Updated March 2016.
Guides and Templates
It is important that authors follow the prescribed style for their submissions.
We assume that authors will have access to LATEX or Microsoft Word to format
their documents and can use a Web browser to download style files. Please
ensure that you are using the latest template or style file with your
Electronic templates for producing the camera-ready copy are available for
LATEX and Word:
All current format files can be downloaded in a single zip file
Authors who have questions about these electronic templates should send them to
firstname.lastname@example.org by electronic mail.
Advice on Common Format Issues
During the writing and submission process, we ask authors to bear in mind the
following stylistic requirements:
- Page numbers should be given (after the first page).
- Page headers bearing the names of the authors (even-numbered pages) and title
of the paper (odd-numbered pages) should be included after the first page.
- The title in the running header should be in a short form, and therefore usually should be abbreviated.
- Text in figures should be large enough to read without increasing magnification.
- Figures and tables should be separated from the main text by at least 0.3 inches and 0.1 inches of white space respectively.
- Single-digit integers should be written as words, not numerals.
- Excessively using acronyms can make papers inaccessible to readers from
other fields. In general, try to only use very well-known acronyms unless giving a name to a system.
- Do not use adjacent sets of parentheses (as in this example) (this is the second
set of parentheses).
- Capitalize the first letter of each content word in a heading or subheading.
- When using LATEX, authors are responsible for making sure that the packages they use do not conflict with the journal style files.
The hyperref and subfig packages have been problematic in the past.
To ensure you are referencing other works correctly, please refer to the following section.
Citations and References
Please use the APA reference format given below. If you rely on the LATEX
bibliographic facility, use the file cogsysapa.bst (above) with the natbib package
(or similar) to obtain this format. These require you to place your references in a separate
file with a .bib extension, as explained in the LATEX manual.
Citations within the text should include the authors' last names and the year.
If the authors' names are included as part of the sentence, place only the year
in parentheses, as in Jones and VanLehn (1994), but otherwise place the entire
reference in parentheses, with the authors separated by an ampersand
(Jones & VanLehn, 1984), and the authors and year separated by a comma
(Laird, Rosenbloom, & Newell, 1984). When citing a source within an existing
pair of parentheses, you should not add a nested pair (for example, Choi, 2010).
List multiple references alphabetically and separate them by semicolons
(Newell & Simon, 1972; VanLehn, 1989). When a citation involves
three or fewer authors, list them all (Laird, Rosenbloom, & Newell, 1984)
on the first occurrence and use the 'et al.' construction thereafter.
When a citation involves four or more authors, use 'et al.' even on
the first occurrence (Shapiro et al., 2004).
The Advances in Cognitive Systems LATEX
style files support the use of the natbib package
which provides a number of commands for generating
appropriately-formatted citations, including \citet, \citep,
\citeauthor, and \citeyear.
Use an unnumbered first-level section heading for the references, and use a
hanging indent style, with the first line of the reference flush against the
left margin and subsequent lines indented by 10 points.
Alphabetize references in both the text and at its end by the surnames of the
first authors, with single author entries preceding multiple author entries.
Order references for the same authors by year of publication, with the earliest
Example entries for various types of publication in a reference list are given below.
Journal article examples:
Forbus, K. D. (1984). Qualitative process theory.
Artificial Intelligence, 24, 85-168.
Derbinsky, N., & Laird, J. E. (in press).
Effective and efficient forgetting of learned knowledge in Soar's working and procedural memories.
Cognitive Systems Research.
Lillard, A. (1993). Young children's conceptualization of pretense:
Action or mental representational state? Child Development, 64, 372-386.
Conference publication examples:
Laird, J. E., Rosenbloom, P. S., & Newell, A. (1984). Towards chunking as a
general learning mechanism. Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference
on Artificial Intelligence (pp. 188-192). Austin, TX: Morgan Kaufmann.
Langley, P. (2000). The maturing science of machine learning. Proceedings of
the Seventeenth International Conference on Machine Learning (pp. xi-xii).
Stanford, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.
Nirenburg, S., McShane, M., & Beale, S. (2008). A simulated physiological/cognitive
"double agent". Proceedings of the AAAI 2008 Fall Symposium on Naturally Inspired
Cognitive Architectures. Arlington, VA: AAAI Press.
Book chapter examples:
Feigenbaum, E. A. (1963). The simulation of verbal learning behavior. In
E. A. Feigenbaum & J. Feldman (Eds.), Computers and thought. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Mitchell, T. M., & Thrun, S. (1993).
Explanation-based neural network learning for robot control.
In S. J. Hanson, J. Cowan, & C. L. Giles (Eds.),
Advances in neural information processing systems 5, 287-294.
San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.
VanLehn, K. (1989). Problem solving and cognitive skill acquisition. In M. I.
Posner (Ed.), Foundations of cognitive science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
de Groot, A. D. (1965).Thought and choice in chess. The Hague: Morton.
Lewis, D. (1973). Counterfactuals. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press.
Newell, A., & Simon, H. A. (1972). Human problem solving.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Edited volume examples:
Greiner, R. (Ed.). (1997). Computational learning theory and natural learning
systems (Vol. 4). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Schwering, A., Krumnack, U., Kühnberger, K.-U., & Gust, H. (Eds.). (2007).
Analogies: Integrating multiple cognitive abilities. Osnabrück, Germany:
Institute of Cognitive Science.
Shrager, J., & Langley, P. (Eds.). (1990). Computational models of scientific
discovery and theory formation. San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.
Technical report examples:
Lebiere, C., & Wray, R. (Eds.). (2006). Between a rock and a hard place:
Cognitive science principles meet AI-hard problems (Technical Report SS-06-02).
AAAI, Menlo Park, CA.
Shapiro, D., Billman, D., Marker, M., & Langley, P. (2004). A human-centered
approach to monitoring complex dynamic systems (Technical Report).
Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise, Palo Alto, CA.
Yamauchi, B., Langley, P., Schultz, A. C., Grefenstette, J., & Adams, W. (1998).
Magellan: An integrated adaptive architecture for mobile robotics
(Technical Report 98-2). Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise,
Palo Alto, CA.
Botkin, J. W. (1973). An intuitive computer system: A cognitive approach to the
management learning process. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.
Cassimatis, N. L. (2002). Polyscheme: A cognitive architecture
for integrating multiple representation and inference schemes. Doctoral dissertation,
Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Choi, D. (2010). Coordinated execution and goal management in
a reactive cognitive architecture. Doctoral dissertation, Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
Cognitive Systems Foundation. (2012). Formatting for Advances
in Cognitive Systems. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from
Journal of Machine Learning Research. (2000). JMLR Announcements.
Retrieved December 1, 2012, from http://jmlr.csail.mit.edu/announcements.html.
The Soar Group. (2012). Getting Started with Soar.
Retrieved December 1, 2012, from http://sitemaker.umich.edu/soar/getting_started.