Beacon | Counselor Connection | Journal
Editor: Leslie Hamilton
Work Email: lhamilton "at" forsyth.k12.ga.us
Deadlines for Receipt of Beacon Articles
Conference Edition July 14, 2016
Winter/Spring Edition January 10, 2017
Tips for Writing Articles
This year, articles for The Beacon will focus on “Doing What Works” as coined by the U.S. Department of Education. “Doing What Works” may include best practices, advocacy, innovative ideas, or evidence-based resources that have worked for your school counseling program. The focus is to share with other counselors, practices and interventions that are likely to work. We would like The Beacon to be a useable resource for school counselors that can help to supplement their programs across the state. There will be two editions of The Beacon this year. The articles you submit do not have to be directly related to your leadership position. We would like to focus on ideas and practices that would benefit counselors throughout Georgia.
The article may be written by you or you may seek an article written by a fellow professional school counselor. Provide articles full of innovative methods which may include a thorough description of techniques, strategies, skills and activities developed or implemented by counselors. Discuss why the intervention is particularly effective. Articles are 500 words or less. Ideas for articles could include using data effectively in planning groups, examples of surveys and using survey data, counselors effectively using technology, ways to advocate for school counselors and counseling programs, or public relations campaigns.
Article Checklist (please check off on each submission):
___ 1. At the top of each article submitted:
___ Center title of article
___ Center your name and email address
___ Your GSCA Leadership position (if applicable)
Best Practices in Editing the Beacon
Davesha Gibbs, email@example.com
2nd Vice President
____ 2. Type the article in 12” font
____ 3. Please check spelling other than just spell check as it will not catch all
____ 4. Proof article for clarity and understanding.
____ 5. Please have someone else proof your submission for errors before you email it.
____ 6. Length of article is 500 words or less.
- All articles MUST be sent electronically in Microsoft Word format. Faxed or hard copies of articles will not be accepted.
- Once emailed, you may not make changes to your article. Please email only your finalized version.
- Submit photographs when available. Pictures should be of high resolution (at least 288K). Photos are best with a light background. This is the greatest concern of the graphic designer and printer. Articles may be submitted to work and/or home email address. Send only the photograph you want included.
- Upon receipt of the article, I will reply to you via email to let you know that I have received your submission. If you do not hear from me, I did not get it. Please watch for a reply.
Thanks for your efforts in following these guidelines, meeting the deadlines listed above, and helping me publish a professional source of information for Georgia School Counselors.
The Counselor Connection is GSCA's monthly members only newsletter featuring best practices, further reading, resources, GSCA news and school counseling community news - it is designed to provide professional school counselors in our state with relevant best practice articles and advocacy ideas/tools each month. This is an electronic publication for which we accept e-articles. E-articles should be best practices…a successful group, a parent workshop, counseling tips, surveys, using data, review of literature, synopsis of a publication, review of a great workshop or course, etc. or an article on ways to advocate for the school counseling profession.
All articles should be from 100 to 500 words in length. The document should be in Microsoft Word. It should be 12” font. Please proof for grammatical errors prior to submission. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Counselor Connection."
Editor: Karen Rowland
The Acceptance Rate is 78%
All manuscripts submitted for publication must fit into one of the following categories:
- Research and Practice
- Research Based
- Theoretical: Manuscripts in this category may include such things as an extensive review of the literature in a particular area, an annotated bibliography of fundamental key publications, and/or theoretical discussions which integrate relevant material in the field in a new light.
- Empirical: Manuscripts which involve actual scientific inquiries, and descriptive and/or inferential statistics. Attention will be paid to details such as client consent, preservation of subject confidentiality, sampling procedures to promote the representativeness of subjects, data storage, and follow up procedures.
- Practice Based
- Manuscripts in this arena will involve works which support, and facilitate the practice of school counseling.
- Examples may include a review of exemplary programs, activities, techniques, comprehensive websites, documentation procedures, or literary resources tied to a particular topic.
- Commentaries and Reviews
- Each volume of the journal may contain invited essays on timely topics by school counseling professionals in the state.
- Examples of such topics may include school law and ethics, technological advances, special education, scheduling, state standards, model programs, graduation requirements, college readiness, job preparation.
- Resources and Reflections
- Short, one to two page items will be included which will provide the reader with practical tools in the field or ‘food for thought’.
- Examples of resource items are lists of websites, activities, and books.
- Examples of reflections are reaction statements to timely issues, professional experience accounts, book reviews, case studies, or responses to previous journal articles.
Author Submission Guidelines
- Practicing school counselors at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, their supervisors, school counselor educators, graduate students, and related professionals are encouraged to submit original works.
- Manuscripts that reflect creativity and critical thinking, as well as speak to timely issues, will be given the highest publication consideration.
- All manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for publication listed in the latest Edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual. Refer to the APA guidelines to eliminate bias based on gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic group, disability or age. Avoid passive voice.
- Manuscripts which are currently under publication consideration by another publisher, or previously published work should not be submitted. Only original material will be reviewed.
- Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment to the GSCA Journal Editor at email@example.com.
- Manuscripts will be accepted throughout the year. The journal will be published once per year in November.
- Manuscripts longer than 20 pages will not be reviewed. Keep titles and headings concise.
Manuscripts should include:
- Cover page with:
- Article title
- Name, title, institution, address, phone number, e-mail address for each author. Primary authors should be designated as the contact person on manuscripts with multiple authors.
- Author identification should not appear on any page other than the title page in order that the Editorial Review Board may conduct a blind review of the manuscript.
- Abstract of the article should not be more than 75 words.
- Cover letter in which the merits of the manuscript are briefly described, and a statement indicating that the manuscript is an original work not under review consideration or previously published elsewhere is included.
- Author(s) bear full responsibility for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables and figures.
- Manuscripts which do not comply with these guidelines will be immediately returned to the author(s) without review.
- Each manuscript will be reviewed by a minimum of two editors. All authors will be notified of initial receipt of manuscripts, as well as a final determination regarding the manuscript.
- Approximately sixty (60) days after the “Acknowledgment of Receipt of Manuscript” email is sent to the Author(s), the GSCA journal will provide an electronic Notice to the Author(s) concerning a determination regarding the manuscript. Specifically, the Notice will indicate whether the manuscript is:
- Accepted for publication;
- Under Consideration and Requires Resubmission; specifically, the manuscript requires revisions to address certain issues or deficiencies identified by the Editor or during the peer-review process, and/or non-conformance with APA style guidelines; or,
- Rejected and will not be published in the GSCA journal.
All materials contained in The Georgia School Counselor Association Journal are the property of GSCA. Libraries, researchers and educators who wish to obtain permission to reproduce the contents of this journal, provided no fee is charged to the end user of the material, must submit the request in writing, including the purpose and intended use of the reproduction, to the GSCA office.