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When Aug 10, 2016 - Aug 13, 2016
Where Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Submission Deadline Feb 1, 2016
Notification Due Apr 11, 2016
Final Version Due May 13, 2016
Categories    cognitive science

Call For Papers

General Information

Researchers are invited to submit scientific work to be presented at the meeting. The conference offers limited opportunities for presentation, so all submissions are competitive, requiring formal acceptance to be included in the program. Acceptance decisions will be determined primarily via a peer-review process, but may also be informed by issues of program design.

There are four categories of main conference submissions: research papers (presented as talks or posters), contributed symposia, publication-based presentations, and member abstracts. The submission categories differ in presentation format and evaluation criteria, as described below. All submissions are to be made through the conference program web site:

If a submission is accepted, at least one author of the submission must both pre-register and attend the conference in order for the submission to appear in the meeting program and in the conference proceedings. An online proceedings will be published by the Cognitive Science Society, but the contents of this volume are not considered archival (click here for more information).

Submitted research papers may be no more than six pages long, using the two-column format described in the "Submission Formats" section, below. All paper submissions will be evaluated by peer reviewers who make acceptance recommendations to the Program Committee. The final decision of acceptance is made by the Program Co-Chairs. If a paper is accepted, it will appear in full in the Proceedings. Accepted papers may be presented at the conference as either talks or posters as decided by Program Co-Chairs. These decisions are made on the basis of assessments by reviewers and issues of program balance.

Student authors are welcome. Several honors will be awarded to select research papers that have students identified as the first author. These honors include the Marr Prize, for the best student paper, and four awards for papers reporting on research involving computational modeling methods. Additionally, one paper will be selected for the Cognition and Student Learning prize. The Marr Prize winner is selected by the Organizing Committee, based on peer review information provided by the Program Committee. Other award decisions are made by several awards committees, with members of these committees appointed by the conference Organizing Committee. Finally, students who are the first authors of research paper submissions qualify to apply for travel grants awarded by the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation. Requests for a student travel grant must be made at the time of paper submission. See the Prizes page for more information.

Posters will be presented on poster boards during the poster sessions. Poster boards and push pins will be provided. Max poster dimensions are 8 feet wide and 4 feet high (244 cm x 122 cm), though of course they can be smaller. Each room will have a video projector with standard VGA input. All speakers must bring their own laptops; Mac/Apple users must also bring an Apple-VGA connector cable. Posters have to be removed by the presenter at the end of the poster session.

A contributed symposium is allotted 100 minutes, sufficient for four 20-minute talks plus questions. Proposals should list the speakers and the moderator, describe their qualifications, and explain the importance of the topic. A symposium is submitted as a two-page summary of the topic, which will be included in the Proceedings, if the proposed symposium is accepted (see Submission Formats below). The best symposia present different perspectives, drawn from a wide range of disciplines, on a common issue. Proposals that include speakers from similar backgrounds or with the same theoretical perspective are not usually accepted. Contributed symposia are competitive, and the Program Co-Chairs will solicit comments and evaluations from reviewers to aid in determining acceptance. Contributed symposia should not be confused with the two invited symposia arranged by the conference organizers.
Publication-Based Presentations

Established researchers with a track record of publishing on a specific topic may propose delivering a presentation on important recent results in this area of expertise. Six or more publications (in journals, edited volumes, and/or peer-reviewed conference proceedings) is usually enough to demonstrate expertise in an area. Publication-based presentations should be late-breaking news from a senior researcher's lab rather than a summary of that researcher's previous work. This submission category requires an extended abstract of no longer than two pages, including an extensive list of the author's relevant publications. If accepted, this abstract will be included in the conference proceedings. Submitted extended abstracts should use the same formatting templates as are used for regular six-page research papers. These are submitted in the same way as regular papers, except the "Type of Submission" must be specified as "Publication-Based Presentation". An author can have only one publication-based presentation in a 3-year period (e.g., only authors who have not given publication-based presentations at CogSci 2014 and 2015 are eligible for such a talk at CogSci 2016).
Member Abstracts

Members of the Cognitive Science Society may submit a 150-word abstract. Each member can be first author on only one member abstract (a member can be a co-author on more than one abstract). The Organizing Committee reviews the member abstracts for relevance. Accepted abstracts will be included in the Proceedings, and they will be presented at the conference as posters. Members also have the option of having the abstract of a rejected paper submission considered for inclusion as a member abstract. (Details for resending rejected full papers as member abstracts will be provided on or around April 11).

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