Cognitive Neuroscience: For Authors
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Cognitive Neuroscience is not restrictive with regards to the methodologies that are considered suitable for inclusion. For example, electrophysiology, haemodynamic brain responses, and behavioural measures (e.g. reaction times) are all related to brain function and cognition, even if some are more direct measures of neural activity than others. The methodology only needs to be appropriate to the theoretical questions addressed.
Inclusion of articles in the journal is based on two principles: (1) excellence and (2) it addresses brain-based theories of cognition.
Cognitive Neuroscience publishes three kinds of article:
New articles should be submitted through our ScholarOne Manuscripts online submission site.
All manuscripts must comply with the following:
- Format for References
- Formatting for Tables and Figures
- General Formatting
- After Acceptance
- Declared Conflicts of Interest
- Ethics and Consent Standards
- Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Taylor & Francis. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors retain many rights under Taylor & Francis rights policy.
All manuscripts should be submitted in American Psychological Association (APA) format following the latest edition of Publication Manual of the APA (currently 5th edition).
Short Reports are intended for high quality empirical work in any area of Cognitive Neuroscience. The maximum word limit is 4000 words including abstract and references, but excluding tables, legends and figures. Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum, and should not exceed five in total. We do not publish Supplementary Online Material so your writing style and arguments will need to be clear and concise.
The layout of each short report should be as follows:
- Title page
- Abstract (maximum of 150 words)
- General Discussion
Multiple experiments should be numbered Experiment 1, 2, etc. and, in such cases, 'Results' should be 'Results and Discussion'.
Short Reports should be submitted online using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please highlight any matters of importance to the Action Editor in a covering letter which can be uploaded with your manuscript. You should also select up to three potential reviewers for your manuscript.
Discussion Papers are an opportunity to evaluate and synthesise a significant body of research and to present new models and theories. They should not normally include new empirical data, but they may include meta-analyses or new models of existing data (including of a computational nature). As well as meeting the general criteria for publication in the journal (i.e. excellence and relevance to brain-based theories of cognition), Discussion Papers should meet the additional criteria of being appropriate for published peer commentary. This may be achieved in several ways. For example, the paper may bring together evidence from a wide range of fields (including but not limited to Cognitive Neuroscience) or it may present an idea that runs counter to prevailing trends (although arguments must be well reasoned and evidence-based).
Discussion Papers should be 8000 words in length including a 200 word abstract, but excluding references, tables and figures. They should be submitted online using ScholarOne Manuscripts, and should be accompanied by a covering letter which makes it clear why the manuscript merits peer commentary. You should also select up to three potential reviewers for your manuscript.
Pre-submission enquiries are welcomed for Discussion Papers, and potential authors should contact the Editor.
Commentaries on Discussion Papers
When a Discussion Paper is accepted, it will be posted on the web and there will be a call for peer commentary for a limited amount of time. The purpose of a Commentary is to discuss one substantial issue (or a small set of closely connected issues) arising from the Discussion Paper. The Commentary can either by positively or negatively disposed to the main thesis of the Discussion Paper, but it must contribute something new and relevant. This may be achieved, for example, by pointing out potential flaws in the logic or by drawing attention to other lines of evidence not previously considered.
Commentaries should be no more than 800 words in length including references (in APA format) and an abstract of no more than 100 words. The length will be reduced if tables or figures are included, as we aim to fit each Commentary on to a single published page. As the Commentaries will be collated after the Discussion Paper, there is no need to cite this article in the title of the Commentary or the reference list. The title should reflect the content of your Commentary (e.g. "Working memory is the temporary activation of long-term memory") rather than being of the style "A Reply to X and Y, 2010".
Commentaries should be submitted online using ScholarOne Manuscripts and should be accompanied by a covering letter which makes it clear which Discussion Paper it is a commentary of. You may discuss your Commentary with the Editor in advance, but it is not essential to do so. Commentaries will be selected for publication based upon quality of argument, relevance, and originality (we won't publish multiple commentaries making essentially the same argument).
Format for References
References follow the format of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Reference citations within the text.
Use authors' last names, with the year of publication in parentheses after the last author's name, e.g., "Jones and Smith (1987)"; alternatively, "(Brown, 1982; Jones & Smith, 1987; White, Johnson, & Thomas, 1990)".
On first citation of references with three to six authors, give all names in full, thereafter use first author "et al.".
If more than one article by the same author(s) in the same year is cited, the letters a, b, c etc. should follow the year.
A full list of references quoted in the text should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetical order of authors' surnames (or chronologically for a group of references by the same authors), commencing as a new sheet, typed double spaced.
Titles of journals and books should be given in full, e.g.:
Baddeley, A. D. (1999). Essentials of human memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
Chapter in edited book:
Plomin, R., & Dale, P. S. (2000). Genetics and early language development: A UK study of twins. In D. V. M. Bishop & L. B. Leonard (Eds.), Speech and language impairments in children: Causes, characteristics, intervention and outcome (pp. 35-51). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
Schwartz, M. F., & Hodgson, C. (2002). A new multiword naming deficit: Evidence and interpretation. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 19, 263-288.
Formatting for Tables and Figures
Each of these should be submitted as a separate file. Instructions for placing the table should be given in parentheses in the text, e.g., "(Table 2 about here)". These should be kept to the minimum. Each table should be typed double spaced, giving the heading, e.g., "Table 2", in Arabic numerals, followed by the legend, followed by the table. Make sure that appropriate units are given.
Color figures will be included in the journal at no cost to the author.
Figures should only be used when essential and the same data should not be presented both as a figure and in a table. Where possible, related diagrams should be grouped together to form a single figure.
Each figure should be on a separate page, not integrated with the text. The figure captions should be typed in a separate section, headed, e.g., "Figure 2", in Arabic numerals. Instructions for placing the figure should be given in parentheses in the text, e.g., "(Figure 2 about here)".
For more detailed guidelines see Preparation of Figure Artwork.
Indicate headings and subheadings for different sections of the paper clearly. Do not number headings.
These should be as brief as possible and typed on a separate sheet at the beginning of the text.
Permission to quote
Any direct quotation, regardless of length, must be accompanied by a reference citation that includes a page number. Any quote over six manuscript lines should have formal written permission to quote from the copyright owner. It is the author's responsibility to determine whether permission is required from the copyright owner and, if so, to obtain it. (See "Seeking permission to use other sources" for a template letter to use when seeking copyright permission.)
These should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Essential footnotes should be indicated by superscript figures in the text and collected on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript.
Results of statistical tests should be given in the following form:
"... results showed an effect of group, F(2, 21) = 13.74, MSE = 451.98, p < .001, but there was no effect of repeated trials, F(5, 105) = 1.44, MSE = 17.70, and no interaction, F(10, 105) = 1.34, MSE = 17.70."
Other tests should be reported in a similar manner to the above example of an F-ratio. For a fuller explanation of statistical presentation, see pages 136-147 of the APA Publication Manual (5th ed.). For guidelines on presenting statistical significance, see pages 24-25.
Abbreviations that are specific to a particular manuscript or to a very specific area of research should be avoided, and authors will be asked to spell out in full any such abbreviations throughout the text. Standard abbreviations such as RT for reaction time, SOA for stimulus onset asynchrony or other standard abbreviations that will be readily understood by readers of the journal are acceptable. Experimental conditions should be named in full, except in tables and figures.
Free article access
Once your article is available online you will be granted access to the article. If you do not have a username, one is created for you, and an email will be sent to you containing your login details. You can access both HTML and PDF versions of your article. You may download a PDF version, which will contain a watermark noting this is an author copy. You are free to circulate this PDF to up to 50 colleagues by email, or make 50 printed copies and circulate by mail. This acceptable use policy does NOT permit distribution to more than 50 individuals of the PDF by authors or editors without express permission from the publisher. Prohibited uses include the distribution of the PDF via professional or personal listservs or posting to personal, organizational, or institutional websites in a format that would allow downloading or printing.
Volume contents and author index
The list of contents and the author index for the whole of the year's issues are published in the last issue of the year of each journal. For Cognitive Neuroscience, this is issue 4 (December).