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Focus and Scope

Overview: Academic Journal dedicated to Cognitive Science, aimed at publishing undergraduate research. We are looking for original college-level research papers and theoretical works pertaining to the Cognitive Sciences, as well as commentaries on existing works in cognitive science.
Aims: The Mental Note’s aims align closely with those of the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science: to carry out excellent research in the interdisciplinary and complex field, and to support the development of Cognitive Science as a field. We hope to do this by offering an avenue for undergraduates to publish their Cognitive Science research, and to compile excellent research for the free viewing of anybody and everybody.
Audience: Given the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science, we expect and encourage readers of all backgrounds and expertise to read our journal. In order to ensure readability, we ask that authors do a sufficient job of limiting jargon and offering a clear, simple overview of their research.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publishing services provider, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived on the Mental Note website.



The Mental Note is the only of its kind - an undergraduate research journal dedicated to furthering Cognitive Science Research. We’re affiliated with the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, which houses many experts in the field. With this affiliation comes close support and talent from Rutgers’ Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology departments. And our editorial staff shows this; we have reviewers and editors from all these fields and more. Looking forward, we hope to encourage undergraduate researchers to take part in the interdisciplinary conversation, and appreciate the different viewpoints that Cognitive Science offers researchers of its various subdisciplines.

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