Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science


Will there be a 2021 edition?

No. We unfortunately do not have the resources in terms of time or manpower. We hope to return soon.

What is CUJCS?

The Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science (CUJCS) is an academic journal aimed at providing undergraduate students in cognitive science and related fields an opportunity to publish and showcase their work. We seek to foster academic interest and creativity and provide a forum for connections and the exchanging of ideas.

Who are you people?

We are a group of senior cognitive science students based out of Simon Fraser University. The Cognitive Science Student Society at SFU has produced CUJCS beginning in 2002. We are now working on the 2020 edition. More information about the main staff can be found on our About Us page.

What topics are included in this journal?

The Cognitive Science “hexagon” officially covers Anthropology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology. Papers are not limited to these domains, however. Cognitive Science is more than the sum of its parts and it has expanded far beyond the classic hexagon.

Additional topics may include: Human-computer interaction, methodological analysis, sociology, logic, and many more.

Cross disciplinary topics are highly encouraged.

Who can make a submission?

All undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited higher learning institute.

I'm not Canadian. Can I still submit?

Yes! CUJCS accepts journal submissions from all undergraduates regardless of country of origin or nationality of submitter.

When is the submission deadline?

The predicted submission deadline for the 2020 edition is December 15th, 2019. Subject to change (will only be pushed back).

May I work with collaborators?

Yes! You are welcomed and encouraged to work with your fellow academics. Keep in mind that all authors must be undergraduates, however.

What are the details on length, format, etc?

All submissions must be in English, clearly written and in sufficient detail to allow the referees to assess the merits of the work. Papers should be no longer than 5,000 words and should conform to APA standards.

Of course don’t panic too much if your submission is 5,047 words long, but do try to conform to the length limits. Remember the famous quote “If I had more time I would have written a shorter letter”. There is elegance in a concisely argued point and eloquently explained concept. More details can be found on the submissions page.

What about my copyright? Will I still be able to publish my work in other journals?

The Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science is considered a copyrighted work under Canadian law. This journal is not a binding publication, however. As such, acceptance in CUJCS should not impede publication of a later version in other journals. The copyright of all contributions remains with their authors.

What is the editing/review process?

After you submit your paper it will be read by the review and editor board. They will make a decision to accept or reject your paper. All authors will receive notice. Those papers which are chosen will then go through several rounds (typically 1-2) of review and modification whereby note, comments, questions, concerns, points of clarification, etc. are marked on your paper. You as the author are expected to make changes and edit your work to address these issues. Finally, the papers will be passed to our expert panel comprised of various professors and industry professionals. They will perform an assessment of your document, request edits as necessary, and grant final approval.

After final approval is granted, your work is done. The rest is up to us to deliver to you the final edition of the journal.

When will the journal be published?

We are aiming for a publication date in late Spring of 2020.

I have more questions. How can I get in touch?

You can contact us either via our Contact Us page, or send us a direct email at inquiries[@]

Are there alternative journals?

Yes, with varying levels of publishing frequency, requirements, and reach.

  • Journal of Cognitive Science - an official journal of the International Association for Cognitive Science, published quarterly by the Institute for Cognitive Science at Seoul National University. Showcases high quality research from around the world.
  • Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science - an academic journal as part of the iCogSci project at Indiana University. May be currently inactive.
  • Mental Note - an undergraduate research journal from Rutgers University aimed at encouraging interdisciplinary conversation. Current status is unknown.
  • Many more may exist, including those close to you or not focused explicitly on Cognitive Science . We encourage you to seek opportunities.
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