Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

Cover image for Vol. 16 Issue 4

Edited By: Clare Symons

Online ISSN: 1746-1405

Author Guidelines

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

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Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that

  • the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work.
  • the manuscript has been submitted only to Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice ; it is not currently under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.
  • the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.

Please note that Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice uses CrossCheck™ software to screen manuscripts for unoriginal material. By submitting your manuscript to Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your manuscript may have to undergo during the peer-review and production processes.

Any author who fails to adhere to the above conditions will be charged with costs which Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice incurs for their manuscript at the discretion of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice ’s Editors and John Wiley & Sons, and their manuscript will be rejected.

This journal is compliant with the Research Councils UK OA policy.

Manuscript preparation

1. General guidelines

  • Manuscripts are accepted in English. British English spelling and punctuation are preferred. Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Long quotations of words or more should be indented.
  • A typical manuscript will not exceed 2500 words including tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes. Longer contributions of 3,500-4,500 words, including references may be published where inclusion of data (e.g., excerpts from interviews) warrant it. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.
  • Articles must be typed in 12-point font and double-spaced throughout including the reference section, with wide (3 cm) margins. All pages must be numbered.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:

- For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."

- For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."

  • Abstracts of 250 words are required for all manuscripts submitted.
  • Each manuscript should have 4 to 6 keywords .
  • Search engine optimization (SEO) is a means of making your article more visible to anyone who might be looking for it.
  • Section headings should be concise.
  • All authors of a manuscript should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Please note that the email address of the corresponding author will normally be displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal style) and the online article.
  • All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors. Please supply a short biographical note for each author (50 - 100 words).
  • Authors must also incorporate a Disclosure Statement which will acknowledge any financial interest or benefit they have arising from the direct applications of their research. For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.
  • Authors must adhere to SI units . Units are not italicised.
  • When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.
  • Authors must not embed equations or image files within their manuscript.

Potential contributors may also wish to consult the following resources:

Wilkinson, L. (1999). Statistical methods in psychology journals - Guidelines and explanations, American Psychologist, 54(8): 594-604.
Elliott, R., Fischer, C., & Rennie, D. (1999). Evolving guidelines for publication of qualitative research studies in psychology and related fields, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 38: 215-229.
Morrow, S. (2005). Quality and trustworthiness in qualitative research in counseling psychology, Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(2): 259-260.

2. Style guidelines

  • Description of the Journal’s article style.
  • Description of the Journal’s reference style.
  • Guide to using mathematical scripts and equations.

3. Figures

  • Please provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour.
  • Figures must be saved separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the manuscript file.
  • Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the manuscript, and numbered correspondingly. The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

4. Publication charges

  • Submission fee

There is no submission fee for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice .

  • Page charges

There are no page charges for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice .

  • Colour charges

Colour figures will be reproduced in colour in the online edition of the journal free of charge. If it is necessary for the figures to be reproduced in colour in the print version, a charge will apply.

Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to Value Added Tax .

5. Reproduction of copyright material

If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, line drawing, audio clip, video clip, film still, and screenshot, and any supplemental material you propose to include. This applies to direct (verbatim or facsimile) reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

You must ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given to the permission granted to you for reuse by the copyright holder in each figure or table caption. You are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.

The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

6. Supplemental Online Material

Authors are encouraged to submit animations, movie files, sound files or any additional information for online publication. Information about supplemental online material can be found at

Manuscript Submission

All submissions should be made online at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice Scholar One Manuscripts website. New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website.

Manuscripts may be submitted in any standard editable format, including Word and EndNote. These files will be automatically converted into a PDF file for the review process. LaTeX files should be converted to PDF prior to submission because ScholarOne Manuscripts is not able to convert LaTeX files into PDFs directly. All LaTeX source files should be uploaded alongside the PDF.

Books for Review

We welcome new or recent books which are relevant to the focus of the journal and which you consider would be useful to review for readers. Please send relevant titles with publisher details to the Book Reviews Editor, Nicky Paris for further information.

Copyright Assignment

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions


For authors choosing OnlineOpen If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

All papers published in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).