|Welcome to topiCS:
Topics in Cognitive Science, the newest journal of the
Cognitive Science Society.
issue of topiCS was published
in January, 2009. [Publisher's
a forum for:
- New communities of researchers
- New controversies in established
- Debates and commentaries
- Reflection and integration
The following are the types of topiCS submissions.
(This outline reflects the structure of our online
submission site, see http://www.editorialmanager.com/topics/).
NOTE: We are soliciting proposals
for topics, not for issues. Whereas we will be trying
to publish as many topic papers as possible in the
same issue of the journal, there are many reasons what
this is not always
practical. (For example, single issue publication may
force authors to wait excessively long for late
authors to complete the review process; attempts to force all
topic papers into a single issue may distort the publication
pipeline and penalize other topics.)
- Proposal for a new Topic:
- WHO: one or a small group of
researchers working together to propose a particular
topic in a particular format
- FORMAT (click on link to go
to the FAQ for more information);
- Multiple (4–10) papers
on one topic
- Debate — 2 to 3 central
papers with commentaries
- Target article with commentaries
- Does not fit into one of the
above categories, but seems like a good match to topiCS anyway.
- Sketches, papers, introductions
to an accepted Topic or responses to a published topic:
- Sketches (i.e., immediate responses
to a Call-for-Papers on a given topic):
who are interested in contributing to a topic and
wish to have their contribution vetted by the editors
before writing a full paper. Please note that “vetting” does
not imply “acceptance”,
it merely implies that your proposed contribution
fits with the Editors vision of their topic.
- Article submission:
whose proposals (B.1) have been accepted by the topiCS Editor
or have been otherwise invited to submit a paper on
- Topic introduction:
an introduction is written by the topiCS Editors
for the entire topic
- Topic commentary, report, rebuttal,
or letter-to-editor on an already published topic:
anyone may submit a commentary, report, or rebuttal
to a published topic or paper. These will be vetted
by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the topiCS Editors.
topiCS is a different journal. Its differences
will be felt by its authors, reviewers, editors, and readers.
- Authors: there will be no such thing as an unsolicited topiCS paper.
If you have an idea for a topic then submit a proposal
for a topic via the topiCS Editorial
Note that although all authors will be invited to submit, this does not mean that all submissions will be accepted. Although we expect topiCS to have a higher than normal acceptance rate, this higher rate will be due to soliciting papers that we know fit the charter of the journal from researchers who we know have something to say. However, papers will be rejected and papers that are assigned a "revise and resubmit" review category will not have the luxury of time needed to make it back into the pool of papers published on that topic.
- Senior Editorial Board: The heart of topiCS is its Senior Editorial Board of distinguished Cognitive Scientists who, although noted for the depth of their personal research, possess a broad vision of cognitive science that extends well beyond their own areas of expertise. Each Senior Editorial Board member is expected to:
a. Identify topics suitable for topiCS and identify candidate Topics Editors interested and capable of crafting a topic proposal (see FAQ for How to Prepare a Topic for topiCS).
b. Read proposals submitted to topiCS and discuss them via an email exchange with the full Advisory Board.
In those cases in which a promising proposal is submitted but the proposer(s) need some help in fulling its promise, step forward to offer guidance in formulating an acceptable proposal.
On occasions when the proposal is strong but the proposer is inexperienced as an Editor or Reviewer, to step forward to assist a proposal in the role of Associate Editor for that topic.
- Associate and Topics Editors:
topiCS For each successful proposal, one member of the group submitting the proposal will become an Associate Editor of topiCS and the other members will be Topics Editors. The appointment as Associate or Topics Editor will begin when the proposal is accepted by the Executive Editor and will end in the volume year in which the topic is published.
The Associate Editor
and her/his team of Topics Editors prepare the call for papers
on that topic, recruit authors, recruit reviewers, and
in general guide one topic through the process from
inspiration to publication.
During the review, revision, and publication process, the Associate Editor will be the one person in charge of communicating with the Executive Editor (Wayne Gray) and the Managing Editor (Caroline Verdier). The Topics Editors may act as Action Editors for individual papers submitted to the topic. In general, the topic proposers are free to organize their internal structure as best fits the topic and their individual strengths and weaknesses.
If you have organized an exciting and successful
symposium, or if you have an idea for a topic whose
time has come and that has not yet found an outlet,
you are a potential topiCS Editor
and you should Prepare a Proposal for a New Topic.
- Reviewers: Although
all topiCS papers will be
solicited, no paper will be accepted for publication
until it receives three peer reviews. All topiCS authors
should consider themselves as potential topiCS reviewers.
The field of Cognitive Science can only flourish if
our best researchers devote some of their time and energy
to shaping the literature. Once a topic has been posted
on the topiCS Home (http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/journal_topics.html)
you may volunteer as a reviewer by clicking on that
topic and filling in the requested information. All
reviewers will be vetted by the topiCS Editors.
multiple paper topic, an ideal distribution of three
reviewers would be: an author of one of the other submissions
(an inside reviewer), a reviewer
with expertise in the topic (a subject matter reviewer),
and a reviewer with expertise in cognitive science but
not in the topic (an outside reviewer).
if you are interested in leading edge Cognitive Science
then you should be a topic reader. It is our intention
that many topiCS topics could form the core
of a graduate seminar. Hence, your graduate students
and colleagues may be topiCS readers as well.
There is no requirement that topiCS readers
must be cognitive researchers; however, it is our intention
to create a journal so fresh and exciting that if you
are not a cognitive researcher when you begin your subscription
then you will wish you were one before your subscription
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