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Journal of Career Development

Journal of Career Development

Published in Association with University of Missouri-Columbia

eISSN: 15560856 | ISSN: 08948453 | Current volume: 51 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Journal of Career Development (JCD) provides professionals in counseling, psychology, education, student personnel, human resources, and business management with the most up-to-date concepts, ideas, and methodology in career development theory, research, and practice. 

Critical topics covered by JCD include:

  • Application of career theories
  • Generation of emerging theoretical approaches/advances
  • Career development across the life-span
  • Career development of diverse populations (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability status)
  • The work-family connection
  • Career and leisure
  • International perspectives on career development
  • Workplace and workforce issues
  • Career issues in the schools (grades K-12)
  • Innovative career counseling techniques, interventions, and approaches
  • Spirituality and career development
  • Developmental career transitions (e.g., school-to-work; school-to-post-secondary; mid-career changes; career-to-retirement)

The Journal of Career Development provides professionals, the public, and policymakers with the latest in career development theory, research, and practice, focusing on the impact that theory and research have on practice. Topics covered by the journal include career education, adult career development, career development of special needs populations, career development and the family, and career and leisure. Research reports and discussion of theory are welcome, but practical applications must be presented.

Rachel Navarro University of North Dakota
Associate Editors
Dr. Laura Marks College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at Florida State University, USA
Margaret Nauta Illinois State University, USA
Editorial Board
Abeer Alrashed King Saud University, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
Jos Akkermans Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Ali Ahmed University of Science and Technology of China, China
LaVerne Berkel University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA
Chia-Lin Tsai University of Northern Colorado, USA
Hung Chiao National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Rachel Gali Cinamon Tel Aviv University, Israel
Altay Eren Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey
Sean Flanagan Boston University, USA
Pamela Foley Seton Hall University, USA
Nadya A. Fouad University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Yunkyoung Loh Garrison University of Iowa, USA
Laura Guerrero University of Houston, USA
Madeleine Haenggli University of Bern, Switzerland
Han Na Suh Auburn University, USA
Andreas Hirschi University of Berne, Switzerland
Zhijin Hou Beijing Normal Universtiy, China
Kimberly Howard Boston University, USA
Ae-Kyung Jung Gyeongin National University of Education, South Korea
Neeta Kantamneni University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Kerrie Wilkins-Yel Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Laura Reid Marks University of Memphis, USA
Bo Hyun Lee New Mexico State University, USA
Heather Lyons Loyola University of Maryland, USA
Ellen McWhirter University of Oregon, USA
Ellen Hawley University of Oregon, USA
Laura Nota University of Padova, Italy
Delila Owens The University of Akron, USA
Rhea Owens University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
Emir Ozeren Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey
Ellen Peeters Open University, Netherlands
Muhammad Imran Rasheed The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Mike Schaub Georgetown University, USA
Shannon McClain University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Daniel Spurk University of Bern, Switzerland
Graham Stead Cleveland State University, USA
Rebekka Steiner University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, & University of Berne, Switzerland
Hsiu-Lan Tien National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Sherri Turner University of Minnesota, USA
Qingxiong Weng University of Science and Technology of China, China
Yoshie Nakai Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Youngsup Hyun Kyungpook National University, South Korea
Jiajia Zhu Beijing Normal University, China
Student Editorial Board
Ilaria DiMaggio University of Padova, Italy
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    JCD follows the recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and it is required all manuscripts adhere to these guidelines. The APA Publication Manual is available from: Order Department, American Psychological Association, P.O. Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784.

    Manuscript Submission

    Please submit manuscript and cover letter electronically to:

    Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne.

    Address correspondence to:
    Lisa Y. Flores, PhD
    JCD Editor
    Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    16 Hill Hall Columbia, MO 65211
    Telephone: (573) 884-9724
    Fax: (573) 884-5989

    Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by Editorial Board members using an anonymize review system. Editors strive to notify authors about the disposition of their manuscripts in 12 weeks.

    Publication Policies

    Submission implies that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. A signed online agreement transferring copyright from the first author (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the Curators of the University of Missouri will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. The Editor will send the first or corresponding author an email that directs the author to an online agreement form once the manuscript is accepted. The author is responsible for completing the online agreement form in a timely manner so that his/her manuscript can be processed by the publisher. This transfer of copyright, previously assumed to be implicit in the submission of a manuscript, is necessary under U.S. copyright law to enable the publisher to ensure maximum dissemination of the author’s work.




    Special Issues

    At times, a call for papers will be announced for a special issue on a topic related to career development. JCD also entertains proposals from scholars for a special issue. To propose a special issue, please submit a 2-3 page proposal outlining the topic and rationale for the special issue and describing the papers that will comprise the special issue. Information about the contributors of the special issue and a proposed timeline for submitting initial manuscripts should also be included. The Editor will review the proposal and make a decision in 2-3 weeks. If the proposal is accepted, all manuscripts comprising the special issue will undergo a masked review process.

    Manuscript Style

    Type double-spaced on one side of 8 ½ × 11-inch white paper using at least 1-inch margins on all sides. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages including title, abstract, main text, reference, tables, and figures.





    Cover Page
    A cover page is to be provided and should include:  



    • the title of the article
    • author and coauthor names
    • and author and coauthor affiliations

    The cover page should also include the following information for the corresponding author:

    • the complete mailing address
    • telephone numbers (office, home, and cell or vacation number if applicable)
    • fax number
    • and e-mail address

    An email address for every author must also be provided.

    A manuscript should include title page, abstract, key words, main text, references, tables, and/or figures if applicable.

    Title Page
    The first page of the manuscript is the title page and should include the title of the manuscript and the date it was submitted. Please do not include author/coauthor information on this page.

    An abstract is to be provided and should be no longer than 150 words.

    A list of 4-5 keywords is to be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they enable readers and researchers to locate articles online as well as identify the content of the article.

    Main Text
    The main text, similar to other sections, should adhere to the APA style (7th edition).

    List references alphabetically at the end of the paper and refer to them in the text by name and year in parentheses. Please be sure that references and citations in the text conform strictly to APA style (7th edition), which now includes DOI information for each reference. Only items cited in manuscripts should be listed as references, and all text citations should be listed in the Reference section.

    Endnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, endnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be gathered together and placed on a new page after the end of the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.

    Figures and Tables
    Figures (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) must be cited in the text and numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals. The captions for figures should be typed on a separate sheet of paper.

    Electronic figures should be submitted in one of the following formats: TIFF, EPS, PDF, JPEG, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Quark Xpress (1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for gray-scale art).  To ensure text remains as intended, please make sure fonts are embedded. All figures should be no smaller than the size at while they’ll be printed.

    Tables should be numbered (with Arabic numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Tables should be formatted according to APA style.

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