Journal of Counseling and Psychology



Philosophy of Journal of Counseling and Psychology

JCP is dedicated to the open and free exchange of ideas in the fields of counseling and psychology. We believe in the value of both disciplines in contributing to a deeper understanding of human nature, to the alleviation of human suffering, and to the promotion of human flourishing. We encourage our students to think critically, to be open to different perspectives, and to pursue truth. JCP provides a venue where these ideals can find expression through scholarly pursuits, both theoretical and empirical. We also appreciate the spiritual dimension of human experience and encourage the integration of the psychological and the spiritual.

Who Can Submit?

We encourage students, faculty, and alumni of Gardner-Webb University to submit their work for publication consideration, but we also encourage contributions from the wider professional community. We are interested in publishing both theoretical and empirical articles of interest in the fields of counseling and psychology. We are also interested in publishing book reviews.

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General Submission Rules

Most published articles are up to 7,500 words, written in a scholarly style, covering issues pertinent to the fields of counseling and psychology.

Papers describing research-based investigations, including case studies, observational studies, correlational studies, and experiments are welcome.

Theoretical and conceptual papers written from a scholarly perspective are also encouraged.

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Formatting Requirements

Authors will use the reference style outlined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. Please use Times New Roman 12-point font and at least one-inch margins. Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts. Be sure to adhere to the following guidelines:

Include an abstract of no more than 150 words.

Include no more than five tables or figures and a maximum 40 references.

Paginate and double-space all copy and leave generous margins. Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on the cover sheet.

Identify the number of words in the manuscript, including tables, figures, and references.

Authorization to publish and relinquish property rights to JCP and Gardner-Webb University..

Book Review Guidelines

JCP welcomes reviews of books relevant to counseling and psychology. If you are thinking about submitting a review, please follow the guidelines found in Writing a Book Review from Purdue OWL (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/1 ).

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Rights for Authors and Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University

As described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University, requires credit to Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University as copyright holder (e.g., Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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Users of the Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons @ Gardner-Webb University and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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