Introducing COCO JOURNAL and the role it can play in the development of
CCI Co-Counselling theory world-wide. It explains how authors can be supported
and it provides an overview of the proposed aims, editorial policies of COCO
COCO JOURNAL links articles with an e-mail discussion platform. Readers
and authors can respond to each other, and to articles, at times that suit them.
COCO JOURNAL provides the opportunity to publish articles in a much more
open, responsive and dynamic way.
Open and fast Peer Discussion
- Once an article has been published in COCO JOURNAL,
people can respond immediately. They don't need to wait up to three
months for their response to be published in the next issue
- Authors have the right of reply and can do this almost immediately instead
of six months later in a subsequent issue
- The audience can read the article and all its responses in one go. They
don't need to collect previous issues to see what all the fizz is about.
- The discussion platform has been set up in such a way that all contributions
are attached to an original article. No one need to hop around trying to
follow a discussion.
Private peer support for authors...
Co-Counsellors who have written a draft article can submit it to COCO JOURNAL
without having it published to the general public. The author(s) will get
the web-address of their article and a password to access it. In turn they can
forward these to friends and supporters who can use the COCO JOURNAL
for reading the draft and giving feedback and suggestions to the author(s).
When the authors feel ready they can submit their article to the editorial
board for publication.
1. Aims of CoCo Journal
All the above mentioned potential offers the opportunity for COCO JOURNAL
to serve the world wide Co-Counselling community with the following aims:
- To foster an open-minded and inquisitive debate
on the theoretical and practical aspects of CCI Co-Counselling.
- To clarify the practical, social and cultural issues
raised by the use of Co-Counselling in daily life.
- To radically improve teaching and learning
- To link Co-Counsellors concerned with theory, to teachers and practitioners
- To provide Co-Counselling authors with a world-wide support system
- To publish international research
related to the theory, practice and experience of Co-Counselling.
It follows from the COCO JOURNAL AIMS that
1. Submissions are expected to have a clear focus on CCI Co-Counselling theory
and practice, and to seek to advance Co-Counselling knowledge in some way, by
- gathering previous discussions into a new article or
- developing new theory or summarising existing theory, or
questioning existing work, or
- providing an analysis or framework for understanding experiences with
2. A submission should ideally illuminate the special contribution it can make
- an individual's understanding or skills in Co-Counselling or
- an individual's capability to be in charge of their own life or
- the teaching of Co-Counselling or conversely how new co-counsellors can
be supported to make better or greater use of co-counselling or
- Co-Counselling workshops, networks and communities
Suggestions for submissions
Ideally, we are looking for integrated submissions that present the diverse
theoretical bases of CCI Co-Counselling, its implementation in sessions, daily
life, workshops and organisations -- and if this weren't enough -- its evaluation
and theoretical implications. However, one or more of these aspects may form
the basis for a submission.
- Personal Experience: describe the application of Co-Counselling
principles, methods, theory, or (teaching) tools to Co-Counselling practice
and daily life.
Review criteria include the value of the reflections abstracted from these
experiences and their relevance to other Co-Counsellors, teachers and people
who support the functioning of the Co-Counselling network.
- Teaching Articles: describe (parts of) co-counselling fundamentals
and workshops teaching programs. Authors should be clear as to what extent
and how their teaching approach has been implemented and evaluated. It would
be helpful if they would make explicit any educational theory underlying
their program if this is not the focus of the submission.
- Literature Reviews and Theoretical Analysis: describe the literature
relating to a particular issue; identify key theoretical issues that need
to be resolved; propose ways forward. Review criteria include the conceptual
framework (if any) used to write and structure the literature review, justification
of the importance of a theoretical issue, and potential of the theoretical
2. Editorial board
The role of the editorial board is bridge-building. On the one hand to support
an author to write an article and on the other hand to ensure the article meets
the COCO JOURNAL AIMS.
The editorial board decides which article will be made public eventually.
Its members ideally represent or are rooted in the national networks of Co-Counselling
- The Netherlands
This board should make their decisions independently of CornuCopia Co-Counselling,
the latter only providing the platform and the technology.
3. Submitting articles
Articles submitted to COCO JOURNAL are first published in a private
folder, only accessible to the editorial board and supporters of the author.
The six members of the editorial board review the submitted article and post
their reviews and suggestions to the discussion section belonging to the article.
Their contributions are attributed.
Authors are encouraged to respond to these comments, and reviewers (who may
not necessarily agree with each other) likewise. This discussion forms the basis
for coming to an agreement for publication.
If the editors judge the article to be of sufficient quality -- that is, broadly
readable, acceptable and fitting the aims of COCO JOURNAL -- the (revised)
article will be made available to the general public. This final publication
will be freely accessible on the COCO JOURNAL site.
4. Frequency of Publication
COCO JOURNAL does not have a chronological concept of publishing an
issue, like paper-based journals. As soon as there is an agreement between editors
and author, COCO JOURNAL will publish the article.
- People participating in the discussion are named and accountable for their
- Authors have the right of reply
- Authors and readers can post links to point to subsequent work elsewhere
and can post comments and links pointing to work which has not been referenced,
or did not exist when the article was written.
- Authors, reviewers and anyone else who has subscribed to an article will
receive email alerts to new postings to the discussion.