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Advances in Cognitive Psychology (ACP)

In 2005, Prof. dr. hab. Piotr Jaśkowski launched the internet journal Advances in Cognitive Psychology (ISSN: 1895-1171). From its start, this Open Access journal has been devoted to the study of human perception, language processing, attention, memory, and cognition. Prof. Jaśkowski was obviously ahead of his time as only some years later commercial internet journals entered the scene. In contrast with these journals, Prof. Jaśkowski’s idea was not only that science should be available for all scientists around the world, but also that publishing costs should be as low as possible or even cost-free. With the help of the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw and the Polish Ministry of Science and Education he proved to be able to cover these costs. As a consequence, all the publications (in English) that appeared in ACP from 2005 up till now (March 2015) are freely available. Furthermore, no publication fees had to be paid by the authors. These unique features characterize the philosophy of the journal. This approach attracted many other scientists around the world, which implied that it was relatively easy to create a strong editorial board, to attract many scientists to publish in ACP, and to organize special issues devoted to a variety of topics. In the very start of 2011, ACP suffered a serious blow, as very unfortunate, Prof. Jaśkowski passed away. This left the journal without its highly-appreciated founder. Soon after this very tragic event it was decided by the members of the editorial board that the journal should be given a serious chance to survive. It was concluded that Prof. dr. Ulrich Ansorge (Vienna) and the undersigned, Dr. Rob van der Lubbe (Warsaw/Enschede) would represent the journal as Editor and Co-editor in Chief, respectively. As a consequence, planned special issues on “Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of conscious and unconscious visual perception” and “Implicit Serial Learning” could be published in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, many new submissions followed. In May 2014, ACP was ready to be evaluated by Thomson Reuters for acceptance to the list of ISI journals and to receive an Impact Factor. On the 22nd of January 2015, we received the very fortunate news that our journal has been selected for coverage in Thomson Reuter’s products and services. From Vol. 8, issue 1, 2012, are publications will be indexed in:

  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences

On the 11th of February 2015, we received the good news that our journal has also been approved for inclusion in ERIH PLUS, which is the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences. ACP is further indexed by major abstracting services including Scopus, Medline, PsychINFO, DOAJ, and EBSCO, and has been rated by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education with a score of 10 points.

The members of our editorial board come from universities located in many different countries (10) around the world and our authors originate from all continents on earth. For example, we have contributions from Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, the United States, etc. So it seems obvious to conclude that ACP has a strong international appeal. Nevertheless, it is also clear that ACP has strong bounds with science in Poland itself. This is underlined by a Special Issue “Neuronus” that came out as the 4th issue in 2013. This special issue was devoted to two yearly-held conferences named “Neuronus” that by and large were organized by the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In this year, we also plan to organize a special issue devoted to this conference.

Altogether, the picture presented indicates that the future for ACP is promising, and given the decision by Thomson Reuters, we soon expect to receive an official Impact Factor for our journal. The SJR index is computed using the same formula that determines a journal’s impact factor, and this index is currently estimated at 1.39.



Rob van der Lubbe
Co-editor in Chief
Advances in Cognitive Psychology
Faculty of Psychology
University of Finance and Management in Warsaw