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Focus and Scope

The Journal of Cognition, the official journal of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, publishes reviews, empirical articles (including registered reports), data reports, stimulus development reports, comments, and methodological notes relevant to all areas of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, motor control, numerical cognition, perception, psycholinguistics, and reasoning. We also publish cross-disciplinary research if we judge that it has clear implications for development of cognitive psychological theories. As a signatory of the Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion guidelines, we value methodological rigour and transparent scientific practices. We welcome submissions from scholars working anywhere in the world.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

The journal is indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal Statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2022 volume:

Submissions received184
Reviews requested2400
Reviews received3168
Total Rejections414
...of which, Desk rejects511
Acceptance rate779%
Time from submission to publication8202 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership. The editor, publisher and the Association have the right to decline advertisements at their total discretion.

Ads can be submitted at any time and will be posted on the website 1 week after receiving payment.

All files need to be in .jpg or .png. An accurate URL to any webpage you wish to link to must also be submitted. All advert image files must be provided to the journal.

Only 3 Ads are permitted at a time. The Ads will be posted on a first come, first serve basis and once their month/s expire, the next Ad in line will be posted.

To reserve your ad space, please contact the journal, providing information on what you would like to advertise along with the duration of the advert placement.

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The Journal of Cognition is the official journal of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology.


The European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) launched the Journal of Cognition in 2017. Noting that national funding agencies and the public at large increasingly expect scientific communications to be freely available, ESCoP was keen to promote open-access publishing with its official journal, to provide cognitive psychologists with an outlet combining transparency with rigour. In December 2016, the ESCoP executive committee unanimously voted to launch the Journal of Cognition. ESCoP is committed to producing a journal that fully promotes its content by making it perpetually available to all, and serves cognitive psychologists by encouraging high methodological standards and providing constructive expert review. The Journal of Cognition is the only official journal of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. 

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