Academic journal article Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD

Journal of Counseling & Development Publication Patterns: Author and Article Characteristics from 1994 to 2009

Academic journal article Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD

Journal of Counseling & Development Publication Patterns: Author and Article Characteristics from 1994 to 2009

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Scholarly and research contributions form the scientific foundation of the counseling profession. Counseling researchers and practitioners have contributed to the counseling discipline for decades, and a number of scholarly journals have arisen over the past half century to meet the growing need for effective counseling approaches with diverse clientele and to allow counselors access to critical discussions of essential professional issues. The Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD) is the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and over the past 50 years has become the premier national and international counseling journal. JCD was originally published in 1921 under the title National Vocational Guidance Bulletin, and in 1952, under The Personnel and Guidance Journal (P & G). During its continuous publication, the journal has undergone several name changes. It has been known as the Journal of Counseling and Development (and later Journal of Counseling & Development) since 1984. JCD has been edited by some of the most noteworthy scholars and dedicated servants of the counseling profession, including editors who presided over the period of the current study (1994-2009): Edwin L. Herr (September/October 1993 to July/August 1996), L. DiAnne Borders (September/October 1996 to Winter 1997), Earl J. Ginter (Spring 1998 to Spring 2002), A. Scott McGowan (Summer 2002 to Summer 2008), and Spencer G. Niles (Fall 2008 to present).

JCD primarily publishes practice and research articles on timely and important issues of general interest to professional counselors and counselors-in-training. As the counseling profession has evolved, so too has the focus of JCD. Because journals disseminate ideas, knowledge, and content essential to understanding the nature and values of a profession (Williams & Buboltz, 1999), a periodic review of journal content is necessary to provide an analysis of trends, timely issues, and challenges and to place these occurrences within an appropriate historical context (Charkow & Juhnke, 2001).

Erford, Miller, Duncan, and Erford (2010) reported at least three primary ways a journal's historical evolution can be discerned. First, special issues published in the journal can be reviewed to identify the primary issues occurring during the period that were considered of greatest importance to the counseling profession and, by extension, within society. Between 1994 and 2009, nine special sections or issues were published in JCD: Faculty Development (Vol. 72, No. 5), Professional Counseling: Spotlight on Specialties (Vol. 74, No. 2), Racism: Healing Its Effects (Vol. 77, No. 1), School Violence (Vol. 82, No. 3), Women and Counseling (Vol. 83, No. 3), 2005 ACA Code of Ethics (Vol. 84, No. 2), Multicultural Counseling (Vol. 86, No. 3), School Counseling in the 21st Century: Where Lies the Future? (Vol. 87, No. 1), and Advocacy Competence (Vol. 87, No. 3). A second approach involves a systematic, qualitative review of journal article characteristics by skilled and knowledgeable scholars to identify trends in the presented content, as well as characteristics of the authors who contributed to the journal. A final approach, and the one adapted for this study of JCD publication patterns, is a quantitative descriptive approach. Like qualitative reviews, quantitative descriptive approaches often reveal author characteristics and types of articles, but special attention is generally given to research articles, statistical methods used, and topics explored within the numerous articles. However, in a quantitative descriptive approach, these characteristics are represented statistically, combined into convenient time intervals, and subjected to statistical analyses to identify trends over time. Such a process informs the readership and editorial board members of important changes in professional, scholarly, and social justice initiatives within a scientific discipline. …

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