Academic journal article Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD

Farewell

Academic journal article Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD

Farewell

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In the summer of 2001, I commenced my duties as editor-elect of the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association, the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD), under the fine hand and guidance of the then-editor, Dr. Earl Ginter. Now, fast approaching the end of my second appointment to this prestigious position, I find leaving to be both a relief and a sadness. After 19 years as an editor (Journal for the Professional Counselor, the Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, and JCD), as past chair of the Council of ACA Journal Editors, and as past chair of the ACA Publications Committee, it is time to move on.

Each editor brings new and creative ideas, and my replacement is just such a person who will continue this tradition: Dr. Spencer (Skip) Niles. I believe that the continuing transition has been effective and efficient. Dr. Niles has published widely and has served two terms as editor of The Career Development Quarterly.

I hope that I have made a difference in increasing the scholarship base of the profession through the vehicle of JCD. I have met most of the goals I set for myself when I became editor. I was determined to move from a completely paper-driven review process to a completely electronic one. With the help of several people, especially that of Sara Dorchak, one of my editorial assistants, that goal has been accomplished. It was a challenging task, not only in terms of mastering the electronic part of it, but also in acclimating authors, editorial review board members, and associate editors to this new process. Because of this transition, we have become more efficient and timely in terms of the review process. It is not that human error does not still occur--and to my dismay and the justified wrath of authors, occasionally I discover a misplaced or delayed manuscript--but the number of these unfortunate incidents has dropped dramatically.

Another of my goals was to encourage submission of manuscripts that dealt with critical topics for counselors. I developed a Best Practices section of JCD, and the feedback I have received from the readership has been most positive. During my tenure, we have had a special issue titled "Women in Counseling" and are slated for another special issue on "Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling." In addition, we have published or have scheduled the following special topical sections for publication: "School Violence," "REBT and Spirituality," "School Counseling in the 21st Century" and "Social Justice" In an attempt to encourage more international manuscripts, Thomas Hohenshil, the associate editor for the Trends and Diagnosis and Assessment sections of JCD, acted as guest editor for a special section of JCD. …

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