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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

How to Submit your work to the JSL (Two Steps):

STEP 1: Complete the following Submission Form for the JSL. Please be sure to click the "Submit" button when you are finished.
STEP 2: Follow the submission guidelines outlined below and Email your essay in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) toJOSL@uvu.edu
(Note: For the blind review process, we ask that you NOT include your name or personally identifying information on your actual essay attachment. Here's a quick tutorial on how to check your document properties! )

Author Submission Guidelines:

- Your submission should be original work that has not been published previously. We invite you to submit relevant papers from your coursework, personal or academic study, or research. We do not accept material that is 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 type font with one-inch margins and double-spaced, and include at least a half dozen academic, scholarly, or reputable sources.
- Include an abstract of 100-200 words.
- Your submission should be in MS Word format (.doc,.docx) and emailed to JOSL@uvu.edu.
- Do not include any personally identifying information on your submission document (e.g. first and last names, course names, professor names). Be sure to check your document properties to be sure that all identifying information is removed.
- We favor cogent papers that tend to have shorter, simpler sentences.
- It is recommended that submissions follow either APA or the Chicago Manual of Style.
***Papers that are accepted for publication undergo a detailed revision process, and authors are expected to work closely with editorial staff to address external reviewer and/or staff recommendations.

Artist Submission Guidelines:

Accepting Art Submissions of all mediums, representing leadership, leaders, or similar themes. We're also looking for a Journal Cover!

Email your art submission to JOSL@uvu.edu and include:
a). Preferred contact information, including name, email, and phone number.

b). A brief statement describing art medium AND how your submission connects to leadership

c). [Optional] Provide us with a short 2 to 4 sentence bio to be added to a Contributing Authors and Artists section if your work is to be accepted for publication.

Here are some examples below (JSL may edit for professional content and length): Example 1: Jane 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 2019. She is the president of the multicultural student council and plans to work for an NGO someday. (email: janedoe@university.edu) [Email is optional] Or, Example 2: Jane 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: janedoe@university.edu) [Email is optional]


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

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


The Journal of Student Leadership FAQ’s

1) From whom will you accept submissions?

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

2) 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.

3) Is artwork accepted?

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

4) Who is the journal's projected audience?

Top Professional (MBA, JD, MD, DDS) & Graduate Programs (Education, Business, Leadership, MA, PhD, and EdD programs)
Those interested in learning more about contemporary research and perspectives on leadership

5) 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.