SC Journal Guidelines For Authors


South Carolina Counseling Forum, the journal of the South Carolina Counseling Association is a bi-annual publication of counseling research, contemporary counseling practice, and student scholarship. The journal is specifically designed to attract a diverse readership reflective of counselors and counseling students across all specialty areas of the South Carolina Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association. Our mission as a comprehensive professional publication is to further the field of counseling by providing a vehicle for innovative research and professional scholarship. The journal uses a peer-review process prior to publication. The peer-review process ensures that articles are read and evaluated in a blind review before they are accepted for publication.

South Carolina Counseling Forum is the journal of the South Carolina Counseling Association.

The journal will be listed in EBSCO Publishing’s international databases. EBSCO host databases are the most-used, premium online information resources for a myriad of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end-users.

The South Carolina Counseling Forum publishes manuscripts that are relevant to the mutual interests of counselors who practice in the various realms of our profession. There are three manuscript categories: a) Counseling Research; b) Counseling Practice and Perspectives; and c) Student Voices.

Research manuscripts may include quantitative or qualitative studies relevant to best practices, evidence-based approaches, and developing issues in the counseling profession. All studies must include implications for professional practice and future research.

This section is designated to conceptual manuscripts developed for the presentation and discussion of cutting edge practice techniques, approaches, and conceptual practices. These manuscripts may provide new perspectives relevant to counseling theory, interventions, and ethical issues through a review of the literature, integration of potential practices, and grounding in ethical counseling practice. Manuscripts may focus on broad assessment and diagnostic issues that are relevant to ethical counseling practice. Additional topics for manuscripts in this section include professional interchange among counselors relative to counseling dilemmas, challenges, and emergent topics in the counseling profession.

In this section, students have a forum to present manuscripts related to counselor training, professional and personal development, practicum and internship experiences, and other conceptual student perspectives. Students and faculty may collaborate to present case studies, innovative teaching methods in counselor education and supervision, and human factors that impact student development. Authors must take appropriate steps to safeguard clientele.

Authors interested in submitting their manuscripts should download and return the Manuscript Submission Form. The form may be completed electronically and emailed to Dr. Wanda Briggs at Manuscript style and format must conform to the guidelines in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Please see manuscript submission guidelines for detailed instructions.

We cordially invite counselors and researchers interested in the theory, research, and practice of professional counseling to participate on the editorial board of the South Carolina Counseling Forum. Editorial board membership affords professionals opportunities to contribute to the professional literature and assist in furthering the body of knowledge of the counseling field. Please see Editorial Board Information page for detailed information and forms.

If you are interested in serving on the editorial board, please download the Editorial Board Member Application. The application may be completed electronically and emailed to

Dr. Wanda P. Briggs, Co-Editor
South Carolina Counseling Forum
Winthrop University
RWR College of Education
145B Withers Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Dr. David A. Scott, Co-Editor
South Carolina Counseling Forum
Clemson University
Eugene T. Moore School of Education
102 Tillman Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

South Carolina Counseling Forum is the professional publication of the South Carolina Counseling Association. There are three manuscript categories: a) Counseling Research; b) Counseling Practice and Perspectives; and c) Student Voices. Manuscripts must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines that follow.

1. Manuscripts typically should not exceed 18 double-spaced pages, including all references, figures, and tables. Manuscripts should be well organized, concise, and clearly present the focus of the paper. Concise headings and subheadings enhance the organization of the manuscripts and allow the reader to anticipate ideas and themes.

2. Manuscripts are to be typed in Microsoft Word 2000 or newer in 12-point, Times New Roman font. Normal page margins (1 inch top, bottom, and sides) are to be used, and pages are to be numbered as designated in APA format.

3. Manuscripts are to include a cover page with the title of the article, the name of the author(s), and the institutional or work affiliation and contact information of the first author. The abstract should be between 50 and 100 words in length and clearly summarize the main ideas of the manuscript.

4. Manuscripts must adhere to all guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). This includes the use of tables, graphics, reporting of research results, and all references as well as appropriate use of language that reduces bias on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic group, disability, or age.

5. Manuscripts should avoid lengthy quotes, and should follow all “fair use” copyright laws. The author is responsible for checking the accuracy of quotations and references.

6. Manuscripts are to be well organized and concise so that the development of ideas is logical and clearly stated.

7. References should follow the required APA format. Check all references for accuracy and completeness including year, volume number, pages, journal citations, and if available, the digital object identifier (DOI).

8. Do not submit material that has been previously published or that is under consideration for another publication.

9. Manuscripts that meet the stated guidelines and are appropriate for considerations in the described categories of the journal are submitted to a blind review by the Editorial Board members. Two or three months may elapse between acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript and its disposition.

10. Please email your manuscript to Dr. Wanda Briggs at

11. The editor(s) reserve the right to do final edits of the manuscripts before publication.