The Journal of Military and Government Counseling is an official publication of the Military and Government Counseling Association (MGCA), a division of the American Counseling Association. This electronic journal upholds the highest academic and professional standards using a peer review process. The journal is published three times a year electronically (pdf). The journal publishes articles on all aspects of practice, theory, research, and professionalism related to counseling and education in military and government settings.
The mission of the journal is to promote reflection and to encourage, develop, facilitate, and promote professional development for administrators, counselors, and educators working with all members of the Armed Services and their families, whether active duty, guard, reserve, retired, or veteran; civilian employee of the Department of Defense; and employees of other government agencies. The journal aims to highlight engaged scholarship and to conduct and foster professional monographs to enhance individual human development and increase recognition of humanistic values and goals among the members and within the agencies where they practice. The journal thus attempts to to develop and promote the highest standards of free intellectual inquiry among administrators, counselors, and educators working in these environments.
Manuscripts submitted should be relevant to counselors, psychologists, and related professionals as well as students and educators. Manuscripts must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines that follow. Manuscripts that do not meet these specifications will be returned to the authors before any review for publication formally takes place.
The following are examples of the types of submissions that are encouraged:
- Practice. These manuscripts focus on innovative approaches, counseling programs, ethical issues, and training and supervision practices. They are grounded in counseling or educational theory and empirical knowledge. Some evidence of effectiveness in practice is provided.
- Theory. These manuscripts provide a new theoretical perspective on a particular issue or integrate existing bodies of knowledge in an innovative way. A review of the literature, one type of conceptual piece, provides a critical overview of existing conceptual and empirical knowledge in a particular area. All theoretical pieces include implications for counseling practice.
- Research. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are published in JMGC. In these manuscripts, the review of the literature provides the context and need for the study, logically leading to the purpose and research questions. The methodology includes a full description of the participants, variables and instruments used to measure them, data analyses, and results. The Discussion section includes conclusions and implications for future research and counseling practice.
- Assessment & Diagnosis. These manuscripts are focused on broad assessment and diagnosis issues that have direct relevance for the practitioner. In general, JMGC does not publish developmental work on individual scales or tests.
- Profiles. These manuscripts are focused on one or more persons who have made significant contributions to the profession through scholarship, leadership, and/or innovative practices.
- Trends. These manuscripts are designed to provide readers with information about significant counseling-related literature (i.e., journal articles or special issues) not published and distributed by ACA. Half of the manuscript should be devoted to a review of the material selected and half devoted to implications for counselors and/or the counseling profession.
- Best Practices. This differs somewhat from the Practice and Theory sections in that manuscripts addressing best practices are generally shorter pieces that focus on counseling interventions based on outcome data. A “Best Practices” manuscript is defined as one that uses evidence-based data to address one or more aspects of Gordon Paul’s famous 1967 question (paraphrased): What works best for this particular client with this particular problem with this particular counselor in this particular setting? Manuscripts could include but are not limited to data-based outcome studies, meta-analysis, reviews of the literature, overviews, and practical considerations of the research on a topic.
Manuscripts should be grounded in theory, practice, or research. Manuscripts whose sole intent is to present an opinion or partisan political perspective are not appropriate for this journal. Specific guidelines are listed below:
- All manuscripts should adhere to the guidelines presented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
- Each file must contain a separate title page with title, author(s)’ name and affiliation and contact information. No identifying information should be contained in the remainder of the manuscript. The second page of each manuscript should contain an abstract of not more than 120 words.
- Figures and tables should follow the reference section and should comply with APA Style. Tables and figures should be used only when essential. No more than three tables and two figures with each manuscript will be accepted.
- Do not use footnotes. Most footnote material can be incorporated into the body of the manuscript.
- Bias in language regarding gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, age, religion, social class, race and ethnicity is not acceptable.
- Manuscripts should be double-spaced with one inch margins and adhere to a 25 page limit. This does not include title page, abstract, and references.
- Submission of a manuscript implies intent to publish the Journal of Military and Government Counseling and compliance with all ethical and legal standards of the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association regarding publication and treatment of research participants.
- Manuscripts published previously or those submitted to more than one source simultaneously are not eligible for consideration.
- Any possible conflict of interest, financial or political, related to the submitted work must be clearly indicated in the manuscript and in a cover letter accompanying the submission.
- Written copyright permission must be submitted when using lengthy quotations (300-500 words) tables or figures (or adaptations thereof).
- If the identity of clients or community members may be inferred by the content of the manuscript (e.g., quotes, etc.) signed written permission must be obtained by those individuals including clear informed consent that is understandable to the consentee.
- Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format to the Editor, Journal of Military and Government Counseling (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Manuscripts will be reviewed through a masked, peer review process. Inquiries regarding editorial policy may be directed to the editors at email@example.com.
ACA journal articles are edited in a uniform style for correctness and consistency of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In some cases, portions of manuscripts have been reworded for conciseness and clarity of expression. Preliminary typeset pages of the edited article are sent to the senior author for final review. Changes at this stage must be limited to correcting inaccuracies and typographical errors. Authors must bear responsibility for the accuracy of references, tables, and figures. On publication of an article, all authors will be notified through the corresponding author with the link to the article.