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Author Guidelines

Please download our Word submission template and insert your text according to the indications.

All submitted materials have to comply with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines. Because EJCoP is not published for profit, it is important that authors follow these guidelines closely. Publication of manuscripts is contingent on thorough proofreading and adherence to the stylistic guidelines by the author(s).

Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening (read more). Please also see PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Original Research Articles: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Prior to acceptance and publication in EJCoP, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy).
  2. Acknowledging and citing previous work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in EJCoP. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.

  3. Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to EJCoP. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)

  4. Consent for data storage: All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.

  5. File Format: File format of the manuscript is MS Word (.doc or .docx).

  6. Stylistic and bibliographic requirements: The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the EJCoP and PsychOpen Author Guidelines and makes use of the submission template.
  7. Ensuring a Blind Review: all biographical details are removed from submission for peer review purposes in accordance with the instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review. A cover letter with biographical details is submitted as a supplementary file.

    Anonymised submission includes:
    1. Running head: short title (one line), no more than 50 characters including spaces
    2. Title
    3. Abstract: no more than 250 words
    4. Keywords: 5 - 7keywords or brief phrases separated by commas
    5. Main article body including tables and figures
    6. References: APA style (6th Edition)
    7. Appendices (if any): Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.

    Cover letter (as supplementary file) includes:
    1. Authors' name(s)
    2. Affiliation (for each author): Institution, City, Country
    3. Corresponding author's contact address: full postal and email address
    4. Biographical statement (one paragraph) for each author
    5. Acknowledgement (if applicable): Any significant, non-financial support from other persons or organisations should be acknowledged.
    6. Funding/financial disclosure (if applicable): All sources of funding should be declared.
    7. Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence the work should be declared.
  8. Headings: For all headings in text the heading level (hierarchical order) is unambiguously indicated by the respective heading style. All heading levels are used in order and without skipping a level (e.g. “Heading Level 3” is used only inside a “Heading Level 2” section).
    Note: You may want to use MS Word styles to clearly distinguish between the different heading levels.

  9. Citations and References: Citations in text and the reference list conform to APA style (6th Edition).
    Note: Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Authors bear responsibility for the accuracy of all references and quotations. References should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References.

  10. Use of Copyrighted Materials: No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.

  11. Ethical Standards: In the case of empirical research: The study received appropriate ethical review and clearance, thus meeting all ethical standards for research.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with The European Journal of Counselling Psychology (EJCoP) agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in EJCoP in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of EJCoP are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, EJCoP as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by EJCoP.

Authors grant EJCoP the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.


Privacy Statement

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; and it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors.

This journal’s editorial team as well as the provider of the PsychOpen GOLD platform (Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, ZPID), uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. The data will not be sold by this journal or ZPID nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for "data subject rights" that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.