Aims and Themes

We invite submissions to Advances in Cognitive Systems, a journal that publishes contributions about human-level intelligence, complex cognition, integrated intelligent systems, cognitive architectures, and related topics. The journals aims to encourage research in the original spirit of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, which aimed to explain intelligence in computational terms and reproduce the entire range of human cognitive abilities in computational artifacts.

Advances in Cognitive Systems offers a venue to report work on any topic related to the representation or organization of complex mental structures, their use in multi-step cognition, or their acquisition from experience or instruction. Functional capabilities that arise in this context include:

Some research communities already address such issues, including those dealing with cognitive architectures, cognitive robotics, commonsense reasoning, and qualitative modeling, but none brings them together in one place. We welcome submissions from those working on these and other topics who are interested in complex cognition, human-level intelligence, and related areas.

Paper Format

Advances in Cognitive Systems will rely on electronic submission of papers for review and publication. Papers must not exceed twenty (20) pages for the journal or sixteen (16) pages for the conference, including all figures, tables, and references. We will return to the authors any submissions that exceed this page limit or that diverge significantly from the format specified herein.

The text of the paper should be formatted in one column, with an overall width of 6.0 inches (15.24 cm) and length of 8.0 inches (20.32 cm). The left margin should be 1.25 inches (3.175 cm) and the top margin 1.5 inches (3.81 cm). The right and bottom margins will depend on whether the paper is presented on US letter or A4 paper.

The paper body should be set in 11 point type with a vertical spacing of 12 points. Please use Times Roman typeface throughout the text. Additional details about paper format and references, as well as electronic templates for producing the camera-ready copy, are available at

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 and upload their papers.

To ensure the ability to preview and print submissions, authors must provide their manuscripts in pdf format. Papers prepared in Word should be saved as pdf files and submitted in this format. To support the review process, each submission must be accompanied by information about the paper's title and abstract, as well as the authors' names and physical addresses. Authors must enter this information into the submission form at the URL specified below.

Submissions may be accompanied by online appendices that contain data, demonstrations, instructions for obtaining source code, or the source code itself. We encourage authors to include such appendices when they submit papers. This material will not count in the submission's page length.

Journal Submissions

Authors who wish to submit papers to the journal, Advances in Cognitive Systems, should upload a pdf file, in the format described above, to the submission repository at


Such submissions may occur at any time, unless they are related to special issues of the journal, which will have their own deadlines stated in their respective calls for papers.

Authors who wish to submit papers to the conference, Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems, should follow the directions specified on the Web page for that year's meeting.


Submissions to Advances in Cognitive Systems must be original. The content should not have been published previously or be pending publication in another journal, nor can it be under review or be sent for review to another forum. Violation of this policy will result in rejection of the submission and a six-month ban on further submissions to the journal.

However, submissions to Advances in Cognitive Systems may contain material published in one or more conference papers. Such submissions must contain at least 40 percent new, unpublished material that makes substantial contributions, such as additional theoretical or experimental results, or both. Authors must notify the Editor about previous or pending conference publication at the time of submission.

Review Process

Because Advances in Cognitive Systems aims to encourage research that produces a broad understanding of intelligence, its criteria for determining contributions will differ from those used in traditional publications. Progress may take many forms, including demonstrating new functionality, integrating different facets of intelligence, presenting a novel approach to an established problem, explaining complex cognition in humans, and formally analyzing a difficult new task. We also welcome submissions on new problems or testbeds that challenge existing approaches.

Papers that report incremental variants of existing methods, minor improvements on performance metrics for established tasks, or mathematical analyses of component algorithms are not in themselves relevant to this meeting unless they aid progress toward cognitive systems with broad functionality. The frequently asked questions page at

provides additional information about the types of research that are appropriate for submission to Advances in Cognitive Systems.

Each submission will be assigned to multiple referees who will evaluate the paper for its contribution to understanding cognitive systems, clarity of claims about this contribution, convincing evidence in support of those claims, and cogent presentation of its ideas to readers. We encourage authors to examine the review form at

before drafting their manuscripts to ensure that their submissions address all of the dimensions on which reviewers will evaluate them.

Although some submissions will be accepted or rejected outright, others may be accepted conditionally. In such cases, the authors will receive an itemized list of changes they must make in their final paper. Revised papers that satisfy these conditions will be published in Advances in Cognitive Systems.