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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 Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New roman; 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.

Articles will be accepted from undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate authors writing in an academic, scholarly manner.


TLJ follows a rigid anti-plagiarism policy. Submission guidelines will refer to Purdue Owl’s Avoiding Plagiarism webpage and its sub-pages for reference. All material is expected to be quoted for verbatim or near verbatim material with proper citation. All summarized material is expected to be cited properly. Material written by the author in any other context is expected to be quoted and cited per citation style (e.g. avoidance of self-plagiarism). Citation is expected to be provided at the sentence level. Research that requires human subjects should include explicit and detailed information on how the subjects were protected before, during, and after research. Any possible conflict of interests must be detailed by the author(s) prior to submission. Conflicts of interest may include payment from a grant or foundation for the research, other forms of personal gain from the research, and/or relationship to a journal editor(s) or reviewer(s).


Due to the blind review process, there is no appeal process for rejected submissions.


Distribution for the TLJ will be online, open access. No print version will be produced although authors will have access to PDF versions of published articles for their use in compliance with the copyright statement at submission.


Types of Contributions


The TLJ will accept three types of contributions for each volume:

Scholarly Articles: 4,000-6,000 word documents written according to Submission Guidelines below. Articles can be primarily theological that shed light on leadership, leadership theory that sheds light on an understanding of the Christian faith, or an integration of both. Qualitative (including exegetical), quantitative, and mixed methods approaches can be used. Articles should include clear methodology and indication on how it contributes to either theology and/or leadership. All articles should have clear definitions of technical language and include practical example(s) of application.


Book Reviews: Reviews should be between 1000-2000 words. A brief summary of the book should be included. Strong reviews will include: Summary/outline of the book perhaps with significant quotes from each section; strengths of the book - weaknesses if significant ones exist; target audience; ways in which the book contributes, enhances, critiques, or refines an understanding of the intersection of theology and leadership. Any ways in which it contradicts or does not support the Theological Values of the journal should be clearly indicated. Book reviews are not blind reviewed and will be accepted based on the recommendation of the Editor.


Creative Expressions: Contributors may submit creative expressions of the intersection of theology and leadership. Expressions should not be figures or tables that would be more appropriate in a scholarly article. Expressions should be submitted in a pre-approved media format and should be resized, if necessary, to a letter-sized sheet prior to submission. All Expressions should also include a brief (not more than 1 letter-sized page) explanation of how the Expression creatively represents the intersection of theology and leadership.


Article Submission Guidelines


The Theology of Leadership Journal (TLJ) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that analyzes the intersection of Christian faith and leadership. The types of submissions that the TLJ is seeking include leadership research contributing to a Christian understanding of leadership; research that contributes to an understanding of leadership in both ecclesial and marketplace contexts; scholarly research that contributes to establishing a theology of leadership.


All manuscripts will be double blind peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Qualitative (including exegetical), quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches to research are welcome from all levels – undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate – of academia. Specific topics of interest will be posted in the Announcements, otherwise, any relevant articles are welcomed. The journal always keeps an open-submission policy. Articles not completed in time for publication will be moved to the next issue.


Manuscripts should be submitted through OJS in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Initial submissions can be in any reasonable format/citation style. This freedom in submission should not be construed as leniency in spelling, grammar, writing flow, or formatting – submissions not reflecting an academic format and style of writing will not be reviewed. Irrespective of style/format, the following guidelines must be included in the original submission:



  • Author identification(s) should be included on the title page only. The contact author should be identified if there are multiple authors. Author references should be removed throughout the rest of the manuscript including the author’s information in the “tools-options-user information” menu. The title page should include a brief biography (not more than 120 words) for each author. Author biography and an email address for each author will appear in all published articles.

  • The title page should include: article title; author(s) and biography; contact information of all authors (address, phone number, email).

  • The abstract page should include: abstract (not more than 150 words); three or four keywords that are not included in the article title.

  • The manuscript should contain all tables, figures, and references in a single file. Tables and figures should appear in text, not as an appendix.

  • The author should include a statement indicating the originality of the manuscript, if it is under review with any other journal, and any potential conflicts of interest. TLJ will not accept manuscripts that are under review with another journal or that are not original.

  • For articles more than 6,000 words, provide an outline to the Editor via email prior to submission for guidance on submission. Other submissions should follow the earlier submission descriptions.

  • Any previously published or copyrighted material included in the article must be accompanied with proof of copyright clearance from the original publisher even if the author(s) is the holder of the copyright. Any material included in the article that is either in review or accepted for publication must be indicated in the submission email.

  • The submission email should indicate whether the author agrees with the Publication Statement below. In the case of multiple authors, each author must send an email from their unique contact email indicating their agreement. Articles will not be reviewed until all necessary Publication Statements are received.


If the article is accepted to be published, authors will be sent a Word template with Styles set that the author(s) must format their article to. This will include a required template for all tables and figures. Articles will not be published until they are properly formatted by the author.


The Path of a Typical Article


The following represents the anticipated path of a typical article from submission to publication:



  • Author submits Article to the Editor through OJS (all other interactions are mediated through OJS).

  • Article is reviewed by the Editor to confirm that it conforms to the scope and vision of the Journal as well as being generally formatted according to Submission Guidelines.

    • Editor may reject any article that does not conform to the scope/vision with or without explanation.

    • Editor may recommend changes from the Author to any article to better conform it to the scope/vision. If Author accepts changes, resubmits Article to the Editor.

    • Editor removes Title Page and submits article to random experienced Review Committee members for double-blind review



  • Article is offered by the Editor to two random Review Committee members with review acceptance within 7 days and completion of review within 21-28 days

  • Article is reviewed by Review Committee members using Review Matrix developed by Editorial Team

    • Both Review Committee members withhold approval for publication. The Author is notified of rejection for publication with comments.

    • One Review Committee member withholds approval for publication and one approves for publication. Editor reviews the article, adds comments to those of Reviewers, and either withholds approval or makes approval to publish. Author is notified of acceptance or rejection for publication with comments.

    • Approval for publication can be accompanied with Recommendations, which are changes that must be made by the author before formal Approval. The Editor can confirm that the Recommendations have been followed by the Author.



  • Upon approval, author must reformat paper per publishing template.

  • Article is forwarded to Content Editor for accuracy review. Changes made by the Content Editor are approved by the Author.

  • Article is forwarded to Production Editor who formats the content to the journal templates, saves the article in final format, and uploads to the OJS for online publication.

  • Once the issue is completed, it is published.