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Journal of Career Assessment

Journal of Career Assessment

2017 Impact Factor: 1.626
2017 Ranking: 44/82 in Psychology, Applied
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

Ryan D. Duffy University of Florida, USA

eISSN: 15524590 | ISSN: 10690727 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

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.

Associate Editors
Saba Rasheed Ali University of Iowa, USA
Patton O. Garriott University of Denver, USA
Consulting Editors
Blake A. Allan Purdue University, 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
Steven D. Brown Loyola University, USA
Erik K. Deemer Purdue University, USA
Bryan J. Dik Colorado State University, USA
Alec Eshelman University of Wisconsin–Platteville, USA
Jinyan Fan Auburn University, USA
Joaquim A. Ferreira Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Nadya A. Fouad University of Wisconsin, USA
Erin E. Hardin University of Tennessee, USA
Paul J. Hartung Northeast Ohio Medical University, USA
Kimberly Howard University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Amanda M. Jantzer Saint John's University, USA
Ae-Kyung Jung Gyeongin National University of Education, South Korea
Aysenur Buyukgoze Kavas Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey
Shin Ye Kim Texas Tech University, USA
Lisa M. Larson Iowa State University, USA
Hang-Shim Lee Oklahoma State University, USA
Lori D. Lindley Gannon University, USA
Evgenia Lysova Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Laura Reid Marks University of Memphis, USA
Jonas Masdonati University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Peter McIlveen University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Karen O'Brien University of Maryland, USA
Lizette Ojeda Texas A & M University, USA
Harsha Perera University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Trisha L. Raque-Bogdan University of Denver, USA
Cristina Risco University of Maryland, USA
Patrick J. Rottinghaus Southern Illinois University, USA
Elliot A. Tebbe University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
David M. Tokar University of Akron, USA
Femina P. Varghese University of Central Arkansas, USA
Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel Indiana University, USA
Hui Xu Loyola University Chicago, USA
Founding Editor
W Bruce Walsh The Ohio State University, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines:

    Manuscripts of particular interest describe innovative career assessment strategies, developments in instrumentation, validation of theoretical constructs, relationships between existing instruments, career assessment procedures, relationships between assessment and career counseling/development, and review articles of career assessment strategies and techniques. Implications for career counseling/development should be clearly noted.


    Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (in one attachment) along with a separate attachment with the title and author page at 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 a blind 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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    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 (6th edition, 2010). 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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