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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Reviewers will base on below criteria to review the manuscripts and give rating.

    Literature Review
    Conceptualization of Problem/Issue
    Methodology and Data
    Validity of Conclusion
    Practical Utility
    Overall Scholarly Merit
    Clarity of Presentation
    Length of Paper

Author Guidelines

Authors Guidelines:

Please read carefully the guidelines of manuscript before manuscript submission, thank you!

General guidelines

Manuscripts must be typewritten, formatted for 8 1/2 x 11' paper with 1-inch margins on all sides and using 12-point Times New Roman font, in Word format. The entire manuscript, including abstract, references, and quoted materials should be double-spaced. The journal welcomes articles written in English or in Chinese. The manuscripts in English should have a minimum of 25 pages, but no more than 30 pages in length (including references, tables, and figures).  For manuscripts in Chinese, the optimal length is about 10,000 characters.

Style. The style of Journal of Counselling Profession calls for formal usage. Contractions, slang, and abbreviations should be omitted, except in cases of direct quotation or when usage is specifically demanded by the context and set forth in quotation marks. We prefer authors to use active versus passive voice. (e.g., “The researchers collected data…” instead of “Data were collected…”) All submitted manuscripts are subject to editing.

Specific File Guidelines

Title page

 The title page is a separate file. It should contain the title of the article, authors' names, and institutional affiliations. Please include name, address, phone, and email information for the corresponding author on this page.

Main DocumentThis file must contain the following in order:


  • The main document is your basic manuscript text. Do not include the title page, and do not submit more than one main document. In addition, please make sure your submission does not include any tracked changes.
  • AbstractAfter an article is accepted for publication, in the case article in Chinese, the author is requested to submit an English title and a translation of the abstract and keywords. Similarly, for article in English, the author should submit a Chinese title and a Chinese translation of the abstract and keywords for publication.
  • The first page of the main document should provide an abstract that describes the paper’s topic, method, and conclusions or implications, and keywords. The abstract should be of 150-200 words in English or 300-350 words in Chinese. The keywords should be no more than 20 words in English or 35 words in Chinese, with a maximum of 5 vocabularies. There should be a running head in the main document.
    • Main textBeginning on a new page, provide the article title and divide the text into appropriate sections with headings. 
    • To enable the reviewing procedure to be anonymous and impartial, authors should ensure that in the main document, all document information identifying the author or specific place or institution being removed to allow them to be sent anonymously to reviewers. Citations and ReferencesPrepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).  
    • List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Tables and Figures

  • Tables and figures of all kinds such as charts and graphs should be kept to a minimum, and each should convey important information that adds to the manuscript. Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors. Each figure should be provided on a separate page, but multiple tables or multiple figures may be included in one document.  The desired location of figures and tables should be noted in the text of the main document, and they should be numbered appropriately so that they correspond to mention of them in the text.

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Views expressed in articles in the Hong Kong Journal of Counselling Profession are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Editor OR of the Publisher, The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.


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