The Journal of School Counseling (JSC) is dedicated to publishing articles that promote the effective practice of school counseling. The mission of the journal is to promote a community of scholarship that includes the thoughts, practices, and research of school counselors and counselor educators from throughout the nation. It is our belief that this journal reflects the wisdom and best practices of professional school counselors who are practicing in the schools, as well as the cutting edge research and ideas of counselor educators who are training future counselors.

JSC announces the inclusion of a new journal section: Resource Briefs.

Resource Briefs presents current practices and research on concepts, strategies, or activities that school counselors may use to deliver their school counseling programs. These articles are brief (12 pages or less, excluding references) and are meant to be introductions to topics, research, and practices that provide immediate relevance and applicability to school counselors.

In addition, the journal continues to offer the following interest sections:

Innovative Methods includes thorough descriptions of techniques, strategies, skills, and activities that have been developed and/or implemented by counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools. We invite you to submit your “best practices” and to tell others why they are particularly effective.

Theory & Research hosts a variety of manuscripts, both qualitative and quantitative, that describe original research as well as literature reviews on topics pertaining to school counseling.

Professional Development primarily describes, through manuscripts and position papers, ways in which school counselors can continue to cultivate and enhance their professional identities. Training strategies for school counseling students as well as continuing education for experienced counselors will be highlighted.

Current Issues features manuscripts and position papers that detail contemporary issues affecting schools and school counselors. Authors are invited to explore topics such as charter schools, special education, funding issues, and social issues faced by children and adolescents.

JSC is a national, peer-reviewed journal. We strive to publish high quality, progressive articles that are pertinent and rigorously reviewed. We invite the application of new review board members and encourage students, counselors, and counselor educators to submit manuscripts. The acceptance rate for JSC was 35% during the 2012-17 academic years. As an online journal, submission and review of manuscripts are handled electronically.

In today’s world, replete with ever changing political, social, and economic conditions, it is important to remain informed and active. This journal serves as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas and practices that will best serve the children in our nation’s schools.


Notice to Authors

Manuscripts will be accepted between September 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Thank you for your contributions to the Journal of School Counseling.

Authors, please read and follow all instructions as outlined in “Guidelines for Authors.” To ensure a more efficient review process, please be sure to complete the following:

  • Send two copies of the manuscript, one with author names/affiliations and one without identifiers.

  • Manuscripts should be typed in Arial, 12-point font, not to exceed 25 pages (excluding title page, figures, tables, and references).

  • In the submission email, please indicate the type of manuscript you are submitting: Resource Briefs, Innovative Methods, Theory & Research, Professional Development, or Current Issues.

Please note, any manuscript with the following issues will not be sent out for review, and will be returned to the author for revision:

  • Any manuscript not submitted as a .doc or .docx file;

  • All citations must be in the references sections and all references must be cited in the manuscript;

  • All tables should be formatted as tables, not with tabs and spaces;

  • Any manuscript not in APA 7th edition format;

  • Any manuscript missing sections as outlined in the Guidelines for Authors; and

  • Any manuscript with significant editing or formatting issues.

     Dawn Tarabochia, Editor