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Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling

Advancing theory and professional practice through scholarly and reflective publications
Published in Association with Journal of Pastoral Care Publications Inc.
Published in Association with Member Associations of JPCP Inc

Editor
Book Reviews Editor
Media Editor
Personal Reflections Editor


eISSN: 2167776x | ISSN: 15423050 | Current volume: 72 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, founded in 1947, has had over 70 years of continuous publication. As of 2015, the journal is published as a partnership venture between SAGE and Journal of Pastoral Care Publications Inc. (www.JPCP.org) which owns JPC&C.  

The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling advances theory and professional practice through scholarly and reflective literature on pastoral and spiritual care, counseling, psychotherapy, education, and research. All material submitted to JPC&C must reflect the ethical standards of the organizations that are Member Associations of JPCP Inc. These standards are available on the associations' websites.

JPC&C publishes articles such as the following:

  • Concrete and detailed reports of significant areas of pastoral/spiritual care work, with discussion
  • Research Studies of importance to the pastoral/spiritual care mission of religious communities
  • Articles advancing understanding of the practice of Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Counseling/Psychotherapy
  • Articles that explore the distinctive as well as the common characteristics of Ministry/Spiritual Care in relation to other helping professions and/or institutions

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling advances theory and professional practice through scholarly and reflective literature on pastoral and spiritual care, counseling, psychotherapy, education, and research. All material submitted to JPC&C must reflect the ethical standards of the organizations that are Member Associations of JPCP Inc. These standards are available on the associations' websites.   

Peer Reviewers
Robert G. Anderson USA
Lynn Ashley USA
David Augsburger USA
Mildred M. Best USA
Lucy Bregman USA
Brian Childs USA
Peter Yuichi Clark USA
Nancy L. Cocks Canada
Marilyn A. Craven Canada
William Cutter USA
Diana C. Dale USA
Richard Dayringer USA
Donald D. Denton Jr USA
Judith Edilstein USA
Talal Y. Eid USA
Areej El-Jawahri USA
Neil Elford Canada
Charles Fensham Canada
George Fitchett USA
John L. Florell USA
John Foskett UK
Dayle Friedman USA
Graeme Gibbons Australia
Annekathryn Goodman USA
Larry Kent Graham USA
George Henry Grant USA
Daniel H. Grosshoeme USA
Bennett Gurian USA
J. Vincent Guss Jr USA
George F. Handzo USA
Alan D. Harris USA
Curtis W. Hart USA
Henry G. Heffernan USA
Phillip B. Helsel USA
David Kwaku Hormenoo USA
Margot Hover USA
Rodney J. Hunter USA
Nazila Isgandarova Canada
Gregory J. Johanson USA
Juliette Jones USA
James N. Lapsley USA
Elaine H. Lehr USA
Robert L. Lewis Jr. USA
Steven Locke USA
Daniel J. Louw South Africa
H. Newton Malony USA
Joretta L. Marshall USA
Denise Massey USA
Bruce Maxwell USA
Pam McCarroll Canada
Francis Rivers Meza USA
R. Esteban Montilla USA
Martin G. Montonye USA
Marilyn F. Morris USA
David M. Moss USA
Patricia E. Murphy USA
Katherine Murray USA
Gary Myatt Canada
Ron Nydam USA
Thomas St. James O'Connor Canada
Joanne K. Olson Canada
Maximo J. Ortiz USA
Patricia K. Palmer Emory University Hospital, USA
James N. Poling USA
Whilhelm Polster Germany
Surya Prakash India
Judith R. Ragslade USA
Bart Rodrigues USA
Jesús Rodriguez Sánchez  
Swami Sarvaananda USA
Charles J. Scalise USA
Carol Schweitzer USA
Jill Lynnae Snodgrass USA
Angella Son Drew University, USA
Alexander Tartaglia USA
Ann Belford Ulanov USA
Richard W. Voss USA
Jean Waters Canada
Susan K. Wintz USA
Kelley M. Woggon USA
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  • E-psyche
  • EBSCO: ATLA Religion
  • EBSCOhost Family & Society Studies Worldwide
  • EBSCOhost Social Work Abstracts (Online)
  • Elsevier BV Scopus
  • Elsevier BV: EMBASE
  • National Library of Medicine PubMed
  • OCLC: Article First
  • Ovid Social Work Abstracts (Online)
  • ProQuest: CBCA Reference
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine MEDLINE
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpcc to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Other statements and conventions
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling publishes peer reviewed articles relating to Pastoral/Spiritual Care, Counseling, and Education.  Brief essays, reflections, and poems about Pastoral/Spiritual Care experiences may be published on a space-available basis.  We are especially interested in the following types of manuscripts:

    (1) concrete and detailed reports of significant aspects of spiritual/pastoral care, counseling, and psychotherapeutic work, with discussion.

    (2) novel research studies and studies building upon previous research of importance to the spiritual/pastoral care mission of religious/spiritual communities.

    (3) articles advancing understanding of the practice of Clinical Pastoral Education and education/training for Pastoral Counseling/Psychotherapy.

    (4) articles that explore the distinctive as well as the common characteristics of Ministry/Spiritual Care in relation to other helping professions and/or institutions

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

      1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
      2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
      3. Approved the version to be published,
      4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Other statements and conventions

    All submissions must reflect the ethical standards of the organizations that are Member Associations of JPCP Inc as well as those professional organisations in which authors maintain formal association. Information about these associations may be obtained at the websites of these organizations (see http://www.jpcp.org/supporting_org.htm for contact information and the Mission History of JPCP Inc. and JPC&C).  Additionally, contact data for these organizations are located on the inside back cover of the most recent issue of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    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.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling 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 plagiarised 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

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    Please use US writing conventions for punctuation and grammar. 

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpcc to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling editorial office as follows:

    Terry R. Bard at EIC@JPCP.org

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