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Instructions for Authors - Cognition and Emotion

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***Note to Authors: please make sure your contact address information is clearly visible on the outside of all packages you are sending to Editors.***

Submission of Manuscripts:

Authors are encouraged to submit papers electronically to expedite the peer review process. Please email your paper, saved in a standard document format type such as Word or PDF, to Duncan.nicholas@psypress.co.uk. You may also contact the Editorial Assistant by phone on (0)2070 177430.

List the following information in the body of your email: full contact details, the title of your article, the abstract, and whether you wish to submit the manuscript for publication as a regular article or as a brief report.

You should also confirm that the manuscript is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts that describe only one experiment should typically be submitted as a brief report. The main text of a brief report (including footnotes) should contain no more than 4000 words. Brief reports should include a maximum of two tables or figures and 25 references.

All manuscripts should be submitted in American Psychological Association (APA) format following the latest edition of Publication Manual of the APA (currently 5th edition).


Typescripts. The style and format of the typescripts should conform to the specifications given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition).

Typescripts should be double spaced on one side only of A4 paper, with adequate margins, and numbered throughout. The title page of an article should contain only:
(1) the title of the paper, the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s);
(2) a short title not exceeding 40 letters and spaces, which will be used for page headlines;
(3) name and address of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent;
(4) your telephone, fax and e-mail numbers, as this helps speed of processing considerably.

Abstract. An abstract of 100-150 words should follow the title page on a separate sheet.

Headings. Indicate headings and subheadings for different sections of the paper clearly. Do not number headings.

Acknowledgements. These should be as brief as possible and typed on a separate sheet at the beginning of the text.

Permission to quote. Any direct quotation, regardless of length, must be accompanied by a reference citation that includes a page number. Any quote over six manuscript lines should have formal written permission to quote from the copyright owner. It is the author's responsibility to determine whether permission is required from the copyright owner and, if so, to obtain it. (See the bottom of the page for a template of a letter seeking copyright permission.)

Footnotes. These should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Essential footnotes should be indicated by superscript figures in the text and collected on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript.

Reference citations within the text. Use authors' last names, with the year of publication in parentheses after the last author's name, e.g., "Jones and Smith (1987)"; alternatively, "(Brown, 1982; Jones & Smith, 1987; White, Johnson, & Thomas, 1990)". On first citation of references with three to six authors, give all names in full, thereafter use first author "et al.". If more than one article by the same author(s) in the same year is cited, the letters a, b, c, etc. should follow the year.

Reference list. A full list of references quoted in the text should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetical order of authors' surnames (or chronologically for a group of references by the same authors), commencing as a new sheet, typed double spaced. Titles of journals and books should be given in full, e.g.:


    Baddeley, A. D. (1999). Essentials of human memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Chapter in edited book:

    Plomin, R., & Dale, P. S. (2000). Genetics and early language development: A UK study of twins. In D. V. M. Bishop & L. B. Leonard (Eds.), Speech and language impairments in children: Causes, characteristics, intervention and outcome (pp. 35-51). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Journal article:

    Schwartz, M. F., & Hodgson, C. (2002). A new multiword naming deficit: Evidence and interpretation. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 19, 263-288.

Tables. These should be kept to the minimum. Each table should be typed double spaced on a separate sheet, giving the heading, e.g., "Table 2", in Arabic numerals, followed by the legend, followed by the table. Make sure that appropriate units are given. Instructions for placing the table should be given in parentheses in the text, e.g., "(Table 2 about here)".

Figures. Figures should only be used when essential. The same data should not be presented both as a figure and in a table. Where possible, related diagrams should be grouped together to form a single figure. Figures should be drawn to professional standards and it is recommended that the linear dimensions of figures be approximately twice those intended for the final printed version. Each of these should be on a separate page, not integrated with the text. Figures will be reproduced directly from originals supplied by the author(s). These must be of good quality, clearly and completely lettered. Make sure that axes of graphs are properly labelled, and that appropriate units are given. Photocopies will reproduce poorly, as will pale or broken originals. Dense tones should be avoided, and never combined with lettering. Half-tone figures should be clear, highly-contrasted black and white glossy prints.

Black and white figures are included free of charge. Colour figures are not normally acceptable for publication in print -- however, it may be possible both to print in black and white and to publish online in colour. Colour figures will only be printed by prior arrangement between the editor(s), publisher and author(s); and authors may be asked to share the costs of inclusion of such figures.

The figure captions should be typed in a separate section, headed, e.g., "Figure 2", in Arabic numerals. Instructions for placing the figure should be given in parentheses in the text, e.g., "(Figure 2 about here)". More detailed Guidelines for the Preparation of Figure Artwork are available from the publisher: Psychology Press Ltd, 27 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FA, UK (Email: authorqueries@tandf.co.uk).

Statistics. Results of statistical tests should be given in the following form:

"... results showed an effect of group, F(2, 21) = 13.74, MSE = 451.98, p < .001, but there was no effect of repeated trials, F(5, 105) = 1.44, MSE = 17.70, and no interaction, F(10, 105) = 1.34, MSE = 17.70."

Other tests should be reported in a similar manner to the above example of an F -ratio. For a fuller explanation of statistical presentation, see pages 136-147 of the APA Publication Manual (5th ed.). For guidelines on presenting statistical significance, see pages 24-25.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations that are specific to a particular manuscript or to a very specific area of research should be avoided, and authors will be asked to spell out in full any such abbreviations throughout the text. Standard abbreviations such as RT for reaction time, SOA for stimulus onset asynchrony or other standard abbreviations that will be readily understood by readers of the journal are acceptable. Experimental conditions should be named in full, except in tables and figures.


Proofs. Page proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author as a PDF attachment to check for typesetting accuracy. No changes to the original typescript will be permitted at this stage. A list of queries raised by the copy editor will also be emailed. Proofs should be returned promptly with the original copy-edited manuscript and query sheet.

Free article access. Corresponding authors will receive free online access to their article through our website (www.informaworld.com) and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article. Reprints of articles published in this journal can be purchased through RightslinkŪ when proofs are received. If you have any queries, please contact our reprints department at reprints@tandf.co.uk


Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure, table, or extensive (more than six manuscript lines) extract from the text, from a source which is copyrighted -- or owned -- by a party other than Psychology Press or the contributor.

This applies both to direct reproduction or "derivative reproduction" -- when the contributor has created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source.

The following form of words can be used in seeking permission:


    I/we are preparing for publication an article entitled
    to be published by Psychology Press in Cognition and Emotion.

    I/we should be grateful if you would grant us permission to include the following materials:
    We are requesting non-exclusive rights in this edition and in all forms. It is understood, of course, that full acknowledgement will be given to the source.

    Please note that Psychology Press are signatories of and respect the spirit of the STM Agreement regarding the free sharing and dissemination of scholarly information.

    Your prompt consideration of this request would be greatly appreciated.

    Yours faithfully

Volume contents and author index. The list of contents and the author index for the whole of the year's issues are published in the last issue of the year of each journal. For Cognition and Emotion, this is issue 8 (November).

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