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Journal of Consciousness Studies

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  • How does the mind relate to the brain?
  • Can computers ever be conscious?
  • What do we mean by subjectivity and the self?

These questions are being keenly debated in fields as diverse as cognitive science, neurophysiology and philosophy. JCS is a peer-reviewed journal which examines these issues in plain English.

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  • How does the mind relate to the brain?
  • Can computers ever be conscious?
  • What do we mean by subjectivity and the self?

These questions are being keenly debated in fields as diverse as cognitive science, neurophysiology and philosophy. Journal of Consciousness Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal which examines these issues in plain English.

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Full Text of Selected Articles

Journal of Consciousness Studies is a traditional printed publication — most of our subscribers like to read every article and we pride ourselves on the quality of our editing, printing and binding. However, we also have a Journal of Consciousness Studies online forum which is sampled here and have included links to the full text of open access articles here:

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Critical Reviews

Some example critiques of the Journal of Consciousness Studies include:

  • “Do we need this journal? . . . Yes, we do: there is no other journal quite like it, and one day we shall, I think, look back to its appearance as a defining moment . . . and at the price, it’s a snip!” Jeffrey Gray, Nature
  • “With Journal of Consciousness Studies, consciousness studies has arrived.” Susan Greenfield, Times Higher Education Supplement

 

Google Scholar Ranking: 19th in Philosophy Journals worldwide

Digital Access

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Editorial Board

Editor

Professor Valerie Gray Hardcastle, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director of the Institute for Health Innovation, Vice President for Health Innovation, Northern Kentucky University – hardcastle@nku.edu

Managing Editor (address for submissions)

Graham Horswell – graham@imprint.co.uk

Book Reviews Editor (address for books for review)

Jonathan C.W. Edwards, 46 Park Drive, London, NW11 7SP, UK
jo.edwards@ucl.ac.uk

Associate Editors

Jean Burns: jeanbur@earthlink.net
Anthony Freeman: anthony.jcs@gmail.com
Ivo Mosley (Poetry): ivomosley@aol.com
Chris Nunn: cmhnunn@btinternet.com

Founding Editors

Joseph A. Goguen (1941–2006)
Robert K.C. Forman: Forman@TheForge.org
Jonathan Shear: jcs@infionline.net
Keith Sutherland (Publisher): keith@imprint.co.uk

Editorial Advisory Board

Bernard J. Baars, Neurosciences Institute
Robert Bishop, Wheaton College
Melanie Boly, University of Wisconsin
David Chalmers, New York University
Daniel Dennett, Tufts University
Margaret Donaldson, Edinburgh University
Peter Fenwick, Maudsley Hospital
Karl Friston, UCL
Stuart Hameroff, University of Arizona
Basil Hiley, Birkbeck College
Nicholas Humphrey, London School of Economics
Piet Hut, Institute for Advanced Studies
Robert Kentridge, University of Durham
Christof Koch, CalTech
George Lakoff, UC, Berkeley
Philip Merikle, University of Waterloo
Alva Noë, UC, Berkeley
Roger Penrose, Oxford University
Geraint Rees, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Eleanor Rosch, UC, Berkeley
David Rosenthal, CUNY
Eric Schwitzgebel, UC, Riverside
Huston Smith, Syracuse University
Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia
Max Velmans, Goldsmiths
Roger Walsh, UC, Irvine
Joshua Weisberg, University of Houston
Arthur Zajonc, Amherst College.

Authors Guide

Submitting Papers and Books for Review

Articles for Publication

Contributions should be submitted by email as attached files (saved in Word, or in Rich Text Format, or as PDF). Any figures/tables should be included in the file itself and not sent separately. Anonymised submissions are preferred but we do not currently insist on it. A short 150 word summary should accompany each submission (placed at the beginning of the paper). Articles should not normally exceed 9,000 words (including abstract, footnotes, references, etc.). Please include a short CV for the ‘about authors’ section.

They should be submitted to the Managing Editor:
Graham Horswell graham@imprint.co.uk

If a paper is accepted for publication following external peer review, we offer standard ‘subcription only’ route with no charge to authors, or a ‘gold open access’ option which requires the payment of a fee. Please see the following page for details: Open Access Information

Style Sheet and Guide to Authors

A Multidisciplinary Journal

The Journal of Consciousness Studies is a refereed journal aimed at an educated multidisciplinary readership. Authors should not assume prior knowledge in a subject speciality and should provide background information for their research. The use of technical terms should be avoided or made explicit. Where technical details are essential (for example in laboratory experiments), try and include them in footnotes or appendices, leaving the text accessible to the non-specialist reader. The same principle should also apply to mathematics, unless essential to an argument.

Quotations, Footnotes, References and Bibliographies

Please follow the Harvard referencing system. See our examples page: JCS Referencing (please also include DOI numbers where available).

Quotations of more than six lines should be indented. For shorter quotations use single inverted commas. All references should appear in the bibliography. Use square brackets for interpolations; use three dots to indicate the omission of material within a quotation. Original spelling and punctuation should be retained unless otherwise stated.

Publishing Ethics Guidelines

Please see the following page for details regarding publication ethics, including declarations of interest, authorship issues, data sharing, etc. Publishing Ethics

AI Content

Please find our policy on AI content here: AI Policy.

Books for Review

These should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor:
Jonathan C.W. Edwards
46 Park Drive
London
NW11 7SP
UK
jo.edwards@ucl.ac.uk

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Back issues

All back issues are available online from ingentaconnect.com

For Print back issues please contact us

Open Access Articles

M-Autonomy by Thomas Metzinger, JCS Open Access 22 11-12 Metzinger

Thought Insertion Clarified by Matthew Ratcliffe and Sam Wilkinson, Ratcliffe_Open_Access  22, No. 11–12

Participatory Object Perception by Ezequiel Di Paolo, Di_Paolo_Open_Access   23, No. 5–6

‘What it is Like’ Talk is not Technical Talk by Jonathan Farrell, Farrell_Open_Access   23, No. 9–10

The Gap Between Aesthetic Science and Aesthetic Experience by Alexis Makin, Makin_Open_Access  24, No. 1–2

Sensorimotor Theory and the Problems of Consciousness by David Silverman, Silverman_Open_Access   24, No. 7–8

How Do Cortical Dynamics Organize and Anatomy of Cognition? by James Wright and Paul Bourke, Wright_Open_Access  25, No. 1-2

The Universe in Consciousness by Bernardo Kastrup, Kastrup_Open_Access 25, No. 5–6

What is it Like to Be Disconnected from the Body? by Shogo Tanaka, Tanaka_Open_Access  25, No. 5-6

‘I Have This Feeling of Not Really Being Here’ by Jared Lindahl and Willoughby Britton, Lindahl_Open_Access  26, No. 7-8

Two Caveats to the Meta-Problem Challenge by Asger Kirkeby-Hinrup, Kirkeby-Hinrup_Open_Access 27, No. 5-6

A Multifaceted Approach to Emotional Sharing by Gerhard Thonhauser, Thonhauser_Open_Access  27, No. 9-10

Pain Experiences and Their Link to Action by Sabrina Coninx, Coninx_Open_Access  27, No. 9-10

Is the Sun Conscious? by Rupert Sheldrake, Sheldrake_Open_Access 28, No. 3-4

Illusions of Affection by Mihailis Diamantis, Diamantis_Open_Access 28, No. 5-6

Can the Psi Data Help Us Make Progress on the Problem of Consciousness? by George Williams, Williams_Open_Access 28, No. 5-6

A Solution to the Combination Problem and the Future of Panpsychism by Annaka Harris, Harris_Open_Access 28, No. 9-10

Divine Madness by Keith Sutherland, Sutherland_Open_Access 29, No. 1-2

How Should We Study Animal Consciousness Scientifically? by Jonathan Birch et al., Birch_Open_Access 29, No. 3-4

Animal Consciousness Andrew Crump and Jonathan Birch, Crump_Open_Access 29, No. 3-4

The Measurability of Subjective Animal Welfare Heather Browning, Browning_Open_Access 29, No. 3-4

Illness, Injury, and the Phenomenology of Loss by Jonathan Cole and Matthew Ratcliffe, Cole_Open_Access 29, No. 9-10

‘Rather than Succour, My Memories Bring Eloquent Stabs of Pain’ by Dorothea Debus and Louise Richardson, Debus_Open_Access 29, No. 9-10

Qualities in the World, in Science, and in Consciousness by Kristjan Loorits, Loorits_Open_Access 29, No. 11-12

James Lovelock and Consciousness by Dorion Sagan, Obituary_Open_Access 29, No. 11-12

The Complex Phenomenology of Episodic Memory by Roy Dings and Christopher McCarroll, Dings_Open_Access 29, No. 11-12

‘Contact’ as a Manifestation of Sensorimotor Empathy by Marine Leblanc et al., Leblanc_Open_Access 29, No. 11-12

The Value of Literature for Consciousness Research and Ethics by Mette Hoeg, Hoeg_Open_Access 30, No. 1-2

Locating the ‘Inner’ by Stephen Langfur, Langfur_Open_Access 30, No. 1-2

What is an Identity Crisis? by Nada Gligorov, Gligorov_Open_Access 30, No. 3-4

The ALARM Theory of Consciousness by Albert Newen and Carlos Montemayor, Newen_Open_Access 30, No. 3-4

The Phenomenal Hyperspace by Pekka Rechardt, Rechardt_Open_Access 30, No. 3-4

Continuous Organismic Sentience as the Integration of Core Affect and Vitality by Ignacio Cea and David Martinez-Pernia, Cea_Open_Access 30, No. 3-4

Quantum Indeterminism, Free Will, and Self-Causation by Marco Masi, Masi_Open_Access 30, No. 5-6

Beyond Mind-Body Dualism by Ede Frecska, Agnes Birtalan and Michael Winkelman, Frecska Open Access 30, No. 5-6

Intentional Feelings, Practical Agency, and Normative Commitments by Mary Carman, Carman_Open_Access 30, No. 7-8

Towards an Affective Quality Space by Laura Silva, Silva_Open_Access 30, No. 7-8

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New Course: The New Science of Plant Intelligence

15th April 2024

Join us for a thought-provoking exploration that promises to change how you view the natural world. Planta Sapiens: The New Science of Plant Intelligence   By Prof. Paco Calvo, director of MINT Lab Tue, 6/18-7/2.  5:00-6:00 PM CEST   https://roundtable.org/live-courses/science/planta-sapiens-the-new-science-of-plant-intelligence   Quick overview This course invites participants to embark on a transformative journey into the…

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Sentientism Still Under Threat

28th March 2024

François Kammerer[1]   Reply to Dung Abstract: In ‘Ethics Without Sentience: Facing Up to the Probable Insignificance of Phenomenal Consciousness’ (Kammerer, 2022), I argued that phenomenal consciousness is probably normatively insignificant, and does not play a significant normative role. In ‘Preserving the Normative Significance of Sentience’ (Dung, 2024), Leonard Dung challenges my reasoning and defends…

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Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 31, No. 3 – 4, March/April 2024

28th March 2024

Journal of Consciousness Studies: Controversies in science & the humanities 3 About Authors Refereed Papers 6 The Phenomenology of ChatGPT: A Semiotics, Thomas Byrne 28 The Nested States Model: An Empirical Framework for Integrating Brain and Mind, George H. Denfield & Evan J. Kyzar 56 How Exactly Does Panpsychism Help Explain Consciousness?, Philip Goff 83…

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Ivo Mosley: Author and Poetry Editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies

22nd March 2024

We are sad to hear of the passing of one of our authors and editors, Ivo Mosley. This obituary in The Telegraph pays tribute to the life, career, and artistry of Mosley, and we would like to highlight some sections that reflect his relationship with Imprint Academic:   ‘Ivo Mosley recalled growing up with “a…

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Triple Definition or Explanation of Consciousness

22nd February 2024

Xinyan Zhang say2xy@gmail.com Abstract: A system is described ontologically, epistemologically, and semantically in this paper, with matter, energy and lives as its components, and with all its components defined as changes, which might be useful for us to define or explain consciouness. Keywords: consciousness; definition; epistemology; explanation; life; mind; ontology; semantics Main text: Introduction It…

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Embracing the Noncommutative Consciousness Revolution

14th February 2024

Drew Hempel, MA EcoEcho, 2024 Summary: We live in an accelerating “high technology” globalized culture, yet it is too often ignored that mathematics is the structural drive of our technological innovations. Since consciousness has remained the untouched last unconquered territory of science then we should recognize it as the inextricably interwoven dynamic of our externalized…

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Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 31, No. 1 – 2, January/February 2024

26th January 2024

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 4 About Authors Refereed Papers 8 Preserving the Normative Significance of Sentience Leonard Dung 31 Measuring Phenomenal Consciousness in Delirium: The New Black Eamonn Eeles, Andrew Teodorczuk & Nadeeka Dissanayaka 51 A Simple, Testable Mind–Body Solution? Mostyn Jones 76 Introspection in Emotion Research: Challenges and Insights…

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Book Reviews

26th January 2024

  Paco Calvo and Natalie Lawrence Planta Sapiens: Unmasking Plant Intelligence London: Hachette, 2022, 304 pp. ISBN: 9780349128450 Reviewed by Uziel Awret The Haggadic sages of old said that ‘Seekers of wisdom should not live in a city devoid of plants’. What is it about entering a cool garden or greeting the Jasmine plant in…

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