Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (in one attachment) in Microsoft Word format (.doc) to Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (888-503-1050) or via the red Get Help Now link in the upper right-hand corner of the log-in screen. For additional inquiries, contact:

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph. D.,
JMCD Editor,
Division of Education and Counseling,
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, Box 59
New Orleans, LA 70125
phone: (504)502-5392

All submissions are reviewed by the editorial team. Submissions that are consistent with journal guidelines, focus on journal content, and are potentially publishable will be sent out for blind peer review. Manuscripts sent out for blind review are reviewed by at least two editorial board members and typically undergo revision before final acceptance. The average time frame for the review process is 6–8 months from time of first submission to final manuscript decision. The Editor makes final decisions regarding publication. Authors must submit a manuscript that contains no clues to the authors’ identity. Citations that may reveal the authors’ identities (e.g., “in an extension of our previous work [citation of work with authors’ names]”) should be masked (e.g., [“Authors, 2011”]). The authors’ names, positions or titles, places of employment, and mailing addresses should appear on one cover title page only, not in an author footnote. Other subsequent pages should include only the manuscript title in the header.

Appropriate institutional review board (IRB) review and approval should accompany studies involving human participants or research material derived from human participants. This information should be clearly stated in the Method section of the manuscript. In addition, the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral, written, online/electronic) should also be stated in the Method section. If the study was exempted from IRB approval, that information should be indicated in the Method section. Failure to provide this information in the manuscript may result in the manuscript being returned without review.

As JMCD increasingly receives international manuscripts, it is important to emphasize the requirement for ethical treatment of human and animal subjects regardless of possible country/institutional requirements to do so and given that some countries and respective institutions may not require a formal IRB as in the United States. In a country/institution where there is no IRB process in place, it is the author(s) responsibility to comply with the ACA Code of Ethics in terms of how their sample was treated (American Counseling Association, 2014a; American Counseling Association, 2014b; Authors should also clearly specify in the Methods section the procedures they used to comply with these standards. In addition, author(s) are required to state how they responded to their respective countries/institutions’ requirements (if applicable) regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects and animals. Failure to provide this information may lead to an article being returned to the author(s) without review.   

Authors submitting manuscripts to JMCD should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.