What is an External Special Issue?

The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development accepts external proposals for Special Issues. External special issue proposals present a specific theme relevant to the multicultural scholarship mission embodied in JMCD. The theme presented may reflect critical areas of JMCD’s publication mission that include, but are not limited to, practice-based multicultural process and outcome research, multicultural counseling competencies, and racial, ethnic, and cultural concerns.

What content is needed for an External Special Issue proposal?

A rationale for the proposal is to be included that responds to who, what, when, where, why, and how questions relevant to the proposed topic.  The rationale is to include why JMCD is the desired publication outlet (as opposed to other journals) and how the proposal honors the mission, values, and tradition of the journal. A relevant literature review that supports the asserted premises is to be incorporated in the proposal.

Proposals for External Special Issues are to include a biographical sketch on each proposed author, including the guest editor, detailing how their education, training and professional practices position him/her/them to be content experts on the topics that will define the special issue (Please note: The inclusion of biographical sketches for each proposed author/contributor does not guarantee publication of that author’s manuscript as noted in the section on the review process below). Additionally, the proposal will discussed the hoped for impact on the field.

Proposals that do not include these content areas may not be reviewed for publication consideration in JMCD.

What is the process for submission of an External Special Issue?

The process of submission for an External Special Issue is to submit a proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal is to highlight the key theme that will be issue’s focus. The lead author who submits the proposal may include the names of potential contributors along with relevant topics for the special issue, or, may present potential areas of relevance with the intent to seek out contributing authors.

What is the review process for an External Special Issue?

Upon the editor-in-chief’s receipt of the External Special Issue proposal, the proposal will be circulated to the editorial team that consists of associate editors and the editorial assistant as a first level of review. If the proposal receives a negative review, the corresponding author will be notified of the decision not to pursue the External Special Issue submission. If the proposal receives a positive review, the corresponding author will be contacted about submission of proposed manuscripts related to the proposal.

It is important to note that acceptance of an External Special Issue proposal does not imply manuscript acceptance of all potential articles listed in the proposal. Rather, each manuscript related to the topic will be sent out for blind peer review by the JMCD editorial board as per our guidelines. Those manuscripts that are accepted through this process will be included in the External Special Issue. Those manuscripts that are rejected through this process will not be included in the External Special Issue. If several manuscripts are rejected, thus diminishing the number of pages for the External Special Issue, a section of a JMCD issue (rather than an entire issue) will be dedicated to the proposed topic. This section will include those manuscripts that were accepted for publication through our blind review process. Please note that all manuscript submissions are to follow JMCD guidelines.

Who is the Editor of the External Special Issue?

When the External Special Issue is published, the Guest Editor will be the contributor who contacted the JMCD editorial team as the lead author of the proposal. Should an accepted proposal not be published while the current Editor-in-Chief continues her/his role with the journal, that Editor-in-Chief will be considered the Guest Editor-in-Chief for that External Special Issue.  

For additional inquiries, or to propose a special topic area for consideration, contact the journal editor-in-chief:

Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D.