Challenges and Achievements in Founding an Open Access Journal on Educational Leadership and Research Use


  • Dan Laitsch Simon Fraser University
  • Elizabeth Farley-Ripple
  • Jenice View



The International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership published its first article June 5, 2006 and has been releasing articles steadily since then. With more than 300,000 article downloads and 104 published articles across 13 volumes, IJEPL has established itself as an important contributor to open access research publishing in the field of education. Initially published as a collaborative partnership among faculty at Simon Fraser University and George Mason University, and ASCD (a global professional development organization and publisher for education professionals), the journal has faced (and overcome) a number of key challenges in its 13-year history.