Authors should carefully prepare their manuscripts in accordance with the following instructions. All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.; American Psychological Association [APA], 2010). Manuscripts should be as concise as possible, yet sufficiently detailed to permit adequate communication and critical review. Consult the APA Publication Manual for specific guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript, abstract, citations, references, tables, figures, and other matters of editorial style. Authors are encouraged to include tables and figures only when they substantially further the manuscript’s objectives.

Submitted manuscripts should include a thorough exposition of the intellectual meritand broader impacts of the research or conceptual paper. Intellectual merit is typically discussed twice in scholarly papers. First, intellectual merit is often presented in the background section of the paper to discuss significance (i.e., how the thesis of the paper addresses some under investigated area in the literature). Second, intellectual merit is frequently articulated in the discussion section of the paper to espouse the value of the findings of a study (or suppositions in a conceptual paper). The inclusion of broader impacts in the discussion section allows for expression of the transformational nature of the findings of the study in the real world. For counseling scholarship, this often refers to the societal impact that a paper has for individuals, families, and/or communities. Broader impacts can also suggest how the findings apply to other disciplines or demographic groups. Authors should seriously consider including reference to intellectual merit and broader impacts in their submissions.

In addition to ongoing contributions, authors should note that JMCD has three special series: Applications, Global Perspectives, and Hearing our Elders. The Application series features contributions that apply cross-cultural content to real world experiences and events. Applications reflect the adaptation and/or relevance of theoretical and practice approaches in work with specific populations; how teaching strategies promote cross-cultural competence; and demonstrate connections between research and the communities where studies are conducted. The Global Perspective series features contributions that reflect research and application from an international context. Global Perspectives includes research conducted by international scholars in their home countries or abroad; research contributed by domestic authors using international samples in their research; and theoretical, practice-oriented, and teaching articles that reflect critical themes in counseling and development from a global perspective. The Hearing our Elders series features interviews with historic visionaries whose contribution and prominence have shaped multicultural counseling. Interviews will provide a historical context for the birth, growth, and future directions of the multicultural counseling movement.  


American Counseling Association  (2014a). ACA code of ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.

American Counseling Association  (2014b). ACA code of ethics. Retrieved from

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Selected Sections and Page Limitations for Manuscript Submissions

Title Page

The first page of the manuscript should be masked and contain only the title of the manuscript.*

        *Note. Prepare a separate, supplemental file labeled “Title Page” and upload at the above website in addition to the blinded manuscript. This title page document should contain the article title, the names and affiliations of all coauthors, author notes or acknowledgments, and complete contact information of the corresponding author who will review page proofs (including complete mailing address and e-mail) in the following format:

Author(s) Name only (i.e., no degrees or position titles listed), Department Name, University Name, at City (if applicable). Author Name is now at Department Name, University Name, at City (if changed from above listing). Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Author Name, full mailing address (including street or PO Box), City, State (using postal abbreviation), zip code (e-mail:


The abstract should express the central idea of the manuscript in nontechnical language. The abstract should be on page 2 and is limited to 75 words. Abstracts are translated into Spanish.


Keywords should follow the abstract on page 2 and are limited to 5 words.

Tables and Figures

No more than 3 tables and 2 figures with each manuscript will be accepted. Please be sure to indicate the table or figure callouts within the manuscripts. However, do not embed tables or figures within the body of the manuscript. Each table or figure should be placed on a separate page following the reference list. Figure captions are to be on an attached page, as required by APA style. Figures (graphs, illustrations, line drawings) must be supplied in electronic format with a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) up to 1200 dpi. Halftone line screens should be a minimum of 300 dpi. JPEG or PDF files are preferred. (See APA Publication Manual, pp. 128–150, for more detailed information on table preparation and pp. 150–167 for further details on figure preparation.)


References should follow the style detailed in the APA Publication Manual. Check all references for completeness, including year, volume number, and pages for journal citations. Make sure that all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa and that the spelling of author names and years are consistent.

Footnotes or Endnotes: Do not use. Incorporate any information within the body of the manuscript.


Authors must also carefully follow APA Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age. In addition, the terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred, rather than their many synonyms.

Page Limitations

The following presents approximate character count limits for your manuscript submission with a corresponding number of tables and figures. These ranges equal a final typeset article of 12 pages. There may be variability in manuscript length; however, please adhere as closely as possible to these limits.

Allotted Number of Characters (and Spaces)*  Total Tables and Figures

                        33,000                                    0

                        30,250                                    1

                        27,500                                    2

                        24,750                                    3

                        22,000                                    4

                        19,250                                    5

   *In Microsoft Word, go to “Tools” or “Review” (depending on version), then “Word Count” to obtain the number of characters and spaces in your document.

Permission Requirements

Lengthy quotations (generally 400 cumulative words or more from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Previously published tables or figures that are used in their entirety, in part, or adapted also require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Permission is required for the use of available measures/instruments unless explicitly voided by the individuals who created or adapted the instrument. Permission is also required if the author plans to adapt an existing instrument created by someone else. It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission. A copy of the publisher’s written permission must be provided to the Editor immediately upon acceptance for publication.


A detailed cover letter is required for manuscripts with a revise and resubmit status (i.e., the author is invited to revise the manuscript as per editorial reviews and resubmit to the journal for further consideration regarding publication). The cover letter must address all points raised in the manuscript’s editorial reviews. Failure to provide a comprehensive cover letter along with the resubmitted manuscript may result in the manuscript being returned without further publication consideration.


Authors will receive information for submitting a final copy of their manuscript upon acceptance from the Editor. All authors will be expected to submit final, fully executed Copyright Transfer Agreement forms at the time their manuscript has been accepted. The corresponding author is also responsible for submitting a final, fully executed Author Information Form at this time. Page proofs for review will be sent to the corresponding author only via e-mail.

Receipt of Final PDF File Upon Publication

In-press articles are not to be posted on the internet. The corresponding author, upon print publication of the journal, will receive an e-mail notification with a unique link to download the final PDF of the article. This service is provided at no charge. The e-mail notification will also include information on the terms and conditions regarding the use of the final article PDF for the corresponding author and/or any coauthors.