Ethical Guidelines

Enacted on 1 August, 2010


1. Research and publication ethics
2. Peer review
3. Copyright statement and creative commons license
4. Manuscript preparation
5. Manuscript submission
6. Copyright transfer
7. Author(s) Agreement Checklist

1. Research and publication ethics

1) Conflict of interest
If there is any conflict of interest, the authors should disclose it. In psychology, as in other scientific disciplines, professional communications are presumed to be based on objective interpretations of evidence and unbiased interpretations of fact. An author’s economic and commercial interests in products or services used or discussed in their papers may color such objectivity. Although such relationships do not necessarily constitute a conflict of interest, the integrity of the field requires disclosure of the possibilities of such potentially distorting influences where they may exist. The reader may then judge and, if necessary, make allowance for the impact of the bias on the information being reported.

In general, the safest and most open course of action is to disclose activities and relationships that, if known to others, might be viewed as a conflict of interest, even if you do not believe that any conflict or bias exists.

2) Humane Care and Use of Animals in Research
Authors will be required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment. (A copy of the APA Ethical Principles may be obtained at ethics or by writing the APA Ethics Office, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.)

3) Institutional Approval
When institutional approval is required, authors provide accurate information about their research proposals and obtain approval prior to conducting the research. They conduct the research in accordance with the approved research protocol.

4) Authorship and publication Credit
Authors take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, only for work they have actually performed or to which they have substantially contributed. Authorship is credited to those who have direct involvement in the study and have made significant contributions to (a) conceptualization and design of the research, or acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of the data, (b) drafting of the manuscript or critical revision, and (c) approval of the submitted and final versions of the manuscript.

Principal authorship and other publication credits accurately reflect the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their relative status. Mere possession of an institutional position, such as department chair, does not justify authorship credit. Minor contributions to the research or to the writing for publications are acknowledged appropriately, such as in footnotes or in an introductory statement.

Except under exceptional circumstances, a student is listed as principal author on any multiple-authored article that is substantially based on the student’s doctoral dissertation. Faculty advisors discuss publication credit with students as early as feasible and throughout the research and publication process as appropriate.

5) Originality and duplicate publication
All submitted manuscripts should be original and should not be considered by other scientific journals for publication at the same time.
No part of the accepted manuscript should be duplicated in any other scientific journal without the permission of the Editorial Board. If duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the manuscripts may be rejected, the authors will be announced in the journal, and their institutes will be informed.

2. Peer review

Every submitted manuscript is peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers before deciding whether to accept or reject it, or return it for revision. The review system is single blinded so that authors cannot identify reviewers. The review process is carried out through a manuscript management system. If the authors are asked to revise the manuscript, they should revise it based on the reviewers’ comments or provide a reasonable answer to the reviewers’ comments justifying why they did not revise it. The authors should resubmit the revised manuscript within 2 months after receiving the review results. Otherwise, they are considered to have withdrawn the manuscript. However, the authors can extend the due time in case of requiring more times for revision after notification.

3. Copyright statement and creative commons license

The Korean Counseling Association is the owner of all copyright to papers published in the JAPC, and has the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, and print the contents in other types of media. They are also followed by the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License. Authors of accepted papers must complete the Copyright Transfer Agreement. A letter of permission is required for any and all material that has been published previously. It is the responsibility of the author to request permission from the publisher for any material that is being reproduced. This requirement applies to text, illustrations, and tables.

4. Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts, including tables, figures and references should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed; American Psychological Association [APA], 2010). Manuscripts should be written in simple, clear, and bias-free language. Consult the APA Publication Manual for specific guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript, abstract, citations and references, tables and figures, and other matters of editorial style. They should present ideas in a logical order, starting with a description of research purpose and progressing through an analysis of data to conclusions and implications.

Full-length manuscripts generally should not exceed 30 pages (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points. Papers that exceed this page limit will be considered in limited occasions. The entire paper must be double spaced.

1) Cover letter
A cover letter should inform the editor that neither the submitted material nor portions of it have been published previously or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. When more than one related manuscript has been published or is under consideration for publication by this or other journals, the authors must declare this in their letter and enclose copies of those publications for editorial perusal. Failure to do so may lead to automatic rejection of the submitted manuscript. The corresponding author should certify that all listed authors participated meaningfully in the study and that they have seen and approved the final manuscript.

2) Manuscript Title
The manuscript title should be accurate, fully explanatory, and preferably no longer than 12 words.

3) Abstract
The abstract should express the central idea of manuscript in nontechnical language. It should be on page 2 and is no more than 150 words. One double spaced line below the abstract, please provide up to five key words as an aid to indexing.

4) Tables and Figures
No more than 5 tables and figures with each manuscript will be accepted. Please be sure to indicate the table and figure callouts within the manuscripts. Each table or figure should be placed on a separate page following the reference list.

5) References
References should follow the style detailed in the APA Publication Manual.

5. Manuscript submission

All parts of the manuscript must be submitted via e-mail ( Documents should be submitted as Microsoft Word format (.doc), not converted to PDF. The date of final review for the manuscript will be the date of acceptance for publication. For nonbiased peer review, authors’ names and institutional affiliations should not be mentioned in the text.

6. Copyright transfer

All submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by the official Submission Application & Copyright Transfer Form of Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling (Korean Counseling Association). The Form must contain the title of the manuscript, date of submission, names of all authors, authors’ affiliations, and written signatures. Note the corresponding author and provide his/her affiliation, e-mail, telephone and fax numbers, and mailing address. The Form must be sent to the Editor office by email, fax, or postal service.

7. Author(s) Agreement Checklist

All submitted manuscripts must be accompanied by the Author(s) Agreement Checklist of Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling (Korean Counseling Association). This is a checklist to ensure proper submission of the manuscript. The Form must be checked and sent to the Editor office by email, fax, or postal service.