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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.

  • 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).
  • All manuscript files should be submitted via the following form. The file format should be .doc or .docx (i.e., Microsoft Word). Please do not submit .pdf, .jpeg, files, or other file formats that cannot be easily text edited. Please ensure that all hidden personal information in the form of comments, track changes, etc. are removed.
  • Each submission must include a de-identified manuscript, a separate title page with all author names and contact information, and a cover letter describing the study. Please refer to Author Guidelines.
  • Title of masked manuscript should follow the following format: Title of Submission (Masked and Protected). Inclusion of "Masked and Protected" indicates that the author(s) has de-identified the submission and protected the word document by removing all hidden personal information.
  • Submission falls within acceptable article types and meets the respective standards outlined in Author Guidelines.

Submissions Checklist

  1. Your de-identified manuscript, with all traces of your name removed to facilitate anonymous peer review. The manuscript should include:
    • The title of the manuscript
    • An abstract (max length, 250 words) on a separate page
    • The main body
    • References
    • Figure-caption list and tables  
  1. A separate title page should be uploaded and should include:
    • The title of the article and the name of author(s), with degrees
    • Authors' affiliation: academic department, institution, city, and state (or nation)
    • The corresponding author's complete mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address  
  1. In a brief cover letter, please provide a statement certifying that the manuscript contains original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere, including any declarations of conflicts of interest, and proof of IRB approval if applicable. 

  2. Include any supplementary materials.


Author Guidelines 

The GSJP includes original empirical articles,  brief reports, theoretical articles, case studies, systematic reviews of the literature, and qualitative studies. Additionally, in an effort to promote transparency in the field of psychology research, GSJP now considers rigorously conducted research reports regardless of insignificant findings, studies of direct replication, and encourages the preregistration of preapproved research proposals. Please note, authors are limited to one submission per volume cycle. 

Acceptable types of articles include the following: 

Empirical papers. GSJP publishes original quantitative and qualitative research. Original research articles should highlight the significance and novel contribution of the work. Authors should incorporate a meaningful discussion of the scientific, clinical and/or policy implications of their work throughout the manuscript, rather than simply providing a separate section for this material. All research involving human participants must describe oversight of the research process by the relevant Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and should describe consent and assent procedures briefly in the Method section.

Brief reports. GSJP also publishes brief reports. Manuscripts submitted as Brief Reports should not exceed 3,400 words, exclusive of references and figure captions. There should be no more than 2 figures or tables and no more than 30 references.

Theoretical articles. GSJP publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to research and practice that are of major importance for the study and practice of clinical and counseling psychology. Preference is given to manuscripts that advance theory by integrating prior work.  Manuscripts devoted to surveys of the literature are acceptable only if they can be considered as a major contribution to the field, documenting cumulative evidence and highlighting central theoretical and/or methodological issues.

Case studies. GSJP publishes original and interesting case reports that contribute significantly to counseling and clinical psychology knowledge.

Systematic review of the literature. Considered a study of studies, GSJP only publishes systematic literature reviews. Systematic reviews should answer specific research questions, have clearly defined inclusion and exclusion criteria determined prior to the onset of review, state objectives with reproducible methodology and results, assess the validity of included studies, and comprehensively and systematically synthesize findings.  

Pre-approved research proposals. To further promote transparency in the field of research, GSJP accepts the registration of research proposals. By publishing a pre-registered research proposal, the Journal agrees to accept the finalized version of the study for future publication regardless of the significance of findings. The editorial decision to accept pre-registered proposals is determined by the importance of the research question, and the rigor of the proposed methods. The authors must document that the study has been reviewed and approved by an Instutitional Review Board, and include the funding source for the study.  Proposals must include the research question, sample selection, detailed protocol to ensure the protection of human subjects, methodological design, and plan for data collection and analysis.  

Preparing your manuscript for submission 

Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition).   

Length of Manuscript 

Manuscripts for GSJP can vary in length; typically they will range from 15 to 30 double-spaced manuscript pages, with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Manuscripts should be of sufficient length to ensure theoretical and methodological competence but concise enough to enhance readability.   

General Manuscript Style 

Manuscripts should be double-spaced at standard 8" x 11" paper dimensions, using a Times New Roman 12 pt. font size. Margins should be set at one inch. The right margin should not be justified. The entire paper (text, references, tables, figures, etc.,) must be double spaced.  

Title. The title of a manuscript should be accurate, explanatory, and preferably no longer than 12 words. The title should reflect both the content (e.g., psychological construct, personality trait, intervention) and the population studied (e.g., children, low socio-economic status households, medical patients). If possible, the title should also reflect the methodology of the article (e.g., randomized clinical trial, review, meta-analysis).   

Abstract. All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.  

Main text. Please check abbreviations. Nonstandard abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention, with the abbreviated form appearing in parentheses. Thereafter, they should be used without definition. Standard APA abbreviations, available at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/21/, do not need to be defined.

References. References and in-text citations should follow the recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Seventh Edition). In brief, references should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in the text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. List references alphabetically at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be avoided. References should include (in this order): last names and initials of all authors, year published, title of the article, name of publication, volume number, inclusive pages, and digital object identifier (doi).

Tables and Figures. All tables and figures should be included in the manuscript file that is submitted. Tables and figures follow the Reference section and must be in a .doc version (e.g., Word) instead of .pdf, .jpeg, etc. Please check that all tables and figures are numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text. Also, check that they are cited in the text. Original color figures will not be printed in color.