ANNUAL REPORT 2018
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D. - Editor-in-Chief
From January 1 through December 31, 2017 Journal for Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) received a total of 106 submissions. Of those, 6 were rejected without being sent out for review. An additional 16 submissions were rejected outright after going through the peer review process. 23 submissions received invitations to revise and resubmit, 1 was accepted subject to minor revisions, and 60 are under review without a decision. Among new (first) submissions to the journal, 74 (or 93.4percent) were sent out for peer review. Among those that underwent the peer review process, 16 (20 percent) were rejected outright. 23 (28.7 percent) received an invitation to revise and resubmit, and 1 paper was accepted subject to minor revisions. No first submissions were accepted unconditionally. Among the 21 papers that were revised and resubmitted (with the resubmission coming to the JMCD office in 2017), the majority were either accepted subject to minor revisions or accepted outright (80.9 percent). Nineteen percent received another invitation to revise and resubmit, none were rejected. In 2017, very few papers were given multiple revise and resubmit decisions. Indeed, only six papers came into the office that were either the third or fourth submission (which were all papers that were “conditionally accepted”), and each of these were accepted unconditionally.
Processing of manuscripts in a timely manner is a major goal for the journal editorial staff. On August 2nd, 2017, among original submissions, the average time from submission to first decision was 28.5 weeks. Counting only papers that went through the peer review process, the average time from submission to decision was 30.6 weeks. Based upon Wiley’s records, the acceptance rate for 2017 was 4.7%. NOTE: As of April 24, 2018, the average time from submission to first decision is 22.95 weeks.
Focus on a More Efficient and Higher Quality Review Process
The fall of 2017 was the first period in which we were able to implement our new approach to the review process in a way that aids in a timely turnaround time for authors, but also sharply reduces the need for multiple revise and resubmit decisions on submissions. Our approach is one that develops more contact and relationship between the editors and the editorial reviewer board members. In the fall of 2017, we initiated quarterly digital meetings (via Zoom) with the full editorial board to allow for a discussion of the review process, ScholarOne protocols, and general editorial review concerns. During the ACES conference in Chicago, the editorial board met in person for a networking social. By increasing contact among the editorial board members, we were able to decrease the number of declined invitations to review and expedite reviews. We also elicited the assistance of the Consulting Elders to aid in addressing the backlog of manuscripts in need of review. The journal co-editors also now are able to write detailed decision letters that help focus the authors’ attention on the most significant issues that need to be addressed. Increasing communication among the editorial board has produced positive results.
Visibility of Journal Content - Continuity and Change
JMCD maintains its modest rank among counseling/psychology journals in terms of its impact factor. The most recent figures for 2016 show a 2-year impact factor of 0.421 (Journal Citation Ranking [JCR] metrics, 2016), placing it 78 among 80 counseling/psychology journals. Some of our recent publications have received a substantial amount of media attention and scholarly engagement. A publication from 2014 (Smith’s “Coping With Vicarious Trauma in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster” was cited 3 times in 2016. In addition, Ratts et al.’s paper, “Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies” (vol. 44, issue 1) was accessed over 3400 times in 2016 and was the most downloaded JMCD article for that year. The JMCD Twitter feed @jmcdonline) continues to be active and receives quite a lot of engagement, having become one of the primary ways through which its 22 followers keep abreast of new publications as well as popular press coverage of published articles related to multicultural counseling and psychology. We are also working on expanding the content on the JMCD website (www.jmcdonline.org) to include book reviews and feature exemplary research papers. Finally, we are undergoing a strategic planning process to better advance the work of early career and seasoned scholars in multicultural counseling.
Generating Diverse Content
In 2017 JMCD implemented new approaches aimed at augmenting the diversity of papers published in the journal, so that the content better reflects the diversity of work being conducted within the discipline. This entailed signaling a desire to publish papers utilizing methodology that represents the broad range of approaches in the discipline. Articles published in 2017 were primarily drawn from a backlog inherited from the previous editorial team. Our current efforts focus on attract more rigorous and methodologically diverse work.
Editorial Board and Reviewers
JMCD continues to benefit from a diverse and extraordinarily talented editorial board. In 2017 the board had (in addition to the editor-in-chief) 3 associate editors and 20 regular board members.
We also benefited from the amazing work of our editorial assistants, Noel Su (January 1 - July 31, 2017) and Temple Price (beginning August 1, 2017). Finally, we are appreciative for the extraordinary work of our ad hoc reviewers who have shared their expertise, thoroughness, and demonstrated desire to help authors to enhance their papers.
Cirecie West-Olatunji, Michael Brooks, Debbiesui Lee, Marie Miville - Editors