Decision is a multidisciplinary research journal focused on a theoretical understanding of neural, cognitive, social, and economic aspects of human judgment and decision-making behavior.
Decision will publish articles on all areas related to judgment and decision-making research including probabilistic inference, prediction, evaluation, choice, decisions under risk or uncertainty, and economic games. The journal will publish articles that present new theory or new empirical research addressing theoretical issues or both.
To achieve this goal, Decision will publish three types of articles: long articles that make major theoretical contributions, shorter articles that make major empirical contributions addressing important theoretical issues, and brief review articles that target rapidly rising theoretical trends or new theoretical topics in decision making.
Jerome R. Busemeyer
California Institute of Technology
Warwick Business School, United Kingdom
University College London, London, United Kingdom
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Riverside
The Ohio State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Maryland, College Park
The Ohio State University
University of California, San Diego
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Jerome R. Busemeyer
Decision will publish three types of articles. All page limits are exclusive of tables, figures, and references:
- full length articles (35 pages maximum) that make major theoretical contributions
- shorter articles (15 pages maximum) that make major empirical contributions addressing important theoretical issues
- brief (15 pages maximum) review articles that target rapidly rising theoretical trends or new theoretical topics in decision making
The journal also accepts shorter review papers (15 pages maximum) on other rapidly rising topics of interest.
Decision has a policy of unmasked review for all submissions. Authors requesting masked review should include this request with their submission.
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Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225–229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6184.108.40.206
Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
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