The Journal of Counseling Psychology® publishes empirical research in the areas of

  • counseling activities (including assessment, interventions, consultation, supervision, training, prevention, and psychological education)
  • career development and vocational psychology
  • diversity and underrepresented populations in relation to counseling activities
  • the development of new measures to be used in counseling activities
  • professional issues in counseling psychology

In addition, the Journal of Counseling Psychology considers reviews or theoretical contributions that have the potential for stimulating further research in counseling psychology, and conceptual or empirical contributions about methodological issues in counseling psychology research.

The Journal of Counseling Psychology considers manuscripts that deal with clients who are not severely disturbed, who have problems with living, or who are experiencing developmental crises. Manuscripts that deal with the strengths or healthy aspects of more severely disturbed clients also are considered.

Both quantitative and qualitative methods are appropriate. Extensions of previous studies, implications for public policy or social action, and counseling research and applications are encouraged.

APA and the Editors of Journal of Counseling Psychology assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.

Journal of Counseling Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Terence J. G. Tracey
Arizona State University

Associate Editors

Dorothy L. Espelage
University of Illinois

Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr.
University of Maryland–College Park

Robert W. Lent
University of Maryland–College Park

Bonnie Moradi
University of Florida

Jesse J. Owen
University of Denver

Y. Joel Wong
Indiana University–Bloomington

Consulting Editors

Consuelo Arbona
University of Houston

Margit I. Berman
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Shannon Chavez-Korell
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Ayşe Çiftçi
Purdue University

Alexandra F. Corning
University of Notre Dame

M. Meghan Davidson
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Don E. Davis
Georgia State University

Cirleen DeBlaere
Georgia State University

Eric D. Deemer
Purdue University

Frank R. Dillon
University at Albany, State University of New York

Ryan D. Duffy
University of Florida

James M. Fauth
Antioch University New England

Lisa Y. Flores
University of Missouri–Columbia

Christoph Flückiger
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Megan Foley Nicpon
University of Iowa

Patricia A. Frazier
University of Minnesota

Lawrence H. Gerstein
Ball State University

Samuel B. Green
Arizona State University

Patrick R. Grzanka
University of Tennessee–Knoxville

Erin E. Hardin
University of Tennessee–Knoxville

Robert L. Hatcher
Graduate Center–City University of New York

Beth E. Haverkamp
University of British Columbia

William T. Hoyt
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Zac E. Imel
University of Utah

Derek K. Iwamoto
University of Maryland–College Park

Cindy Lee Juntunen
University of North Dakota

Jeffrey H. Kahn
Illinois State University

Bryan S. K. Kim
University of Hawaii at Hilo

Debbiesiu Lee
University of Miami

Jonathan F. Mattanah
Towson University

Joseph R. Miles
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Matthew J. Miller
University of Maryland–College Park

Takuya Minami
University of Massachusetts Boston

Marie L. Miville
Teachers College, Columbia University

Jonathan J. Mohr
University of Maryland–College Park

Margaret M. Nauta
Illinois State University

Helene A. Nissen-Lie
University of Oslo, Norway

Karen M. O'Brien
University of Maryland–College Park

Tiffany A. O'Shaughnessy
Alliant International University

Jill D. Paquin
Chatham University

Michael C. Parent
Texas Tech University

Paul B. Perrin
Virginia Commonwealth University

Kristin M. Perrone-McGovern
Ball State University

V. Paul Poteat
Boston College

Stephen M. Quintana
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Trisha L. Raque-Bogdan
University of Denver

Kenneth G. Rice
Georgia State University

Carlos E. Santos
Arizona State University

Donna E. Schultheiss
Cleveland State University

Hung-Bin Sheu
University at Albany, State University of New York

Richard Q. Shin
University of Maryland–College Park

Sandro M. Sodano
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Rong Su
Purdue University

Mindi Thompson
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ladislav Timulak
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Nathan R. Todd
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Sherri L. Turner
University of Minnesota

Tracy L. Tylka
The Ohio State University

Ellen Vaughan
Indiana University

Nathaniel G. Wade
Iowa State University

Bruce E. Wampold
University of Wisconsin–Madison
and Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Vikersund, Norway

Ingrid K. Weigold
The University of Akron

Christine J. Yeh
University of San Francisco

Hyung-Chol Yoo
Arizona State University

Eunju Yoon
Loyola University Chicago

Richard A. Young
University of British Columbia

Editorial Assistant

Catherine Blackwell

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Starting in 2012, the completion of a Manuscript Submission Checklist (PDF, 42KB) that signifies that authors have read this material and agree to adhere to the guidelines is now required. The checklist should follow the cover letter as part of the submission.

Submit manuscripts electronically (.rtf, PDF, or .doc) via the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

General correspondence may be directed to

Terence J. G. Tracey, PhD, ABPP
Arizona State University
Counseling and Counseling Psychology
446 Payne Hall, MC-0811
Tempe, AZ 85287-0811

General correspondence may be directed to the Editorial Office via email.

In addition to addresses, phone numbers, and the names of all coauthors, please supply electronic mail addresses and fax numbers of the corresponding author for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

The Journal of Counseling Psychology® is now using a software system to screen submitted content for similarity with other published content. The system compares the initial version of each submitted manuscript against a database of 40+ million scholarly documents, as well as content appearing on the open web. This allows APA to check submissions for potential overlap with material previously published in scholarly journals (e.g., lifted or republished material).

Manuscript Details

The Journal of Counseling Psychology publishes theoretical, empirical, and methodological articles on multicultural aspects of counseling, counseling interventions, assessment, consultation, prevention, career development, and vocational psychology and features studies on the supervision and training of counselors.

Particular attention is given to empirical studies on the evaluation and application of counseling interventions and the applications of counseling with diverse and underrepresented populations.

Manuscripts should be concisely written in simple, unambiguous language, using bias-free language. Present material in logical order, starting with a statement of purpose and progressing through an analysis of evidence to conclusions and implications. The conclusions should be clearly related to the evidence presented.

Manuscript Title:
The manuscript title should be accurate, fully explanatory, and preferably no longer than 12 words.

Manuscripts must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words. The abstract should clearly and concisely describe the hypotheses or research questions, research participants, and procedure. The abstract should not be used to present the rationale for the study, but instead should provide a summary of key research findings.

All results described in the abstract should accurately reflect findings reported in the body of the paper and should not characterize findings in stronger terms than the article. For example, hypotheses described in the body of the paper as having received mixed support should be summarized similarly in the abstract.

One double spaced line below the abstract, please provide up to five key words as an aid to indexing.

Masked Review Policy

This journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions.

The cover letter should include all authors' names and institutional affiliations. Author notes providing this information should also appear at the bottom of the title page, which will be removed before the manuscript is sent for masked review.

Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

Cover Letter

The cover letter accompanying the manuscript submission must include all authors' names and affiliations to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review process. Provide addresses and phone numbers, as well as electronic mail addresses and fax numbers, if available, for all authors for use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

The cover letter must clearly state the order of authorship and confirm that this order corresponds to the authors' relative contributions to the research effort reported in the manuscript.

Fragmented (or piecemeal) publication involves dividing the report of a research project into multiple articles. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to publish more than one report based on overlapping data. However, the authors of such manuscripts must inform the editor in the cover letter about any other previous publication or manuscript currently in review that is based — even in part — on data reported in the present manuscript.

Authors are obligated to inform the editor about the existence of other reports from the same research project in the cover letter accompanying the current submission. Manuscripts found to have violated this policy may be returned without review.

Length and Style of Manuscripts

Full-length manuscripts reporting results of a single quantitative study generally should not exceed 35 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced.

Reports of qualitative studies generally should not exceed 45 pages. For papers that exceed these page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

Brief Reports

In addition to full-length manuscripts, the journal will consider brief reports. The brief reports format may be appropriate for empirically sound studies that are limited in scope, reports of preliminary findings that need further replication, or replications and extensions of prior published work.

Authors should indicate in the cover letter that they wish to have their manuscript considered as a brief report, and they must agree not to submit the full report to another journal.

The brief report should give a clear, condensed summary of the procedure of the study and as full an account of the results as space permits.

Brief reports are generally 20–25 pages in total length (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures) and must follow the same format requirements as full length manuscripts. Brief reports that exceed 25 pages will not be considered.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Advances in Research With Sexual Minority People

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol. 56, No. 1, January 2009. Includes articles about internalized stigma; marriage amendments and psychological distress; family relationships; health risk behaviors; and self-esteem.

  • Knowledge in Context

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol. 52, No. 2, April 2005. Includes articles about qualitative and mixed methods in counseling psychology research; research paradigms and philosophy of science; data collection; ethical perspectives; grounded theory; phenomenological research methods; narratology; participatory action research; ethnography; ideographic concept mapping; ethnographic decision tree modeling; and quality and trustworthiness.