Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

On Being Published in Professional School Counseling

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

On Being Published in Professional School Counseling

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The content of the first three issues of Professional School Counseling consisted primarily of articles that were devoted to special topics. One had been contracted with a special issue editor by Chari Campbell, and two had been contracted by me. Therefore, the April issue is the first to contain a diverse set of articles selected via the process of reviewing and selecting manuscripts for publication as they are submitted independently by authors.

Readers may have noticed some similar and some new column headings in Professional School Counseling. On the Scene and Things That Work, columns that were in The School Counselor, have been replaced by In the Field. Idea Exchange from Elementary School Guidance and Counseling will appear no more. Whenever possible, feature articles will be labeled on the Table of Contents as Focus on Elementary Schools, Focus on Middle Schools, or Focus on Secondary Schools. Articles that seem to be generic to counseling will not be labeled and will appear as Features on the Table of Contents. The Speakout and Perspectives, columns from The School Counselor, are still available.

One of the most challenging aspects of consolidating two journals into one is managing a backlog of accepted manuscripts while receiving a larger volume of new submissions. Although the new journal has more pages than either of the previous ones, it is smaller than the former journals combined. Consequently, the acceptance rate for newly submitted manuscripts has declined considerably and will remain lower than the acceptance rates of either of the former journals for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for prospective authors?

Expect the competition for space in the journal to be greater than in the past. A set of manuscripts received from authors at approximately the same time will be sent to members of the editorial board for their reviews and, upon return to the editor, evaluated in a multitiered process designed to select what appear to be the best manuscripts in the set.

It is impossible to offer specific no-risk suggestions to prospective authors. …

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