Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The European Journal of Counselling Psychology (EJCoP) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal (without author fees). It publishes articles at the intersection of European and counselling psychology issues that substantially advances the understanding of professional issues, the training of counselling psychologists and the application and practice of counselling psychology across Europe.

EJCoP is integrative and comprehensive in its approach. It publishes high quality research from different epistemological, methodological, theoretical and cultural perspectives and from different regions, providing a forum of innovation and debate, and questioning and testing of assumptions. EJCoP aims to bridge academic and applied counselling psychology. It tends to transcend the methodological and meta-theoretical divisions. The Journal welcomes submissions from both quantitative and qualitative methods, including ethnographic, autobiographical, and single patient or organisational case studies.

We therefore invite article submissions that follow the instructions and requirements presented in the section Author Guidelines.

 

Section Policies

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Peer Review Process

The EJCoP uses a blind reviewer policy and submissions are typically reviewed by at least two peer reviewers. Reviewers are asked to consider the following when reviewing an article:

  1. Is it relevant to counselling psychology?
  2. Does it address issues of interest to a European broad readership? And/or does it have an across-European theme?
  3. Is the methodological rigour of sufficient standard?
  4. Is it written clearly to understand?
  5. Does it add to the existing knowledge-base?

Many of EJCoP's peer reviewers are leaders in the field of counselling psychology in Europe and continue to be at the forefront of its growth and development.

 

 

Publication Frequency

Accepted regular manuscripts will be published immediately after undergoing the copyediting and layout process.

Manuscripts that are part of a special thematic section will usually be published collectively, but alternatively might be published immediately after undergoing the copyediting and layout process.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The European Journal of Counselling Psychology also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.

 

Archiving

This journal ensures the long-term availability of its contents by partnering with CLOCKSS.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

 

Preprint Policy

As part of EJCoP's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at EJCoP).

However, prior to submitting their article and prior to acceptance and publication in EJCoP, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html).

Published conference presentations, posters etc. are considered preprints, provided they do not appear in a peer-reviewed, published conference proceeding.

After a manuscript has been published in EJCoP we suggest to link to the final article version, using the assigned article DOI in this way: https://doi.org/DOI, e.g.

https://doi.org/10.5964/ejcop.v2i1.123

 

Publication Ethics

Responsibilities of EJCoP's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.

 

Plagiarism Screening

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EJCoP uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked.

Read more at Crossresf's Similarity Check & Reseachers page.

 

Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing EJCoP does not alter articles after publication:

“Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science).

In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct EJCoP publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).

Corrections

In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article EJCoP publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.

Retractions (Expressions of Concern)

In accordance with the “Retraction Guidelines” by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) EJCoP will retract a published article if

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation),
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication),
  • it constitutes plagiarism,
  • it reports unethical research.

An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. EJCoP will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.

If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article EJCoP may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.

 

Cookie Policy

A “cookie” is a string of information, often a unique identifier, that is stored on a visitor’s computer and can be used to keep track of a user while interacting with the website.

There are two types of cookie:

  • permanent cookies, which remain on a visitor’s computer for a certain, pre-determined duration (days, months, or even years)
  • session cookies, which are stored temporarily in the computer memory and disappear when the visitor closes the web browser.

On this website a session cookie is used to store a session ID on your computer. This ID is required to identify logged-in users and give them access to their user pages. No permanent cookies are used.

You can disable the use of cookies in the security settings of your web browser. If you have deactivated cookies you can still view the EJCoP website and read the articles. However, if you want to log in, e.g., to submit a manuscript, you have to enable session cookies to be saved on your computer during your visit of the website.