Vision & Purpose

The Career Development Quarterly (CDQ) is the official journal of the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The purpose of CDQ  is to foster career development through the design and use of career interventions and publish articles on career counseling, individual and organizational career development, work and leisure, career education, career coaching, and career management.

Cdq Cover 2021General Description & Distribution

NCDA Members may access the CDQ by logging in to the NCDA website and clicking the link on the members-only page, then on the Publications tab.

Frequency: Quarterly
ISSN: 0889-4019
Months of Distribution: September - December - March - June

Impact Factor

(from the CDQ Annual Report 2019-2020)

Journal statistics for the prior 12-month period:

  • 172 manuscripts received; 102 manuscripts rejected without review (inappropriate); accept ratio = 13.2%
  • average time to assign reviewer = 2.3 days; average reviewer turnaround time = 26.9 days
  • average time from submission to first decision = 13.5 days; average time from submission to final decision = 18.5 days

Impact Factor

  • 2-Year Impact Factor = 1.518
  • 5-Year IF = 2.119

Full text downloads via Wiley Online Library increased by 10%, from 37,960 in 2016 to 41,580 in 2017.

CDQ ranks 55 of 84 applied psychology journals worldwide.

Indexing and Abstracting Info

CDQ abstracts/articles can be found in any of the following:

  • Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts
  • British Library Medical Information Service
  • Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • ERIC Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)
  • Education Index
  • Higher Education Abstracts
  • Psychological Abstracts
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Social SciSearch
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory

Subscription Info

A subscription to the Career Development Quarterly (CDQ) is included as a benefit with membership in the National Career Development Association.

Electronic Access:

Wiley-Blackwell (W-B) is the exclusive publisher of the journal on behalf of ACA and its division NCDA. This journal’s back issue files are now digitized and are available through the Wiley Online Library from Volume 1, Number 1 to the present.  NCDA Members receive free online electronic access as a member benefit.  Members may access the CDQ by logging in and clicking the link on the members-only page.

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Requests for Translation and Reprint of CDQ Articles
NCDA encourages the translation and reprint of CDQ articles. Such requests should be submitted to NCDA headquarters and forwarded to the current CDQ editor for review. If the editor rejects a request, a justification should be made to the NCDA president. NCDA Headquarters will process all approved requests for translation and reprints and appropriate fees will be charged to the requester.

Annual Report:

Wiley Publishers 2020 Report to the American Counseling Association on the CDQ