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As a service to its members, the Alabama Counseling Association publishes and circulates a regular newsletter and journal. These two publications are among the benefits associated with membership in ALCA and provide readers with information and data relevant to the activities of the organization and developments in the profession. The official ALCA newsletter, published four times a year, is called The Quarterly.  The official ALCA journal, published twice a year, is called The ALCA Journal.

 


NEWSLETTER

 

The ALCA newsletter is a periodical publication containing the most recent collection of articles, reports, and announcements about the various activities and events taking place within the organization. Circulated four times annually, it contains news stories, feature items, and current information from around the state relevant to the ongoing functions, projects and endeavors of the association and its members.

 

Messages from the ALCA leaders are customarily featured in the newsletter. Detailed information about major ALCA events is usually presented. Important news and updates related to the counseling profession are routinely part of the content.

 

Members are invited to submit material to the Newsletter Editor. In so doing, Chapters and Divisions are able to communicate to ALCA members the details of their accomplishments. Announcements celebrating awards and honors, publicizing job openings, and promoting upcoming events can be posted.

 

The newsletter is a conduit for disseminating helpful advice and relevant data to ALCA members. It also seeks to offer content that might be inspirational or motivational. It provides entertaining as well as educational material. It often contains stories, jokes, poems, and quotations. It may also contain photographs, drawings, graphics, and other artwork. Writing style may be casual and informal.  

 


JOURNAL

 

The ALCA Journal, which is circulated twice a year, is a refereed publication that features professional, generally research-based, essays, reports and articles submitted by ALCA members. Its stated primary purpose is to communicate ideas and information which can help counselors in a variety of work settings implement their roles and develop the counseling profession. The publication may include thought-provoking articles, theoretical summaries, reports of research, descriptions of techniques, discussions of professional issues, and summaries of presentations. 

 

The items in the journal are generally theoretical-philosophical or research-oriented and contain discussions of implications and practical applications.  Authors are asked to ground their work with an appropriate review of the literature. Writing style must be professional and formal.

 

Practitioners, educators, and researchers in the fields of guidance, counseling, and development are encouraged to submit manuscripts to the Journal Editor.

 


SUBMITTING JOURNAL MANUSCRIPTS

 

When submitting manuscripts for review to The ALCA Journal, certain rules must be followed:

 

Authors are asked to submit an original and three copies of the manuscripts. All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition).  Manuscripts are distributed to members of the Editorial Board or external reviewers for the anonymous review process.

 

Manuscripts must be typewritten or word processed on eight-and-one- half by eleven inch white paper with double-spacing and one-inch margins. Authors should make every effort to submit a manuscript that contains no clues to the authors identity. Camera-ready tables or figures should be prepared and submitted on separate pages.

 

The recommended length of manuscripts is between 13 and 20 pages. The recommended length of abstracts is a maximum of 75 words.

 

Authors should submit only original work that has not been published elsewhere and is not under review by another journal.

 

Lengthy quotations (300-500 words) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Adaptation of figures and tables also requires reproduction approval. It is the authors responsibility to secure such permission.

 

Protection of client and subject anonymity is the responsibility of authors.

 

Authors should use nondiscriminatory language in regard to gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disability, and age. The terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred, rather than their many synonyms. Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, figures, and other matters of editorial style.

 

Authors are expected to follow the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Counseling Association related to publication, including authorship, concurrent submissions, informed consent for research participants, and piecemeal publication of research data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ALABAMA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION   n   Leadership Handbook