Journal Author Guidelines
Professional School Counseling journal welcomes original manuscripts on school counseling research, practice, theory and contemporary issues in the field.

Writing Your Manuscript for One of the Following Sections 
Featured Research: Manuscripts submitted under this category describe well-designed research studies. This manuscript category encompasses qualitative and quantitative studies, including meta-analyses. They must inform and advance the school counseling profession. Featured Research manuscripts include appropriate sampling procedures and response rate, data-collection methods, data analyses and interpretations. Featured Research manuscripts must include (a) a well-focused literature review that synthesizes the study's foundational research and theory; (b) rationale for and purpose of the study; (c) clearly articulated research question(s) and, when appropriate, hypotheses; (d) comprehensive method section including participants, instruments, variables and procedures; and (e) results and discussion sections. With quantitative findings, appropriate effect sizes should be included. The discussion should summarize the findings in light of previous research and theory, as well as include research limitations, implications and recommendations for school counseling practice and future investigations. Manuscripts submitted in this category should not exceed 20 pages, not including references. Longer manuscripts will be considered if the methodology warrants. Typically, no more than three tables/figures will be published.

Examples of Featured Research articles include:
Carney, J.V. (2008). Perceptions of bullying and associated trauma during adolescence. Professional School Counseling, 11, 179-188.

Scarborough, J.L., & Luke, M. (2008). School counselors walking the walk and talking the talk: A grounded theory of effective program implementation. Professional School Counseling, 11, 404-416.

Tang, M., Pan, W., & Newmeyer, M.D. (2008). Factors influencing high school students' career aspirations, Professional School Counseling, 11, 285-295.

Whitson, S., & Aricak, O.T. (2008). Development and initial investigation of the school counseling program evaluation scale. Professional School Counseling, 11, 253-261.

Conceptual: Conceptual manuscripts provide readers with new and innovative perspectives on timely and relevant topics for school counselors and counselor educators. This manuscript category includes both philosophical and conceptual works and includes comprehensive literature reviews. Relevance of the topic and of the proposed ideas to school counseling must be clearly shown. Support for the ideas must be provided via related literature, and implications for school counseling research and practice must be addressed. Conceptual manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages, not including references.

Examples of Conceptual articles include:
Amatea, E.S., & West-Olatunji, C.A. (2007). Joining the conversation about educating our poorest children: Emerging leadership roles for school counselors in high-poverty schools. Professional School Counseling, 11, 81-89.

Poynton, T.A., & Carey, J.C. (2006). An integrative model of data-based decision making for school counseling. Professional School Counseling, 10, 121-130.

Practitioner Research: These manuscripts provide evidence of effective school counseling practices. These manuscripts answer the question, "What works?" (or, "What doesn't work?") and can include outcome studies, case studies, action research and other small studies evaluating an intervention or program. Ideally, Practitioner Research manuscripts provide accountability or effectiveness data. These manuscripts are shorter than Featured Research manuscripts, with less emphasis on an extensive literature review and a rigorous research design and more emphasis on describing the methodology and procedures used and on the results (i.e., what you did and what you found). These manuscripts need not adhere to the rigorous research design standards expected of Featured Research manuscripts, but authors must describe their methods in enough detail so their programs or interventions could be replicated. These studies are not meant to be generalizable, but implications for school counseling research and practice must be addressed. Practitioner Research manuscripts should not exceed 14 pages, not including abstract, references and appendices.

In an effort to increase the publication of practitioner-focused manuscripts, support for practicing school counselor authors is offered. Practitioners may submit a proposal to Carol Kaffenberger, associate editor for practitioner research. If the proposal is accepted, a writing mentor will be offered. See practitioner-focused guidelines for details about this process.

Examples of Practitioner Research articles include:
Olson, S.D., Korcuska, J.S., & Paez, S.B. (2007). Creating narrative leagues in schools. Professional School Counseling, 10:520-523.

Scherrod, M. D., Getch, Y. Q., & Ziomek-Daigle, J. (2009). The impact of positive behavior support to decrease discipline referrals with elementary students. Professional School Counseling, 12, 421-427.

Submitting Your Manuscript for Review

Preparing Your Manuscript
1. Do not submit material under consideration by another periodical.
2. Manuscripts must conform to the guidelines in the 2010 edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual (7th ed.). The manual is in most libraries and major bookstores and available online. You may also contact APA Order Department, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242, (800) 374-2721.
3. Refer to the APA guidelines to eliminate bias based on gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic group, disability, or age. Avoid using passive voice.
4. ASCA style does not allow footnotes (except in tables and figures) or bibliographies. For reference, endnote, and in-text citations, follow APA style.
5. Keep article titles and headings within the article as short as possible.
6. For the reviewers' benefit, double space all material, including references and quotations, and allow wide margins.
7. Before submitting your manuscript for review, review this checklist to ensure your manuscript has the best opportunity for publication. [For practitioner research manuscripts, please review this checklist.]

Professional School Counseling only accepts manuscript submissions electronically. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below:

Getting Started
1. Launch your Web browser and go to Professional School Counseling’s Manuscript Central website
2. Log-in or, if you are a first-time user, click the “Create Account” option.
3. If you are creating a new account:

After clicking on “Create Account,” enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next.” Your e-mail information is very important.
Enter your institution and address information as prompted, and then click “Next.”
Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish” when done.
4. Log-in and select “Author Center.”

Submitting Your Manuscript
1. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
2. Enter data and answer questions as prompted.
3. Click on the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
4. Your will be prompted to upload your files:

Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
Select the description of the file in the drop down next to the "Browse" button.
When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload” button.
5. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the editors. Click the “Submit” button when you are done reviewing. Ensure that your Main Document file does NOT have your name or any other identifying information on it, in order that we may do a blind review. Do NOT submit an additional copy of your manuscript with identifying information on it.

You may stop a submission at any phase and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail. You can also log-on to Manuscript Central any time to check the status of your manuscript. The editors will inform you via e-mail once a decision has been made.

ASCA maintains the copyright on all articles it publishes in the journal. If your article is accepted, you will be asked to fill out a copyright transfer form before your article can be published.

Journal Contact Information
Questions? Contact Angela Hickman.