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Author Guidelines

Information about the various types of article that can be submitted and any relevant information in each case can be found under Section Policies.

Submissions must comply with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.

Submissions have to adhere to JNC's standards on Open Science Practices. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.

Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening (read more). Please also see PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Original Research Articles: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in "Comments to the Editor"). Prior to acceptance and publication in JNC, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy).

  2. Acknowledging and citing previous work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in JNC. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.

  3. Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to JNC. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)

  4. Consent for data storage: All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.

  5. Use of Copyrighted Materials: No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.

  6. Ethical Standards: In the case of empirical research: The study received appropriate ethical review and clearance, thus meeting all ethical standards for research.

  7. Ensuring a Blind Review: To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

    • Author names and affiliations have been deleted from the text. All personal information about the authors are supplied with an extra "cover letter" submitted separately with the manuscript.
    • Author identification has also been removed from the properties for the file. For example, with Microsoft Office documents, look for the document properties under "File" in Word (the exact procedure to find and remove author information depends on the version of your software).
  8. Anonymised submission includes:
    • Running head: short title (one line), no more than 50 characters including spaces
    • Title
    • Abstract: no more than 250 words
    • Keywords: 4-7 keywords or brief phrases separated by commas
    • Main article body including tables and figures
    • References: APA style (6th Edition)
    • Appendices (if any): Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.

    Usage of our JNC Submission Template is recommended: Download JNC Submission Template.

  9. Cover letter (as supplementary file) includes:

    • Authors' name(s)
    • Affiliation (for each author): Institution, City, Country
    • Corresponding author's contact address: full postal and email address
    • Statement of Ethics
    • Statement of Originality
    • Acknowledgement (if applicable): Any significant, non-financial support from other persons or organisations should be acknowledged.
    • Funding/financial disclosure (if applicable): All sources of funding should be declared.
    • Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence the work should be declared.

    A cover letter for JNC is available.

  10. Headings: For all headings in text the heading level (hierarchical order) is unambiguously indicated by the respective heading style. All heading levels are used in order and without skipping a level (e.g. "Heading Level 3" is used only inside a "Heading Level 2" section). Note: You may want to use MS Word styles to clearly distinguish between the different heading levels.

  11. Citations and References: Citations in text and the reference list conform to APA style ( both 6th and 7th Edition are possible, but consistency within the manuscript is required). Note: Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Authors bear responsibility for the accuracy of all references and quotations. References should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References. Basic formats are as follows:
    • Johnson-Laird, P. N., Girotto, V., & Legrenzi, P. (2004). Reasoning from inconsistency to consistency. Psychological Review, 111, 640-661.
    • Thagard, P. (2000). Coherence in thought and action. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • Kenny, D. A., & Zautra, A. (2001). Trait-state models for longitudinal data. In L. M. Collins & A. G. Sayer (Eds.), New methods for the analysis of change: Decade of behavior (pp. 243-263). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  12. Tables: Tables are inserted in-text in their normal position and not at the end of the document (unless they are considered as appendices). All tables are created as regular MS Word tables. Note: Each row in the table shall have its own row in the Word table layout (no hard returns) and each column shall have its own Word table column (no tabs or blanks to create columns).

  13. Figures: All figures are inserted in-text in their normal position and not at the end of the document (unless they are considered as appendices).

  14. File Format: File format of the manuscript is MS Word (.doc or .docx).

  15. Open Data Policy: Where feasible, authors are encouraged make the underlying data available in an open data repository upon publication, or as a supplementary file for peer review. Published research papers have a "Supplementary Materials" section to detail relevant links.

    There are no restrictions about the choice of dataset repository. Nonetheless, the specific affiliated platform for the Journal is:

    Where an open data deposit is not feasible, authors are invited to explain the circumstances in their cover letter to the Editor.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Journal of Numerical Cognition (JNC) agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0).

Under the CC-BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in JNC in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of JNC are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, JNC as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by JNC.

Authors grant JNC the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.


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