Annual Report 2018

Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 

 Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph. D.


From January 1 through December 31, 2017 Journal for Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) received a total of 106 submissions. Of those, 6 were rejected without being sent out for review. An additional 16 submissions were rejected outright after going through the peer review process. 23 submissions received invitations torevise and resubmit, 1 was accepted subject to minor revisions, and 60 are underreview without a decision. Among new (first) submissions to the journal, 74 (or 93.4percent) were sent out for peer review. Among those that underwent the peer reviewprocess, 16 (20 percent) were rejected outright. 23 (28.7 percent) received an invitation to revise and resubmit, and 1 paper was accepted subject to minor revisions. No first submissions were accepted unconditionally. Among the 21 papers that were revised and resubmitted (with the resubmission coming to the JMCD office in 2017), the majority were either accepted subject to minor revisions or accepted outright (80.9percent). Nineteen percent received another invitation to revise and resubmit, none were rejected. In 2017, very few papers were given multiple revise and resubmit decisions. Indeed, only six papers came into the office that were either the third or fourth submission (which were all papers that were “conditionally accepted”), and each of these were accepted unconditionally.
Processing of manuscripts in a timely manner is a major goal for the journal editorial staff. On August 2nd, 2017, among original submissions, the average time from submission to first decision was 28.5 weeks. Counting only papers that went through the peer review process, the average time from submission to decision was 30.6 weeks. Based upon Wiley’s records, the acceptance rate for 2017 was 4.7%. NOTE: As of April 24, 2018, the average time from submission to first decision is 22.95 weeks.
Focus on a More Efficient and Higher Quality Review Process
The fall of 2017 was the first period in which we were able to implement our new approach to the review process in a way that aids in a timely turnaround time for authors, but also sharply reduces the need for multiple revise and resubmit decisions on submissions. Our approach is one that develops more contact and relationship between the editors and the editorial reviewer board members. In the fall of 2017, we initiated quarterly digital meetings (via Zoom) with the full editorial board to allow for a discussion of the review process, ScholarOne protocols, and general editorial review concerns. During the ACES conference in Chicago, the editorial board met in person for a networking social. By increasing contact among the editorial board members, we were able to decrease the number of declined invitations to review and expedite reviews. We also elicited the assistance of the Consulting Elders to aid in addressing the backlog of manuscripts in need of review. The journal co-editors also now are able to write detailed decision letters that help focus the authors’ attention on the most significant issues that need to be addressed. Increasing communication among the editorial board has produced positive results.
Visibility of Journal Content--Continuity and Change
JMCD maintains its modest rank among counseling/psychology journals in terms of its impact factor. The most recent figures for 2016 show a 2-year impact factor of 0.421 (Journal Citation Ranking[JCR] metrics, 2016), placing it 78 among 80 counseling/psychology journals. Some of our recent publications have received a substantial amount of media attention and scholarly engagement. A publication from 2014 (Smith’s “Coping With Vicarious Traumain the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster” was cited 3 times in 2016. In addition, Ratts et al.’s paper, “Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies” (vol. 44, issue 1) was accessed over 3400 times in 2016 and was the most downloaded JMCD article for that year.The JMCD Twitter feed @jmcdonline) continues to be active and receives quite a lot of engagement, having become one of the primary ways through which its 22 followers keep abreast of new publications as well as popular press coverage of published articles related to multicultural counseling and psychology. We are also working on expanding the content on the JMCD website ( to include book reviews and feature exemplary research papers. Finally, we are undergoing a strategic planning process to better advance the work of early career and seasoned scholars in multicultural counseling.
Generating Diverse Content
In 2017 JMCD implemented new approaches aimed at augmenting the diversity of papers published in the journal, so that the content better reflects the diversity of work being conducted within the discipline. This entailed signaling a desire to publish papers utilizing methodology that represents the broadrange of approaches in the discipline. Articles published in 2017 were primarily drawn from a backlog inherited from the previous editorial team. Our current efforts focus onattract more rigorous and methodologically diverse work.
Editorial Board and Reviewers
JMCD continues to benefit from a diverse andextraordinarily talented editorial board. In 2017 the board had (in addition to the editor-in-chief) 3 associate editors and 20 regular board members.
We also benefited from the amazing work of our editorial assistants, Noel Su (January1-July 31, 2017) and Temple Price (beginning August 1, 2017).Finally, we are appreciative for the extraordinary work of our ad hoc reviewers who haveshared their expertise, thoroughness, and demonstrated desire to help authors toenhance their papers.
Cirecie West-Olatunji, Michael Brooks, Debbiesui Lee, Marie Miville, Editors

JMCD Goes Global 

We are pleased to report the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development’s global expansion over the past year. The release of Wiley’s 2015 bibliometrics report highlights the global growth of JMCD from 2014 to 2015 as captured by the following highlights (see below). For a full copy of the report, click here 

 • “In 2015, 3,629 institutions purchased access to the latest content in Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development via either a Wiley License or a traditional (title-by-title) subscription” (Wiley, 2015, p. 7)

• “[Wiley] philanthropic initiatives extended low-cost or free access to current content to 436 developing world institutions” (Wiley, 2015, p. 7)

• Major JMCD growth in Asia and Europe

• In 2014, 6 institutions in China purchased access to JMCD; in 2015 this number was 120

• In 2014, 1043 institutions in Europe purchased access to JMCD; in 2015 this number was 1,386

• In 2014, 756 institutions in the Rest of the World Category (Mexico, India, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Turkey, and Poland) purchased access to JMCD; in 2015 this number was 1,205.

• JMCD article downloads by region highlight the journal’s global reach: USA, Australia & New Zealand; Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Rest of the World, and the UK.

To view the full bibliometrics report click HERE


  Annual Report 2016 

Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Report for March 2015 to March 2016

Submitted March 30, 2016

 Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, Ph.D.


Manuscript Data

  • 85 total manuscripts submitted from March 2015 through March 2016
  •  3.5% are currently under the revision process (n=3; Note: This number refers to those manuscripts which have been sent a letter from JMCD stating that revisions were needed prior to making a publication decision)
  •  29.4% are currently being reviewed by the Editorial team (n=25)
  •   4.7%have currently been accepted (n=4)
  • Current acceptance rate= 4.7%
  • Current 5 year Impact Factor =0.432
JMCD Review Information
  • Time to review each manuscript is approximately 6 to 8 months.
  • Manuscripts sent for review undergo a blind review process that requires 2 reviews per manuscript.
  • The Editorial Team consists of:
-1 Editor
-3 Associate Editors
-20 Editorial Board members
-22 Consulting Elders Council Board Members
-1 Emerging Reviewer (currently a second appointment available)
-1 Editorial Assistant


  • The Editorial Assistant is Nathalie Lynn, who is compensated through Rutgers University at $20.00 an hour, up to 16 hours a week.  Upon manuscript submission, the Editorial Assistant serves as the initial reviewer and determines if each manuscript adequately meets JMCD’s submission guidelines.  The Editorial Assistant and Editor collaborate upon each submission and those manuscripts deemed appropriate are sent to editorial board members for review.
  • The Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies: Guidelines for the Counseling Profession were published in the January 2016 issue.
  • The Hearing Our Elders series launched in the January 2016 issue. The inaugural article featured an interview with the Honorable Congressman John Lewis.
  • Interview data from the Hearing our Elders series is being archived (with interviewee permission) at the University of Akron, under the leadership of Dr. David Baker, Center/Museum Executive Director (see
  • The Global Perspective Series was initiated to provide a platform for research and application from an international context.
  • JMCD guidelines were revised to accommodate international submissions. 
  • The Editor facilitated the Pathways to Publication at the 33rd Annual Winter Roundtable Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
The JMCD Website

  The JMCD website ( is supported by Rutgers University and was created by Squarespace at no cost to AMCD. Similarly, email addresses for the Editor,  and the Editorial Assistant,  are operated by Google Apps and paid for by Rutgers University at no cost to AMCD. The purpose of housing an independent website and maintaining email addresses for the JMCD editor and editorial assistant is to provide sustainability for the journal. For instance, it ensures that the JMCD website can sustain itself separate from the specific university where the journal is housed.

Social Media

 JMCD has recently expanded their online presence with the social media platform Twitter. The purpose of a social media presence is to engage a new audience as well as share important journal announcements. 


Articles Published in Reverse Order from March 2015 to March 2016

January 2016

 1)Celebrating Our Elders Who Led Us Across the Bridge: A Call to Action for the Academy

 2)Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: Guidelines for the Counseling Profession

 3)What Values Got to do With it? Thriving Among Mexican/ Mexican American College Students

 4) Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Counseling Services Among Chinese International Students: Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and English Proficiency


October 2015

 1)Enhancing Critical Consciousness through a Cross-Cultural Immersion Experience in South Africa

 2)Multiracial and Biracial Individuals: A Content Analysis of Counseling Journals, 1991-1993

 3)Strengthening Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health Counseling for Deaf Clients

 4)International Doctoral Students in Counselor Education: Coping Strategies in Supervision Training

 5) Reliability and Validity of the Chinese Version of the Solution-Focused Inventory in College Students


July 2015

 1)Language Anxiety and Counseling Self-Efficacy

 2) Competent Counseling for Middle Eastern American Clients: Implications for Trainees

 3)Positive Masculinity Among Latino Men and the Direct and Indirect Effects on Well-Being

 4)Assessing the Impact of a Race-Based Course on Counseling Students: A Quantitative Study

 5) Cultural Competence and School Counselor Training: A Collective Case Study


 April 2015

1) Exploring the Relationships Between Gay Affirmative Practice and Empathy Among Mental Health Professionals

 2)The Relationship Between Racial Identity Status Attitudes and Acculturation Among Chinese and Korean Americans: A Criterion Profile Analysis

 3)Cultural and Cognitive Predictors of Academic Motivation among Mexican American Adolescents: Caution Against Discounting the Impact of Cultural Process

 4) Helping Peers Seek Professional Treatment for Depression among Young South Koreans: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior

 5) Counseling Multiple-Heritage Couples