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Aims and scope

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications publishes new empirical and theoretical work covering all areas of Cognition, with a special emphasis on use-inspired basic research: fundamental research that grows from hypotheses about real-world problems. We expect that authors will be able to explain in a Significance section how their basic research serves to advance our understanding of the cognitive aspects of a problem with real-world applications. 

Why publish your article in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications?

High visibility

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications therefore levies an article-processing charge of £960/$1500/€1220 for each article accepted for publication. The article-processing charge for Brief Reports is £480/$750/€610.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

SpringerOpen provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Society discount

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications is affiliated with The Psychonomic Society. All members of the society are eligible for a 30% discount on the article-processing charge when submitting Original Articles to the journal.

Society members should indicate that they are covered by an institutional membership arrangement at the “APC Agreement” stage of submission and subsequently select the society from the provided list. Active membership to The Psychonomic Society will be verified by our Editorial Office before discounts are granted.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published inCognitive Research: Principles and Implications will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer review policy

Peer review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help Editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications operates a single-blind peer review system, whereby reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of authors but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications

Articles in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Appl Inform [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Appl Inform 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.