Author Guidelines

The Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (JSCPE) is a professional journal of research, theory, and practice that disseminates scholarship on the intersection of school-based counseling policy and evaluation with an emphasis on enhancing counseling practices and supporting the lives of students, families, and communities. The breadth of this international journal includes the following fields: preschool, primary/elementary, and secondary school-based counseling, policy development and research, evaluation and accountability research. All research methodologies are considered, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. The journal’s principal goals are to disseminate:

  • High quality school-based counseling research related to policy and evaluation
  • Innovations in school-based counseling policy and evaluation
  • Evidence-based conceptual or theoretical approaches to school-based counseling research and evaluation methods related policy studies
  • Accountability methods in school-based counseling policy and evaluation

Types of Manuscripts

Potential contributors (i.e., counselor educators, professional counselors, and graduate students) are invited to focus their manuscript on one of these four broad goal areas above. The journal welcomes contributions that are:

  • Empirical studies: Manuscripts that provide empirical data on the topic of school-based counseling and evaluation. JSCPE is open to quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method, and single case design research manuscripts.
  • Conceptual or forum pieces: Manuscripts that offer practical, theoretical, or discussion based information with application and implications to school-based counseling policy and evaluation.
  • Philosophical papers: Manuscripts that focus on advancing the study and discussion around school-based counseling policy and evaluation from diverse standpoints of philosophical perspective.
  • Innovative and evidence-based practices: Manuscripts that describe the use of novel and innovative school-counseling evidence-based practices with a focus on practitioners' application. JSCPE is open to conceptual, quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method, and single case design research manuscripts in this area.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc) to https://scholarworks.wm.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=jscpe. Authors will need to create an account to submit a manuscript, which can be created in their first visit to the website. Authors should submit their manuscript (3,000 to 15,000 words) in English with an abstract in the authors’ native language and a translated version in English. For additional inquires, contact the journal editor: Patrick R. Mullen, William & Mary, School of Education, P.O. Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795; phone: 757-221-6071; email: prmullen@wm.edu.

Each manuscript is first vetted to determine whether it is appropriate for the journal by the managing editor. If it is appropriate, the manuscript will be sent to a minimum of two reviewers for input and recommendations. Reviewers are allotted 30 days to return the manuscript to the editor with an overall disposition and thorough comments covering of the manuscript’s strengths and suggestions for enhancements. The journal editor will make the final disposition on the manuscript and will communicate with the author(s) through email. All manuscripts submitted to JSCPE undergo a double blind review process with the editorial board and expert ad hoc reviewers. Thus, authors must remove any information that would provide clues to who wrote the manuscript. Authors that have submitted manuscripts to this journal should not be submitting the same manuscript to another journal at the same time. In addition, the manuscript being submitted should not have been published elsewhere nor should the content be similar to other published works.

Format of the Manuscript

Authors should prepare their manuscript with close adherence to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.; American Psychological Association [APA], 2019). Specific attention should be given for the format of the manuscript abstract, headings, reporting of statistical methods and information, citations and references, and tables and figures. All manuscripts should be double-spaced with one inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman font.

Sections of the Manuscript

Title Page: The first page of the manuscript should include the title page without author information or author notes.

Abstract: The second page of the manuscript should include the abstract that describes the central idea of the manuscript. The abstract should be written in English with an abstract in the authors’ native language (no longer than 150 words).

Keywords: The second page of the manuscript should also include 3 to 5 keywords that also appear in the manuscripts title and/or abstract. These key words appear below the abstract.

Body of the Manuscript: The main body of the manuscript should be 3,000 to 15,000 words in the English language. Proper use of headers and adherence to the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.; APA, 2019) is important.

Tables and Figures: Tables should appear at the end of the manuscript and should be referenced in the body of the manuscript. Figures should be formatted with a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (DPI). See the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.; APA, 2019) for details on formatting this section.

References: The format of the references section and in-text citations should strictly follow the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.; APA, 2019).

Footnotes or Endnotes: Authors should not use footnotes or endnotes but instead incorporate this information into the narrative of the manuscript.

Lengthy Quotes and Permission: Quotes that include 500 cumulative words or more require written permission from the copyright holder. Similarly, previously published tables or figures that are used require the copyright holder’s permission. It is up to the authors to acquire this permission prior to the submission of the manuscript.

Publication Information

JSCPE is published on-line two times a year. All submitted articles should be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow closely the formatting style of the American Psychological Association (latest edition). JSCPE reviews manuscripts within approximately 30 working days of submission and publishes accepted articles in the relevant forthcoming issues upon receiving the final versions.

Rights for Authors and JSCPE

Authors retain copyright, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in JSCPE. For more information, see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. Ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of the article content is the principal author.

Nondiscriminatory Statement

All manuscripts will be reviewed through a blind process and will be treated with all due diligence to avoid conflict of interest and possible review bias.