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 8000 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
Position Papers

Position papers focus on subjects or fields of work which, in the author’s opinion, need readdressing. A clear position with possible actions, should be made on the subject. Position papers would normally be between 1500-3500 words in length.

Opinion Papers

Opinion Papers are original reports and personal views on a given topic or field of work (focusing on the author’s views). Claims and assertions should be supported with facts, statistics, or published research studies. Opinion papers would normally be between 1500-5000 words in length.

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 styles: APA style. It must be used consistently and authorship of cited works is adequately attributed, with all information necessary to locate cited material included. Take a look at the latest APA style (7th ed), Reference Guide.

SOURCE: American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

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.
  • Send your files by email to: and In the email subject, include EJC-TRAP.
Figures, graphs & diagrams

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

Footnotes, Endnotes & Epigraphs

NWS journals do not use footnotes. Either incorporate the content within the main text or use endnotes.

Epigraphs are often used at the beginning of a book, chapter or section. They are used far less often in academic papers. Often they require copyright permission for use as they are not considered the same as a normal citation in a journal paper. If an author wishes to include epigraphs in a NWS journal paper, then it is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission and pay any copyright fees prior to submission.

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.


It is essential to avoid plagarism which can relate to another person’s ideas and/or words. It is always important to acknowledge and accurately cite the author or source. The NWS does check articles for plagiarism. If you are based at a university, you will generally have access to a Plagiarism Checker. If not, then we recommend that authors use the free online Check Plagiarism tool.

For further information about avoiding plagarism, please look at the APA Style 7th Edition Avoiding Plagiarism Guide.

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 typeset, checked and signed off by the editor and author(s) and then uploaded to the website. This process usually takes under 42 days, subject to typesetting checks. 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.