Instructions for Authors

  1. Focus and scope

Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (JACN) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published in English. It is an open publication that continuously accepts submissions. Its purpose is to disseminate unpublished contents in English related to all fields of cognitive neurosciences, from an applied, clinical or basic research perspective with an inter, multi- and trans-disciplinary approach, in a continuous search for innovation.

Contributions to the Journal must be original and unpublished in any other media, except in the form of abstracts or presentations to conferences or other scientific meetings. Once a manuscript is submitted to the Journal, it must not be submitted to any other publication until the Journal’s Editorial Board has concluded its review. The papers will be published in English, and must always include an abstract in both Spanish and English. The Journal publishes Editorials, Reviews, Original Articles (full-length and short communications), Images in Neurosciences, Book Reviews, Commentaries on Relevant Articles, Letters to the Editor, Errata and Retractions. They must be uploaded through the Open Journal System (OJS) platform and must rigorously comply with the publishing policies, which are based on the principles defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


  1. Periodicity

The published scientific articles are available in electronic format with open access to ensure a high level of visibility and accessibility. The Journal is published with semestral periodicity, and it receives applications permanently throughout the year without charging fees.


  1. Typological Rules:

Editorials: The Editorial Board is exclusively responsible for deciding on the timelines and characteristics of the Editorials.

Reviews: They will be published at the express invitation of the Editorial Board and must document and synthesize current knowledge on a specific topic in the area of interest. Spontaneous submissions will not be accepted. The reviews must not exceed 4500 words, and must include abstracts in both Spanish and English, preceded by the corresponding title. Each abstract should not exceed 200 words. On the same page, 5 keywords in English must be specified according to the Index Medicus.

Original articles: Clinical, basic and surgical research related to cognitive neurosciences will be considered. They should be as concise as possible. The manuscripts on experimental or observational works will normally, although not necessarily, be divided into sections under the following headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. Abstracts must be included in both English and Spanish, preceded by the corresponding title. Each abstract should not exceed 200 words, and should avoid references to tables and figures. On the same page, 5 keywords in English must be specified according to the Index Medicus.

Short communications: This type of article must not exceed 1,250 words, and should introduce innovative concepts that should be published as quickly as possible. It should not exceed 8 pages with no more than 15 references and 2 tables or figures. Abstracts must be included in both English and Spanish, preceded by the corresponding title. Each abstract should not exceed 200 words. On the same page, 5 keywords in English must be specified according to the Index Medicus.

Images:  in Neurosciences: Images may include photographs of patients, neuroradiological images or other iconographic material related to neurosciences. The images do not necessarily have to be exceptional, but they should be illustrative, and must be accompanied by an explanatory legend. As a whole, they must not exceed one printed page and 10 bibliographic citations.

Book Reviews: This section will include commentaries on recently published book in this specialty. The books may be either submitted by their authors to the Journal’s Editor or selected by the Editorial Committee, and the Director will assign a reviewer. It must not exceed 600 words.

Comments on relevant Articles: A member of the Editorial Committee will be in charge of assigning a Guest in each issue to select and comment on the 5 best articles of the year selected. Each comment cannot exceed 400 words and must be in the form of a critical review, rather than a simple transcription of the abstract.

Letters to the Editor: They may be submitted to comment on works published in the Journal, in which case they will be answered by the work’s author, who may also include a very brief account of any new and recent findings. They cannot exceed 200 words, 6 references and 1 table or figure.


  1. Editorial Rules

Language: Articles must be presented and written in English, and must include abstracts and keywords in both English and Spanish.

Text: The text should be in single line spacing, a 12-point font size, Times New Roman font, 2.54 margins on each side, justified. Italics are used instead of underlining (except in URLs), and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed in the appropriate places in the text, rather than at the end. All references must be cited within the text including the DOI or URL.

Description of methodological elements:

Title: the title of the article to be published must be written in capital letters and must not exceed 15 words in length. The title should be descriptive of the categories and / or dimensions of the subject to be discussed, concise, attractive and original. Likewise, the author must insert a footnote indicating the research project from which the article is derived or proceeds (if applicable), research group and institution that finances the project.

The author or authors: they must write their full names and surnames, listed in the order agreed to previously by the authors, according to the scientific contribution of each. Additionally indicate in the initial footer of the article their level of academic training, starting with the highest degree obtained to the undergraduate degree; the group, body, line of research to which they belong and the Higher Education Institution they are associated with; and contact information including institutional email address, personal email, ORCID, and city.

Abstract: It must be well structured and concise, summarizing the central focus of the paper in not more than 200 words, written in the same paragraph and without indentation. The abstract must contain in strict order. Introduction: a brief description of the problem or topic discussed. Objective / Purpose: research verbs should be used. Design / Methodology / Approach: briefly describe the methodological design implemented. Results / Findings: Describe the main scopes of the study and its importance for the neuroscience sciences. Originality / Value / Contribution: mention the contributions made in the area of knowledge. Conclusions: final considerations of the study that respond to the stated objectives / purposes.

Keywords: A maximum of 6 keywords should be established, which should provide a brief idea about the content of the article in a manner consistent with the abstract. They must be arranged alphabetically. They keywords should be listed with an initial indentation, and a colon should separate each word, in lower case and without a period at the end.

Title in Spanish: It is the same title, but translated into Spanish.

Abstract in Spanish: The abstract is the literal translation into Spanish of the abstract. Note: It is mandatory for the authors to enter the metadata requested by the OJS.

Number of pages: The article must be written in English and not exceed 25 pages.

Graphs, Tables and Illustrations: include graphs, figures, tables, illustrations and photographs, in their original format (preferably in Excel, Power Point or in high resolution image format.


-List with Arabic numerals. E. g. Table 1 (Top)

-Provide a brief, clear and explanatory title in italics (below table).

-Use 3 fillets or horizontal lines to make the table

-No vertical lines should be placed. The headings identify the columns.

-The basic content of the body of the table can be single or double spaced.

-12-point font size (body of the table).

-Must include a note in italics with a brief description and reference to the source from which it was adapted, left-aligned with no idents, double space and 10-point font size

Figures: (Graphs, diagrams, maps, drawings, photographs etc.)

-Figures should not have a title.

-The figure’s caption must have a legend, numbered with Arabic numerals and in italics. E. g. Figure 1, which serves as a title. The caption should include a short descriptive sentence explaining the figure.

-Include the source from which it was adapted, as described above in notes for tables.

-Aligned to the left margin.

-No indentation.

-10-point font size, double spaced.


  1. Bibliographic references

For the citation, the references and the presentation of tables and figures, the APA 6th Edition Standards will be used. The bibliography must be updated, and it is also recommended to include the citation of relevant works published in Spanish cited in LATINDEX and / or LILACS.

Citation format

Textual or direct citation:

-The citation should be preceded by an introductory text in your own words.

Less than 40 words:

-Add introductory text. Quote with quotation marks immersed in the text, without a period.

-Indicate the source at the end of the cited text, in parentheses, followed by a period. E. g. (Castro, 2017, p. 3).

More than 40 words.

-Present it in a separate block from the text.

-Do not include quotation marks.

-Apply an indentation of 2.54 cm from the left margin.

-If the citation has more than one paragraph, add 1/2 cm indentation.

-All citations must be double spaced.

-Add introductory text, quote, period, and at the end cite the source in parentheses. E. g. (Celin, 2017, pp. 2-3)

Non-verbatim or paraphrase citation:

-It should be immersed in the text.

-Paraphrased citation: Cite the Author, year and page in parentheses. E. g. (Celin, 2017, p. 3).

Indirect quotes:

-Gould (1989) attributes Darwin's success to his ability to make appropriate metaphors.

-In a recent study about the impact of the telenovela industry in Latin America (Mazziotti, 1996) it is said that …

Citation by Author

-The citation should be preceded by an introductory text in your own words.

Less than 40 words

-Add introductory text, starting with the author's last name and the year in parentheses. E. g. Castro (2017)

-The quotation should be enclosed by quotation marks immersed in the text, without a period

-At the end, indicate in parentheses the page or paragraph, followed by a period.  E. g. (P. 3). (pp. 2-3). (para. 3).

More than 40 words.

-Present it in a separate block from the text.

-Do not include quotation marks.

-Apply an indentation of 2.54 cm from the left margin.

-If the citation has more than one paragraph, add 1/2 cm indentation.

-All citations must be double spaced.

-Add introductory text, source (author, year), the Citation, period at the end of the citation, and page number at the end in parentheses E. g. (P. 2)

Quotes from various authors:

-Muñoz, Reyes, Covarrubias and Osorio (1991) point out that "the incorporation of women into the labor market (...) is the most important explanatory action in the modal configuration of the Chilean family" (p. 29)

-"The incorporation of women into the labor market (...) is the most important explanatory action in the modal configuration of the Chilean family" (Muñoz, Reyes, Covarrubias & Osorio, 1991, p. 29).

-There are three undesirable behaviors in the classroom: incompetence, indolence and irreverence (Kearney et al., 1991)


Book: The reference must contain the name of the author, the date of publication (year), the title of the work and the publication data (city, country and publisher). The information required for bibliographic references is included in the first pages of every book. Example: Moreno C. F, Marthe Z. N. and Rebolledo S., L. (2010). How to write academic texts according to international standards: APA, IEEE, MLA, Vancouver and ICONTEC. Barranquilla, Colombia: Uninorte Editions

Book in electronic version: Surname, initials (A. A.) and Surname, initials A. A. (Year). Title. Recovered from Example: Gutiérrez, H. (2013). Statistical quality control and Six Sigma. Recovered from

Book chapter: A book chapter is referenced in the case of compliation books that contain chapters written by different authors Surname, A. A., and Surname, B. B. (Year). Title of the chapter or entry. In A. A. Surname. (Ed.), Book Title (pp. Xx-xx). City, Country, Publisher. Duncan, M., and Fajans, E. (2016). "Formative research": a way to build knowledge in legal training. In J. S. Trujillo (Ed.), Lessons and comparative experiences on the teaching of law (pp. 353-374). Sabaneta, Antioquia, Colombia: Unisabaneta Editorial Fund.

Articles from scientific journals: Surname, A. A., Surname, B. B, and Surname, C. C. (Date). Article title. Name of the journal, volume (number), pp-pp. Example: Marenco-Escuderos, A. D, and Ávila-Toscano, J. H. (2016). Dimensions of social support associated with burnout syndrome in teachers of academic average. Psychological Thinking, 14 (2), 7-18

Journal article, depending on the number of authors

One author: Surname, A. A. (Date). Article title. Name of the journal, volume (number), pp-pp. Example: Arias, G. (2015). One structure, two houses. Axxis, 262, 48-49.

Two to seven authors: All authors are written separated by commas, and the last one is written is preceded by "and". Example: Acosta, L., and Medina, R. (2015). The victim and his compensation in the Colombian penal systems. CUC Law Review, 11 (1), 39-58. Astocondor, L., Chávez, G., García, and Montalvo, R. (2005). Malignant external otitis with ecthyma gangrenosum in a patient with HIV infection. Infectio: Journal of the Colombian Association of Infectology, 20 (1), 41-44.

Internet articles: General form - online documents, Surname, A. A. (Date). Article title. Name of the publication. Retrieved from http: / / www.

Newspaper references: General form - newspapers [Published on paper] Surname A. A. (Date). Article title. Name of the newspaper, pp-pp. Ejemplo: Herrera D., L. (March 9, 2017). Venezuelan children, a dilemma for schools. aDN, page 2.

Laws: Title or name of the law (Information such as the decree or resolution number) (Date of issue). Publication name, publication number, year, day, month of publication.

Photographs: [Photograph of Name and Surname of the photographer]. (Place, year). Name of the collection. Location.

Symposiums and conferences: Author, A. and Author, A. (Date). Title of the presentation. In A. Last name of the president of the congress (Presidency), Title of the symposium or congress. Symposium or conference held during the congress. Name of the organization, Place. Example: Olaciregui, J. (September 2010). The Myths and Us. In N. Gil (Presidency), Nature, law and democracy. Symposium held at the IX Congress of the Colombian Association of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (ASOFIDES), Barranquilla, Colombia.

Online thesis and degree projects: Author, A. and Author, A. (Year). Thesis title (undergraduate, master's or doctoral thesis). Recovered from Example: García, A. M. (2013). Design of the salary structure for the administrative area of the company. Aseocolba S.A. in Bogotá (Undergraduate thesis).

Online encyclopedia: Surname, A. (Year) Title of the article. Encyclopedia title [Medium used]. Place of publication: Publishing house, URL Example: Great planet encyclopedia [electronic version]. Barcelona, Spain: Editorial Planeta,

Blogs: Surname, A. (Day, month, year). Post title [Post in a blog]. Retrieved from http: / /

Cases: Name vs. Name, source volume page (court date).


  1. About supplements

The Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience will publish at least one supplement per year related to the Annual Conference of the Iberian-American Forum of Cognitive Neuroscience. It will be coordinated by the President of the Forum or a person designated by him and will include the opening or closing statements of the conference, the program of the event, the full text of the main conferences and the abstracts of the papers presented.


  1. Submission Details

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through our OJS system. The manuscript must be prepared strictly according to the style of the journal (see below) in Microsoft Word format. Figures (comprised by images, photographs or illustrations) must be included within the main article file at the end of the text and as separate high-resolution files in PPT, JPEG, TIFF or PNG formats. In addition to the document, an author information form, an assignment of rights agreement and a cover letter should be submitted.


  1. Steps to upload a document to the OJS System

-Enter the journal's website (


-Enter the option "make a new submission"

-Confirm that the document meets the submission requirements (see submissions)

-Upload the submission. In this step you must upload the original article with all the tables and graphs in place and taking into account the steps to guarantee an anonymous review (See below), the article cover letter, author information form and Transfer of rights .

-Enter the requested metadata in the system (name of the authors, article title, abstract, keywords and references)

-Confirm and finalize the submission.


  1. Steps to ensure an anonymous review

To ensure the integrity of anonymous peer reviews of submissions to this publisher, every effort will be made to prevent authors from knowing the identity of the reviewers and vice versa. To do this, authors, editors and reviewers (who upload documents as part of the review) must verify that the following steps related to the text and the file properties have been followed:

-The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, and have used "Author" and the year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the name of the author, the title of the article, etc.

-In the case of Microsoft Office documents, the author's identification must also be removed from the file's properties (see the File option in Word), by clicking on the options indicated below. Start with File in the main menu of the Microsoft application: File> Save As> Tools (or Options on Mac)> Security> Remove personal information from file properties when saving> Save.

-In the case of PDF files, it is also necessary to remove the names of the authors from the Document Properties, which can be found in the File option in the main menu of Adobe Acrobat.


  1. Assignment of rights

In accordance with the provisions of the copyright laws currently in force, publishers must have the explicit authorization of the authors.