The Cognitive Science Society began publication of Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS) in 2009.

As its name suggests, topiCS focuses on current topics in cognitive science. The journal provides a platform for presenting a subject or subfield in cognitive science with both greater depth and scope, and ideally from a broader range of perspectives, than stand-alone articles typically provide. Proposals for a topic and the individual contributions to them are rigorously assessed in terms of quality, relevance, and diversity (see Editor’s Welcome Address).

Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS) began publication in January, 2009.


Access to all Issues (Members Only)
Non-member Subscription to Journal
Information about forthcoming issues may be found here.
The TopiCS Journal App is available from the Apple app store.
The New York Times features a TopiCS article. Editorial Introduction is here.


Members of the Editorial Board
Guidelines for Proposals
Submission via Editorial Manager
Reprint Permissions


Authors’ Rights

Cognitive Science is a premier outlet for innovative research and theory, and Topics in Cognitive Science provides a unique venue for collections of papers that focus on new and emerging topics or which are a bit off the mainstream, but of broad interest.

You might not know that the rights that our Authors have are nearly as unique as our journals. In contrast to most journals, the copyright to each paper is owned by the Society not the Publisher. Our negotiated contract with Wiley-Blackwell explicitly states that our authors have the right to:

A. Use the published PDF of their article immediately with no limitations on personal use (of course, commercial use is something else entirely).
B. Post the final, electronic versions of the PDF produced by our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, immediately, on your personal websites.

The final, electronic version of each issue of the journal is free to access on Wiley Online Library after a 1 year embargo period. Furthermore, the Society has the right to post the final, electronic versions of each issue of both journals on our archive site after a 3 year embargo. This means that all of our content can be downloaded for free by anyone (members or not), anywhere in the world.

This access policy is conventionally known as “green open access.”

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