While other journals often focus in on a single content domain, the Journal of Counseling Psychology includes research from the broad specialty of counseling psychology where applications are made across many areas. That’s a broad mission that includes the traditional areas of counseling processes and outcomes, vocational psychology, and multicultural issues and social justice, as well as a wide variety of other applications.
Incoming editor Terence Tracey, PhD, believes that these traditional areas will remain a focus of the journal, and he especially seeks to increase submissions in the counseling process and outcome and vocational psychology areas.
In addition, he wants to further broaden the journal by including more international and cross-cultural research. "The world is shrinking and we need to understand if our ideas work in other cultures and if other researchers can inform our research," says Tracey.
Tracey, who will take over as editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology on Jan. 1, hopes to erase the national boundaries that often keep researchers from sharing information with one another. Psychologists in North America have learned a lot about people in American society, he says, but some of our ideas may not translate to other countries or cultures. As high-speed communication and transportation connect us with more of the world, psychologists need to learn how people function everywhere. To address this challenge, Tracey is reaching out to the international psychology community by including international editors and reviewers, and by writing editorials for the journal encouraging submissions from researchers in these fields.
To make the journal more inviting to both international and American researchers, Tracey will streamline the review process by reducing the numbers of revisions required of accepted papers. Editors will give writers more direction on the needed revisions, resulting in more writer control over their published articles and shorter time to publication. "We want to cut down on the time between submission and final dissemination, both electronically and in printed form," he says. "Hopefully, we won’t have too many back-and-forths."
Tracey is especially familiar with Counseling Psychology. He has published 40 articles in the journal since 1978 and has also served as an associate editor. His own research focuses on improving therapeutic relationships by better understanding how different clients and practitioners communicate with one another, the measurement and development of vocational interests, and the factors that predict academic success for ethnic-minority students in high school and college.
For more information, or to submit articles electronically, visit APA's Journal of Counseling Psychology.