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The focus & scope of PACJA

The focus of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia is to promote and disseminate research and scholarship in the diverse areas 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 these fields. PACJA publishes:

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

Publishing in PACJA

As a site for high quality research in Australasia in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling, submissions published in the Journal undergo a rigorous peer-review and editing process. For this reason, not all articles submitted can be accepted for peer review, and not all articles peer reviewed are guaranteed publication. Frequently, changes will be requested, but the peer review feedback process is intended to be positive and supportive as PACJA aims to support new authors as well as established researchers.

1. Preparation and submission

Submitting an article for publication in PACJA is a relatively simple on-line process though you should first prepare your article in accordance with the Author Guidelines and Submission Requirements. You should also note PACJA’s Copyright Policy under the ‘For authors’ tab. To make a submission, click on the ‘submit‘ menu (also under the ‘For Authors’ tab).

2. Acceptance

The editor will be notified of your submission, which will be assessed for suitability. You will then be notified by email whether your submission has been accepted for peer review, usually within two weeks.

3. Peer Review process

The Editor requests at least two peer reviewers to review your article, and this process can itself take several months. The feedback process aims to be positive and supportive, though changes may be suggested and further feedback may be provided. This may take a few more months before the submission is finalised for publication.

4. Publication

Once your article is ready for publication, it will appear when the next edition of the Journal as a whole is ready for publication.

Author Guidelines

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Articles submitted to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of 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 …

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Copyright policy

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Submission of an original article to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and that the author(s) are willing to assign copyright to the publisher, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia …

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Submission requirements

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 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. As well as reading these requirements, please ensure you have thoroughly read the Author Guidelines and Copyright Policy, and that you are also familiar with the focus and scope of the Journal …

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Submit article

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Please ensure you have thoroughly read the Author Guidelines, Submission Requirements and Copyright Policy, and that you are also familiar with the focus and scope of the Journal before making your submission. To submit your work, please enter your details in the fields below and upload the relevant manuscript and contact information files in the …

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