Guidelines for authors

The Romanian Journal of Counseling is a bilingual journal that publishes articles addressing counseling practice with diverse client populations in a variety of contexts, as well as education and supervision of counselors. The articles must be scholarly, based on existing literature and must include relevant implications for the practice of counseling. Typically, articles should belong to one of the following categories, but other kinds of submissions may be accepted:

1. Theory. The articles from this category focus on a new theoretical approach regarding a particular subject, literature reviews, innovative integration of published research within a particular area, a critical overview of a particular concept in literature, etc. All theoretical pieces are related to the counseling field.

2. Research. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are accepted. In these manuscripts, the review of literature provides the context and the need for the study, logically leading to the purpose and the research questions. The methodology includes a complete description of the participants, the variables and the instruments used, a data analysis and the results are discussed from a clinical significance point of view. The conclusions and the implications for counseling practice and future research are included in the Discussion section.

3. Profiles.  The articles from this category present organizations, projects or personalities that have made significant contributions to counseling through leadership or innovative practices.

4. Trends.  In this category are included book reviews, events and conferences presentations, meant to provide the readers with information about the literature and the new trends in counseling.

5. Best practices.  The articles in this category focus on counseling interventions based on outcome data. The accepted manuscripts use evidence-based data to address the efficacy of innovative approach in the practice of counseling, counseling training or counseling supervision. Articles focused on the efficacy of a certain intervention in particular contexts based on empiric arguments are also accepted. The manuscripts can also contain data-based outcome studies, case studies, meta-analyses, reviews of literature or practical considerations of the research on a topic.

 Submission of manuscripts

The “Guidelines for authors”  is based on the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition” .

All the manuscripts for The Romanian Journal of Counseling must be submitted in Romanian and/or in English, in a Microsoft Word (.doc) format to the following email address:

If the format criteria are met, the manuscript is sent to two editorial board members, according to the specialty, to be peer-reviewed. The editorial board members evaluate the content criteria and submit, individually, the votes regarding the publishing of the article.

Format of the manuscript

All the manuscripts for The Romanian Journal of Counseling must be edited according to the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition” ( The APA Style tutorial on the APA site contains explanations regarding the essential elements of this style. ( Purdue Online Writing Lab (, one of the most used resources for information regarding the APA editing style (sixth edition), is available free of charge.

For editing the manuscript, please use the Calibri 12 Font, 1.0 space lining and A5 page settings. Each page must be numbered in the upper right corner.  The page margins must be at least 2.0 cm.

A complete example of a manuscript can be found in “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition”, at the Purdue Online Writing Lab page: or at the APA page (Apa Style tutorial):

The manuscripts, including the bibliography and annexes, must not exceed 25 pages.

Title page

The first page of the manuscript must include the following:

1. Title

A title must be a concise definition of the main theme of the paper and it must allow the identification of the theoretical aspects or of the examined variables and the relationship between them. The title must be written sentence case and centered in first half of the page.

2. Name of the author and the institutional affiliation(s)

The name of the author will be presented in the following form: First name, the initials of other names and then the last name. The institutional affiliation must reflect the institution/locations with which the author was associated in the moment of the research. If the author does not have an institutional affiliation, the city and the country of residence must be specified under the name of the author. The institutional affiliation should be centered under the name of the author, in the next row.


The abstract and the title of the paper are placed on the second page. The abstract must not exceed 150 words. The Abstract label must be sentence cased, centered, in the upper part of the page. The abstract must contain one single paragraph. The author will also propose a short title. 3-5 keywords need to be included after each abstract.

Core text pages

In preparing the manuscript, the author will start with an introduction on page 3. The title of the manuscript will be written in sentence case, centered in the first half of the page and followed by the content of text of the paper. The following sections of the paper will be presented without any blank spaces. New sections do not need to be positioned on a new page.

This part of the paper must include:

-          Presentation of the subject. This section presents the specific subject investigated and the research strategy. This section does not need to be labeled as Introduction.

-          Exploration of the importance of the subject. This section presents the motif for which the subject requires a new research. The author will present this subject according to the type of research (empiric, systematic review and meta-analysis, methodological paper or case study).

-          Description of relevant literature and highlight of the logical continuation between previous research and the proposed research.

-          Accuracy of each hypothesis and theoretical argument regarding the way in which it was formulated from theory or connected logically to previous studies.


This section describes in detail the way the study was achieved, including the conceptual and operational definitions of the variables used in the study. The author must include:

-          Description of the sample group, through its major characteristics, especially the ones that can count in interpreting the results.

-          Sampling procedure, through the description of the selection method: the sampling method, the percentage of people that attended the study from the people contacted, number of people who offered to participate in the study, etc.

-          Size of the sample group, power and precision.

-          Measurements presented through the description of the methods used for collecting the data and enriching the quality of the measurements.

-          Research design.

-          Experimental manipulation or procedures.

-          Description of the tasks.


This section sums up the collected data and the analysis of the date used for testing the proposed hypothesizes. The author must report the analysis of the data as detailed as possible in order to make the justification of the conclusions possible.


This section evaluates and interprets the implications of the results as the authors refer to the proposed hypothesizes. The author will examine, interpret and catalogue the results and will induct based on them. The emphasis will be put on the theoretical or practical consequences of the results obtained. The limits of the study and future research directions must be presented.


The references are the alphabetized quotations at the end of the paper.  This list must include all the quoted papers within the manuscript. The references must be written as following:

1. Periodicals (selective examples)

Author, A.A, Author, B. B., & Author, C.C. (year). Article Title. Journal Title, xx, pp-pp. two: xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Author, A.A., & Author, B.B. (in press). Article Title. Journal Title. Retrieved from

 2. Books

Author, A.A. (year). Title of the paper. Location: Publishing House.

Author, A.A. (year). Title of the paper. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxx

3. Book chapters (selective examples)

Author, A.A., & Author, B.B. (year). Chapter title. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publishing House.

Author, A.A, & Author, B.B. (year). Chapter title. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book (pp. xxx-xxx). Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxx

 4. Conferences and symposiums (selective examples)

Contributor, A.A., Contributor, B.B., Contributor, C.C., & Contributor, D.D. (year, month). Title of the paper. In E.E. Chairperson (Chair), Symposium Title. Symposium conducted at the meeting of [Name of the Organization], Location.

Presenter, A.A. (year, month). Title of the paper or of the poster. Paper or poster session presented at the meeting of [Name of the Organization], Location.

For a detailed description of the procedure regarding the quoting of other types of papers than previously mentioned, the authors will consult the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition”. Examples  can be found in the APA style page :  or  APA style at Purdue Online Writing Lab, all links related to reference list :


Footnotes are used for providing extra information or for confirming the copyright status.


The appendixes of the manuscript (labeled Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc) contain extra materials, such as information about long methodological procedures, calculus, etc.

Tables and Figures

The author must number all tables and figures with Arabic numerals, in the order of the first mention in the text, even if a detailed discussion of the table/figure is presented later in the text. The author should label them as  Table 1, Table 2, etc or Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. First present all tables and then all figures. Place the tables and the figures after the appendixes and point out the position of each in the text as following:


Insert Table 1 here


Each table or figure must have an introduction sentence in the text. The accepted format is the standard (canonic) one. Each table must report one single type of analysis (which must be identical with the name of the table) and each column and row must contain only one type of data.


It is important that the author mentions in the Bibliography each and every quoted paper in the manuscript. In the text, the authors can quote as following:

1. One author

Name and year: It has been shown that X is associated with Y (Author, year)

Year only: The author (year) has shown that ….

2. Two or more authors

When a paper has two authors, the author needs to quote the names of both authors each time the reference appears in the text. When a paper has three, four or five authors, the author must quote all of them the first time. In the following quotations the name of the first author will be used, followed by the phrase et al. (no italic font, full stop punctuation sign after the word al.) and the year of publishing.

3. Two or more quoted papers

The author must alphabetize the quotations. Two or more papers by the same author (or group of authors) published in the same year will be marked by adding “a”, “b” etc after the publishing year.

4. Unidentified or anonymous author papers

When a paper has unidentified author, the author of the manuscript must quote the title of the paper and the year in the text. The title of the article, chapter or webpage will be mentioned between quotation marks and the name of the periodical, book, brochure or report will be written with Italic:

… regarding the organizational commitment (“Study Report”, 2011)

… book Motivational correlations (2011)

5. Page numbers in quotations

When quoting a specific part of a certain source, the author must indicate the page, chapter, figure, table or formula. The number of the page will always be mentioned:

 (Johnny, 2011, p. 13)

6. Secondary sources

If the original sources are not physically available, the author must mention the second source in the bibliographic list and mention the original paper and quote the secondary source in the text:

… the report elaborated by Minnie (quoted in Smith, 2011).

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