IJLC encourages authors to submit articles that advance knowledge about leadership and transformative change in education, business, industry and other venues. Although all such submitted articles will be considered for review, those that have practical or research applications or implications for higher education and related environments will receive preference. The use of visual images (tables, charts, and/or graphs) is welcomed; however, we may be unable to support embedded auditory or video clips within the text. Articles should be about 5,000 words in length (including abstract and references) but may not exceed 7,000 words.

Submission Guidelines

In general, articles submitted for publication should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) or the most current edition. An article submitted for publication to this journal should not be under consideration for publication with another journal. At the present time, after reading these guidelines, please email your manuscript to IJLC@wku.edu for review. For full consideration for review, all submitted articles must meet the following criteria:

  1. Articles must include a title page with the author's (s') identification, email, and other pertinent information. On another page should be an abstract of no more than 120 words. Under the abstract and using the heading, “Key Words:”, please list up to five key words that will help potential readers locate your article using the IJLC Topics link; however you may provide others that will help us expand our Topics list.
  2. Articles should not include the author's name or any other identifying information on the rest of the manuscript's pages.
  3. Please submit articles in MS Word as either .doc, .docx or .rtf files. PDF files are not acceptable.
  4. Please use 12 point font in Times New Roman, Arial, or Helvetica.
  5. Once an article is submitted, the primary author will receive electronic notification is has been received.


Please note all topics below should be considered within the context of Leadership.

Challenges, Character and Values, Communication, Decision-making and Problem-solving, Ethics, Internationalization/Globalization, Leadership Behavior, Marketing, Motivation, Negotiation, Organizational Change/Transformation, Personal Change/Transformation, Personal Development, Personnel Change/Transformation, Personnel, Development, Power and Influence, Public Relations, Relationships, Strategy, Team Building/Management, Vision, General/Other

Additional Considerations

  • Submitted articles must be previously unpublished, in English, and carefully edited. In submitting work to IJLC, authors agree to the policies of this journal, including free access and use of the material published in it with proper acknowledgment of authorship and source.
  • All articles will be blind-reviewed and the decision of the editorial board is final. Articles accepted for publication will be copyrighted by IJLC.
  • It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for the use of any copyrighted material cited within the article.
  • Questions about an article’s appropriateness for IJLC can be addressed via e-mail to either the editor or associate editor.


Statements of fact or opinion in IJLC articles represent the views, judgments, and opinions of the respective authors and not those of the editors. Publication in International Journal of Leadership and Change does not reflect endorsement either by Western Kentucky University or the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Rights for Authors and TopSCHOLAR®

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to TopSCHOLAR® all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of TopSCHOLAR®, requires credit to TopSCHOLAR® as copyright holder (e.g., TopSCHOLAR® © 2022).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from TopSCHOLAR® provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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The failure of TopSCHOLAR® to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between TopSCHOLAR® and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

Philosophy of International Journal of Leadership and Change

For more information, please see International Journal of Leadership and Change Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in International Journal of Leadership and Change provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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Article Submission Process

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to International Journal of Leadership and Change, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at International Journal of Leadership and Change. If you have concerns about the submission terms for International Journal of Leadership and Change, please contact the editors.

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