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Call for Papers Memory and Cognition: Special Issue on Working Memory

Thursday, February 13, 2014  
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Neil W. Mulligan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Guest Editors:
Robert H. Logie, University of Edinburgh, UK
Nelson Cowan, University of Missouri at Columbia, USA and University of Edinburgh, UK

It has been 40 years since Baddeley and Hitch published their seminal paper addressing what purpose is served by short-term memory in everyday cognition. Driven by the accumulation of data and ideas in the interim, in 2014 there are multiple theoretical perspectives and approaches for understanding the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of the ability to select, retain and manipulate information in the service of ongoing tasks. We invite all interested researchers to submit papers for this special issue. Papers should meet the high scientific and ethical standards for the journal, and will be subject to the normal exacting review process.

Submissions should make a substantial new contribution to the theoretical and/or empirical understanding of some aspect of human working memory. Manuscripts are welcome that report experimental manipulations or use an individual differences approach, as are papers that focus on theory development or the relation of working memory to other cognitive processes. Authors are encouraged to consider one or more alternative theoretical perspectives in addition to a preferred theory or model. It will be helpful for the introduction of the submission to include a very brief description of how the term working memory is to be used in the paper, as this is sometimes a source of confusion in the field.

Manuscripts should be submitted using the normal electronic submission portal for Memory and Cognition ( on or before June 1, 2014 and should state in a covering letter to the editor that the paper should be considered for the special issue on Working Memory. The covering letter should summarize the main scientific contribution to our understanding of working memory, which also should be stated explicitly in the manuscript. If revisions are invited by the guest editors, these will be expected within two months of receipt of the editorial decision letter and reviews. There will generally only be one round of revision and resubmission to allow for timely publication of the special issue. Strong papers that miss the deadline for submission of a revision or that require more than minor additional revision after an invited resubmission may be considered for publication in a later, standard issue of the journal, at the discretion of the journal editor.

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