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Cognition is an international journal that publishes theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind. It covers a wide variety of subjects concerning all the different aspects of cognition, ranging from experimental studies of behavior and of the brain to formal analysis.

Papers will be selected on the basis of their scientific quality, their degree of innovation and their unambiguous theoretical advance to the study of cognition. Paper's overall soundness of the argument and degree of empirical motivation, especially from converging sources, are more important than adherence to specific methodological principles. Studies that selectively focus on the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie problems with cognition in clinical populations or on purely methodological questions fall outside the scope of Cognition . Because Cognition enjoys a wide readership from many disciplines, authors should explicitly consider the general theoretical issues raised by their work and its relevance to other topics and methods. Materials should describe work done and methods used in a clear and explicit manner (allowing reproduction of the methods by others).

Contributions: • Full theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind. •Brief articles reporting original empirical findings, major theoretical advances or crucial developments that warrant rapid communication to the scientific community •Proposals for special issues on a new and important area in the field •Discussions

Your Paper Your Way We now differentiate between the requirements for new and revised submissions. You may choose to submit your manuscript as a single Word or PDF file to be used in the refereeing process. Only when your paper is at the revision stage, will you be requested to put your paper in to a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your article. To find out more, please visit the Preparation section below.

Types of contribution • Full theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind • Brief articles reporting original empirical findings, major theoretical advances or crucial developments that warrant rapid communication to the scientific community •Proposals for special issues on a new and important area in the field •Discussions

Contact details for submission Any questions prior to submission (e.g. appropriateness of manuscript) can be sent to "Cognition", to [email protected]

Ensure that the following items are present:

All necessary files have been uploaded: Manuscript : • Include keywords • All figures (include relevant captions) • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes) • Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided • Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print Graphical Abstracts / Highlights files (where applicable) Supplemental files (where applicable)

For further information, visit our Support Center .

Ethics in publishing Please see our information on Ethics in publishing .

Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Declaration of interest All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential competing interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors must disclose any interests in two places: 1. A summary declaration of interest statement in the title page file (if double anonymized) or the manuscript file (if single anonymized). If there are no interests to declare then please state this: 'Declarations of interest: none'. 2. Detailed disclosures as part of a separate Declaration of Interest form, which forms part of the journal's official records. It is important for potential interests to be declared in both places and that the information matches. More information .

Preprints Please note that preprints can be shared anywhere at any time, in line with Elsevier's sharing policy . Sharing your preprints e.g. on a preprint server will not count as prior publication (see ' Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication ' for more information).

During submission to Editorial Manager, you can choose to release your manuscript publicly as a preprint on the preprint server SSRN once it enters peer-review with the journal. Your choice will have no effect on the editorial process or outcome with the journal. Please note that the corresponding author is expected to seek approval from all co-authors before agreeing to release the manuscript publicly on SSRN.

For more information about posting to SSRN , please consult the SSRN Terms of Use and FAQs .

Reporting sex- and gender-based analyses Reporting guidance For research involving or pertaining to humans, animals or eukaryotic cells, investigators should integrate sex and gender-based analyses (SGBA) into their research design according to funder/sponsor requirements and best practices within a field. Authors should address the sex and/or gender dimensions of their research in their article. In cases where they cannot, they should discuss this as a limitation to their research's generalizability. Importantly, authors should explicitly state what definitions of sex and/or gender they are applying to enhance the precision, rigor and reproducibility of their research and to avoid ambiguity or conflation of terms and the constructs to which they refer (see Definitions section below). Authors can refer to the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines and the SAGER guidelines checklist . These offer systematic approaches to the use and editorial review of sex and gender information in study design, data analysis, outcome reporting and research interpretation - however, please note there is no single, universally agreed-upon set of guidelines for defining sex and gender.

Author contributions For transparency, we encourage authors to submit an author statement file outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant CRediT roles: Conceptualization; Data curation; Formal analysis; Funding acquisition; Investigation; Methodology; Project administration; Resources; Software; Supervision; Validation; Visualization; Roles/Writing - original draft; Writing - review & editing. Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first and CRediT role(s) following. More details and an example .

Article transfer service This journal uses the Elsevier Article Transfer Service to find the best home for your manuscript. This means that if an editor feels your manuscript is more suitable for an alternative journal, you might be asked to consider transferring the manuscript to such a journal. The recommendation might be provided by a Journal Editor, a dedicated Scientific Managing Editor , a tool assisted recommendation, or a combination. If you agree, your manuscript will be transferred, though you will have the opportunity to make changes to the manuscript before the submission is complete. Please note that your manuscript will be independently reviewed by the new journal. More information .

Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases.

Author rights As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work. More information .

Role of the funding source You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, it is recommended to state this.

Elsevier Researcher Academy Researcher Academy is a free e-learning platform designed to support early and mid-career researchers throughout their research journey. The "Learn" environment at Researcher Academy offers several interactive modules, webinars, downloadable guides and resources to guide you through the process of writing for research and going through peer review. Feel free to use these free resources to improve your submission and navigate the publication process with ease.

Submission Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process. Editable files (e.g., Word, LaTeX) are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

We strive to return a decision on Full articles within three months on the advice of at least two reviewers, and on Brief articles within six to eight weeks. Delays can be incurred if reviewers are unable to return their reviews to us within the requested period, or if we need to find alternative reviewers.

The covering letter Articles for submission should be accompanied by a covering letter which summarizes, in no more than a short paragraph, the novel empirical and/or theoretical contribution of the paper. This paragraph should convey how the work constrains current theorizing over and above the current literature. Cognition aims to publish material that is highly innovative with respect to advancing theory, and this summary may be used to s the triage process. Authors should also ensure that readers can quickly establish the advance afforded by the paper when reading its introduction and/or discussion sections.

Queries For questions about the editorial process (including the status of manuscripts under review) or for technical support on submissions, please visit our Support Center .

References There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct.

Figures and tables embedded in text Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.

REVISED SUBMISSIONS We accept most word processing formats, but Word is preferred. When submitting your revised paper, we ask that you include a Response to Reviewers (mandatory). This should be a separate file labeled "Response to Reviewers" that carefully addresses, point-by-point, the issues raised. You should also include a suitable rebuttal to any specific request for change that you have not made. Mention the page, paragraph, and line number of any revisions that are made.

Article structure

Introduction State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Theory/calculation A Theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further work. In contrast, a Calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.

Discussion This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

Appendices If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

Highlights Highlights are optional yet highly encouraged for this journal, as they increase the discoverability of your article via search engines. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that capture the novel results of your research as well as new methods that were used during the study (if any). Please have a look at the examples here: example Highlights .

Abstract A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Keywords Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using British spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Acknowledgements Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Funding: This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA [grant number zzzz]; and the United States Institutes of Peace [grant number aaaa].

If no funding has been provided for the research, it is recommended to include the following sentence:

Footnotes Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article.

Electronic artwork General points • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork. • Preferred fonts: Arial (or Helvetica), Times New Roman (or Times), Symbol, Courier. • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text. • Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files. • Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. • For Word submissions only, you may still provide figures and their captions, and tables within a single file at the revision stage. • Please note that individual figure files larger than 10 MB must be provided in separate source files.

Color artwork Please make sure that artwork files are in an acceptable format (TIFF (or JPEG), EPS (or PDF), or MS Office files) and with the correct resolution. If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable color figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in color online (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article . Please indicate your preference for color: in print or online only. Further information on the preparation of electronic artwork .

Tables Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Citation in text Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Data references This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.

References in a special issue Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference formatting There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged. The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article by Elsevier at the proof stage. Note that missing data will be highlighted at proof stage for the author to correct. If you do wish to format the references yourself they should be arranged according to the following examples:

Journal abbreviations source Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations .

Data visualization Include interactive data visualizations in your publication and let your readers interact and engage more closely with your research. Follow the instructions here to find out about available data visualization options and how to include them with your article.

Data Archiving Policy * Cognition aims to encourage meta-analysis and to facilitate understanding of the data underlying articles published in the journal. Authors of all published papers will therefore be asked to make their raw data publically available whenever possible. "Data" refers to an electronic file containing non-identified responses that are potentially already coded. Normally, the data would represent an early stage of electronic processing, before individual responses have been aggregated. The data must be in a form that allows all reported statistical analyses to be reproduced while retaining the confidentiality of individual participants. This entails that the data are formatted and documented in a way that makes the structure of the data set readily apparent. All empirical papers must archive their data upon acceptance in order to be published unless the authors provide a compelling reason why they cannot (e.g., expense, confidentiality). The action editor will be the final arbiter of whether the reason is sufficiently compelling. Data can be made publically available in different ways. Authors can submit their data as supplementary material (through our online submission system, selecting the submission item as ' Raw data ') together with their manuscript. Alternatively, there are multiple public repositories that are committed to providing public access into perpetuity: examples are the Open Science Framework, Dataverse, and the Databibadd list. Personal websites and most departmental websites do not qualify as repositories because they are potentially transient. If data are archived in a public repository, a link to the data must be provided under the section heading "Supplementary material" in the manuscript. Note that any publication that reports analyses of or refers to archived data will be expected to cite the original publication in which the data were reported. For supplementary data submitted together with the final draft of an accepted manuscript, please note: Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: . In order to ensure that your submitted material is directly usable, please provide the data in one of our recommended file formats. Authors should submit the material in electronic format together with the article and supply a concise and descriptive caption for each file. For more detailed instructions please visit our artwork instruction pages at .

Below are a number of ways in which you can associate data with your article or make a statement about the availability of your data when submitting your manuscript. When sharing data in one of these ways, you are expected to cite the data in your manuscript and reference list. Please refer to the "References" section for more information about data citation. For more information on depositing, sharing and using research data and other relevant research materials, visit the research data page .

There are different ways to link your datasets to your article. When available, you can directly link your dataset to your article by providing the relevant information in the submission system. For more information, visit the database linking page .

In addition, you can link to relevant data or entities through identifiers within the text of your manuscript, using the following format: Database: xxxx (e.g., TAIR: AT1G01020; CCDC: 734053; PDB: 1XFN).

Research Elements is a suite of peer-reviewed, open access journals which make your research objects findable, accessible and reusable. Articles place research objects into context by providing detailed descriptions of objects and their application, and linking to the associated original research articles. Research Elements articles can be prepared by you, or by one of your collaborators.

More information can be found on the Research Elements page .

The journal appreciates that some authors would like to publish Gold Open Access but may not have enough funding to pay the APC. Cognition is launching an experiment to provide an author support fund, and while the details may change, the fund will start with an initial two-year commitment. Authors whose articles are accepted after 1 st May 2016 can apply by requesting a form from the editorial office: [email protected] .

Accepted authors always have the choice to publish their article as a subscription article at no cost (even after requesting an APC fee reduction), and can self-archive their article to follow the Green Open Access route . Cognition has an embargo period of 12 months.

Online proof correction To ensure a fast publication process of the article, we kindly ask authors to provide us with their proof corrections within two days. Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a link to our online proofing system, allowing annotation and correction of proofs online. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors. If preferred, you can still choose to annotate and upload your edits on the PDF version. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to authors, including alternative methods to the online version and PDF. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.

Special issues Cognition occasionally publishes special issues devoted to a research area that has seen rapid recent progress, promising new approaches, and convergence among different disciplines. Each special issue is coordinated by a Guest Editor, who writes an introduction that describes the central questions in that area of research and allows readers in diverse fields, particularly graduate students, to understand the significance of the individual articles in the issue. Proposals for special issues may be submitted by individuals who are willing to serve as Guest Editor. The proposal should explain the topic and the rationale for dedicating a special issue to it at that moment, and a detailed list of likely authors and papers. The articles themselves should summarize the state of the art in a field, explore alternative theories, and present new data, theories, or critical and synthetic literature reviews. The special issue should represent diverse viewpoints while remaining focused on a cohesive topic. The issue should contain no more than five or six articles and be no more than 150 journal pages long. All proposals will be refereed. If a proposal is accepted, the Guest Editor can begin to solicit the papers in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief. All papers must adhere to the standards of the journal and meet with the approval of three referees selected by the journal. The decision to accept or reject a submission to a special issue will be made by the Editor-in-Chief. visitor survey

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Submissions should be made electronically through this website.

Once a submission has been completed, the submitting author is able to fully track the status of the paper and complete requested revisions via their online profile.

Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.

Note that word limits are meant as guidelines and some flexibility is permitted. All word limits include referencing and citation.

Article types

Title page Authors choose whether they want to be anonymous during peer review or not. Authors who want to ensure blind peer review should be careful to only list the title and abstract on the submitted manuscript file, not the author names, and to redact any other details within the manuscript that might reasonably lead to identification.

Note: Blind peer review is not mandatory: authors are responsible for anonymising their own manuscript. If your manuscript includes identifying information, we will assume that you have chosen to identify yourself to peer reviewers.

If the submission is not blinded, then author name(s), affiliation and contact details should be added to the title page.

Abstract Research articles must have the main text prefaced by an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily identified from the start of the main text.

A list of up to six key words may be placed below the abstract (optional).

The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.

Main text The body of the submission should be structured in a logical and easy to follow manner. A clear introduction section should be given that allows non-specialists in the subject an understanding of the publication and a background of the issue(s) involved. Methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections may then follow to clearly detail the information and research being presented.

Up to three level headings may be present and must be clearly identifiable using different font sizes, bold or italics. Please follow the APA guidelines for choosing heading levels and style.

Supplementary Files (optional) Any supplementary/additional files that should link to the main publication must be listed, with a corresponding number, title and option description. Ideally the supplementary files are also cited in the main text.

e.g. Supplementary file 1: Appendix. Scientific data related to the experiments.

Note: additional files will not be typeset so must be provided in their final form. They will be assigned a DOI and linked to from the publication.

Data Accessibility Statement (if applicable) Data Reports and Research Articles, along with any other submission that include the usage of data must include a statement providing a permanent link to a publicly-available data repository, or provide a statement to explain why the data cannot be made available (for example legal or ethical constraints). It is a mandatory requirement to make the data public unless it is impossible to do so. 

Please provide a summary of information, along with a DOI that links to the deposited data.

Ethics and consent Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval. The identity of the research subject(s) must be anonymised whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian). A consent statement must be provided within the publication.

Experiments using animals must follow national standards of care. For further information, click here .

If ethical approval and/or consent was not required, please add such information to this section.

Acknowledgements (optional) Any acknowledgements must be headed and in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the reference list.

Funding Information (optional) Should the research have received a funding grant then the grant provider and grant number should be detailed.

Competing interests If any of the authors have any competing interests then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here . If there are no competing interests to declare then the following statement should be present: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.

Authors' contributions (recommended) A sentence or a short paragraph detailing the roles that each author held to contribute to the authorship of the submission.

References All references cited within the submission must be listed at the end of the main text file.


The author is responsible for obtaining all permissions required prior to submission of the manuscript. Permission and owner details should be mentioned for all third-party content included in the submission or used in the research.

If a method or tool is introduced in the study, including software, questionnaires, and scales, the license this is available under and any requirement for permission for use should be stated. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, it is the author's responsibility to check the license and obtain the necessary permissions. Statements confirming that permission was granted should be included in the Materials and Methods section.

Language & Text

Capitalisation For the submission title :

Capitalise all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinate conjunctions (i.e. as, because, although). Use lowercase for all articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions.

Headings within the main text :

First level headings in the text should follow the same rule as the main title.

For lower-level subheadings, only capitalise first letter and proper nouns.

Headings should be under 75 characters.

Spelling Submissions must be made in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings as long as they are used consistently throughout the whole of the submission.

When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.

Grammar American or English grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently and match the spelling format (see above). For instance, you may use a serial comma or not.

Font The font used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size. This may be changed during the typesetting process.

Underlined text should be avoided whenever possible.

Bold or italicised text to emphasise a point are permitted, although should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximise their efficiency.

Lists Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbered list must be used.

Lists should be used sparingly to maximise their impact.

Quotation marks Use single quotation marks except for quotes within another speech, in which case double quotation marks are used.

Quotations that are longer than three lines in length must be in an indented paragraph separate from the main text.

The standard, non-italicised font must be used for all quotes.

It must be clear from the text and/or citation where the quote is sourced. If quoting from material that is under copyright then permission will need to be obtained from the copyright holder.

Acronyms & Abbreviations With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader – particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed – is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references.

A number of abbreviations are so common that they do not require the full text on the first instance. Examples of these can be found here .

Abbreviations should usually be in capital letters without full stops.

Common examples from Latin origin do not follow this rule and should be lower case and can include full stops.

Use of footnotes/endnotes Use endnotes rather than footnotes (we refer to these as ‘Notes’ in the online publication). These will appear at the end of the main text, before ‘References’.

All notes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed.

Avoid using notes for purposes of referencing, with in-text citations used instead. If in-text citations cannot be used, a source can be cited as part of a note.

Please insert the endnote marker after the end punctuation.

Data & Symbols

Symbols Symbols are permitted within the main text and datasets as long as they are commonly in use or have explanatory definition on their first usage.

Hyphenation, em and en dashes There is no set rule on the use of hyphenation between words, as long as they are consistently used.

Em dashes should be used sparingly. If they are present, they should denote emphasis, change of thought or interruption to the main sentence and can replace commas, parentheses, colons or semi-colons.

En dashes can be used to replace ‘to’ when indicating a range. No space should surround the dash.

Numbers For numbers zero to nine please spell the whole words. Please use figures for numbers 10 or higher.

We are happy for authors to use either words or figures to represent large whole figures (i.e. one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text.

If the sentence includes a series of numbers then figures must be used in each instance.

If the number appears as part of a dataset, in conjunction with a symbol or as part of a table then the figure must be used.

If a sentence starts with a number it must be spelt, or the sentence should be re-written so that it no longer starts with the number.

Do not use a comma for a decimal place.

Numbers that are less than zero must have ‘0’ precede the decimal point.

Units of measurement Symbols following a figure to denote a unit of measurement must be taken from the latest SI brochure. See for the full brochure.

Formula Formulae must be proofed carefully by the author. Editors will not edit formulae. If special software has been used to create formulae, the way it is laid out is the way they will appear in the publication.

Figures & Tables

Figures Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask to re-render or omit it.

All figures must be cited within the main text, in consecutive order using Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).

Each figure must have an accompanying descriptive main title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the figure image. A short additional figure legend is optional to offer a further description.

Figure titles and legends should be placed within the text document, either after the paragraph of their first citation, or as a list after the references.

The source of the image should be included, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorisation (if needed).

If your figure file includes text then please present the font as Ariel, Helvetica, or Verdana. This will mean that it matches the typeset text.

NOTE: All figures must be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi . Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g. .ai, or .eps). Tables Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.

Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.

All tables must be cited within the main text, numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.). The table number should appear (in plain text) above the table.

Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the table. The title (in italics and title case) must be placed immediately below the table number.

Notes or a short additional table legend is optional to offer a further description of the table. These must be placed underneath the table.

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In the interests of open scholarship and the reproducibility of results, Journal of Cognition  asks all authors to deposit the data relating to their publication in an open preservation repository, which is then described and linked to from manuscript. If there are legal or ethical reasons why this cannot be completed then the submission must justify their omission. The journal has no preference on which repository is used, as long as it is suitable to the data and provides long term preservation and a DOI along with the citation. This could be an open repository, such as Figshare , or  Dataverse , or your institutional repository. 

We ask that the version of data described in your paper, if applicable, is available in a repository that satisfies the criteria below:

Details concerning the summary and availability of data (or lack of availability) must be added to the 'Data Accessibility Statement' section of the submission, which should be placed prior to the reference list. This should include the DOI linking to the repository

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Leaver, B. L., Ehrman, M.,  &  Shekhtman, B.  (2005). Achieving success in second language acquisition. DOI:

J acobs, G. M.,  &  Hall, S.  (2002). Implementing cooperative learning. In J. C. Richards & W. A. Renandya (Eds.),  Methodology in language teaching: An anthology of current practice  (pp. 52-58). DOI:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B.,  &  Author, C. C.  (year). Article title.  Journal Title, volume number (issue number), page numbers. DOI:

Radford, M.  (2001). Aesthetic and religious awareness among pupils: Similarities and differences.  British   Journal of Music Education, 18 (2), 151-159. DOI:

NOTE: Please include DOIs for all journal articles where possible.

Author, A.  (year, date). Article title.  Newspaper . Retrieved from www.URL

McMahon, S.  (2010, July 19). Fund new Victorian era.  Herald Sun . Retrieved from

Author, A.  (year, date). Article title.  Newspaper . pp. page number

Parker, K.  (2008, December 3). Plea for languages.  Koori Mail , pp. 19-20

Author, A.  (year, month).  Title . Paper presented at Conference title, Location, Country.

Liu, C., Wu, D., Fan, J.,  &  Nauta, M. M.  (2008, November).  Does job complexity predict job strains?  Paper presented at the 8th Biannual Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, Valencia, Spain.

Organisation.  (year).  Title.  Series/publication number. Retrieved from (if online)

World Bank.  (2008).  Textbooks and school library provision   in secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa  (World Bank Working Paper No. 126. Africa Human Development Series). Retrieved from EBL database.

Author, A. A.  (year).  Thesis title  (Doctoral dissertation, Institution, location). DOI:

Murray, B. P.  (2008).  Prior knowledge, two teaching   approaches for metacognition: Main idea and   summarization strategies in reading  (Doctoral dissertation, Fordham University, New York)

Author, A. A.  (year).  Title of work . Retrieved month day, year, from source.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.  (2011).  Australia's health 2004 . Retrieved from

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Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, Thevenet D, Nourry C, Nottin S, Bosquet L (2009) Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol 105:731-738.

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Smith J, Jones M Jr, Houghton L et al (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med 965:325–329

Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med.

South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London

Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, pp 230-257

Cartwright J (2007) Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. Accessed 26 June 2007

Trent JW (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California

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A Graduate Student’s Guide to Determining Authorship Credit and Authorship Order, APA Science Student Council 2006


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Ian dobbins, phd.

Washington University in St Louis, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, United States of America

Ori Friedman, PhD

University of Waterloo, Department of Psychology, Canada

Katrien Segaert, PhD

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Tamara Swaab

University of California Davis, Department of Psychology, United States of America

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