Submit your article or artwork to The Journal

Paper Submissions are received on a rolling basis and open to anyone (e.g. students, faculty, staff, professionals, community members) interested in expressing ideas related to leadership; however, our final deadline for the Spring 2024 issue is Friday, February 2nd

Authors: Fill out this form

Submission Guidelines

(Review guidelines below before submitting)

For Authors of Papers and Essays

Submit relevant papers from your research, academic or personal study, or coursework. Your submission should be original work that has not been published previously.  We do not accept material currently being considered by another journal.

  • Manuscripts may be 1200-3000 words (about 5 to 12 pages in length or longer if approved by the editor). Articles should be written in 12-point font with one-inch margins and double-spaced, and for academic papers include at least a half-dozen scholarly or reputable sources.
  • Include an abstract of 100-150 words.

  • Your submission should be in MS Word format (.doc,.docx)
  • Do not include any personally identifying information on your submission document (e.g. no first and last names, course names, professor names). Be sure to check your document properties to be sure that all identifying information is removed. This helps ensure our double-blind review process. Here's a tutorial on how to check your document properties!

  • We favor cogent papers that tend to have shorter, simpler sentences.

  • We recommend submissions include references in APA Format. Submissions using Chicago format are also welcome. 

  • How to Submit?  1). Fill out the form (see button at top of this page) with your information and 2). Email your "blinded" paper (no personally identifying information) to Including your name or a message in the body of the email itself is welcome.

**We expect authors will not submit same papers to other journals during our review process. Papers are peer reviewed and undergo a detailed revision process, and authors are expected to work closely with JSL editorial editors to address external reviewer and staff recommendations. 

For Artists' Artwork

Accepting original Art Submissions (no elements that are copyrighted without permission) in all mediums (e.g. paintings, photography, poems), representing leaders, leadership topics, or related themes. We're also looking for a Journal Cover!

You are required to include the following components in your art submission to

 Filling out the form or button at the top of the page is not necessary for artists. Instead, email the following:

  1. Artist contact information including preferred published name (if accepted), institutional affiliation, preferred email, and phone number.
  2. State artistic medium (e.g. oil, charcoal, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media). Take a picture of your artwork and send it in! At a minimum, file size (preferably jpg or png) should be 5.5" x 7" at 300 DPI (1650 x 2100 pixels). Larger files are welcome.  Please attach the image in the email, rather than simply embedding the image in the email. For digital artwork (e.g. photography, short video of a performance, digital/vector based work), please make sure file size meets the same minimum requirements. 
  3. Short title.
  4. Short statement on leadership. Besides a title, describe (in a word, a phrase, or a few paragraphs) how your submission connects to leaders, leadership, or related themes.
  5. Short artist bio (2 to 4 sentences) to be included if your work were to be accepted for publication.

    Here are some examples below (JSL may edit for professional content and length):

    Example 1: Jane R. Doe has been published in journals such as Essais and Warp and Weave. She is currently working toward her bachelor's in creative writing at UVU and expects to graduate in 2026. She is the president of the multicultural student council and plans to work for an NGO someday. (email: [Email is optional]

    Example 2: Jane R. Doe is Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. Her work focuses on leadership, social innovation, and civic responsibility. She has published in Comparative and International Higher Education and The Journal of Higher Education. (email: [Email is optional]

Book Review Criteria for the JSL

Interesting in reviewing a recently publish book for the journal?  First, reach out the Editors at: to discuss your book review idea. 

  • Reviews are typically around 750 to 1000 words, but may be a bit longer.
  • Cite direct quotes from the reviewed text. Other references conform to APA or Chicago citation formats and are not required,
  • Submit your file as an MS Word document.
  • Please include a brief bio that includes your institutional affiliation, areas of interest, and current projects or publications (if any). 
  • In your review, include information about the book:  title, author(s) [or editor(s)], publisher, number of pages, and ISBN


We look forward to discussing a possible book review with you. Please let us know if you have any questions.

What Topics Are Most Interesting?

Future authors often wonder what topics would be of greatest interest to the editorial board, staff, and readers. Likelihood of publication exists for those submissions that are able to incorporate relevant concepts of leadership in their paper. The following topics are just a subset of appropriate areas that could be addressed:

  • Ethics in leadership

  • The need for diverse leaders

  • Importance of communication in successful leadership

  • How to maintain integrity in leadership?

  • Why and how people lead?

  • What practices the best leaders implement?

  • How can historical analysis help clarify the role of leadership?

  • Examples of excellent leaders and their contributions, and a broad range of other topics that relate to leadership

Frequently Asked Questions

From whom will you accept submissions?

We take submissions from all who are interested. There are no prerequisites for those who want to submit.

Do you only consider accepting submissions on formal student leadership positions (e.g. student government positions, clubs, etc.)?

Our definition of leadership is much broader. We welcome submissions on most any leadership topic.

Is artwork accepted?

We accept art submissions of all mediums representing leadership, leaders, or similar themes. Submit files for review to

Who is the journal's projected audience?

  • Top Professional (MBA, JD, MD, DDS) & Graduate Programs (Education, Business, Leadership, MA, Ph.D., and Ed.D. programs)

  • Those interested in learning more about contemporary research and perspectives on leadership

What is double-blind and peer-review?

  • Double-blind means the exact reviewers and authors are unaware of each others' identities. Each are anonymous.

  • Peer review means peers at the same college, academic, or professional level review submitted work. For example, student submissions are reviewed by students, post-graduate level submissions are reviewed by post-graduates, and faculty submissions are reviewed by faculty.

May I submit my work at any time?

Yes, papers and art work may be submitted on a rolling basis--at any time.

Who may I talk to about writing or editing help?

  • Use the UVU Writing Center (face-to-face or online)

  • Ask a friend to read it over

  • Contact the editors at to see if they can setup a time to meet with you to discuss your paper.

  • Ask a professor to read it over