COCO interactive JOURNAL

JanPieter Hoogma

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 JOURNAL.


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

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:

Submission criteria

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

2. A submission should ideally illuminate the special contribution it can make to

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.

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 International,

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.

5. Finally