Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CORE)

Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CORE)

A national peer-refereed journal of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association (Sage Publications) 

Editor: Dr. Rebecca Newgent, Western Illinois University - Quad Cities (
Administrative Assistant: Molly C. Watkins, Western Illinois University - Quad Cities

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Guidelines for Authors 

The Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation journal ( CORE ) provides counselor educators, research, educators, and other mental health practitioners (e.g., psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, addictions counselors) with outcome research and program evaluation practices for work with individuals across the lifespan. It addresses topics such as: treatment efficacy, clinical diagnosis, program evaluation, research design, outcome measure reviews. This journal also serves to address ethical, legal, and cultural concerns in the assessment of dependent variables, implementation of clinical interventions, and outcome research. Manuscripts typically fall into one of the following categories:

    * Counseling Outcome Research: Treatment efficacy and effectiveness of mental health, school, addictions, and college counseling interventions as reported in clinical trials, meta-analysis of outcome research, and qualitative reviews of outcome research.
    * Outcome-based Diagnostic Practices: Diagnostic process in clinical settings, differential diagnosis, dual diagnosis issues, incidence and prevalence of clinical diagnoses.
    * Outcome-based Program Evaluation: Evaluation practices within mental health agencies and school and college set-tings, program development and process evaluations, outcome evaluations, evaluation methodology, evaluation ethics, interdisciplinary evaluations, cultural issues in program evaluations.
    * Outcome Measure Reviews: Critical reviews and integration of classes or groups of clinical assessment tools used as dependent variables in research studies and outcome measures in clinical practice.
    * Outcome Research Design: Methodological issues in intervention research, innovative qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methodology, single subject designs, case studies exemplifying assessment and outcome research practices, statistics in assessment and outcome research, data analysis procedures, and report writing.

The Cover Letter. Manuscript submissions must be accompanied by aseparate cover letter attached to the submission e-mail that designates the type of manuscript being submitted as it pertains to the previous categories, a statement establishing that ethical procedures were used, and that all relevant human participants’ considerations were observed. Finally, the cover letter must also include the names and e-mail addresses of all authors.

Manuscript Preparation. All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Authors should consult that APA Publication Manual for guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript, abstract, citations and references, tables and figures, and other matters of editorial style. Authors must also carefully follow APA Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age. In addition, the terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred. The following requirement should be followed:

    1. Manuscripts should be no more than 25 pages, including all references, tables, and appendixes. All manuscripts are to be double-spaced, including references and extensive quotes. Allow 1" margins on all sides. Abstracts are limited to 100 words.
    2. Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft word using compatibility mode, or as an .rtf file. We do not accept Macintosh, Corel, or other formats. For resubmission only, combine the cover letter and manuscript into one complete file which is prepared for blind review (title page without author information). Files must be submitted in 12-pt. Times Roman or Arial font only.
    3. Articles are limited to 3 tables and 2 figures. Figures that are not camera ready (minimum of 600-dpi in jpeg or .pdf acrobat file formats) will be returned to the author and may cause a delay in the publication. Authors bear responsibility for the accuracy of references, tables, and figures. Do not use footnotes.
    4. Do not submit previously published or in-press material or a manuscript that is under consideration for publication in another periodical.
    5. Lengthy quotations (300-500 words) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Adaptation of tables and figures also requires reproduction approval. It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission. A copy of publisher’s permission must be provided to the journal editor immediately on acceptance of the article for publication.
    6. Submit all manuscripts through our website at
 Please include your cover letter in the appropriate space, and make sure a copy of the manuscript is prepared for blind review. All tables and figures must be included and properly formatted within the electronic files (i.e., they will not be accepted separately).

Please make sure to follow all submission guidelines.

Resubmissions. For resubmissions, please follow the submission procedures described above.

Please feel free to contact CORE if you have any questions (

Rebecca Newgent
2014 AARC National Assessment & Research Conference Chair
Rebecca Newgent, Ph.D., L.C.P.C., NCC 
Department of Counselor Education
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
3300 River Drive, Room 2421
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309.762.1876
Fax: 309.762.6989
Editor, Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (

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