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 commercial 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 (all in English) that appeared in ACP from 2005 up till now (April 2014) are freely available, and also that no publication fees had to be paid. These unique features characterize the philosophy of the journal. Not surprisingly, 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 (see below). 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, and at the current moment, it may be concluded that ACP is in a very good shape, and ready to be evaluated by Thomson Reuters for acceptance to the list of ISI journals and to receive an Impact Factor.

            An important criterion for assessing the scientific value of a journal is the average amount of citations of papers appearing in that journal. As not all our papers (especially the early years) are yet retrievable with search engines like Scopus and Medline, it was decided to examine the number of citations with GoogleScholar.

Figure 1. The average number of citations of articles published in ACP assessed with Google Scholar in March 2014.

Apart from the drop in 2008 (due to the publication of a single article) the pattern shows that articles published in ACP are well cited. In line with this view, an expert from Elsevier recently informed us that the current Impact Factor of ACP would already lie slightly below 2, which provides very good prospects for the future.

            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 also clear that ACP has strong bounds with science in Poland itself. This is underlined by a recent 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 recent years, other special issues were devoted to Visual Masking, Music Performance, Conscious and unconscious visual perception, and Implicit Serial Learning. It is obvious from this list of special issues that one of the special interests of ACP concerns issues related to consciousness, which was one of the favorite topics of its founder, Prof. Jaśkowski.    

            During the years 2011 and 2012, ACP was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. ACP is currently 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. Altogether, the picture presented indicates that the future for ACP seems promising.



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