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

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Editorial Board


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

Managing Editor (address for submissions)

Graham Horswell –

Book Reviews Editor (address for books for review)

Jonathan C.W. Edwards, 46 Park Drive, London, NW11 7SP, UK

Associate Editors

Jean Burns:
Anthony Freeman:
Ivo Mosley (Poetry):
Chris Nunn:

Founding Editors

Joseph A. Goguen (1941–2006)
Robert K.C. Forman:
Jonathan Shear:
Keith Sutherland (Publisher):

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

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
NW11 7SP

Advertising and Subscription Enquiries

These should be sent to the publishers:

Imprint Academic
PO Box 200

Tel: +44 (0)1392 851550. Fax: +44 (0)1392 851178

Back issues

All back issues are available online from

For Print back issues please contact us

Open Access Policy

Open Access and Subscription Only Policy

Imprint Academic offers two access methods for authors and their articles: Subscription Only and Gold Open Access (CC-BY) .

Subscription Only

This is the ‘traditional’ method for authors to access and disseminate their own journal articles, and is covered by our copyright transfer agreement (which all authors taking up this option must sign prior to publication).

By signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement you still retain substantial rights, such as self-archiving.

Authors may self-archive the author’s accepted/published manuscript of their articles on their own websites following an embargo period of 24 months after official publication. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 24 months after official publication or later. He/she may not use the publisher’s version (the final article), which is posted on Ingenta Connect (subscription only), for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Ingenta.

Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like can remain on these servers. The final published version (in PDF or HTML/XML format) cannot be used for this purpose. Acknowledgement needs to be given to the final publication and a link should be inserted to the published article on Ingenta.

Gold Open Access

For those authors who seek to widely disseminate their work immediately upon publication, this can be achieved by paying a fee on a per article basis.

In these instances the final published PDF version can be archived in institutional or funding repositories and can be made publicly accessible immediately upon receipt of the fee. The article will also appear as open access on Ingenta, meaning that readers do not need a subscription to view the paper there.

If authors choose gold open access the copyright remains with them, the authors of the article. The typeset PDF itself is still the property of Imprint Academic.

How to Order Gold Open Access

When you receive the copyright transfer agreement by email, you should notify the editor that you wish your article to be part of our gold open access (CC-BY) programme. Once the editor has this information you will be sent an invoice to be paid immediately. You will also receive a CC-BY licensing agreement which you need to sign and return along with the fee. The licensing agreement replaces the copyright form referred to under the ‘subscription only’ option. Once the fee is paid, the licensing agreement received, and the publication date is due, Imprint Academic will make the paper freely available on Ingenta and send you a final version of the PDF for you to publish on your institution/funding repository.

Publication Fee

Publishing with gold open access involves a one-off publication fee of £1500 (excl. VAT), which can be paid by credit card or bank transfer (you are responsible for any fees this payment may be associated with).

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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Is Subjectless Consciousness Possible?

24th May 2024

Christian Coseru[1] Introduction An Outline of the Contributions In ‘The Impossibility of Subjectless Experience’, Galen Strawson sets the scope for the special issue by clarifying the key concepts of subject and subjectivity, the difference between metaphysical and phenomenological conceptions of the subject, and whether the subject of experience can be conceived as something distinct from…

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Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 31, No. 5 – 6, May/June 2024

24th May 2024

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Is Subjectless Consciousness Possible? Special Issue edited by Christian Coseru 3 About Authors 6 Introduction: Is Subjectless Consciousness Possible? Christian Coseru 26 The Impossibility of Subjectless Experience Galen Strawson 37 Minimal Subjectivity and Reflexive Awareness Matthew MacKenzie 62 Can There Be Something it is Like to…

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The Irrelevance of the Mind-Body Problem to Human Behaviour

24th May 2024

Summary In this article I argue that the mind-body problem, despite appearances, is not relevant to providing coherent accounts of human behaviour. For the purpose of giving adequate causal explanations of human behaviour, there is no need to resort to the distinction between mind and body, and no need to become involved in the difficulties…

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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   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 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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