Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

E-ISSN: 2722-5461
P-ISSN: 2722-5453

Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling is a scientific publication that efforts to facilitate academic articles and scholarly writings of a number studies in empirical research in the field of Psychology and Counseling. Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling (AJPC) is open to academics, students, researchers, and practitioners who are interested in contributing their thoughts, especially in the field of Psychology and Counseling.

The main focus of Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling is welcomes research articles (qualitative and/or quantitative methods), and conceptual review about psychology and counseling. Novel ideas and originality that trigger further research are emphasized.

Sub themes and scope in the scientific publications of Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling include:
1. Psychology:
a. Developmental Psychology
b. Educational Psychology
c. Social Psychology
d. Psychological Measurement
e. Cognitive Psychology and other psychological fields
2. Counseling:
a. Islamic Guidance and Counseling
b. Child and Adolescent Counseling
c. Adult and Elder Counseling
d. Family Counseling
e. School Counseling
f. Higher Education Counseling
g. Crisis and Risk Counseling
h. Occupational Counseling
i. Cyber Counseling
j. Multicultural Counseling
k. Rehabilitation Counseling
l. Technology usage in Counseling
m. Counseling and Guidance for Special Education
n. Counselor Education.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts have not been published before or being submitted to other journals. All received manuscripts undergo double blind reviews. For the first process, the editors professionally select the manuscripts based on the required standard. Manuscripts deserve anti-plagiarism verification using turnitin. Have been verified, the manuscripts sent to the editorial boards that comes from outside host Institute. It is a duty for the authors to revise the manuscripts based on the editorial boards feedback; and back it soon to the editor two weeks after. Finally, the manuscripts will be printed and published on the Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling  website.

What is the responsibility of a peer reviewer?

Peer reviewers are responsible for assessing the quality of manuscripts that will be accepted into the journal. Their main task is to critically evaluate manuscripts based on their specialty as well as provide constructive feedback to the authors. Additionally, peer reviewers are also expected to assess the relevance, originality, strength, and weaknesses of the manuscript.

What are the procedures that need to be taken?

  1. Reviewers will receive an email requesting to review a given manuscript. A link will be embedded in this email, allowing you to access information: Deadline and Abstract.
  2. Before accepting to review a manuscript, reviewers should ensure that:
    • The manuscript is within their area of expertise.
    • There is no conflicting interest (e.g., being an author of the manuscript, funds the research, etc). They can commit to providing a critical review of the manuscript within the given time.
  3. Reviewers must then notify the submission editor as to whether he/she will undertake the review. Click “Will do the review” if you agree to review the manuscript in the given time or “Unable to do review” to refer the manuscript to another reviewer.
  4. Once you agree to do the review, consult the reviewer guideline below.
  5. Click file names to download and review the full manuscript and declare whether you have any competing interest with regard to the research
  6. Reviewers assess the manuscript and complete the review form within the given time.
  7. Reviewers must select a recommendation for the manuscript (Accepted/ Accepted with Revision/ Rejected) and submit the review to complete the review process.

 

 What must I assess as a peer reviewer?
 
Aspects

What questions to ask

Manuscript originality & Contribution to the field

Is the manuscript novel and interesting? Does the research significantly contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of psychology? Does the article adhere to the journal's standards?

Clarity and significance of the research

Does the author clearly justify the importance of the research in the background? Is the aim/ study objective important?

Accuracy of the research method

Have the authors written all essential information needed in a method section (e.g., study design, variables, instruments, subjects, analytic approach, etc)? Was the sampling appropriate? Was enough information given to enable study replication? Was the study design appropriate for answering the research question/objective?

Depth of discussion

Have the authors clearly written the strength and limitation of their research? Have the authors conducted an in-depth analysis of how their study relates to the context of other existing studies?

Accuracy of conclusion

Did the author/s draw an appropriate conclusion based on the analysis? Does the conclusion relate to the study objective?

Adequate number of primary, relevant, and current literature

Reviewers should assess the number of primary literature that is relevant and recent. Academic Journal pf Psychology and Counseling strongly suggests the use of primary and recent literature.

Points to consider

Reviewers are asked to provide detailed, constructive comments that will help the editors make a decision regarding publication and how the authors could improve their manuscript. A key issue is whether the work has serious methodological flaws that should preclude its publication, or whether additional experiments or data are required to support the conclusions. Where possible, reviewers should provide references to substantiate their comments.

 

What ethical regulations must I abide to?

Reviewers should only accept to review a manuscript that they can confidently say they will be able to critically review and return in a timely manner.

Confidentiality

Reviewers must ensure that all review processes are kept confidential. Any details of the manuscript (e.g., content, review comments) should remain confidential during and after the review process.

Plagiarism

Reviewers must not use any information or data obtained from the reviewed manuscript for their own personal use. Should reviewers find that the reviewed manuscript substantially copy another work, reviewers are expected to immediately let the editor know.

Objectiveness

Peer reviewers are expected to uphold an objective and honest view during the review process. They should not be influenced by:
  • The origin of the manuscript
  • The religious, political, or cultural viewpoint of the author
  • Gender, race, ethnicity, or citizenry of the author.
Timeliness

Reviewers should only accept to review a manuscript that they can confidently say they will be able to critically review and return in a timely manner.

Conflict of Interest

Before accepting to review a given manuscript, reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists.

 

Publication Frequency

Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling  published bi-annually (April, October) with 5 articles in each issue

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Author Fees

Article Submission: 0.00 (IDR) / 0 (USD)
Authors are NOT required to pay an Article Submission Fee.

Article processing charges (APCs) / Article Publication Fee: 0 (IDR) / 0 (USD)
Authors are NOT required to pay an Article Publication Fee.

 

Publication Ethic

Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling is a peer-reviewed online journal. The code of conduct is designed to provide a set of minimum standards to which all parties involved are expected to adhere. It applies for those who involved in the process of publication, including the author, the editor in chief, the Editorial Board, the reviewer and the publisher. This statement is based on Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)’s Guidelines for Journal Editors. http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling is a fundamental tool to the development of knowledge and thoughts. Therefore, it is important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the editor, the reviewer, the publisher, and the society. As the publisher, Academic Journal of Psychology and Counseling takes responsible over all stages of publishing and it recognizes its ethical and other responsibilities. al-Balagh also committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

  1. Transparency and Confidentiality
  2. The Journal clearly marked as a peer reviewed journal. Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff. This process should be appreciated by any editorial staff by not disclosing any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  3. Copyright and Licensing information
  4. The author should only submit a manuscript that is free from plagiarism and academically malpractices. The editors and publisher, however have responsible to identify and prevent the indication dealing with allegations of research misconduct, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. It is basically author’s duty to only submit a manuscript that is free from plagiarism and academically malpractices.
  5. Conflicts of Interest
  6. Unpublished materials related to the submitted article should not be used by editors without the author’s knowledge
  7. Publication Decisions
  8. Each article that has been submitted to al-Balagh will be recorded by the editor and they decide which articles should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making their decisions.

Peer reviewers should :

  1. Only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.
  2. Respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.
  3. Not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  4. Declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest
  5. Not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors.
  6. Be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libelous or derogatory personal comments.
  7. Acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavor and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner
  8. Provide journals with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise
  9. Recognize that impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct

Authors should:

  1. Responsible for everything published in the journal, and should therefore take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material, recognizing the aim and standard of the journal.
  2. Present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. The information should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
  3. Ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  4. Not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  5. Give proper acknowledgment of the work of others. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
  6. Listed all those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
  7. Notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper, when an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work.