Guidelines for Authors

  • Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (in one attachment) to with the Author(s) Agreement Checklist found at the bottom of this page.  For additional inquiries, contact the journal editor: Hongryun Woo, JAPC Editor, Department of Counseling and Human Development; email:; phone: 502-852-0615.

Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two editorial board members and typically undergo revision before final acceptance. The Editor makes final decisions regarding publication.

All submissions are blind peer reviewed. Therefore, authors must submit a manuscript that contains no clues to the authors’ identity. Citations that may reveal the authors’ identities (e.g., “in an extension of our previous work [citation of work with authors’ names]”) should be masked (e.g., [“Authors, 2011”]). The authors’ names, positions or titles, places of employment, and mailing addresses should appear on one cover title page only, not in an author footnote. Other subsequent pages should include an abbreviated manuscript title in the header, not to exceed 80 characters and spaces.

Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.

  • Preparation of Manuscripts

Authors should carefully prepare their manuscripts in accordance with the following instructions:
All manuscripts should be prepared according to the APA Publication Manual. Manuscripts should be as concise as possible, yet sufficiently detailed to permit adequate communication and critical review. Consult the APA Publication Manual for specific guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript, abstract, citations and references, tables and figures, and other matters of editorial style. Tables and figures should be used only when essential.

Selected Sections for Manuscript Submissions

Title Page: The first page of the manuscript should be masked and only contain the title of the manuscript.*

*Note. Prepare a separate, supplemental file labeled “Title Page” and submit it in addition to the blinded manuscript. This title page document should contain the article title, the names and affiliations of all coauthors, author notes or acknowledgments, and complete contact information of the corresponding author who will review page proofs (including complete mailing address and email) in the following format:

Author(s) Name only (i.e., no degrees or position titles listed), Department Name, University Name, at City (if applicable). Author Name is now at Department Name, University Name, at City (if changed from above listing). Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Author Name, full mailing address (including street or PO Box), City, State (using postal abbreviation), zip code (email:

Abstract: The abstract should express the central idea of the manuscript in nontechnical language. It should be on page 2 and is limited to 150 words.

Keywords: Keywords should follow the abstract on page 2 and should include 5 words.

Tables and Figures: No more than 3 tables and 2 figures with each manuscript will be accepted. Please be sure to indicate the table or figure callouts within the manuscripts. However, do not embed tables or figures within the body of the manuscript. Each table or figure should be placed on a separate page following the reference list. Figure captions are to be on an attached page, as required by APA style. Figures (graphs, illustrations, line drawings) must be supplied in electronic format with a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) up to 1200 dpi. Halftone line screens should be a minimum of 300 dpi. JPEG or PDF files are preferred. (See APA Publication Manual, pp. 128–150, for more detailed information on table preparation and pp. 150–167 for further details on figure preparation.)

References: References should follow the style detailed in the APA Publication Manual. Check all references for completeness, including the year, volume number, and pages for journal citations. Make sure that all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa and that the spelling of author names and years is consistent.

Footnotes or Endnotes: Do not use. Incorporate any information within the body of the manuscript.

Other: Authors must also carefully follow APA Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age. In addition, the terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred, rather than their many synonyms.

Page Limitations

Submissions must not exceed 30 pages, including references. Manuscript titles are limited to 80 characters. Any submissions that do not adhere to length limitations will be returned without review.

Permission Requirements

Lengthy quotations (generally 400 cumulative words or more from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Previously published tables or figures that are used in their entirety, in part, or adapted also require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission, and a copy of the publisher’s written permission must be provided to the Editor immediately upon acceptance for publication.

  • Accepted Manuscripts


Authors will receive information for submitting a final copy of their manuscript upon acceptance from the Editor. Your article cannot be published until JAPC has received the appropriate signed license agreement. Once the article has been finalized for print production, the corresponding author will receive an email from JAPC, which will ask him or her to provide the appropriate license for completion. Page proofs for review will be sent to the corresponding author only via email. JAPC will be issued twice a year on the last day of February (28th or 29th) and August (31st).


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