Vision and 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.

General Description & Distribution

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

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 = 1.52 (2-year), 1.6 (5-year).

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:
On January 1, 2012, Wiley-Blackwell (W-B) began publishing 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 may access the CDQ by logging in and clicking the link on the members-only page.

Members will receive only electronic access to the CDQ through the Wiley Online Library, unless you have informed ACA that you prefer to continue to receive print copies of the journal. If you are an ACA/NCDA member and would like to continue to receive print copies of the journal, there is a $15.00 charge per year. The option to receive a print copy will appear on your next membership renewal, or you can simply call ACA Member Services at 800-347- 6647 x222 / 703-823-9800 x222 to let us know that you would like to continue receive print copies of the journal. NCDA-only members should contact NCDA directly to receive print copies.

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Non-member Rates:
Institutional print only: $200.00
Institutional online only: $200.00
Institutional print and online: $230.00

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Annual Report

CDQ Annual Report 2018-2019

Career Development Quarterly

cover of the Career Developments Quarterly