Exeley Journal Of Educational Leadership Policy And Pract

The peer-reviewed Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice (established 1986) presents the work of new and established scholars and practitioners. The journal aims to highlight new knowledge and important ideas both from New Zealand and internationally. In particular, JELPP welcomes studies that further international debates in the field of educational leadership.

What do we publish?

The Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice publishes papers by researchers, practitioners and administrators in the field of educational leadership. Research papers should therefore focus on the policy and / or practice of educational leadership at international, national, regional or institutional level, in any sector of education.

Leadership stories may also be submitted: these are less formal pieces, usually focussing on one aspect of leadership or a particular leadership scenario.  All work submitted should be the original work of the author(s).

How do we publish?

Issues up to Vol 33(2) have been published in print, and distributed digitally by informit.org, where back issues can be obtained.
Issues from Vol 34 are published through sciendo.com. We have moved to an open access digital platform in order to secure wider readership and authorship for our journal papers.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license users are free to share the work (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), if the contribution is properly attributed and used for non-commercial purposes. The material published in the journal may not be altered or built upon.

Submit a Manuscript

Papers may be submitted to the Editor at any time of year.

Each manuscript is subject to initial review by the editor, to assess suitability for the Journal. Suitable papers are then reviewed by at least two referees through a process of double-blind review in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. This process may result in the editor requesting a further draft of the paper from the author(s) which may be submitted to further formal review.

For more information please consult Information for Authors or download the Information for Authors pdf.

Papers are published under a Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-ND, which means that readers and authors may upload JELPP papers, with full attribution, to their professional websites. Authors are required to complete and sign an open access agreement before publication in JELPP.

There is no charge to authors for publication.

Editorial Information


Michele Morrison - University of Waikato, New Zealand

Editorial Board

Professor Mike Bottery - University of Hull, UK
Professor Ann Briggs - Newcastle University, UK
Dr Marian Court - Massey University, New Zealand
Professor Neil Cranston - University of Tasmania, Australia
Professor Margaret Grogan - Claremont Graduate University, California, USA
Professor Helen Gunter - University of Manchester, UK
Professor Stephen L. Jacobson - University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA
Dr Susan Lovett - University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr Ross Notman - University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Paul Potaka - Nelson, New Zealand
Professor Cecelia Reynolds - Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Associate Professor Kate Thornton - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Professor Martin Thrupp - University of Waikato, New Zealand
Dr Cathy Wylie - New Zealand Council for Educational Research, New Zealand
Dr Howard Youngs - Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Technical Editor

Ann R. J. Briggs - Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership, Newcastle University, UK

Information for Authors

Prior publication

Manuscripts submitted for publication should not have been published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. It is the responsibility of authors to secure the copyright release of any copyright materials included in their manuscripts, and to provide written evidence of this to the editors. If accepted and published, papers become the copyright of JELPP.


All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

For each author, the name, affiliation and email address are all required: these are submitted on the open access agreement document.  Where an author has an ORCID ID, this is also requested. To enable refereeing, author details should not be included in the manuscript.


The title, keywords and abstract are key to enabling readers to find the article through the various search engines; terminology should be chosen which will make the paper discoverable. For information and guidance on how best to title an article, write an abstract and select keywords, look online, for example at: https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/help-readers-find-your-article

Abstract and keywords

The abstract is a concise summary of the major aspects of the paper (no more than 200 words). It is important, both for searchability and for enabling readers to decide whether to read the full text of the article. The abstract should include the motivation for the work, information about the context and design of the study, its findings and finally interpretations and conclusions.

Up to 6 keywords should be provided, following the searchability guidance above.

Peer review policy

Each manuscript is subject to initial review by the editor, to assess suitability for the Journal.  Suitable papers are then reviewed by at least two referees through a process of double-blind review in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. This process may result in the editor requesting a further draft of the paper from the author(s) which may be submitted to further formal review.

Publication ethics

The Journal upholds high ethical standards regarding research and academic reporting. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authorsfor guidance.

Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

Manuscript presentation

  1. Papers should be submitted by email as MS Word files to the Editor, Michele Morrison: michele.morrison@waikato.ac.nz
    • Full papers should not exceed 7,000 words (including references).
    • Leadership Stories should not normally exceed 3,000 words.
    • Book Reviews can be between 750 - 1,500 words.
  2. Name, institution and contact details should appear on a separate page at the beginning of the manuscript.
  3. Provide an abstract of no more than 200 words and up to 6 keywords.
  4. Spelling should follow the Oxford Dictionary.
  5. Manuscripts should contain no style formatting, except to provide 1.5 spacing, 9.5 point Arial font and fully justified lines. Paragraphs should be indented 10mm except for the first line following any heading.
  6. Quotations of more than 40 words should be indented 10mm left and right.
  7. Remove all bias in language.
  8. Avoid the use of footnotes or endnotes.
  9. Figures and tables should follow APA conventions; in cases where Word is not appropriate, these should be supplied in JPG/TIFF/PNG formats. They should be positioned at the end of the article, each one on a separate page, with the place marked in the text where they are to be inserted.
  10. Authors should remove any self-identifying citations or references in the text and the References List. When papers are first submitted, XXXX can be used to denote the removal of such references. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to insert all references once the paper has been accepted for publication.
  11. Acknowledgements should be placed in a separate section at the end of the text and before the References List.
  12. Proofs will be sent to the first author. This provides opportunity for authors to check their manuscript and all references. No substantial changes can be made at this point.

Referencing and formatting

The APA style set out in the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is required. Papers that do not adhere to this protocol will be returned to the author for revision. Only references cited in the text should be listed. Some examples of this reference style are as follows.

References in reference list

Journal article

Author, A. (2006). Article title. Journal Title,Volume(Number), pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxx

Author, A., & Author, B. (2006). Article title. Journal Title, Volume(Number), pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxx

When a reference has more than 7 authors, cite the first 6 authors followed by three ellipsis points and the final author.


Author, B. (2005). Book title. Location (city and US state initials/city and country outside USA): Publisher.

Author, D., & Author, E. (2003). Book title. Location: Publisher.

Chapter in an edited book

Author, C. (2004). Chapter title. In C. Author (Ed.), Book title. (3rd ed., pp-pp). Location: Publisher.

Electronic journal article

Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (2006). Title. Journal Title, Volume(Number), pp-pp. Retrieved November 25, 2018, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncid/Ef/vol10no6/04-0264.htm

Unpublished thesis or dissertation

Author, G. (2004). Title of doctoral or master’s thesis. Unpublished doctoral or master’s thesis, Name of institution, Location.

Citations in the text

According to Smith (2003) a growing body of research...

It was observed by Author and Author (2003) that a growing body of research...

It was observed that there was a growing body of research (Author & Author, 2003).

For three, four, or five authors, cite all the names followed by the year the first time in the text. In subsequent citations, include the surname of first author followed by et al. (a period after et al. is important) and the year of publication.

For six or more authors, cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. and the year for the first and subsequent citations.



Supplementary Information


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JELPP - General Edition Review Sheet (682 Kb)

JELPP - Open Access Agreement (549 Kb)

JELPP - Information for Authors (662 Kb)

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