Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRICE) aims to provide a means for sustained discussion of relevant issues that fall within the focus and scope of the journal, which can be examined empirically. The journal publishes research articles that encompass various aspects of counseling, educational psychology, psychological intervention, mental health, and coping behavior. In addition to the broad range of counseling and educational psychology topics covered, the journal also welcomes manuscripts that address areas such as oncologic psychological therapy, cancer rehabilitation, psychiatric intervention, mental health approaches, marriage and family practices, sexual abuse, addiction, crisis intervention, spiritual counseling, and psychological-technology related research.


The International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRICE), with the ISSN: 2620-5769 (Electronic), ISSN: 2620-5750 (Print), is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, and open-access interdisciplinary journal that is published semi-annually in July and December. The journal is published by Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) in collaboration with the Indonesian Counselor Association (IKI). It was initially launched in December 2017 with Volume 1, Issue 1.

Papers published in twice a year: July and December 

Manuscript must contain elements:

(1) evaluation reports;
(2) research findings; and/or
(3) methodological issues; and/or
(4) implications of the above for action.

The complete array of manuscripts can be seen in the IJRiCE template

Section Policies

Letter to Editor

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Case Report

  • Afdal Afdal
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Original Articles

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Short Communication

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Review Article

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Book Review

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Peer Review Process

Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees by double blind peer review for contribution, originality, relevance, and presentation. The Editor shall inform you of the results of the review as soon as possible, hopefully in 4 weeks. Please notice that because of the great number of submissions that IJRICE has received during the last few months the duration of the review process can be up to 3 months.

Publication Frequency

Manuscripts in this journal are published twice a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to all article on the principle that making research freely available to the public; supports a greater global exchange of knowledge; and invaluable way to maximize the visibility and impact of research, especially Counseling and Education field. This means:

  1. Everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in IJRICE journals;
  2. Everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given;
  3. Open a oportunity for potential benefits for society, this can improve the research profile of author(s);
  4. Open access publication is supported by the authors' institutes or research funding agencies by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Charge (APC) for accepted articles.

Important Note: some articles (especially Reviews) may contain figures, tables or text taken from other publications, for which IJRICE does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be re-used.


International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE) is fully committed to the cause of digital preservation of scientific research. The digital content of the Journal is extremely valuable and measures are in place to ensure both its current accessibility and long-term preservation. All digital Journal content is stored on a secure server which is backed up frequently. In the event of a problem, the back-up will be restored within 24 hours. IJRiCE also implementing PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) preservation function.

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...

Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics of International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE)

This statement clarifies ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in our journals, including the authors, the editors, the peer-reviewers and the publisher Universitas Negeri Padang. This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Ethical International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE) for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed  International Journal on Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE) is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the authors, the journal editors, the peer reviewers, the publisher and the society.

Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) as publisher of this Journal takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the UNP and Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Publication decisions

The editors of the IJRiCE Journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal 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 this decision.

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.


Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should 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.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should 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.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. 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.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Plagiarism Policy

International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE) Editorial board recognizes that plagiarism is not acceptable and therefore establishes the following policy stating specific actions (penalties) when plagiarism is identified in an article that is submitted for publication in International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE). IJRICE analysis will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism.


Plagiarism Checker

To avoid cheating and plagiarism, IJRiCE uses tools to check the similiarity index with TURNITIN.


Copyright without restrictions

International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE) allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions and will retain publishing rights without restrictions.

The submitted papers are assumed to contain no proprietary material unprotected by patent or patent application; responsibility for technical content and for protection of proprietary material rests solely with the author(s) and their organizations and is not the responsibility of International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE). The main (first/corresponding) author is responsible for ensuring that the article has been seen and approved by all the other authors. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain all necessary copyright release permissions for the use of any copyrighted materials in the manuscript prior to the submission.

Reference Management

Every article submitted to IJRiCE recomended and/or shall use reference management software.

We suggest all of you using software ENDNOTE, MENDELEY, ZOTERO, or EASYBIB for easily citation. References should be the most recent and pertinent literature available (about 5-10 years ago). Authors must also carefully follow APA6th Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age. In addition, the terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred, rather than their many synonyms.

Waiver Policy

There is no waiver to author who submit their artcles in IJRICE. The Author are the same positition in publication.

Withdrawal of Manuscripts

Author is not allowed to withdraw submitted manuscripts, because the withdrawal is waste of valuable resources that editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscript, money and works invested by the publisher.

If author still requests withdrawal of his/her manuscript when the manuscript is still in the peer-reviewing process, author will be punished with paying $85 per manuscript, as withdrawal penalty to the publisher. However, it is unethical to withdraw a submitted manuscript from one journal if accepted by another journal. The withdrawal of manuscript after the manuscript is accepted for publication, author will be punished by paying US$150 per manuscript. Withdrawal of manuscript is only allowed after withdrawal penalty has been fully paid to the Publisher.

If author don't agree to pay the penalty, the author and his/her affiliation will be blacklisted for publication in this journal. Even, his/her previously published articles will be removed from our online system.

Retraction and Correction policies

Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined below. UNP places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community. An Erratum is a statement by the authors of the original paper that briefly describes any correction(s) resulting from errors or omissions. Any effects on the conclusions of the paper should be noted. The corrected article is not removed from the online journal, but notice of erratum is given. The Erratum is made freely available to all readers and is linked to the corrected article. A Retraction is a notice that the paper should not be regarded as part of the scientific literature. Retractions are issued if there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, this can be as a result of misconduct or honest error; if the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper referencing, permission or justification; if the work is plagiarized; or if the work reports unethical research. To protect the integrity of the record, the retracted article is not removed from the online journal, but notice of retraction is given, is made freely available to all readers, and is linked to the retracted article. Retractions can be published by the authors when they have discovered substantial scientific errors; in other cases, the Editors or Publisher may conclude that retraction is appropriate. In all cases, the retraction indicates the reason for the action and who is responsible for the decision. If a retraction is made without the unanimous agreement of the authors, that is also noted. In rare and extreme cases involving legal infringement, the Publisher may redact or remove an article. Bibliographic information about the article will be retained to ensure the integrity of the scientific record. A Publisher’s Note notifies readers that an article has been corrected subsequent to publication. It is issued by the Publisher and is used in cases where typographical or production errors (which are the fault of the Publisher) affect the integrity of the article metadata (such as title, author list or byline) or will significantly impact the readers' ability to comprehend the article. The original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version. Publisher’s Notes are freely available to all readers. Minor errors that do not affect the integrity of the metadata or a reader's ability to understand an article and that do not involve a scientific error or omission will be corrected at the discretion of the Publisher. In such a case, the original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version. The date the correction is made is noted on the corrected article. Authors should also be aware that an original article can only be removed and replaced with a corrected version less than one year after the original publication date. Corrections to an article which has a publication date that is older than one year will only be documented by a Publisher’s Note. The following guideline may also be helpful: COPE Guidelines for Retracting Articles

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Journal History

The International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRiCE) was formed for the first time after a meeting between the Head of the department postgraduate counseling program at the Universitas Negeri Padang, the Chairmen of the Indonesian Counselor Association (IKI) and the Founder of IJRICE in July 2017. This journal aims to provide the publication/manuscript of researchers, academics and practitioners in Indonesia and internationally, especially in the fields of counseling and education. The first issue was published on November 2017.

Since the first publication, it has changed several times in term of journal management and policy:

  • In November 2017, the first issue was published in online form.
  • Since January 2018, the journal management agree on writing templates guidelines (the results of the agreement are in the manuscript template). This agreement is also related to the type of font and layout form in a holistic manner.
  • In March 2018, the ISSN in Print and Online version was issued by LIPI.
  • The selected and best manuscript of the International Conferences on Education, Social Sciences and Technology (ICESST) conference in February 2018 was published in Volume 1 Number 2 2018. This manuscripts has gone through a rigorous peer review process at the conference before publication.
  • In April 2018, the journal were registered and indexed to several website, including Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search.
  • In August 2018, the journal were registered and indexed to Dimensions and Garuda
  • To maintain sustainability, IJRICE has initiated partnership with conference and seminar, such as International Conferences on Education, Social Sciences and Technology  (ICESST) and International Conference on Education, Islamic Studies and Social Sciences Research (ICEISR) in 2018.

CrossMark Policy

Crossmark is a multi-publisher initiative from Crossref to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the Crossmark logo International Journal of Research in Counseling and Education (IJRICE) is committing to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.
Clicking on the Crossmark logo will tell you the current status of a document and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.

AI and AI-assisted technologies in writing

When authors use AI and AI-assisted technologies during the writing process, these technologies should be utilized exclusively to enhance the clarity and language of the work, and should not be used as substitutes for researcher responsibilities such as generating scientific insights, analyzing and interpreting data, or making scientific conclusions. It is essential that these technologies be applied under human supervision and oversight, and authors should meticulously review and edit the resulting work, as AI-generated output can sometimes appear authoritative but be inaccurate, incomplete, or biased. Authors should not credit AI and AI-assisted technologies as authors or co-authors, nor should they cite AI as an author. The responsibility for the originality, accuracy, and integrity of the work ultimately lies with the authors, who should provide a disclosure statement at the end of the article to indicate the use of AI and AI-assisted technologies.