Writing for Submission
to the
Canadian Journal of Counselling
and Psychotherapy
and Other Professional Journals
Kevin Alderson, PhD, Editor in Chief
Canadian Journal of Counselling &
[email protected]
Educational Studies in Counselling
University of Calgary
Steps in Getting Published
Decide on a topic
Choose a journal
Prepare the manuscript
Submit manuscript for review
Revise following feedback
The Editorial Process
Considerations for Students
1. Decide on a Topic
If you can talk, you can write (you
just need something to say)
You can do it!
2. Choose a Journal
Decide on a topic
Choose appropriate journal
Relevance of topic/research method
Type of audience
Editorial board composition
Review process
Length and style requirements
Average time to process manuscripts
3. Prepare the Manuscript
Check “author guidelines”
Font; Spelling (Canadian vs. American);
length; etc.
Structure the paper
Definitions; logical presentation of ideas
Professional presentation
APA style - Perfect!
Seek out a mentor
Proof read manuscript
Choice of co-author(s)
First vs. second authorship
Agreement re: subsequent use of
article content
4. Submit Manuscript
for Review
Review submission instructions
Required number of copies
Method of submission
Submit to one journal at a time
5. Revise Following Feedback
If your manuscript is rejected, you
need to consider another journal.
Maintain a positive relationship
with the Journal.
Revision (Con’t)
If it needs revision (the most
typical outcome), revise where this
will enhance the paper and explain
if you did not heed certain
Let the editor know where the
changes were made.
The Editorial Process
Process can take many months
Depends on topic, availability of reviewers,
time of the year
Initial review of manuscript by Editor:
Reject outright
Sent for 2 -3 blind reviews
Reviewers are chosen based on
Interests/Areas of specialization
Preferred research methodology
Editorial Process (Con't)
Reviewers complete
Manuscript review form
Written review of manuscript
Reviews are considered by Editor
Revise (with deadline)
Journal Editors
Editors need:
Must listen to reviewers
Change in editorship of Journal
likely means change in focus
Accepted Manuscripts in
Who owns copyright?
Once accepted date of publication
is usually provided
Authors can get copies of their
article from the Journal webpage
On-line Journals
Becoming more common
Are considered scholarly and high
Manuscript submission, reviewing and
publishing are all conducted through
Allow for easier inclusion of pictures,
sound, video, raw data, etc.
Manuscript length is not critical
CJCP is On-line
CJCP became only on-line in
January 2010.
Ethical Issues
Acknowledge others appropriately
Informed consent re: research
Recognition of study sponsors
Age of data
Multiple articles on same study
Writing for Publication in
Published articles are of interest to
Counsellor Educators
Counselling Practitioners
Field of counselling
Published quarterly by Canadian
Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
January, April, July, and October
Distributed to over 3,000 inds.&
Relevant Articles
Research reports of relevance to
Description of new techniques or
innovative programs or practices
Discussion of current scientific
Professional issues or the role of
CCPA in society
Relevant Articles (Cont’d)
Critical summaries of published
research and/or current issues
related to counselling practice
Brief rebuttals or commentaries
Papers appropriate for Special
CJCP Author’s Guidelines
Online manuscript submission
Register as a user to obtain username and
Click on “submit” and follow instructions
APA Publication manual, 6th Ed.
Length of French and English articles
Full length
Brief Reports
25 pages
14 pages
10 pages
CJCP Author’s Guidelines
Require French and English Titles and
On-line submission required
Special Issues
Special issue proposals are
submitted to Editor by potential
Guest Editor(s)
Can be French and/or English
If approved, Guest Editor(s)
prepare “Call for Papers”
Guest Editor(s) manage review
Considerations for Students
Writers write because they must,
not because someone else (even
their supervisor) tells them to . . .
The wish to see your work in print
must come from you, in the first
instance. Writing for publication is
hard work, it takes patience,
persistence, and humility.
H. Crago
Some common problems
with manuscripts
 Inadequate lit review (too
 Unclear introduction or description
of the topic
 Inadequate description of
 Discussion section that goes
beyond or is not connected to data
Three important considerations
 Substance
- the core of the manuscript
(the issue being addressed)
- fully defined & described
- editorial/writing style
Calfee & Valencia, APA
Where to start . . .
 Area of research/practice interests
 Involvement with a professor’s
Must have something
[interesting] to say
Helpful factors when writing:
 Co-author with an experienced
 Seek a writing mentor.
 Decide upon a journal and shape your
manuscript around their audience and
 Develop an intimate relationship with the
APA Manual (or with someone who does).
 Get feedback from friends, family, peers,
and professors.
Helpful factors when writing:
 Work with the Editor to move
your manuscript forward (if
invited to do so).
 Take regular “time outs”
(particularly after receiving the
peer reviews).
Difficult moments in writing:
 Finding the time.
 Length of time it takes to get a
 Managing your response to
Editor/Peer review comments.
 Deciding how to re-write or edit the
 Finding the time to rewrite.
Rewarding aspects of writing
and publishing:
 Sharing your work
 Connections made with others
 CV
Places to start . . .
 The Practitioner’s Notebook
Instructions at http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca
Brief reports
 Case studies
 Book reviews
 Watch for “Call for Papers”
- Proposals
I admire anybody who has the guts
to write anything at all.
-E.B. White
Best Wishes!
Email: [email protected]
Kevin Alderson
Editor, Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
EdT 322, University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4

Writing for Submission to the Canadian Journal of Counselling and