Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Numerical Cognition (JNC) is a free online peer-reviewed journal publishing original studies, critical commentaries, theoretical position statements and book reviews relevant to numerical cognition. The journal emphasizes scholarship, but also seeks to provide a bridge between theory and practice in numerical cognition. It aims to have a worldwide audience.

JNC aims to facilitate communication not only amongst psychologists but also between psychologists and cognate disciplines. It also encourages dialogue between theory development and practice with respect to understanding numerical cognition. The objective of the journal is to provide readers with access to high-quality professional information, thus stimulating the scientific community in Europe, North America and worldwide. Indeed JNC welcomes contributions from researchers and practitioners irrespective of their geographical location.

The main objectives of the Journal of Numerical Cognition are to provide a scholarly forum for the focused discussion of research into numerical cognition and in so doing, increase the visibility of this topic domain in psychology and beyond.

As a result, the journal has been developed so to be accessible to both young researchers and established professionals without discipline boundaries. By being open access, it is also designed so that contributions are available not just to the academic community but to the larger audience of individuals who teach about number and work with numerical information. Its structure gives room to a broad and multidisciplinary range of psychology studies and research. The following types of article can be considered:


Section Policies


Members of the editorial team, as well as invited guests, present key theoretical position statements on numerical cognition. This might involve a review of the state of the field, an evaluation of key paradigms used to investigate certain phenomena and ideas, or the identification of emerging issues for research. Editorials may also comment on the relationship between, and impact of, the articles that appear in a journal issue.

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Research Reports

Empirical studies, regardless of discipline, carried out individually or in teams. The journal will evaluate the contribution in terms of the significance of contribution, methodological rigour, and ability to communicate effectively. All research reports are welcome that fall within the field of numerical cognition. Replications and refinements are appropriate, where they are identified as such, and serve a clearly defined purpose and respond to a need in the literature.

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Brief discussions of other article types that provide stimulating and informative comments on contemporary work.

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Theoretical Contributions

Articles relying on an original and creative synthesis of work, or analysis of the coherence of current perspectives. Theoretical contributions may attempt to propose new concepts, theories or models. Interdisciplinary works are very much encouraged.

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Applied Perspectives

Articles that discuss the deployment on numerical cognition in, for example, education, employment, numerical understanding in the general public, etc. Applied perspectives can describe the current state of play, and draw attention to the gaps in research knowledge or foci.

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Book Reviews

This section includes reviews of recent books on any relevant topic. Members outside of the editorial team are also invited to submit book reviews for publication.

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Peer Review Process

JNC will carry out a rigorous and fair, double blind peer review system that is designed to evaluate the scientific quality of submissions or their applied impact, as appropriate. The assessment criteria focus on, for example, methodological soundness and the clarity of communication. The journal will normally recruit at least two independent reviewers to comment on the submission. The journal maintains a database of potential reviewers, and invites relevant experts who are knowledgeable in the relevant field. The journal aims to reach a decision between 6-8 weeks after submission, but seeks to keep authors informed about progression of the submission.


Publication Frequency

JNC is published 3 times per year. Articles can be submitted at any time.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

JNC also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.



This journal ensures the long-term availability of its contents by partnering with CLOCKSS.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.


Publication Ethics

Responsibilities of JNC's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.


Preprint Policy

As part of JNC's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at JNC).

However, prior to submitting their article and prior to acceptance and publication in JNC, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html).

Published conference presentations, posters etc. are considered preprints, provided they do not appear in a peer-reviewed, published conference proceeding.

After a manuscript has been published in JNC we suggest to link to the final article version, using the assigned article DOI in this way: https://doi.org/DOI, e.g.



Plagiarism Screening

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JNC uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked.

Read more at Crossresf's Similarity Check & Reseachers page.


Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing JNC does not alter articles after publication:

"Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible" (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science).

In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct JNC publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).


In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article JNC publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.

Retractions (Expressions of Concern)

In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) JNC will retract a published article if

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation),
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication),
  • it constitutes plagiarism,
  • it reports unethical research.

An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. JNC will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.

If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article JNC may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.