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The purpose of this paper is to provide a content analysis of studies in the field of higher education that were published in the ten of the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) journals specialized in higher education and leadership and management from 2008 to 2012 respectively. Amongst 47
articles were identified as relevant to the topic of leadership in higher education, containing a total of
32 articles were found in the higher education journals and 15 articles in the journals specialized in
the area of leadership and management, which were cross analyzed by published years, countries,
journal, research topic, and citation count. Furthermore, 6 highly-cited articles within the list of journals were chosen for further analysis according to their research settings, participants, research design types, and research methods. The study was expected to give implications for educators and researchers into research trends and patterns of leadership in higher education.