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Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Editorial Coordinator:
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Founding Editors:
Lancaster University, UK
University of Warwick, UK
2013 Impact Factor: 1.000
2013 Ranking: 99/173 in Management
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

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NEW 2014 Impact Factor Release: Leadership now has an impact factor of 1.000 and is ranked 99 out of 172 journals in the Management category!

Leadership is an international, peer-reviewed journal designed to provide an ongoing forum for academic researchers to exchange information, insights and knowledge based on both theoretical development and empirical research on leadership. It publishes original, high-quality articles that contribute to the advancement of the study of leadership. The journal is global in orientation and focus.

A Working Paper (#205, Oct 2009) from Kent Business School by John Mingers, Kate Watson and Paola Scaparra, 'Estimating Business and Management Journal Quality from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in the UK', noted that the journal was scored at 3* by the UK's last Research Assessment Exercise and that all 14 papers from Leadership included in the RAE were graded 3*. In effect the journal outperformed all other leadership journals, a significant achievement for a journal that is only five years old.

Advancing Understanding
Leadership advances the understanding and significance of leadership in the economic, political, technological and social relations of organization and society. The journal encourages debate about the changing nature of leadership and leadership research and the dilemmas, ambiguities and complexities of leadership theory and practice, past and present.

A Wide-Ranging Approach
Leadership is the leading scholarly journal in the field of researching leadership studies, at the cutting edge of the theory and practice of leadership and organization. The main emphasis in the journal is on interdisciplinary, diverse and critical analyses of leadership processes in contemporary organizations. Leadership encourages new ways of researching and conceptualizing leadership.

Broad Readership
Leadership is essential reading for academics, researchers and students engaged with leadership within the fields and disciplines of:

  • Organizational theory / studies / behaviour
  • Management
  • Occupational psychology
  • Sociology
  • Cultural studies
  • Political science and History

The International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC)

The ISLC is held annually in December. It attracts leadership researchers from all over the world. The first conference was held at Oxford University in 2002, and since then the meeting has been hosted by the Universities of Lancaster (in 2003 and 2005), Exeter (2004), Cranfield (2006), Warwick (2007), Auckland (2008), Birmingham (2009), Lund (2010), Bristol UWE (2011), Perth (2012), Rome (2013), and Copenhagen Buissness School (2014). Conference participants often comment on the critical, rigorous, constructive and supportive atmosphere that characterizes discussions and debates at the ISLC.

Authors of papers presenting their research at the conference are also strongly encouraged to submit their work for peer review in Leadership. As editors of the Leadership journal, David and Keith are particularly keen to strengthen the links between the conference and published articles in Leadership. At the conference, SAGE give an award of the best paper presented at the conference and, after peer review, this is then published in a future issue of the journal.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to organise the ISLC in future years, please Click here to email the editors of Leadership.

Twelve good reasons to publish in Leadership:

  1. Leadership is a peer reviewed, international journal that publishes original research on leadership.
  2. Leadership publishes a selection of the best papers from the annual International Studying Leadership Conference.
  3. Leadership publishes papers that are innovative, thought-provoking and critical both in content and format.
  4. Leadership encourages submissions not only from business, management and organization studies, but also from other important leadership-related disciplines such as politics, history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.
  5. Leadership is particularly keen to publish papers from parts of the world that are significantly under-represented in contemporary leadership studies.
  6. Leadership encourages non-traditional submissions that are published in its 'Leading Questions' section. This may be: a think piece, review article, a debate, conversation or extended interview.
  7. Each manuscript receives 'double-blind' reviewing by at least two referees. Leadership has an International Editorial Review Board of experts within the field as well as an extended group of skilled and committed referees. Decisions on manuscripts are usually made within three months of submission.
  8. The journal has high online usage of full-text pdf versions of Leadership articles from the SAGE journals online platform.
  9. Leadership was accepted into Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) Journal Citation Reports® and the Social Sciences Citation Index.
  10. Leadership was ranked a 3* journal in the UK's last RAE exercise
  11. Publication on SAGE Journals Online (SJO), our award winning electronic delivery platform hosted by HighWire Press - your article will benefit from the very latest in online search and discoverability technology.
  12. Unprecedented international reach - SAGE is the world's leading independent academic publisher. We proudly retain a culture that puts quality and individual relationships first. Your article will have global reach through our principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore.

Electronic Access:
Leadership is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

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Frequency: Quarterly eISSN: 1742-7169 ISSN: 1742-7150
Months of Distribution: February , May , August , November Current Volume: 11 Current Issue: 2
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