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Perception

2016 Impact Factor: 1.087
2016 Ranking: 73/84 in Psychology, Experimental | 62/77 in Psychology | 52/59 in Ophthalmology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Founding Editor
Chief Editors
Tim Meese Aston University, UK
Peter Thompson University of York, UK
Frans Verstraten University of Sydney, Australia
Johan Wagemans Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Administrative Manager
Gillian Porter University of Bristol, UK


eISSN: 14684233 | ISSN: 03010066 | Current volume: 46 | Current issue: 10
Perception is a scholarly journal reporting experimental results and theoretical ideas ranging over the fields of human, animal, and machine perception.

Topics covered include physiological mechanisms and clinical neurological disturbances; psychological data on pattern and object perception in animals and man; the role of experience in developing perception; skills, such as driving and flying; effects of culture on perception and aesthetics; errors, illusions, and perceptual phenomena occurring in controlled conditions, with emphasis on their theoretical significance; cognitive experiments and theories relating knowledge to perception; development of categories and generalisations; strategies for interpreting sensory patterns in terms of objects by organisms and machines; special problems associated with perception of pictures and symbols; verbal and nonverbal skills; reading; philosophical implications of experiments and theories of perception for epistemology, aesthetics, and art.

SAGE has published Perception and i-Perception since May 2015.

Perception is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal reporting experimental results and theoretical ideas ranging over the fields of human, animal, and machine perception. Topics covered include physiological mechanisms and clinical neurological disturbances; psychological data on pattern and object perception in animals and man; the role of experience in developing perception; skills, such as driving and flying; effects of culture on perception and aesthetics; errors, illusions, and perceptual phenomena occurring in controlled conditions, with emphasis on their theoretical significance; cognitive experiments and theories relating knowledge to perception; development of categories and generalisations; strategies for interpreting sensory patterns in terms of objects by organisms and machines; special problems associated with perception of pictures and symbols; verbal and nonverbal skills; reading; philosophical implications of experiments and theories of perception for epistemology, aesthetics, and art.

Consulting Editors
Oliver Braddick University of Oxford, UK
Alan Gilchrist Rutgers University, USA
Barbara Gillam University of New South Wales, Australia
Jan Koenderink Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Michael Morgan City University, UK
Brian Rogers University of Oxford, UK (also Editorials Editor)
Christopher Tyler Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, USA
Nick Wade University of Dundee, UK
Editorial Board
David Alais University of Sydney, Australia
Tim Andrews University of York, UK
Derek Arnold University of Queensland, Australia (Short and Sweet Editor)
Hiroshi Ashida University of Kyoto, Japan
Chris Benton University of Bristol, UK
Peter Bex Northeastern University, United States, USA
Eli Brenner Vrije University, The Netherlands
David Burr Instituto di Neurofisiologia del CNR, Italy
Rouwen Canal-Bruland Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Claus-Christian Carbon University of Bamberg, Germany (Short and Sweet Editor)
Patrick Cavanagh Université Paris Descartes, France and Dartmouth College, USA
Jim Craig Indiana University, USA
Innes Cuthill University of Bristol, UK
Manfred Fahle University of Bremen, Germany
Johannes Frasnelli Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Karl Gegenfurtner Justus-Liebig-Universität, Germany
Deborah Giaschi University of British Columbia, Canada
Valérie Goffaux UC Louvain, Belgium
Andrei Gorea Université Paris Descartes, France
Lewis Griffin University College London, UK
Laurence Harris York University, Canada
Morton Heller Eastern Illinois University, USA
Fred Kingdom McGill University, USA
Ute Leonards University of Bristol, UK (also Book Reviews Editor)
Li Li New York University Shanghai, China
Johan Lundström Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Pascal Mamassian Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs, France
George Mather University of Lincoln, UK
Denis McKeown University of Leeds, UK
David Melcher University of Trento, Italy
Fiona Newell Trinity College, Ireland
Nick Scott-Samuel University of Bristol, UK (Short and Sweet Editor)
David Simmons University of Glasgow, UK
Hannah Smithson University of Oxford, UK
Nikolaus Troje Queen’s University, Canada
Rob van Lier Radboud University, Netherlands (Short and Sweet Editor)
Paul Warren University of Manchester, UK (Short and Sweet Editor)
Holger Wiese Durham University, UK
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    1. Manuscript types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.5 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.6 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Style
      4.4 Equations and Formulae
      4.5 Nomenclature
      4.6 Supplementary material
      4.7 Journal layout
      4.8 Reference style
      4.9 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Perception will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrent that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    Note that any submission based on material previously available on-line is expected to be considerably extended, with a different title, and with the previous on-line version fully referenced. 

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    1. Manuscript types

    Manuscripts may be submitted as Regular papers, Short reports, or Short & Sweet papers.

    Regular papers: These form the bulk of the content in both journals. They are open submissions on any aspect of perception involving any one or more sensory modalities. Sections should usually include (in order): abstract, introduction, methods, results (and discussion), and (general) discussion. The abstract is limited to 200 words.  Authors are particularly encouraged to aim for brevity and, where possible, to submit content that is not essential to understanding the paper as supplementary materials.  Authors should also write in a style that will be accessible to readers without specific expertise in the immediate subject area of the article.  

    Short reports: These should be to-the-point and aimed at a broad readership. The word limit is 4000 words, including the abstract (up to 150 words), figure captions, and references, but excluding acknowledgements. There is no limit on the number of tables and figures, but authors are advised to aim for no more than two or three. Short reports should be structured the same as regular papers, clearly labelled, and present one or two experiments or theoretical analyses that either (i) have broad, accessible appeal or (ii) are likely to have high impact and relevance within a subfield of perceptual/sensory science. Reviewers and editors should recognise that papers are likely to have less content than a regular paper, and this should also speed up the review process. 

    Short & Sweet (SAS): For this section, the conventional rules of publication are relaxed. Papers should report material that will appeal to sensory scientists, but for which detailed experiments, complex analysis, and well-worked computational models should not have been performed. The work should be easy to describe, have theoretical relevance, and appeal to a broad readership. The point(s) should not require much (or any) data or analysis, though the methodological details that are important for interpretation should be clear where appropriate (these details can be placed in figure legends if desired). A light-hearted approach is strongly encouraged and the work might be written to amuse or entertain. The word limit is 1200 words, including the abstract (up to 150 words), figure captions, and references, but excluding acknowledgements. To encourage brevity and informality, there should be no section headings apart from the abstract. Other than length and headings, one of the main differences between SAS and Short reports is the quirky nature of SAS. These papers will usually be sent to just a single reviewer. Occasionally, a second reviewer might be asked at the editor's discretion. The journal aims to publish one SAS paper per issue.

    Replies: commenting upon an article published in Perception, may be considered for publication but the author should contact the editorial office to gauge suitability before submission. Replies should be shorter than the target article in length.

    Obituaries: suggestions for obituaries will be considered by the Editors. As a rule, obituaries in Perception focus on colleagues who either had an important role for our journals, or had an impact on the field and used Perception as one of the major outlets of his/her work.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Perception adheres to a blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is routinely withheld from the author unless the reviewer requests a preference for their identity to be revealed.  Where article replies are commissioned/submitted, these replies will be subject to review at the handling editor's discretion.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis (see APA guidelines).

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgements section. The sources of financial support or any other support can also be mentioned there.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Perception encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    2.5 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.  Once accepted for publication, the author is expected to make stimulus material and raw data available, if requested.

    Some funders require, and SAGE strongly recommends, that you provide a statement on how any underlying research materials related to your paper (for example data, samples or models) can be accessed. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at: gillian.porter@bristol.ac.uk

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.  

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Perception and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the leadership of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Your responsibilities as author: inclusion of other copyright material

    SAGE is sympathetic to the needs of scholars to include other copyright material, and is happy to provide guidance on this.  Responsibility for obtaining permission to use any other copyright material rests with you as the author of the Contribution.

    If your Contribution includes material which is not your copyright, you are responsible for submitting with your manuscript the written permission from those who control copyright in that material to include it and reproduce it within your Contribution. In most cases this will be the publisher of the work. As the Journal is available in both print and electronic media and may be translated or archived, this permission needs to be for all media in all languages in perpetuity. You are responsible for the payment of any permission fees.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Perception offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway .

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    We request that the submitted manuscript file includes low resolution figures embedded in the text, for the convenience of the reviewers.  For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    If your article is accepted, please prepare images as outlines below:

    1. If figures are in vector format, an eps/pdf could be accepted, if in image format Lineart=1200DPI, Linetone=600DPI and halftone=350DPI would be preferred.

    2. Vector files such as AI and EPS can remain editable to allow us to edit any text or other elements within the graphic.

    3. If figures are in the form of flowcharts, drawings, slides, maps, bar/pie/line/column charts which are created in excel, word, power point or in pdf format with editable text format could be accepted as source file.

    Please do not provide the figures that contain jelly images, photographs, and halftone and line tone images with text in formats like JPG/PNG/TIFF as we would not be able to edit the text/objects.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online.

    4.3 Style

    Authors are urged to write as clearly as possible, in English (either UK or US usage is acceptable but should be consistent throughout the manuscript), with emphasis on what they judge to be of greatest importance and interest with, where possible, clearly stated theoretical implications.  Experimental results should be presented in sufficient detail for replication to be possible.  Statistical tests need not be given in full.  Abbreviations should be used sparingly.  Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is recommended as the spelling reference.

    4.4 Equations and Formulae

    Great care should be taken in differentiating between capital and lowercase characters (s and S, c and C, p and P, etc), Latin and Greek characters (k and kappa, p and rho, w and omega, etc), and letters and numerals (l and 1, z and 2, etc).

    4.5 Nomenclature

    It is recommended that the authors follow the Royal Society's latest publication `Quantities, Units, and Symbols' and use the SI system of units.

    4.6 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.7 Journal layout

    Perception conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.8 Reference style

    Perception adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    All references must contain the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), e.g.:

    Krix, A. C., Sauerland, M. & Schreuder, M. J. (2017). Masking the Identities of Celebrities and Personally Familiar Individuals: Effects on Visual and Auditory Recognition Performance. Perception, 46, 1133-1150. https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006617710621 

    Reference to on-line materials such as blogs should include the URL with a date for when the link was last accessed. 

     4.9 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information, including costs.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Perception is hosted on SAGETrack - a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/perception to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a short title and keywords (in addition to the main title and abstract) to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. In the case the first author is likely to move in the near future, as is often the case with PhD students and post-docs, we advise use of a longer-term email address (for example a Gmail address).

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Perception editorial office as follows:  gillian.porter@bristol.ac.uk

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