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Mission: To provide an open-access, reader-centered, presentation of peer-reviewed educational research in a broad array of contexts.

The Journal of Educational Leadership in Action (ELA) is accepting submissions for its spring 2021 issue. ELA publishes in electronic format, peer-reviewed articles for use in educational leadership efforts.  The journal’s editorial staff seeks a wide range of articles that focus on timely and/or enduring topics relevant to educational leadership. 

At ELA, we are actively seeking articles related to research in educational leadership, which may include educational topics such as: administration, instruction, curriculum, assessment, adult learning, higher education, and international education.  Authors may also submit book reviews and/or literary reviews.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts for ELA should be submitted by March 5, 2021 electronically to: 

Dr. Robyne Elder, Editor at

General Instructions

Submitted manuscripts will undergo blind peer-review.  Manuscripts will be subject to initial editor screening to determine if the manuscript format (see below) is appropriate and content is promising.  Once a manuscript successfully passes internal review, articles will then be subject to a blind peer review.  As is customary in most scholarly publications, authors should be prepared to work with the editorial staff in revising manuscripts in accordance with editorial policy.

Articles are reviewed in consideration of the following elements: ambiguity, complexity, relevance, and robustness. 

Preparation of Manuscripts:

All submissions should be divided into two documents.

MAIN DOCUMENT: The main document should have all identifying information removed (no author or biographical information), but the following information should be included: 

  • Title: Include a descriptive title
  • Abstract: Include a short 150 word abstract that is accurate, nonevaluative, coherent and readable, and concise. Abstracts for an empirical study, literature review, or book review should follow the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (pp. 26-27).
  • Length: The recommended length of the combined abstract, article, and references is between 3,000 and 8,000 words, or between 12-32 double-spaced pages.
  • Text Sections: All sections should be typed in Times Roman font (12 pt) with page numbers centered at the bottom of the page.
  • References: References should follow the style in the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

SECOND DOCUMENT: The second document should include identifying information, namely:

  • Author Information: Author(s) name and institutional affiliation
  • Title: Include a descriptive title
  • Biographical statement: Author(s) should provide a brief (2-3 sentences) biographical statement

Thank you for sharing your research with us!

Editorial Team

Robyne Elder, EdD

Copy Editor
Laura Metcalfe, EdD

Consulting Editor
Lynda Leavitt, EdD

Advisory Board

Suwithida Charungkaittikul, PhD
Charungkaittikul is a full-time lecturer in the Division of Non-Formal Education, Department of Lifelong Education, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand.

Kelli Pender-Watson, EdD
Pender-Watson is a special education administrator and has previous experience as a district administrator overseeing student services, general education, gifted education, curriculum and assessment  and professional development initiatives, K-12 public education.

Bill Edgar, PhD
Edgar is currently Coordinator of Library Science Education at Missouri State University and previously served as an Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science at University of Arizona.

Cengiz Karatas
Cengiz is currently the Director of Development & Alumni Relations and is the Organizing Committee Chair of the Chicago International Conference on Education at Concept Schools. Mr. Karatas taught English language in Russia and served as a guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal. Under Mr. Karatas' leadership his school received the 2009 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, 2009 Distinguished Title I award, attained 100% college acceptance and secured the Ohio School of Promise award three years in a row.

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