Since the advent of Internet publishing, new specialty journals pop up regularly, but the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition remains the best place to submit work in cognitive psychology, says its incoming editor Robert Greene, PhD, a psychology professor at Case Western Reserve University.
“Over the past decade, as the competition from other journals has increased, the number of submissions to JEP:LMC has doubled,” says Greene. “It is an absolute joy to work with a journal that’s thriving and prospering.”
Part of the journal’s appeal, says Greene, is the broad spectrum of research it covers, including experimental research on human learning, memory, imagery, concept formation, problem-solving, decision-making, thinking, reading and language processing. For Greene, the most exciting studies integrate traditional cognitive psychology with approaches from other areas of psychology, including social cognition and cognitive neuroscience. “Our journal is the perfect place for researchers who span several fields and who want to reach an audience of cognitive psychologists,” says Greene, who will begin accepting submissions in January.
To make the journal even more author friendly, Greene will try to continue improvements the journal has made in how quickly it reviews articles, and he hopes to reduce the number of revisions a paper goes through. “Too often, [revisions] seem to do little more than substitute the preferences of editors and reviewers for those of authors,” says Greene. “An article is an argument that is being expressed by an author, and I believe that it is important that the argument stay in the voice of the author.”
Greene also will give authors more flexibility in how they structure their articles. Although the journal has a reputation for strongly preferring long multi-experiment reports, his editorial board is happy to accept brief empirical reports, as well as nonempirical notes, comments or criticisms that advance the understanding of human cognition. “Within the limits established by APA, I want people to have as much freedom as possible to tell their story,” says Greene.
Beth Azar is a writer in Portland, Ore.