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New York State School Counseling Journal
Call for Submissions

The New York State School Counseling Journal is currently seeking submissions for its Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 issues. The fourfold purpose of The New York State School Counseling Journal is to encourage professionals in the school counseling field in New York State:

  • To produce scholarly research endeavors.
  • To share such publications with their colleagues.
  • To provide a vehicle for communication of professional school counseling issues.
  • To foster cross collaboration and team efforts among practicing and training school counseling professionals.

The editors of the Journal are dedicated to working with practicing counselors to help them bring their evidence-based practices, innovative research, and discussions of current practical issues facing school counseling to the readership of the Journal. The editors are willing to come to your region to give a presentation to the counselors in your area on publishing in the Journal. More importantly, the editors are committed to supporting the publication efforts of all practicing school counselors in New York.

Journal submissions take the following forms:


  • Research Based
    • Theoretical: Manuscripts in this category may include such things as an extensive review of the literature in a particular area, an annotated bibliography of fundamental key publications, and/or theoretical discussions which integrate relevant material in the field in a new light.
    • Empirical: Manuscripts which involve actual scientific inquiries, and descriptive and/or inferential statistics. Attention will be paid to details such as client consent, preservation of subject confidentiality, sampling procedures to promote the representativeness of subjects, data storage, and follow up procedures.
  • Practice Based
    • Manuscripts in this arena will involve works which support, and facilitate the practice of school counseling.
    • Examples may include a review of exemplary programs, activities, techniques, comprehensive websites, documentation procedures, or literary resources tied to a particular topic.


  • Each volume of the journal may contain invited essays on timely topics by school counseling professionals in the state.
  • Examples of such topics may include school law and ethics, technological advances, special education, scheduling, state standards, model programs, graduation requirements.


  • Short, one to two page items will be included which will provide the reader with practical tools in the field or ‘food for thought’.
  • Examples of resource items are lists of websites, activities, and books.
  • Examples of reflections are reaction statements to timely issues, professional experience accounts, book reviews, case studies, or responses to previous journal articles.


  • Graduate student written works, both empirically and theoretically based, will be included in this journal to foster professional critical inquiry early in training. Collaborations with professional school counselors, counselor educators, and educators are encouraged.

The Journal is also currently seeking members for its Editorial Review Board. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest along with a resume or vita and a recent sample of professional writing. Please send any inquiries or application to:

Author Submission Guidelines

  • Practicing school counselors at the elementary and secondary levels, their supervisors, school counselor educators, graduate students, and related professionals are encouraged to submit original works.
  • Manuscripts that reflect creativity and critical thinking, as well as speak to timely issues, will be given the highest publication consideration.
  • All manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for publication listed in the 6th Edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual. Refer to the APA guidelines to eliminate bias based on gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic group, disability or age. Avoid passive voice.
  • Manuscripts which are currently under publication consideration by another publisher, or previously published work should not be submitted. Only original material will be reviewed.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editors, Dr. Thomas J. Hernández and Dr. Summer M. Reiner at:
  • Manuscripts will be accepted throughout the year. The journal will be published in March and September.
  • Manuscripts longer than 20 pages will not be reviewed. Keep titles and headings concise.
  • Manuscripts should include:
    • Cover page with:
      • Article title
      • Name, title, institution, address, phone number, e-mail address for each author. Primary authors should be designated as the contact person on manuscripts with multiple authors.
      • Author identification should not appear on any page other than the title page in order that the Editorial Review Board may conduct a blind review of the manuscript.
    • Abstract of the article should not be more than 75 words.
    • Cover letter in which the merits of the manuscript are briefly described, and a statement indicating that the manuscript is an original work not under review consideration or previously published elsewhere is included.
    • Running head.
  • Author(s) bear full responsibility for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables and figures.
  • Manuscripts which do not comply with these guidelines will be immediately returned to the author(s) without review.
  • Each manuscript will be reviewed by a minimum of two editors. General review time turnaround is 60-90 days. All authors will be notified of initial receipt of manuscripts, as well as a final determination regarding the manuscript.

All materials contained in The New York State School Counseling Journal are the property of NYSSCA. Libraries, researchers and educators who wish to obtain permission to reproduce the contents of this journal, provided no fee is charged to the end user of the material, must submit the request in writing, including the purpose and intended use of the reproduction, to the NYSSCA office.