Research

Invitation to submit conference papers for publication in the Journal of Counselling and Development in Higher Education Southern Africa

Submitted by: Tobias van den Bergh (JCDHESA Editor)

We happily extend an opportunity to all presenters, workshop facilitators, members, and attendees of the 40th Annual SAACDHE conference in the beautiful Eastern Cape, to share your knowledge, experiences, and reflections with a wider audience. We have heard, seen, and experienced a wealth of insight, innovation, practical application, shared knowledge, and useful information during the conference. If we can collectively gather as many of the thoughts, ideas, practices, insights, and results that were created and shared during the conference – then we can meaningfully promote our practices, highlight the plight and challenges of higher education counselling centres and professionals, and elevate our status as scientific or academic practitioners.

Alternatively, you might consider a submission as part of a learning or development opportunity. The dicsomfort of research and publication-related fears or doubts can often result in avoidance of the unknown. Change and growth often requires courage. We strive to provide support, encouragement, and fruitful guidance that can make the submission and publication process a growth experience, at the very least. Consequently, we invite you to submit a paper based on your conference presentation, poster or workshop for publication in the Journal of Counselling and Development in Higher Education Southern Africa (JCDHESA). Alternatively, we invite submissions on academic or professional topics related the 40th Annual SAACDHE Conference. 

Journal papers ought to be an expanded version of the conference paper, poster or workshop. For example, the journal paper would include a complete background and introduction, clear methodological discussion (if applicable) and a discussion of the findings. 

Visit the JCDHESA webpage for more information. Potential authors are also advised to read through previous volumes of the Journal to familiarise themselves with the layout. 

All submissions will first be submitted for an editorial review. Thereafter, manuscripts will be properly peer reviewed. The criteria for peer review is available on the SAACDHE website (http://www.saacdhe.co.za/jcdhesa/).

Authors can choose to submit their papers in on of the following categories:

  • An extended abstract. A word count of 600-1200 words. The purpose of an extended abstract would be to provide readers with greater insight into the paper that was presented at the Conference. Authors should follow publication conventions by addressing the following:
    • Abstract (40-80 words)
    • Introduction (including a clear indication of the problem being addressed) (80-200 words)
    • Goal of the paper or study (Approximately 50-100 words)
    • Literature review (Approximately 150-250 words)
    • Methodology (if applicable) (Approximately 50-150 words)
    • Results and discussion (150-300 words)
    • Conclusion (including summary/synthesis of main findings, limitations, and implications) (80-200 words)
    • References (APA; 5-10 references)
  • A brief report. A brief article that offers greater depth than would be provided in an extended abstract. The word count is limited to 2000 words. 
    • Abstract (80-100 words)
    • Introduction (including a clear indication of the problem being addressed) (150-200 words)
    • Goal of the paper or study (Approximately 50-150 words)
    • Literature review (Approximately 150-300 words)
    • Methodology (if applicable) (Approximately 100-300 words)
    • Results and discussion (150-350 words)
    • Conclusion (including summary/synthesis of main findings, limitations, and implications)  (150-350 words)
    • References (APA; 8-15 references)
  • Full article. Choosing this option would allow authors a higher word count (5000-8000) words. Additionally, authors would be able to offer a more in-depth discussion of their paper compared to an extended abstract or brief report. 
    • Abstract (150-200 words)
    • Introduction (including a clear indication of the problem being addressed) (500-750 words)
    • Goal of the paper or study (Approximately 200 words)
    • Literature review (Approximately 500-750 words)
    • Methodology (if applicable) (Approximately 500-750 words)
    • Results and discussion (750-1000 words)
    • Conclusion (including summary/synthesis of main findings, limitations, and implications)  (500-750 words)
    • References (APA; 10-25 references)

Authors who require more information can contact the Editor (JCDHESA) Tobias van den Bergh (vandenBerghTJ@ufs.ac.za).