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The International Journal of Public Leadership (IJPL) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and insights on all aspects of leadership in the public sphere.

ISSN: 2056-4929
eISSN: 2056-4929

Aims and scope

The International Journal of Public Leadership (IJPL) is a multi-disciplinary journal that provides a forum for research on leadership in the public sphere.

The journal welcomes papers from all nations and world regions, and publishes research on all aspects of public leadership within:

  • Government on an international, national, state, regional, and local level
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Public sector leadership
  • Public/private sector collaborations
  • Public health organizations
  • Social care organizations
  • Education
  • Voluntary services
  • Third sector and social enterprises
  • The emergency services.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership strategy
  • Distributed leadership (shared, collaborative, or integrative leadership)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Institutional design
  • Political leadership
  • Servant leadership
  • Comparative public leadership
  • Civic leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Administrative/bureaucratic leadership
  • Performance management
  • Organizational culture and change
  • Community engagement.

IJPL publishes research from scholars working in a range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) public management, public policy, public affairs, public administration, and political science. 

Papers published in IJPL are double-blind peer-reviewed.

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
Find out about our responsible management goal