Guidelines for Publication Submission

Editor: Fabion Vicks
Work Email: fvicks77 "at"

Deadlines for Receipt of Beacon Articles
Fall Edition: July 14, 2020
Theme: TBA

Spring Edition: January 30, 2021
Theme: TBA

Tips for Writing Articles

Best Practice is defined by Wikipedia (2010) as: “a technique, method, process, activity, incentive, or reward that is believed to be more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc. when applied to a particular condition or circumstance. The idea is that with proper processes, checks, and testing, a desired outcome can be delivered with fewer problems and unforeseen complications. Best practices can also be defined as the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people.”

Advocacy (Wikipedia, 2011) by an individual or by an advocacy group normally aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to protect an asset of interest. Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research.

Provide articles full of innovative methods which could include a thorough description of techniques, strategies, skills and activities developed or implemented by counselors. Discuss why the intervention is particularly effective. Articles are 2500 words or less.  


Article Checklist (please check off on each submission):

  1. At the top of each article submitted:
    1. Center title of article
    2. Center your name and email address
    3. Example:
      Keeping Schools Safe and Secure
      FirstName  LastName, Your Email Address
  2. Type the article in Arial 12 font
  3. Please check spelling other than just spell check as it will not catch all grammatical errors.
  4. Proof article for clarity and understanding.
  5. Please have someone else proof your submission for errors before you email it.
  6. Length of article is 2500 words or less.


  1. All articles MUST be sent electronically in Microsoft Word format. Faxed or hard copies of articles will not be accepted.
  2. Once emailed, you may not make changes to your article. Please email only your finalized version.
  3. Submit photographs when available. Pictures should be of high resolution (at least 288K). Photos are best with a light background. This is the greatest concern of the graphic designer and printer.  If including students in the pictures, please make sure you have a media release form on file.
  4. Upon receipt of the article, the Beacon Editor will reply to you via email to let you know that your article has been selected.

Thanks for all of your efforts to promote our profession! Please follow the guidelines, meet the deadline, and help us publish a professional source of information for Georgia School Counselors!

Counselor Connection

The Counselor Connection is GSCA's monthly members only newsletter featuring best practices, further reading, resources, GSCA news and school counseling community news - it is designed to provide professional school counselors in our state with relevant best practice articles and advocacy ideas/tools each month. This is an electronic publication for which we accept e-articles. E-articles should be best practices…a successful group, a parent workshop, counseling tips, surveys, using data, review of literature, synopsis of a publication, review of a great workshop or course, etc. or an article on ways to advocate for the school counseling profession.

All articles should be from 100 to 500 words in length. The document should be in Microsoft Word. It should be 12” font. Please proof for grammatical errors prior to submission. All submissions should be sent to with the subject line "Counselor Connection."


Editor: Margaux Brown
The Acceptance Rate is 78%

Deadlines for Receipt of Articles: Early September 2020

All manuscripts submitted for publication must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Research and Practice
    • Research Based
      • Theoretical: Manuscripts in this category may include such things as an extensive review of the literature in a particular area, an annotated bibliography of fundamental key publications, and/or theoretical discussions which integrate relevant material in the field in a new light.
      • Empirical: Manuscripts which involve actual scientific inquiries, and descriptive and/or inferential statistics. Attention will be paid to details such as client consent, preservation of subject confidentiality, sampling procedures to promote the representativeness of subjects, data storage, and follow up procedures.
    • Practice Based
      • Manuscripts in this arena will involve works which support, and facilitate the practice of school counseling.
      • Examples may include a review of exemplary programs, activities, techniques, comprehensive websites, documentation procedures, or literary resources tied to a particular topic.
    • Commentaries and Reviews
      • Each volume of the journal may contain invited essays on timely topics by school counseling professionals in the state.
      • Examples of such topics may include school law and ethics, technological advances, special education, scheduling, state standards, model programs, graduation requirements, college readiness, job preparation.
    • Resources and Reflections
      • Short, one to two page items will be included which will provide the reader with practical tools in the field or ‘food for thought’.
      • Examples of resource items are lists of websites, activities, and books.
      • Examples of reflections are reaction statements to timely issues, professional experience accounts, book reviews, case studies, or responses to previous journal articles.

Author Submission Guidelines

  • Practicing school counselors at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, their supervisors, school counselor educators, graduate students, and related professionals are encouraged to submit original works.
  • Manuscripts that reflect creativity and critical thinking, as well as speak to timely issues, will be given the highest publication consideration.
  • All manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for publication listed in the latest Edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual. Refer to the APA guidelines to eliminate bias based on gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic group, disability or age. Avoid passive voice.
  • Manuscripts which are currently under publication consideration by another publisher, or previously published work should not be submitted. Only original material will be reviewed.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment to the GSCA Journal Editor at
  • Manuscripts will be accepted throughout the year. The journal will be published once per year in November.
  • Manuscripts longer than 20 pages will not be reviewed. Keep titles and headings concise.
    Manuscripts should include:
    • Cover page with:
      • Article title
      • Name, title, institution, address, phone number, e-mail address for each author. Primary authors should be designated as the contact person on manuscripts with multiple authors.
      • Author identification should not appear on any page other than the title page in order that the Editorial Review Board may conduct a blind review of the manuscript.
    • Abstract of the article should not be more than 75 words.
    • Cover letter in which the merits of the manuscript are briefly described, and a statement indicating that the manuscript is an original work not under review consideration or previously published elsewhere is included.
  • Author(s) bear full responsibility for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables and figures.
  • Manuscripts which do not comply with these guidelines will be immediately returned to the author(s) without review.
  • Each manuscript will be reviewed by a minimum of two editors. All authors will be notified of initial receipt of manuscripts, as well as a final determination regarding the manuscript.
    • Approximately sixty (60) days after the “Acknowledgment of Receipt of Manuscript” email is sent to the Author(s), the GSCA journal will provide an electronic Notice to the Author(s) concerning a determination regarding the manuscript. Specifically, the Notice will indicate whether the manuscript is:
      • Accepted for publication;
      • Under Consideration and Requires Resubmission; specifically, the manuscript requires revisions to address certain issues or deficiencies identified by the Editor or during the peer-review process, and/or non-conformance with APA style guidelines; or,
      • Rejected and will not be published in the GSCA journal.

All materials contained in The Georgia School Counselor Association Journal are the property of GSCA. Libraries, researchers and educators who wish to obtain permission to reproduce the contents of this journal, provided no fee is charged to the end user of the material, must submit the request in writing, including the purpose and intended use of the reproduction, to the GSCA office.