Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology is a peer reviewed open access journal that aims to stimulate multidisciplinary research into the central nervous system and its complex relationship with the surrounding social environment. Spurred by significant methodological and theoretical advances in cognitive and developmental neurosciences over the past two decades, two particular fields have emerged: (i) social neuroscience focusing on the role of the brain in processing social information, and (ii) affective neuroscience focusing on the role of the brain and how it reacts to emotionally, motivationally and other affectively related inputs. Several interesting topics are now appearing as these two fields begin to overlap, for example the question of the neural processing of emotional information conveyed by congeners, and the role of the brain in functional contexts involving dyadic interactions. In particular, during the last years, developmental research has allowed us to better understand psychological and neural processes involved in early social interactions.

In order to stimulate and articulate a dialogue between those disciplines that engage in research where social and affective neuroscience are beginning to converge – human and animal neurosciences and developmental neurosciences, clinical neuroscience, psychoanalysis, psychology and developmental psychology, philosophy etc. – Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology provides a forum for publication of (i) original research papers in all areas of social and affective neurosciences that may further our knowledge about the involvement of the central nervous system as it interacts with the surrounding environment, (ii) reviews and synthesis papers providing state-of-the-art overviews of experimental and theoretical research from different disciplines on a specific topic; and (iii) dialogue or opinion papers by and/or between researchers from different fields leading to the development of new theoretical frameworks.

 

Section Policies

Preclinical Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Opinion Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Opinion Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Minireviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Dialog Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Brain and Addiction

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Memory and Action

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

New therapeutic neuroscience-based approaches in psychiatry

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Comparative perspectives on social cognition

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Contribution of movement research to socioaffective neuroscience and psychology

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

All manuscripts will undergo preliminary evaluation at the editorial level and those judged to be of significant importance will subsequently be peer reviewed by two or more experts. The Chief Editor will see the papers through peer review to acceptance or rejection.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible options: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data, or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or formalities is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published with regular intervals, but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Open Access
Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology is published under the Open Access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.SocioaffectiveNeurosciPsychol.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

Under the Open Access model authors retain copyright. See copyright section.

 

Archiving

Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to this journal on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).