Are There Any Open Access Counseling Journals?

Ok, so as you can see from the title, I wanted to find out if there were any open access journals for the counseling field.  Unfortunately, I can’t really take credit for this work when one of my hard working classmates beat me to it.  You can see more about counselor education related open access journals on Jyotsana’s blog.
So because of that, I figured I would go a different direction.  I went to the directory of open access journals, available at  I did some searching for counseling related journals and really didn’t find much.  But wait, I didn’t give up there!  I had been looking through some journals earlier this week to see about submitting a manuscript, and I remember seeing a link that stated “Publish open access in this journal.” I hadn’t looked into it at the time, but remembering that I was posting this blog, I went back to find that link again.  I found that Taylor & Francis, one of the large publishing companies, does make open access a possibility for authors, T & F open access.  After the article has been approved for publication, they send the authors an email with instructions about how to make the article open access.  I don’t know exactly how that works or what type of payment is involved, but I was glad to see that as an option.  The manuscript then becomes available for anyone to see.
The journal I was looking into was the International Journal of Transgenderism.  The journal itself is a very multidisciplinary journal related mostly to the physical and mental health of transgender individuals.  I wrote an article earlier this year, and I have been looking into possible journals to publish.  This seemed like a close option to my topic, and it was quite coincidental that open access was an option.  This journal is typically not open access, but from what I understand from the instructions to authors, it could be used in that manner.  I could see this being the potential future of publications.  If journals are willing to offer the option, then authors can pursue either direction, to go open access or remain with the traditional publication.
If you want to look more into the Taylor & Francis open access available journals, there is a list of open journals that this publisher offers.

One thought on “Are There Any Open Access Counseling Journals?”

  1. I like the angle you took on this, for what it’s worth.

    Interesting to learn that journals can offer the option of open access or traditional publication. I wonder how common this is in academic research in general. I’ve not heard of it in/around the realms of English, rhetoric and writing studies (but of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not an option at all, since T &F also publishes a number of articles in my field).

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