Editorial Perspective

By Balkin, Richard S. | Journal of Professional Counseling, Practice, Theory, & Research, Spring 2008 | Go to article overview

Editorial Perspective


Balkin, Richard S., Journal of Professional Counseling, Practice, Theory, & Research


Over the past three years, the Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, and Research (JPC), has had the opportunity to transition from a branch journal to a national journal. Dr. Chester Robinson announced in the spring issue of 2005 that the journal had been abstracted and indexed by EBSCO, as well as assigned an ISSN by the Library of Congress. At that time the editorial board became more reflective of a national journal, adding board members from around the country.

In light of the national standing of /PC, the editorial board has been very busy, as submissions were high for the fall 2007. The editorial board has been expanded from 12 to 15 members and continues to exhibit a national representation. I am thankful for their timely reviews and insights for this issue. Additionally, I would like to welcome Dr. Stephen Freeman as the Managing Editor of JPC. Dr. Freeman is the Department Head of Texas A&M University-Commerce with a rich history of publication in the areas of theory, ethics, grief and loss, and assessment. Rastonya Lee, a doctoral student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has served as an editorial assistant, and I am grateful for her work and dedication.

As a result of moving to a journal with national standing, it is important to address current trends in research and publication that will hopefully encourage quality scholarship, while not sacrificing the relevance of /PC to the practitioner. Thus, the author guidelines for /PC have been revised to address the importance of reporting effect size in quantitative research and trustworthiness in qualitative research. …

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