Submission & Review Process

European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research and Practice

Submitted articles will be initially reviewed by an editor to verify its suitability for the journal and that it adheres to the EJC-TRAP submission guidelines. If the article passes this initial stage, then it will then be subject to a masked reviewing process depending upon which section of the the journal it is being submitted to.

Key items that they will be considering are:

1. Is the article relevant to counselling and psychotherapy?
2. Does it address issues of interest to a broad readership?
3. If a research paper, then is the methodological rigour of sufficient standard?
4. Is it written clearly to understand?
5. Does it add to the existing knowledge-base?



Papers should normally be no more than 6000 words including abstract, references and figures. The editors will consider an extended article if there is a clear rationale for its submission, for example, a mixed methodology paper. However, the Editors retain discretion to publish extended papers. It is advisable to contact the Editors prior to submission for guidance on extended articles.

Original research

For articles containing original research, a structured abstract of up to 250 words should be included. The main headings should be:

  • Background/Aims/Objectives
  • Methods/Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
Review articles

Review articles should use these headings: Purpose, Methods, Results/Findings, Discussion and/or Conclusions.

Brief reports

Brief reports are no longer than 1500 words in length. They could be a commentary, discussion, research paper or a previously presented conference poster extended to make it suitable for publication. Brief research papers will be subject to a masked review.

Research & study protocols

Research and study protocals can be submitted to this journal for publication prior to undertaking the research. Protocols without ethical approval will be peer reviewed. At the discretion of a Co-editor, protocols with ethics approval may be published without peer review.

The main headings should be:

  • Background/Aims/Objectives
  • Methods/Methodology
  • Intervention
  • Proposed measurements and statistical analysis
  • Discussion
  • Declarations, Funding, Ethics approval
Techniques, interventions and strategies section

As an applied journal, we are interested in receiving articles about counselling techniques, interventions and strategies. Articles would normally be between 750-1500 words in length.

Invited papers & keynotes

Invited papers and conference keynotes will be reviewed by or more editors.


Five or six keywords are required for each paper/article.

Conference, congress and symposium reports

Reports on conferences, congresses and symposia are important in order to keep researchers and practitioners up-to-date with events they were unable to attend. All submissions should include the event title, organising body, location, date and URL to the event website. (Full conference abstracts can only be included with written permission from the conference organisers.) It is important to receive agreement for an event submission from the editor to confirm if the event falls within the remit of this journal.

Book reviews

Book reviews should include the book title, author(s) or editor(s), publisher, date of publication, number of pages, cost. We recommend that the journal editor is initially contacted to ascertain if the book is suitable for review in this journal.

Use of English

Articles should use consistent spelling, grammar and language ie. American or British English.

Reference style

In the reference section authors should use one of the following citation style: APA Style®. It must be used consistently and authorship of cited works is adequately attributed, with all information necessary to locate cited material included. (The APA kindly provide a free short online tutorial designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style®.)

Submission files and responsibilities
  • Articles, reviews etc should be submitted as email attachments in MS Word, double spaced. (Postal submissions will not be accepted for consideration.)
  • The files must be saved under an abbreviated title of your submission eg Depression-Anxiety.
  • Author names should not be in the file title, nor in the file properties.
  • The main document(s) should be free of information identifying the author(s).
  • A separate file should be submitted detailing the author(s)’s name, current professional affiliation and website URL, contact details including postal and email address.  One author should be identified as the corresponding author.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish lengthy quotations, figures, tables, graphs, photographs etc., for which they do not own copyright.
  • Authors are responsible for paying any copyright fees that may be payable to a copyright holder for the inclusion of their work.
  • Please submit your ORCID identifier.
Figures, graphs & diagrams

All figures, graphs, tables or diagrams should be in an acceptable format for reproduction and must include titles.

New paper statement

A statement must be submitted confirming that the paper has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration in any other publication.

Publishing as an article or blog on a website still constitutes as previously published. The publisher will undertake checks on all submissions to verify if a paper has been previously published.

Plagiarism or self-plagiarism is not accepted.


If a manuscript constitutes primary publication of results from a study involving human subjects, authors must affirm that it was undertaken in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the national counselling or psychology body of the country where the research was being undertaken. (Also see the European Association for Counselling Code of Ethics, section E.) The research should have been approved by a relevant ethics committee. Book reviews, discussion and debate papers do not generally need approval by an ethics board or committee.

Competing interests

Authors must declare any competing interests or state that no competing interests exist.

Submissions by members of the editorial team

Papers submitted to the journal by a member(s) of the editorial team will have their papers reviewed and processed by an editor or editors not involved with the paper concerned.


Authors must declare what, if any, financial support they received for the research.


Authors are only allowed to add an acknowledgment to the manuscript after it has been accepted for publication in order to ensure the masked peer-review process. Acknowledgments are placed before the references.


EJC-TRAP has adopted a continuous online publication model. Therefore once a paper is accepted for publication, it will be uploaded to the website within 28 days. In order to publish accepted articles promptly, National Wellbeing Service journals will use article numbers instead of the traditional method of continuous pagination through any particular volume. (Page numbers will still be used within each article.) Although EJC-TRAP is an e-journal, it may be published in a print format for professional bodies or subscribers on an annual basis if requested.

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