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PACJA Focus & Scope

The focus of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal Australia is to promote and disseminate research and scholarship in the diverse field of counselling and psychotherapy. The journal aims to build the evidence-base for the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy and to increase learning and knowledge in the field.

 

PACJA publishes:

  • Theoretical essays
  • Experiential reports
  • Empirical studies featuring quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches
  • Book reviews

 

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal Australia should:

  • Demonstrate relevance to research and/or practice in the counselling and psychotherapy field;
  • Make a significant contribution to the evidence base of counselling and psychotherapy;
  • Demonstrate original and scholarly research using appropriate methodology or a rigorously conducted literature review;
  • Comply with NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (click to view);
  • Have a coherent structure and argument;
  • Be written in a formal style suitable for publication, as specified in the Submission Requirements;
  • Use anti oppressive language; and
  • Comply with current APA referencing conventions.

 

Submission Requirements

 All PACJA manuscripts (10,000 words maximum inclusive of references) and an abstract not exceeding 150 words are to be submitted electronically to the Editor, Petra Bueskens at editor@pacja.org.au.

  • Manuscripts must be formatted as a Word document or similar (Microsoft or Macintosh compatible).
  • Authors should include a separate page with manuscript title, name(s) of author (s), and contact information (postal and email addresses, phone, fax). Author identification should not appear on the manuscript itself.
  • Upon submission, the manuscript should be completed with references and tables and figures (if any), and follow APA style (6th edition).
  • As the PACJA is peer-reviewed, authors must be prepared to address comments and make required changes to their manuscripts.
  • Prior to publication, the author or authors will be required to sign the Grant of an Exclusive Licence to the publisher of PACJA, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Inc. in accordance with PACJA’s Copyright Policy.
  • Once the article is accepted for publication, the author (or first author if the article is a co-authored submission) will be notified of an approximate publication date, whereupon it will be understood that permission to print is granted (unless the author and/or co-authors withdraw). Upon publication PACFA holds copyright of the article. 

 

Reviewer Guidelines

PACJA aims to encourage scholarly writing and provide a supportive yet rigorous refereeing process. On request, authors will be provided with a mentor prior to submission.

Please assess the submitted article against the following criteria and provide feedback on the work needed to be publication ready, with regard to:

  • Making a significant contribution to the evidence base of counselling and psychotherapy;
  • Demonstrating original and scholarly research using appropriate methodology or a rigorously conducted literature review;
  • Having a coherent structure and argument;
  • Being written in a formal style suitable for publication;
  • Using anti oppressive language;
  • Complying with current APA referencing conventions.

     

 

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