadership in the widest sense: on the management of schools of all types, and of further and higher education institutions; on administration and policy at all levels - institutional, local, national and international; and on the study and teaching of educational administration.

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Associate Editors
Megan Crawford University of Plymouth, UK
Jaswinder Dhillon University of Worcester, UK
Linda Evans University of Leeds, UK
Helen Gunter University of Manchester
Jacky Lumby University of Southampton
Paul Miller Huddersfield University, UK
Pontso Moorosi University of Warwick, UK
Tim Simkins Sheffield Hallam University
Joan Smith University of Leicester, UK
Michael Strain University of Ulster
International Editorial Board
Ann Briggs New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society, New Zealand
Brian Caldwell University of Melbourne
Carol Cardno Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Judith D Chapman Australian Catholic University, Australia
Joy Chew Oon Ai Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Gary Crow Indiana University, USA
Peter Gronn University of Cambridge, UK
James Guthrie Vanderbilt University, USA
Carol Harris University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Stephan Huber University of Teacher Education, Central Switzerland
Sneha Joshi University of Western Sydney, Australia
Ikuo Komatsu National Institute for Educational Policy Research of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Gabriele Lakomski University of Melbourne, Australia
John O'Neill Massey University, New Zealand
Petros Pashiardis Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Viviane Robinson University of Auckland, New Zealand
Michael Thurlow University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Jef Verhoeven Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium
Anne Welle-Strand BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway
Kam-cheung Wong University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.2 Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      4.3 SAGE Choice and Open Access
      4.4 Simultaneous Submission
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    Educational Management Administration & Leadership welcomes submissions on any aspects of educational administration, management and leadership.

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

    1. Editorial policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    The journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Each manuscript is subject to initial review by the Editor. All papers are then reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of first submission.

    1.2 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.

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    2. Article types

    Educational Management Administration & Leadership publishes original research articles, overviews and commentaries, and book reviews.

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    3. How to submit 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.
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit 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 papers must be submitted via the online system. The maximum word limit is 8000 words. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below:

    Professor Tony Bush
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership
    Institute of Education
    University of Warwick
    Coventry CV4 7AL

    Any technical queries relating to manuscript submission should be sent to Louise England,

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    4. Publishing policies

    4.1 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.  

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    Educational Management Administration & Leadership 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.2 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 a 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Open Access and author archiving

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

     4.4 Simultaneous Submission

    Manuscripts submitted to EMAL must not be under consideration elsewhere, and must not be submitted elsewhere whilst under consideration by EMAL. The journal has a strict policy of immediately rejecting any manuscript found to be submitted for consideration simultaneously elsewhere.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Educational Management Administration & Leadership does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does not include page numbers; the SAGETRACK system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. Furthermore, it is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring that readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts should have their manuscript reviewed by colleagues with experience of preparing manuscripts in English.

    Alternatively it might be useful to consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Educational Management Administration & Leadership with SAGE.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Editorial queries:

    Professor Tony Bush
    Educational Management Administration & Leadership
    The University of Nottingham
    School of Education
    Jubilee Campus
    Wollaton Road
    NG8 1BB


    Technical queries:
    Louise England, email:

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