Call for 2016 Special Issue Proposals


Deadline: 1 April 2015

The Journal of Cognitive Psychology (JCP) invites proposals for a special issue on a topic related to the focus of JCP: all areas of research in cognitive psychology, including research that adopts a neuroscience approach to human functioning are appropriate. Special issues provide an excellent opportunity to summarize the state-of-the-art on a specific topic, exchange perspectives, and develop new theoretical approaches to research questions. Journal of Cognitive Psychology publishes one special issue each year. This open call invites researchers to submit a proposal for a special issue to be published in 2016.

Proposals for a special issue should have a well-articulated unifying theme and should describe state-of-the-art, leading edge research on this theme. A special issue will typically include a review article of research in the area of focus, and empirical articles that report complementary lines of evidence, or contrasting research methodologies.

Each proposal should consist of the following:

  • Name and affiliation of Guest Editor(s).
  • Concise CV and list of major publications of Guest Editor(s).
  • A provisional title for the special issue.
  • A general summary (max. 1 page) describing the general focus and aims of the special issue.
  • A list of authors that have agreed to submit a contribution to the special issue (i.e., a list of names with affiliations) as well as an overview of the titles of their contributions (and preferably preliminary abstracts).
  • A motivation why JCP should publish this special issue (max. 1 page).

The selection of the special issue proposals will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editors. Each member of JCP’s editorial team will rate each submitted proposal (editors with a conflict of interest are excluded), and the proposal with the highest mean rating will be invited. As part of the evaluation process, the editorial team may also ask experts on the special issue topic to evaluate the proposal. We anticipate making a decision and notifying the authors no later than one month after the submission deadline. Criteria for identifying the proposal of the highest quality include: 1) novelty and timeliness of the topic; 2) the extent to which the special issue will advance our understanding and break new ground for future research; 3) coherence of the proposed papers and thoroughness of the proposal; 4) relevance for the journal’s readership.


Papers submitted for a special issue are subject to JCP’s standard rigorous peer review procedure. A special issue contains about 160 printed journal pages. An approximate rule of thumb is that 3 manuscript pages (including all pages of figures/tables/references) will make 2 printed pages. This assumes that the manuscript pages are A4, double spaced and printed in a typeface that gives an average of 270-300 words per page.

Special issue proposals can be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief Robert Hartsuike