The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) invites articles concerned with research, theory, and program applications relevant to multicultural interests, intersectional identities, and/or experiences in all areas of counseling and human development. 


 Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (in one attachment) in Microsoft Word format (.doc) to Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (888-503-1050) or via the red Get Help Now link in the upper right-hand corner of the log-in screen. For additional inquiries, contact Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph. D., JMCD Editor, Division of Education and Counseling, Xavier University of Louisiana 1 Drexel Drive, Box 59 New Orleans, LA 70125; phone: (504)502-5392; e-mail: 

All submissions are reviewed by the editorial team. Submissions that are consistent with journal guidelines, focus on journal content, and are potentially publishable will be sent out for blind peer review. Manuscripts sent out for blind review are reviewed by at least two editorial board members and typically undergo revision before final acceptance. The average time frame for the review process is 6–8 months from time of first submission to final manuscript decision. The Editor makes final decisions regarding publication. Authors must submit a manuscript that contains no clues to the authors’ identity. Citations that may reveal the authors’ identities (e.g., “in an extension of our previous work [citation of work with authors’ names]”) should be masked (e.g., [“Authors, 2011”]). The authors’ names, positions or titles, places of employment, and mailing addresses should appear on one cover title page only, not in an author footnote. Other subsequent pages should include only the manuscript title in the header.

Appropriate institutional review board (IRB) review and approval should accompany studies involving human participants or research material derived from human participants. This information should be clearly stated in the Method section of the manuscript. In addition, the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral, written, online/electronic) should also be stated in the Method section. If the study was exempted from IRB approval, that information should be indicated in the Method section. Failure to provide this information in the manuscript may result in the manuscript being returned without review.

As JMCD increasingly receives international manuscripts, it is important to emphasize the requirement for ethical treatment of human and animal subjects regardless of possible country/institutional requirements to do so and given that some countries and respective institutions may not require a formal IRB as in the United States. In a country/institution where there is no IRB process in place, it is the author(s) responsibility to comply with the ACA Code of Ethics in terms of how their sample was treated (American Counseling Association, 2014a; American Counseling Association, 2014b;  Authors should also clearly specify in the Methods section the procedures they used to comply with these standards. In addition, author(s) are required to state how they responded to their respective countries/institutions’ requirements (if applicable) regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects and animals. Failure to provide this information may lead to an article being returned to the author(s) without review.   

Authors submitting manuscripts to JMCD should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.


Authors should carefully prepare their manuscripts in accordance with the following instructions. All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.; American Psychological Association [APA], 2010). Manuscripts should be as concise as possible, yet sufficiently detailed to permit adequate communication and critical review. Consult the APA Publication Manual for specific guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript, abstract, citations, references, tables, figures, and other matters of editorial style. Authors are encouraged to include tables and figures only when they substantially further the manuscript’s objectives.

In addition to ongoing contributions, authors should note that JMCD has three special series: Applications, Global Perspectives, and Hearing our Elders. The Application series features contributions that apply cross-cultural content to real world experiences and events. Applications reflect the adaptation and/or relevance of theoretical and practice approaches in work with specific populations; how teaching strategies promote cross-cultural competence; and demonstrate connections between research and the communities where studies are conducted. The Global Perspective series features contributions that reflect research and application from an international context. Global Perspectives includes research conducted by international scholars in their home countries or abroad; research contributed by domestic authors using international samples in their research; and theoretical, practice-oriented, and teaching articles that reflect critical themes in counseling and development from a global perspective. The Hearing our Elders series features interviews with historic visionaries whose contribution and prominence have shaped multicultural counseling. Interviews will provide a historical context for the birth, growth, and future directions of the multicultural counseling movement.  


American Counseling Association  (2014a). ACA code of ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.

American Counseling Association  (2014b). ACA code of ethics. Retrieved from

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

 Selected Sections and Page Limitations for Manuscript Submissions

Title Page: The first page of the manuscript should be masked and contain only the title of the manuscript.*

        *Note. Prepare a separate, supplemental file labeled “Title Page” and upload at the above website in addition to the blinded manuscript. This title page document should contain the article title, the names and affiliations of all coauthors, author notes or acknowledgments, and complete contact information of the corresponding author who will review page proofs (including complete mailing address and e-mail) in the following format:

  Author(s) Name only (i.e., no degrees or position titles listed), Department Name, University Name, at City (if applicable). Author Name is now at Department Name, University Name, at City (if changed from above listing). Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Author Name, full mailing address (including street or PO Box), City, State (using postal abbreviation), zip code (e-mail:

 Abstract: The abstract should express the central idea of the manuscript in nontechnical language. The abstract should be on page 2 and is limited to 75 words. Abstracts are translated into Spanish.

Keywords: Keywords should follow the abstract on page 2 and are limited to 5 words.

Tables and Figures: No more than 3 tables and 2 figures with each manuscript will be accepted. Please be sure to indicate the table or figure callouts within the manuscripts. However, do not embed tables or figures within the body of the manuscript. Each table or figure should be placed on a separate page following the reference list. Figure captions are to be on an attached page, as required by APA style. Figures (graphs, illustrations, line drawings) must be supplied in electronic format with a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) up to 1200 dpi. Halftone line screens should be a minimum of 300 dpi. JPEG or PDF files are preferred. (See APA Publication Manual, pp. 128–150, for more detailed information on table preparation and pp. 150–167 for further details on figure preparation.)

References: References should follow the style detailed in the APA Publication Manual. Check all references for completeness, including year, volume number, and pages for journal citations. Make sure that all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa and that the spelling of author names and years are consistent.

Footnotes or Endnotes: Do not use. Incorporate any information within the body of the manuscript.

Other: Authors must also carefully follow APA Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age. In addition, the terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred, rather than their many synonyms.

Page Limitations

The following presents approximate character count limits for your manuscript submission with a corresponding number of tables and figures. These ranges equal a final typeset article of 12 pages. There may be variability in manuscript length; however, please adhere as closely as possible to these limits.

 Allotted Number of Characters (and Spaces)*  Total Tables and Figures

                        33,000                                    0

                        30,250                                    1

                        27,500                                    2

                        24,750                                    3

                        22,000                                    4

                        19,250                                    5

   *In Microsoft Word, go to “Tools” or “Review” (depending on version), then “Word Count” to obtain the number of characters and spaces in your document.

Permission Requirements

Lengthy quotations (generally 400 cumulative words or more from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Previously published tables or figures that are used in their entirety, in part, or adapted also require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Permission is required for the use of available measures/instruments unless explicitly voided by the individuals who created or adapted the instrument. Permission is also required if the author plans to adapt an existing instrument created by someone else. It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission. A copy of the publisher’s written permission must be provided to the Editor immediately upon acceptance for publication.


A detailed cover letter is required for manuscripts with a revise and resubmit status (i.e., the author is invited to revise the manuscript as per editorial reviews and resubmit to the journal for further consideration regarding publication). The cover letter must address all points raised in the manuscript’s editorial reviews. Failure to provide a comprehensive cover letter along with the resubmitted manuscript may result in the manuscript being returned without further publication consideration.


Authors will receive information for submitting a final copy of their manuscript upon acceptance from the Editor. All authors will be expected to submit final, fully executed Copyright Transfer Agreement forms at the time their manuscript has been accepted. The corresponding author is also responsible for submitting a final, fully executed Author Information Form at this time. Page proofs for review will be sent to the corresponding author only via e-mail.  

Receipt of Final PDF File Upon Publication

In-press articles are not to be posted on the Internet. The corresponding author, upon print publication of the journal, will receive an e-mail notification with a unique link to download the final PDF of the article. This service is provided at no charge. The e-mail notification will also include information on the terms and conditions regarding the use of the final article PDF for the corresponding author and/or any coauthors. 



FAQ: Protocol for Special Issue Submission


What is an External Special Issue?

The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development accepts external proposals for Special Issues. External special issue proposals present a specific theme relevant to the multicultural scholarship mission embodied in JMCD. The theme presented may reflect critical areas of JMCD’s publication mission that include, but are not limited to, practice-based multicultural process and outcome research, multicultural counseling competencies, and racial, ethnic, and cultural concerns.

What content is needed for an External Special Issue proposal?

A rationale for the proposal is to be included that responds to who, what, when, where, why, and how questions relevant to the proposed topic.  The rationale is to include why JMCD is the desired publication outlet (as opposed to other journals) and how the proposal honors the mission, values, and tradition of the journal. A relevant literature review that supports the asserted premises is to be incorporated in the proposal.

Proposals for External Special Issues are to include a biographical sketch on each proposed author, including the guest editor, detailing how their education, training and professional practices position him/her/them to be content experts on the topics that will define the special issue (Please note: The inclusion of biographical sketches for each proposed author/contributor does not guarantee publication of that author’s manuscript as noted in the section on the review process below). Additionally, the proposal will discussed the hoped for impact on the field.

Proposals that do not include these content areas may not be reviewed for publication consideration in JMCD.

What is the process for submission of an External Special Issue?

The process of submission for an External Special Issue is to submit a proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal is to highlight the key theme that will be issue’s focus. The lead author who submits the proposal may include the names of potential contributors along with relevant topics for the special issue, or, may present potential areas of relevance with the intent to seek out contributing authors.

What is the review process for an External Special Issue?

Upon the editor-in-chief’s receipt of the External Special Issue proposal, the proposal will be circulated to the editorial team that consists of associate editors and the editorial assistant as a first level of review. If the proposal receives a negative review, the corresponding author will be notified of the decision not to pursue the External Special Issue submission. If the proposal receives a positive review, the corresponding author will be contacted about submission of proposed manuscripts related to the proposal.

It is important to note that acceptance of an External Special Issue proposal does not imply manuscript acceptance of all potential articles listed in the proposal. Rather, each manuscript related to the topic will be sent out for blind peer review by the JMCD editorial board as per our guidelines. Those manuscripts that are accepted through this process will be included in the External Special Issue. Those manuscripts that are rejected through this process will not be included in the External Special Issue. If several manuscripts are rejected, thus diminishing the number of pages for the External Special Issue, a section of a JMCD issue (rather than an entire issue) will be dedicated to the proposed topic. This section will include those manuscripts that were accepted for publication through our blind review process. Please note that all manuscript submissions are to follow JMCD guidelines.

Who is the Editor of the External Special Issue?

When the External Special Issue is published, the Guest Editor will be the contributor who contacted the JMCD editorial team as the lead author of the proposal. Should an accepted proposal not be published while the current Editor-in-Chief continues her/his role with the journal, that Editor-in-Chief will be considered the Guest Editor-in-Chief for that External Special Issue.  


For additional inquiries, or to propose a special topic area for consideration, contact the journal editor-in-chief:

Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D.