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Journal of School Leadership

Journal of School Leadership

ISSN: 10526846 | Current volume: 31 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Journal of School Leadership provides scholarly articles related to the broad conception of school leadership. The journal promotes the development of knowledge from a diversity of ways in which this topic can be explored.

The journal includes studies related to administrative leadership in schools and school districts, but also manuscripts that involves teacher leadership, student, parent, and community initiatives as key in the development of knowledge about school leadership. We strongly encourage authors to consider both local and global aspects of their work, especially with implications for practice, research, and policy.

Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018: Jayson Richardson, University of Kentucky
In recognition for valuable reviewers, an Outstanding Reviewer of the Year is recognized during the editorial executive meeting held at the University Council for Educational Administration yearly convention.

The Journal of School Leadership invites the submission of manuscripts that promotes the exchange of ideas and scholarship about schools and leadership in education. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

The editors advocate for non–biased approaches toward any mode of inquiry (e.g., qualitative vs. quantitative; empirical vs. conceptual; discipline-based vs. interdisciplinary) and encourage any methodologically sound research with the potential to contribute to further informing the craft of school leadership. As such, JSL embraces a broad conception of school leadership and welcomes manuscripts that reflect the diversity of ways in which this topic is researched.

The journal provides a platform not only for manuscripts that focus on administrative leadership in schools and school districts, but also in manuscripts that explores teacher leadership, student, parent, and community leadership. In addition, the journal considers manuscripts that explore the relationship between leadership and:

  • Teaching, curriculum and instruction
  • Student learning, development and achievement
  • Whole school renewal and change
  • Equity, justice, spirituality, moral and ethical issues
  • Social and cultural contexts of schooling
  • Individual and institutional accountability
  • Diversity with respect to race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and learning styles
  • Law, finance, and personnel issues in education
  • The pre-service preparation and in-service professional development of educational leaders
  • Libraries and information technology
Natalie Tran California State University, Fullerton, USA
Ann Lopez University of Toronto, Canada
Associate Editors
Bruce Barnett University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Daniel Choi California State University, Fullerton, USA
Soribel Genao Queens College, CUNY, USA
Frank Hernandez Texas Christian University, USA
Jianjun Wang California State University, Bakersfield, USA
Managing Editor
Fatema Hossain OISE/University of Toronto, Canada
Phoebe (Eun Kyung) Kang OISE/University of Toronto, Canada
Editorial Board
Pamela Angelle University of Tennessee, USA
Khalid Arar Texas State University, USA
Maysaa Barakat Florida Atlantic University, USA
Mette Baran Cardinal Stritch University, Wisconsin, USA
Jami Berry University of Georgia at Athens, USA
Jeffrey Brooks RMIT University, Melboune, Australia
Melanie C. Brooks Monash University Melbourne, Australia
Lorenda Chisolm University at Buffalo, USA
Miriam Ezzani Texas Christian University, USA
Joseph Flessa OISE/University of Toronto, Canada
William Frick University of Oklahoma, USA
Kristina Hesbol University of Denver, USA
Jinhee Hur California State University, Bakersfield, USA
Gaëtane Jean-Marie Rowan University, USA
Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos Trinity University, USA
W. Sean Kearney Texas A&M University-San Antonio, USA
Lisa A. W. Kensler Auburn University
Moosung Lee University of Canberra
Elizabeth Leisy Stosich Fordham University, USA
Antoinette Linton California State University, Fullerton, USA
Yi-Hwa Liou National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan
Chad Lochmiller Indiana University, USA
Catherine Lugg Rutgers University, USA
Julia Mahfouz University of Colorado at Denver, USA
Roxanne Mitchell University of Alabama
Bianca Nightengale-Lee Florida Atlantic University, USA
Ana Oliveira Centro de Estudos Sociais Colégio S. Jerónimo, Portugal
Izhar Oplatka Tel Aviv University
Azadeh Osanloo New Mexico State
Noelle Paufler Clemson University, USA
Alexandra Pavlakis Southern Methodist University, USA
Barbara Pazey University of North Texas, USA
Augustina H. Reyes University of Houston, USA
Chen Schechter Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Jay Scribner Old Dominion University, USA
Elizabeth Stosich Fordham University, USA
Jinping Sun California State University, Bakersfield, USA
Amanda Taggart Utah State University, USA
Celina Torres Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Robert Voelkel University of North Texas, USA
Terri Watson City College New York, USA
Deborah West Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Philip Woods University of Hertfordshire, UK
Rui Yan Indiana University, USA
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  • The Journal of School Leadership uses an electronic submission and review process. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to

    To be considered, manuscripts must meet standards of scholarship consistent with the journal’s Aim & Scope. Manuscripts that do not meet standards will not be sent out for review. For empirical submissions, please consult the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Standards for Reporting on Empirical Social Science Research. The American Psychological Association’s Reporting Standards for Research in Psychology may also be useful. For conceptual papers, we encourage authors to consult AERA’s Standards for Reporting on Humanities-Oriented Research and Watts (2011) (see Watts, R. E. (2011). Developing a conceptual article for publication in counseling journals. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(3), 308-312.)

    Author Identification

    The Journal of School Leadership is blind reviewed. As such, the author(s) name(s) or identifying information should NOT appear in headers, footers, reference list, or other portions of the manuscript text. Author self-citation should be indicated by (Author, year) in the text. References should similarly list (Author, year) and exclude title, publisher, etc., to ensure blind review.


    Manuscript length should be between 25 to 30 pages in length, inclusive of references, tables, and figures. All tables should be included in the electronic file. Figures must be submitted in separate electronic files, preferably as TIFF or JPEG images, although we can accept most other formats. Figures must have sufficient resolution for high-end printing: 1200 dpi for line art, 300 dpi for grayscale, and 600 dpi for color.


    Manuscripts should follow the style of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), including organization and structure, formatting of references, tables and figures, and all other APA formatting concerns. Authors should review the section in the manual on Self-Plagiarism. All copy should be typed, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with notes, references, tables, and figures appearing at the end of the manuscript per APA style. Manuscripts that do not adhere to all components of APA style will not be sent out for review. Please ensure that hyperlinks (e.g., and digital object identifier (doi) numbers in the manuscript are activated and correct.


    Abstracts of no more than 250 words must be included with the submission. Abstracts should include the purpose of the research, research design and methods, findings and implications. Nonempirical or conceptual manuscripts should use appropriate subheads for the conceptual argument and focus, including the purpose, rationale, conceptual argument or model, discussion and implications. Also, five key words or phrases should appear after the abstract along with an indication of the type of article (e.g., empirical paper, conceptual paper).

    Cover Page

    Manuscripts should include a cover sheet with the title, author’s name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address, along with a brief biographical statement (2-3 sentences). If the article was authored by more than one person, coauthors’ names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and biographical statements should also be included.

    Originality of Manuscript

    Manuscripts submitted for consideration must be the original work of the submitting authors, not be previously published in any form - print or online - and be submitted only to the journal. Referees evaluate submitted manuscripts anonymously.

    Assistance with English Language Submissions

    Authors interested in refining the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at

    Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

    Special Issues

    In addition to its regular blind-refereed empirical or conceptual manuscripts, the Journal of School Leadership editorial team promotes special issues once a year. On even years, invitations for Guest Editors are open where the editors select the manuscripts based on significant and timely topics in educational leadership. On odd years, a theme is selected by the editors and associate editors for open submission. Those interested in submitting proposals for a special issue should contact the editor(s) for guidelines.
    For more information about submitting manuscripts to SAGE publications, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.


    Journal of School Leadership may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    Visit the SAGE Journals and Preprints page for more details about preprints.

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