Submission Guidelines

FOCUS

Our readers are career development practitioners. Articles should address trends, “how to”, best practices, case examples, overview of models, training opportunities and related career information in one of the magazine’s career development departments:

  • Features - Broad and deeply applicable career development topics - what people are talking about!
  • Independent Practice – For practitioners who balance diverse clients, skills and work
  • Counselor Educators and Researchers - Advancing counselors' effectiveness by exploring and sharing strategies through teaching, research and supervision
  • K-12 - The process and practice of career exploration for young adults, which covers elementary to middle/junior high and high school students
  • Post-Secondary - Career development best practices and models for students at any level of post-secondary education, including community college, college, university, and vocational/technical
  • Workplaces – Career development working in business/industry, agencies, government or any of the variety of areas of practice
  • Tech Tips – Short lessons on some of the newest technology tools, trends, and apps, provided by the NCDA Technology Committee
  • NCDA News - What's happening in our association.

STYLE

Authors are suggested to write in a practical/informative/positive style rather than overly technical, academic, or blog-like. It may be helpful to readers if articles include lists, bullets, tips, etc. Any links included should be active and appropriate (allowing the reader to dig-deeper, without detracting from the content). Use active voice, rather than passive, and use gender inclusive language (“he or she” rather than just “she”). Avoid jargon, and spell out abbreviations on the first use. Use appropriate references, including any relevant references from the NCDA online Career Resource Store. It is suggested that book reviews focus on quality of the contents, identify key points, and illustrate strengths and weaknesses for a balanced review.

LENGTH/FORMAT

Articles should be less than 950 words, including title, abstract, and section subheads. Authors should include a proposed title and abstract (up to 50 words) and a short bio (including relevant positions) with contact information (include e-mail and web links, if appropriate). Articles may be submitted via e-mail, as either an MS Word file or pasted into the body of e-mail. Authors are welcome to submit (in an attachment) a high resolution professional-looking .jpg headshot photo for possible inclusion with their bio. Articles may be edited for space or clarity.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Authors are encouraged to discuss topics with an Editor in advance and expect edits after submission. Editorial criteria include (but are not limited to) the following: Audience Appeal (will the article be of interest to the reader?), Practicality (can the article help the reader in the field of career development?), Content (do the ideas and facts represent accurate, professional information? do citations and resources support the content?), Reader Development (does the article encourage professional growth and affiliation with the association?). In particular, Content should be of a professional nature, rather than commercial. Concentrated product promotion will not be accepted. Career Convergence has the right to, at its sole discretion, refuse any content that violates any NCDA policy or is in any way unprofessional, harmful, objectionable, or defamatory.

CONDITIONS

All work must be original. Authors should not submit articles that have been published or are being considered by another publication. All published material is copyrighted by NCDA. (The author’s signature on our copyright transfer form is required). Reprint permission will be granted if submitted in writing to the editor. Submission implies acceptance of NCDA policy. Membership in NCDA is not required of authors. No compensation will be given for articles. Authors may receive 4 CEUs for each publication – contact the Editor after publication for your certificate. Authors of published articles will be automatically emailed when Comments are posted; responses are encouraged. Social media sharing after publication is encouraged.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Authors should email an Associate Editor in one of the career development departments to submit an article. Please do not submit the same article to multiple editors. If you are not sure which Associate Editor to contact or you want help with starting this process, use the list of Field Editors to begin a discussion about your submission. A list of all the Editors with contact information is online at www.careerconvergence.org.

Questions may be directed to the Career Convergence Editor, Melanie Reinersman at webeditor@ncda.org

Benefits, Keys & Tips to Getting Published

Benefits:

  • Become eligible for the Career Convergence Recognition Award - awarded annually at the NCDA Conference
  • Contribute to the field
    - it's a form of professional development
  • Develop your personal and professional skills
    - writing is a way of reflecting and learning
  • Add to your credentials
  • Obtain CEU's 
    - ask the editor for four CEU's per published article
  • Market your expertise 
    - add to your resume and vita
  • Increase your network 
    readers and editors become a part of your network
  • Start a valuable conversation
    - ask questions of your reader; posted comments go directly to the author, associated editor and editor
  • Receive international recognition 
    - your name appears on the NCDA website,  viewed by members and readers from coast-to-coast and internationally
  • Promote yourself 
    - include details about yourself in your article's bio (photo optional)
  • Publicize your employer
    -marketing that your boss will appreciate
  • Share your experiences 
    - others can learn from you
  • Non-members demonstrate collaboration 
    - NCDA wants to partner with you

Keys to Getting Published:

  • Read the publication
  • Know the audience 
    - career development professionals working in a variety of settings
  • Study the Submission Guidelines 
  • Reflect: what can you share? 
    - you learn by writing, readers learn from you
  • Communicate with an editor and follow-up

Tips for Authors  - from the Editors!

  1. Write in a non-academic style using actual examples to illustrate your point.
  2. Provide practical tips for the readers.
  3. List related associations and resources that can be helpful to the reader.
  4. Be careful about stating “always” or “never” in a judgmental nature. Be sensitive to diversity and needs of the readers.
  5. Don't write a self-marketing article. See the submission guidelines for our policy on commercialism.
  6. You don't have to be an NCDA member to get published. After you are published we would welcome your membership – the many benefits are posted online!
  7. Remember, all editors are trying to balance each author's voice and writing style with the required practicality and clarity of the topic. We hope our edits are not offensive! We aim to publish, not reject!