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 2024General 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

In addition to the main section, a new section has been added in 2024:

The Effective Career Interventions section is designed for manuscripts that explore and assess the impact of career development or career counseling interventions. Empirical data must be collected and analyzed, and may include any of the following: randomized control trial, quasi-experimental designs, pre-post tests, program evaluation results, single-case findings, pilot study, or other empirical data collected to better understand the impact and possible effectiveness of a career development or counseling intervention.

Impact Factor

(from the Clarivate Report released in March 2023)

Journal statistics for 2022:

  • total number of submissions increased 13.7% over 2021.
  • article acceptance rate = 21.1% (an increase from 13.9% in 2021)

2-Year Impact Factor (2019-2021) = 2.408

Access via Wiley Online Library increased by 15.7% in 2022. The average number of views per article published in 2022 = 391.

CDQ ranks 57 of 83 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.

General e-mail


Non-member Rates:

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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 2022 Report to the American Counseling Association on the CDQ