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Timeline: We are accepting papers now through July 31st, 2019. Reviewing will begin August 1st, 2019, with the expectation to officially publish our inaugural issue by November 15th, 2019.
We expect all submitted papers to follow the guidelines described below:
Overview: Mental Note does not accept full-length papers. Instead, we are looking for shorter submissions that should be no shorter than 1500 words, or about 3 pages single spaced, and no longer than 5000 words, or about 10 pages single spaced.
Eligible Work: You need not be an undergraduate to submit your work; however, submissions should include original work that was mainly completed as an undergraduate student in Cognitive Science related fields, including philosophy, computer science, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience (and others). Research and papers done for classes, honors theses, and independent work are all welcome. We also accept commentaries. For original research, students must include a sponsoring statement from their faculty advisor to assure the quality of work and that all ethical considerations, if applicable, have been followed. If there are questions about the suitability of the work for this journal, please contact the editorial team.
Submission Type: There are three types of submissions, empirical, theoretical, and commentary papers. The first two should focus on the impact of your research. For empirical work, methods should not be overly detailed, and there should be more emphasis on setting up the problem and the implications of your findings. The what, why, how, and impact of this work should be clear. Similarly, theoretical work should include a clear overview of what you are researching and the impact of your conclusions. This is to ensure both brevity and readability for people of all expertise.
The third option is submitting a commentary paper. Commentaries are not your original research and are responses to others published work in Cognitive Science. The topic you choose to write about is something that you are knowledgeable in and your commentary should be an informed critique of the research.The structure of Empirical and Theoretical Paper submissions should be as follows:
|What: your research topic||What: your research topic|
|Why: the significance of your research topic||Why: the significance of your research topic|
|How: the methods used in your research||How: an analysis of your research topic|
|Findings: what results reveal||Findings: what analysis reveals|
|Significance: a discussion of results and significance||Significance: a discussion of findings and significance|
|Click here to download the Empirical Paper Template (.DOCX)||Click here to download the Theoretical Paper Template (.DOCX)|
|Click here to download the Empirical Paper Template (.PDF)||Click here to download the Theoretical Paper Template (.PDF)|
The structure of Commentary Paper submissions should be as follows:
Please only submit commentaries on research that occurred after May 2015, so as to maintain relevance. If possible, include a link to the article that you are responding to.
Given your commentary, briefly describe the contributions of your research work. Explain why it is important and where do you think researchers should go from here? Discuss new possible avenues of research.
For original work (Empirical and Theoretical), students must include a sponsoring statement from their faculty advisor to assure the quality of work, that all ethical considerations, if applicable, have been followed, and that they approve of the submission. To be considered for publication in the Mental Note, you must submit a completed and signed version of the template below when you submit your work. This form is not needed for commentary submissions.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.