Over the last 25 years, the Journal of Career Assessment has provided methodologically sound, empirically based studies focusing on assessment, career development, and vocational psychology. Regarding assessment, the journal covers the various techniques, tests, inventories, rating scales, interview schedules, surveys, and direct observational methods used in scientifically based practice and research to provide an improved understanding of career decision-making. Regarding career development and vocational psychology, the journal covers all topics falling under each of these areas, especially those from a psychological perspective that have career counseling implications.
Innovative topics include:
- Career assessment strategies
- Developments in instrumentation
- Validation of theoretical constructs
- Relations between existing instruments
- Career assessment procedures
- Relations between assessment and career counseling/development
- Review articles
- Studies on career and work related variables
- Mixed methods approaches
- Intervention studies
The Journal of Career Assessment publishes methodologically and conceptually sound articles broadly in the area of vocational psychology. A primary aim of the journal is showcasing new research on the assessment of career and work related constructs and behavior. The term assessment, as used in this journal, covers the various techniques, tests, inventories, rating scales, interview schedules, surveys, and direct observational methods used in scientifically based practice and research to provide an improved understanding of individual’s career development, decision-making, and experiences in the world of work. A secondary aim is showcasing new research on any topic related to career, work, or vocational psychology, including but not limited to quantitative, qualitative, and experimental studies where ideas related to work and careers are a central part of the manuscript. The journal is also open to conceptual and theoretical contributions related to career, work, or vocational psychology. Implications for career counseling/development should be clearly noted in all manuscripts.
|Patton O. Garriott||University of Denver, USA|
|Sari Akmal||Universitas YARSI, Indonesia|
|Blake A. Allan||University of Houston, USA|
|Kelsey Autin||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Rosie P. Bingham||University of Memphis, USA|
|David L. Blustein||Boston College, USA|
|Chrisanthia Brown||University of Missouri - Kansas City|
|Samantha Brown||Coe College, USA|
|Aysenur Büyükgöze Kavas||Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey|
|Michael Cadaret||Chatham University, USA|
|German Cardenas||Lehigh University, USA|
|Dia Chatterjee||Salem State University, USA|
|Anna Dalla Rosa||University of Padua, Italy|
|Bryan J. Dik||Colorado State University, USA|
|Richard Douglass||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Jessica England||Wagner College, USA|
|Alec Eshelman||University of Wisconsin–Platteville, USA|
|Joaquim A. Ferreira||Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal|
|Nadya A. Fouad||University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA|
|Yun Garrison||Bates College, USA|
|Arpita Ghosh||University of Kansas, USA|
|Melinda M. Gibbons||University of Tennessee, USA|
|Shenyang Hai||Hainan University, China|
|Paul J. Hartung||Northeast Ohio Medical University, USA|
|Kimberly Howard||Boston University, USA|
|Meaghan Rowe-Johnson||Drake University, USA|
|Ae-Kyung Jung||Gyeongin National University of Education, South Korea|
|Shin Ye Kim||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Young Hwa Kim||Seoul National University of Education|
|Bo Hyun Lee||New Mexico State University, USA|
|Bore Lee||Korea University, South Korea|
|Hang-Shim Lee||Konkuk University, South Korea|
|Nimrod Levin||Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|Hsin-Ya Liao||Washington State University, USA|
|Lori D. Lindley||Gannon University, USA|
|Wyndolyn Ludwikowski||Spring Hill College|
|Melanie Luety||University of Southern Mississippi, USA|
|Evgenia Lysova||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Laura Reid Marks||Florida State University, USA|
|Jonas Masdonati||University of Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Koorosh Massoudi||University of Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Peter McIlveen||University of Southern Queensland, Australia|
|Francis Milot-Lapointe||Université de Sherbrooke, Canada|
|Karen O'Brien||University of Maryland, USA|
|Ugochukwu Okolie||Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike|
|CJ Park||New Mexico State University, USA|
|In-Jo Park||Henan University, China|
|Anna Praskova||Southern Cross University, Australia|
|Trisha Raque||University of Denver, USA|
|Patrick J. Rottinghaus||University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, USA|
|Yerin Shim||Chungnam National University, Korea|
|Brian Stevenson||VA Bedford Healthcare System, USA|
|Han Na Suh||Georgia State University, USA|
|Femina P. Varghese||University of Central Arkansas, USA|
|Arne Weigold||Kent State University, USA|
|Tiffany Williams||Tennessee State University, USA|
|Hui Xu||Loyola University Chicago, USA|
|Emily Yowell||University of Southern Mississippi, USA|
|Chunyu Zhang||Shaanxi Normal University, China|
|W Bruce Walsh||The Ohio State University, USA|
|Allie Alayan||Colorado State University, USA|
|Sandra Bertram Grant||University of Denver, USA|
|Delaney Bilodeau||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Stephanie Burrows||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Allison Bywater||University of Iowa, USA|
|Katie Cook||University of Tennessee—Knoxville, USA|
|Gabriel Ezema||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Megan Herdt||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Alexa Jayne||Colorado State University, USA|
|Jinkoo Lee||University of Missouri, USA|
|Yeji Son||University of Iowa, USA|
|Raquel Sosa||Lehigh University, USA|
The Journal of Career Assessment is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site [https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcareerasmnt] to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
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Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of the Journal of Career Assessment will be reviewed. Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Career Assessment, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Manuscripts of particular interest describe innovative career assessment strategies, developments in instrumentation, validation of theoretical constructs, tests of vocational theory, in-depth examinations of career-related experiences, and conceptual/theoretical contributions. Implications for career counseling/development should be clearly noted.
Full-length articles reporting a single quantitative study should be no longer than 35 pages, double-spaced, inclusive of references, tables, and figures.
Full-length articles reporting multiple, mixed-method, or qualitative studies should be no longer than 40 pages double-spaced, inclusive of references, tables, and figures.
JCA does not publish online supplementary materials. Authors may request that the reader contact the corresponding author for supplementary materials in the text of the manuscript.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance your article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
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2.3.1 Third party submissions
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Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
2.3.2 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Journal of Career Assessment encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
The Journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data-sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- Share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- Include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, use the statement to confirm why it cannot be shared.
- Cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Journal of Career Assessment and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
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Journal of Career Assessment offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Manuscripts should be as concise as possible, yet sufficiently detailed to permit adequate communication and critical review. Authors should follow the style of the Publication Manual of The American Psychological Association, 7th Edition (APA, 2019). Authors should prepare their manuscripts (including tables) on word-processing equipment that is capable of transmitting files by the Internet because manuscripts are copyedited and typeset from files provided by authors. Article files should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Authors will receive information for submitting the final copy of their manuscript by electronic means on final acceptance of their paper.
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- Endnotes. Notes should appear on a separate page before the references section. Notes should be numbered consecutively and each endnote should be referred to in text with a corresponding superscript number.
- References. Text citations and references should follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition (APA, 2010).
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See https://us.Sagepub.com/en-us/nam/Manuscript-preparation-for-double-anonymized-journal for detailed guidance on making an anonymous submission.
Journal of Career Assessment adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (in one attachment) along with a separate attachment with the title and author page via the JCA submission site. Manuscripts will be acknowledged when they are received. Authors should not place their names on the manuscript itself because all manuscripts are peer-reviewed with an anonymize reviewing system. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.
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The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this Journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
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Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Career Assessment editorial office as follows:
Editor-in-Chief, Pat Garriott, Pat.Garriott@du.edu.
Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
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