Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research®

ISSN: 1065-9293
eISSN: 1939-0149
Published: quarterly, beginning in March
This journal is a publication of APA Division 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology)

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Call for Papers

Editorial: Aspirations of a Research Geek With a Thing for Applications (PDF, 26KB)

New CPJ Editor Robert Kaiser will take over for Rodney Lowman, PhD, as editor of the Consulting Psychology Journal at the end of 2013.

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Description

Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research ® is published by the Educational Publishing Foundation in collaboration with APA Society of Consulting Psychology (Division 13).

The mission of this journal is to advance knowledge and practice in all areas of consulting psychology (including but not limited to coaching, assessment, leadership, corporate consulting, consulting to schools, team consulting, etc.). This includes issues at the individual, group, and organizational/systemic levels so long as there is a consulting focus. Articles crossing two or more levels are particularly welcomed.

The journal is international in scope and is uniquely placed to reach both academic and consulting practitioner audiences. The journal publishes articles in the following areas:

Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Editor

Robert B. Kaiser
Kaiser Leadership Solutions

Associate Editors

Larry W. Norton
The Shell Oil Company

Kenneth Nowack
Envisia Learning, Inc.

Development Editor

Martin Wilcox
Publishing in Context

Editorial Board

Clayton Alderfer
Alderfer & Associates

Judith E. S. Blanton
Blanton Consulting

Richard Boyatzis
Case Western Reserve

Allan H. Church
PepsiCo

Stewart E. Cooper
Valparaiso University

S. Bartholomew Craig
North Carolina State University

Erik de Haan
Ashridge Centre for Coaching

Kenneth De Meuse
Wisconsin Management Group

Jennifer Deal
Center for Creative Leadership

Jared Detter
OR Consulting

Dennis Doverspike
University of Akron

Jeff Foster
Hogan Assessment Systems

Arthur Freedman
Learning thru Action, LLC

Na Fu
Dublin City University

Dale R. Fuqua
Oklahoma State University

Theodore L. Hayes
Consulting Research Psychologist

Richard Kilburg
RRK Coaching and Executive Development

René I. Kusch
Metaberatung GmbH / Hogan Assessment Systems ASG

H. Skipton Leonard
School of Business, John Hopkins University

Stephen J. Marshall
Marshall Leadership Consulting, PLLC

Edward Pavur, Jr.
Management Service Inc.

David B. Peterson
Google, Inc.

Katina Sawyer
Villanova University

Kumea Shorter-Gooden
University of Maryland, College Park

Len Sperry
Florida Atlantic University

Randall P. White
Executive Development Group LLC

Dave Winsborough
Winsborough Limited, New Zealand

Editorial Coordinator

Sharon Ramos
American Psychological Association

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Instructions to Authors

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.

Submission

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

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor.

Mission and Purpose

Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research® is published by the Educational Publishing Foundation in collaboration with APA Society of Consulting Psychology (Division 13).

The mission of this journal is to advance knowledge and practice in all areas of consulting psychology (including but not limited to coaching, assessment, leadership, corporate consulting, consulting to schools, team consulting, etc.). This includes issues at the individual, group, and organizational/systemic levels so long as there is a consulting focus. Articles crossing two or more levels are particularly welcomed.

The journal publishes articles in the following areas:

Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research also publishes special topic issues with guest editors on a regular basis. Prospective editors of special sections or issues should consult the Editor, Rob Kaiser.

Development Editor Assistance

Consulting Psychology Journal is dedicated to publishing articles that draw on the experience of using psychological science to deliver consulting services to organizations. We recognize that the skillset for developing and delivering effective psychological interventions does not necessarily include the same skills required for journal writing.

Therefore, each year we choose four prospective authors with a background in consulting psychology to receive assistance from a development editor in preparing a manuscript for submission to Consulting Psychology Journal. Prospective authors are chosen quarterly by the journal editor based on a review of proposals.

Visit Development Editor Assistance in Preparing Manuscripts for more information.

Masked Review

Manuscripts accepted by the Editor are submitted to a masked review by members of the Editorial Review Board. To ensure anonymity, each manuscript should contain a separate title page with authors' names and affiliations, and these should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Reviewers are instructed to provide comments that will help authors revise and improve their manuscripts. The Editor makes the final decision regarding publication in consultation with the reviewers regarding the manuscript's quality, importance, and relevancy.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Schedule and Submission Deadlines

Manuscripts for articles are accepted at any time. Authors should expect the review/revision process to take 6 to 9 months. Deadlines for submission of advertisements, divisional news, letters to the editor, etc., are January 1, April 1, June 1, and September 15 for the for the March, June, September, and December issues, respectively.

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.

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Computer Code

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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.

Tables

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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.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

References

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • 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.

Figures

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

Permissions

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
  • The Future of Consulting Psychology and Consulting Psychology Research

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 65, No. 4, December 2013. Includes articles about coaching; leadership; consultation in school, heath care, organizational, and international settings; and impacts of technological developments.

  • International Organizational Consulting

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 64, No. 4, December 2012. Includes articles about assumptions of organizational consulting psychology in the U.S. and how they need to be changed for consultation in other countries; how international organizational consulting psychology differs from existing cross-cultural psychology findings; how consulting psychologists learn how to negotiate international consulting projects; and what kind of overarching templates are useful in international practice.

  • Consulting in Education

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 64, No. 1, March 2012. Articles discuss issues in consultation in schools, including consultation competence; culturally-responsive consultation; and learning and behavioral change processes.

  • Defining and Measuring Character in Leadership

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 62, No. 4, December 2010. Includes articles about assessing manager integrity, measurement of ethical leadership, investigating character in leadership.

  • Developing Flexible and Adaptable Leaders for an Age of Uncertainty

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 62, No. 2, June 2010. Articles discuss issues in developing flexible and adaptive leadership in organizations, including why it is important, the acceptance of uncertainty, learning agility, and tools for development of these skills.

  • New and Emerging Practices in Consulting Psychology

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, March 2010. Includes articles about statistical, litigation, leadership, and executive consulting.

  • Workplace Mobbing and Bullying

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 61, No. 3, September 2009. The articles describe theoretical issues in workplace bullying, including prevalence, definitional clarity, and the influence of individual, work group, and organizational dynamics.

  • Organizational Consulting in National Security Contexts

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 61, No. 1, March 2009. Includes articles about the FBI's undercover safeguard program; consulting to the intelligence community; and ethical guidelines in interrogation and national security operations.

  • Emerging Issues in Leadership Development Consultation

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 60, No. 4, December 2008. All six articles bring cutting edge science and practice in leadership to consulting psychologists working in organizations.

  • Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Organizational Consulting Psychology

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal, Vol. 60, No. 2, June 2008. Articles discuss the challenges posed by culture, race, and ethnicity in organizational consulting and strategies for dealing with these challenges.

  • More About Executive Coaching

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 60, No. 1, March 2008. Articles discuss issues in executive coaching, its status as an intervention, role function, or profession; a model of the feedback process; and coaching services clients and practices.

  • Coaching and Consulting in Multi-Cultural Contexts

    Special issue of the APA journal Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 59, No. 4, December 2007. Includes articles about culture wars in the workplace; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; executive coaching; coaching abroad; and consultation and outreach strategies for university settings.

  • Trudging Toward Dodoville, Part 2

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 57, No. 1, Winter 2005. Articles discuss executive coaching using case studies to demonstrate working with an executive with a global corporation, clients in a community outreach center in an academic medical center, a CEO successor candidate, and a high-potential African American executive, as well as the coaching process from the perspective of both the coach and the participant.

  • Trudging Toward Dodoville, Part 1

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 56, No. 4, Fall 2004. Articles discuss cognitive–behavioral, behavioral change, action frame theory, and psychodynamic approaches to executive coaching.

  • Training and Education in Organizational Consulting Psychology

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 54, No. 4, Fall 2002. Articles discuss principles for education and training at the doctoral and postdoctoral level in consulting psychology, including academic perspectives; consulting in the military context; counseling psychology; school psychology; and industrial–organizational psychology.

  • Further Consideration of Executive Coaching as an Emerging Competency

    Special issue of the APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 53, No. 4, Fall 2001. Includes articles about coaching versus therapy; lessons learned in and guidelines for coaching executive teams; the emerging role of the internal coach; facilitating intervention adherence in executive coaching.

  • Consulting to Team-Based Organizations

    Special issue of the APA journal Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 52, No. 1, Winter 2000. Includes articles about historical perspectives; the organizational design and learning approach; collaborative leadership teams; an organizational consultation in South Africa; multigroup representation; and developing a team-based organization.

  • Hardiness

    Special issue of APA's journal Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 51, No. 2, Spring 1999. Includes articles about war-related stress in Army reserve forces; the personality construct of hardiness; coping patterns; early experiences in hardiness development; and organizational hardiness.

  • Training and Development of Consulting Psychologists

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 50, No. 4, Fall 1998. Articles discuss issues in training and development in consulting psychology, including graduate and doctoral training; practicums; training practices; the business of business psychology; professional development; and management psychology.

  • Executive Coaching

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 48, No. 2, Spring 1996. The issue focuses on issues in executive coaching, including an iterative approach to executive coaching; coaching at work; business-linked executive development; coaching leaders through culture change; and a conceptual understanding and definition of executive coaching.

  • Issues in the Assessment of Managerial and Executive Leadership

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 46, No. 1, Winter 1994. Includes articles about assessment of managerial and executive leadership; selection failures; managerial incompetence; predicting senior management potential; assessing and developing versatility; the leadership motive pattern and managerial success in women and men; identifying leadership potential in international executives; and defining global leadership.

  • Implications of the ADA of 1990 for Psychologists

    Special issue of APA's Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Vol. 45, No. 2, Spring 1993. Includes articles about disability and discrimination; the hiring process in organizations; the alcohol and drug provisions of the ADA; reasonable accommodations in the workplace for individuals with psychiatric disabilities; and a fact sheet on the Americans With Disabilities Act.