The Leadership Quarterly Yearly Review (LQYR) for 2022

Kevin B Lowe, Incoming Yearly Review Editor
University of Sydney Business School


The Leadership Quarterly seeks proposals for the 2022 LQYR; historically, these articles are high-impact and important contributions to the success of the journal. Eligible topics are broadly defined to include theory, research, and practice in the field of leadership. Published manuscripts could include systematic literature reviews, theoretical integrations, bibliometric studies, new methodological developments, meta-analyses, or some combination of these. The review could be set in any scientific discipline that studies leadership scientifically, from traditional organizational behavior, management or industrial-organizational psychology points of views to other perspectives including but not limited to evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, economics, or sociology. Of particular interest are contributions that adopt provocative—but also theoretically or empirically grounded—viewpoints that go beyond reviewing the relevant literature to proposing where the future of leadership studies should, and should not, continue. For example, are there theories, measures, or practices that no longer contribute meaningfully to the field of leadership broadly construed? Are some definitions of constructs badly defined and operationalized? Should a particular approach to studying leadership be abandoned? Well-reasoned and soundly-argued papers with persuasive evidence, serving to stimulate debate and potentially change the field will be given special consideration in the review process. As always, we encourage integrative and synthetic reviews of research streams that are not only exemplary, but where new developments and insights will trigger advances in leadership research.

Potential authors are required to submit a 10-page maximum (plus references, tables, figures, and other end matter not included in the 10-page maximum), double-spaced proposal outlining the proposal topic and approach. Authors sending a full manuscript instead of proposal will not be considered for the LQYR. The proposal must elaborate on why coverage of a chosen topic(s) is necessary, and concisely summarize the potential contribution of the work in terms of how the manuscript will serve leadership theory, research, and/or practice per se or to reshape them. Proposal submissions (and full papers) are subject to competitive peer-review with an accept/reject option (note, proposals that are deemed by the editorial team to be exceptional in terms of excellence will be given an immediate accept/revise decision).

For articles to be published in the first issue of 2022, the please note the following timetable:

Submission stageDeadline  
Proposals submitted through EVISE choosing LQYR 2020 as the item type16 October 2020*
Decisions sent to authors for paper commissioning15 January 2021
Invited paper first full drafts submission deadline15 April 2021
Decisions sent to authors for manuscript revision31 May 2021
Deadline for receipt of final manuscripts from invited authors1 September 2021

*Authors may submit their proposals starting 16 September 2020; proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Questions regarding the appropriateness of a manuscript topic or idea are welcome; please contact Keven Lowe at

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