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About Computational Cognitive Science

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Computational Cognitive Science, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Computational Cognitive Science is a peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for cross-disciplinary research contributions and debate relating to all aspects of the computational modelling of cognitive theories, and the implementation of intelligent systems that implicitly or explicitly draw on or inform research across multiple cognitive science disciplines. Specific themes of interest include the acquisition of language and ontology, integrated models of sensory-motor perception and interaction, affect and emotion, gesture and expression, cognition and consciousness, and/or implemented or implementable systems based on computational or robotic models and cognitive or evolutionary theory.

Contributions will overlap some or all of Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Robotics, Behavioural Science, Biomedical Science, Brain Science, Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Systems, Computational Intelligence, Computational Psycholinguistics, Developmental and Evolutionary Robotics, Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, Human Factors Evaluation, Human Computer Interface, Image Processing, Intelligent Systems, Natural Language Learning, Neural Networks, Speech Processing, Theory of Computation, Theory of Mind, Virtual Reality, and the many other research foci, methodologies and application areas of Cognitive Science and Computational Intelligence.

Open access

All articles published by Computational Cognitive Science are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Computational Cognitive Science are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Computational Cognitive Science are covered by Centre for Knowledge & Interaction Technology, Flinders University, Australia, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing services

SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Computational Cognitive Science will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Computational Cognitive Science encourages submissions relating to innovative, dynamic, computationally realistic mechanisms and methodologies, and psychologically, ecologically and/or biologically plausible or inspired models and schemata, at any level of abstraction. Original viewpoints and novel research that have considerable potential for transdisciplinary impact will be published with invited commentaries from diverse disciplinary viewpoints. Special issues and special sections of the journal may be proposed or invited that devote either to an area of particular interdisciplinary importance or controversy, or to a Missing Middle feature that identifies lacunae in current approaches to research, promotes research areas that fall between the cracks, and explores middle ground in an ostensible dichotomy.

Computational Cognitive Science publishes papers in the following categories:

  • Short reports are brief articles on significant new results or issues that warrant particularly prompt publication
  • Research articles are thorough presentations introducing and presenting new results
  • Reviews are pedagogical papers that introduce, review, discuss and critique the literature relating to a specific problem or aspect of Cognitive Science or Technology
  • Letters and Commentaries are reactions to current issues or recent articles, particularly those in a current or previous issue of Computational Cognitive Science, and may be published separately or as part of a composite Treatment, Special Section or Special Issue.
  • Software articles are presentations of newly developed software tools of broad utility in cognitive science research, typically describing advantages of the new tools over previously published software via direct comparison.

Reviews and Commentaries are targeted to the level of a graduate student or non-specialist academic researcher from any of a broad range of Cognitive Science or Computational Intelligence disciplines, and original Short reports and Research articles should explain the issues, intuitions and insights in a way that is also broadly comprehensible, whilst Research articles will in addition introduce any required technical apparatus and provide the formal evidence and evaluation appropriate to the relevant disciplines.


Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Computational Cognitive Science, a personalized section of the site.

Portability of peer review

In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Computational Cognitive Science, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Computational Cognitive Science and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.


Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.


Computational Cognitive Science will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

Correspondence concerning articles published in Computational Cognitive Science is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Computational Cognitive Science. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.

Editorial standards

SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.

We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:

  • Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
  • A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
  • Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
  • Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
  • Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.

Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.

Data and materials release

Submission of a manuscript to Computational Cognitive Science implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. Nucleic acid sequences, protein sequences, and atomic coordinates should be deposited in an appropriate database in time for the accession number to be included in the published article. In computational studies where the sequence information is unacceptable for inclusion in databases because of lack of experimental validation, the sequences must be published as an additional file with the article.

Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Competing interests

Computational Cognitive Science requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

Plagiarism detection

Computational Cognitive Science's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Computational Cognitive Science to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.

Citing articles in Computational Cognitive Science

Articles in Computational Cognitive Science should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Comput Cogn Sci [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Comput Cogn Sci 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Computational Cognitive Science?

High visibility

Computational Cognitive Science's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Computational Cognitive Science offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Computational Cognitive Science and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Computational Cognitive Science gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Computational Cognitive Science are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Computational Cognitive Science's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.

In addition, articles published in Computational Cognitive Science may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Computational Cognitive Science.

Authors of articles published in Computational Cognitive Science retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement.

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