Publication Ethics


Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience  accepts the definitions and considerations of authorship defined by COPE. The authors, through the Copyright Agreement (view Instructions for Authors), certify the fulfillment of these parameters of authorship, the non-existence of ghost authorship or gift authorship. They declare the consent of all authors on the submission of the final version of the manuscript.

Before paper’s publication, authors must send the Copyright Agreement document. This form has to be completed and signed by every author.



Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience declares the non-acceptance of plagiarism, for this reason it is necessary that all articles submitted to the review process comply with the following prior to their acceptance:

Authors are responsible for the material included in the manuscripts: tables, graphs/figures, photos, illustrations, etc., and likewise, should declare these do not infringe copyright.

Every paper will undergo a strict review process and will also be scanned using a plagiarism detection software; therefore, total, partial, or paraphrased copy without their corresponding reference source, as well as any other malpractice and wrongful information use will not be tolerated.

In case a paper fails to meet the above-mentioned originality criteria, it will not be considered for publication, or it will be withdrawn from the Journal when a lack of originality is indicated after publishing. In this case, the Journal will issue a correction note.



Conflict of interests

 Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience monitors closely any conflict of interests during refereeing processes. Hence, review procedures involve experts in the paper’s field of study who have previous scientific publications. The peer review process is defined as Double-blind, which implies that neither the authors nor the arbitrators will know the identity of each other. This allows avoiding any biased management of the document. Finally, in agreement with the peers’ comments, both the Editorial Committee and the Editor, come to a general consent to whether the paper will be accepted, returned for modifications, or rejected. Such decision is delivered to the author by the Editor.

Likewise, authors are invited to have all the required permissions for information diffusion when other institutions or people are involved. Additionally, previously published results,  acknowledgments, funding sources,  and collaborators need to be established clearly.


Research fraud

Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience only accepts original papers,  as results of scientific research processes. Thus, authors must deliver complete information about the research from which the paper is derived. Similarly, during the review process, peer reviewers will assess considerations regarding methodologies, results, and conclusions in order to establish the coherence and certainty of the shown information.

Equally, it is strongly advised that authors have availability and evidence of the data used since these, as well as the rest of the content’s sources, may be requested by the Editor or reviewers.


Duplicated presentation of an article

Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience clearly establishes in the Author Guidelines that papers submitted for publication must not have been already presented or be undergoing review processes in other publications where a grant of rights is required. Papers must be original and unpublished, and all authors must give their written consent for publishing. Authors commit to Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience to maintain these terms until a final decision has been made regarding publication.

As Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience ’s plagiarism policy states, paraphrasing needs to be clearly and properly established, even for ideas derived from several sources; in these cases, the original text must be cited between quotation marks with its corresponding reference source.

The Journal has also defined that papers previously published in other languages will not be published by Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience. Despite this is a common practice managed through editorial rights,  Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience lacks this option.



Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience states that every paper must be original and unpublished. The fragmentation of large works may confuse readers. Thus, authors are invited to cite properly whenever their papers relate to already published contributions. Relevant information shall not be repeated since this can be perceived as coincidences infringing originality criteria established by the Journal. Besides, authors need to be at the Editorial team and peers’ disposition to provide any information regarding prior published work.

 Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience declares with these policies its intention of maintaining publishing ethics and best practices in publications. Every criterion established preserves COPE’s considerations, as well as Elsevier Research and Publication Ethics. For more information, contact the Editor: