Q: What size should my poster be? How much time do I have for a talk?
A: Please see the submissions section for details on poster and oral presentations.
Q: Does appearing in the Cognitive Science Conference preclude the same work from appearing in a journal later on?
A: This conference is not considered an archival publication, so the same work can indeed be submitted to a journal later on. That said, the conference format does tend to force many details to be left out that would be expected in a journal article, and generally a conference paper that is expanded into a successful journal article includes at least 30% additional material.
Q: Can I submit a paper that has been submitted/published elsewhere?
A: The society's policy is that papers submitted to the conference should be original work, meaning that the submitted work has not been submitted or published in the same literal form or format elsewhere.
Q: Can't I just email you my submission?
A: We are unable to accept submissions via email The web based submission system enables a distributed review system to be used, and lets you provide information that is valuable in helping to ensure that your paper gets the most accurate reviewing available.
Q: Do I have to be a member of the Society to submit a paper?
A: No, you do not have to be a member of the Society to submit a paper, regular poster, symposium, or publication-based presentation. Please note that the Society exists to foster the kind of research that appears in the conference, so if that is the sort of work you do you will very likely find membership in the Society very beneficial. Yes, you must be a member of the Society to submit a Member Poster. Member posters are published with minimal review, so that members can keep each other apprised of research progress. Membership in the Society has a number of other advantages.
Note that: Non-members of the society who do intend to apply to become a member in order to submit a member's abstract can apply for membership through the electronic system. Obviously, the acceptance of the abstract will be conditional on the acceptance of the application to become a member of the society.
Q: Should I already have become a member before I submit a member abstract?
A: No. But one should become a member on the same day as submitting a member abstract by filling out the forms found here.
Q: I am a member of another cognitive science society - Does my organization have an official relationship with the Cognitive Science Society that will allow me to submit a member abstract, even though I am not a member of the Cognitive Science Society itself?
A: Only members of the Cognitive Science Society itself may submit member abstracts. So you would need to join the Society in order to submit an abstract. As per the previous answer, if this conference is interesting to you, you may want to seriously consider joining the Society. Other categories of submission are open to all.
Q: I tried to sign up on the submission/reviewing web site with my Cognitive Science Society ID (or my ID from submitting/reviewing last year) and it didn't recognize me. What is going on?
A: For security reasons, we use a separate login system on the conference web site than on the Society web site. This means you'll have to set up an account at the conference web site. It is a quick and relatively painless process.
Q: I don't see a list of possible topics or areas on the web site.
A: We have not included such a list because they can have a somewhat restrictive effect on what people believe they can submit. If you are not sure what kinds of topics are suitable for this conference, it may be useful to look at the proceedings of past conferences (or issues of the Society's journal, Cognitive Science). On-line proceedings from several prior conferences are available here.
Q: How to cite your paper.
APA formatted citation for a 6-Page Paper:
De Groot, A. D. & Heymans, G. (2009). This is the title of the paper. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. NUMBERS). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
APA formatted citation for a Published Abstract (note that this is not a refereed publication):
De Groot, A. D. & Heymans, G. (2009). This is the title of the abstract [Abstract]. In N.A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. NUMBER). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
APA formatted citation for a talk (or poster) presentation:
De Groot, A. D. & Heymans, G. (2009, July). This is the title of the talk or poster. Paper (or Poster) presented at the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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