Perception is a traditional print journal covering all areas of the perceptual sciences, but with a strong historical emphasis on perceptual illusions. Perception is a subscription journal, free for authors to publish their research as a Standard Article, Short Report or Short & Sweet. The journal also publishes Editorials and Book Reviews.
|Tim Meese||Aston University, UK|
|Peter Thompson||University of York, UK|
|Frans Verstraten||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Annabelle Redfern||University of Bristol, UK|
|Oliver Braddick||University of Oxford, UK|
|Patrick Cavanagh||York University, Canada|
|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|
|Johan Wagemans||Universiteit Leuven, Belgium|
|Sam Schwarzkopf||University of Auckland, New Zealand, (Registered Reports Editor)|
|David Alais||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Tim Andrews||University of York, UK|
|Hiroshi Ashida||University of Kyoto, Japan|
|Marco Bertamini||University of Liverpool, UK|
|Peter Bex||Northeastern University, United States, USA|
|David Burr||Instituto di Neurofisiologia del CNR, Italy|
|Rouwen Canal-Bruland||Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany|
|Claus-Christian Carbon||University of Bamberg, Germany|
|Lihan Chen||Peking University, China|
|Cristina de la Malla||Universitat de Barcelona, Spain|
|Vebjørn Ekroll||University of Bergen, Norway|
|Johannes Frasnelli||Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada|
|Deborah Giaschi||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Valérie Goffaux||UC Louvain, Belgium|
|Mark Greenlee||University of Regensburg, Germany|
|Lewis Griffin||University College London, UK|
|Laurence Harris||York University, Canada|
|Morton Heller||Eastern Illinois University, USA|
|Ignace Hooge||Utrecht University, Netherlands|
|Ute Leonards||University of Bristol, UK (also Book Reviews Editor)|
|Pascal Mamassian||Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs, France|
|Isabelle Mareschal||Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom|
|George Mather||University of Lincoln, UK|
|David Melcher||University of Trento, Italy|
|Fiona Newell||Trinity College, Ireland|
|Krista Overvliet||Utrecht University, Netherlands|
|Katherine Storrs||Justus-Liebig University, Germany (Social Media Editor)|
|László Tálas||University of Bristol, UK|
|Dejan Todorovic||University of Belgrade, Serbia|
|Nikolaus Troje||York 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|
|Sophie Wuerger||University of Liverpool, United Kingdom|
- Manuscript types
- Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.5 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Research Data
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open Access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.1 Word processing formats
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.4 Equations and Formulae
4.6 Supplemental material
4.7 Journal layout
4.8 Reference style
4.9 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 How to submit your manuscript
5.3 Title, keywords and abstracts
5.4 Corresponding author details
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Access to your published article
6.3 Online First publication
- 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 warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, 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. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Perception may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper
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.
Manuscripts may be submitted as Regular papers, Short reports, Registered 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.
Registered Reports: These allow you to submit a prospective manuscript for a study that you have not yet run. The review is completed in 2 stages. At Stage 1 (before results) the manuscript will be assessed on the basis of how strong the hypotheses are and whether the methodology and design are robust and promising. At this point the paper can be accepted in principle or rejected. If accepted in principle then the final article should be accepted unless the final manuscript fails to conduct the study originally described. The Stage 1 manuscript should include: introduction - spelling out why the study is important; methods - including information to interpret whether the study is sufficiently well-powered to find a positive result (or to interpret a null result); analysis - detailing as fully as possible the analysis steps that will be used. The Stage 1 submission may also include pilot data, but this is not required. Stage 1 acceptance is conditional on the authors also submitting, immediately after Stage 1 acceptance, a formal registration to an appropriate repository such as the Open Science Framework (see https://osf.io/rr/). At Stage 2 (after results), you should add the data and analyses previously described, and a discussion, so the final paper is similar to a Standard Article. Additional data and/or analyses, not included in Stage 1, can also be provided at this stage but these must be clearly distinguished from the a priori analyses. For queries about this format, please contact the Registered Reports editor Sam Schwarzkopf.
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.
Editorials: continue Richard Gregory's tradition of presenting ideas, sometimes controversial, that might get people to think about and challenge the underlying assumptions of the theories and experimental techniques we use in our field. Ideas should initially be sent to the Editorials editor, Brian Rogers, aiming for 1500-2000 words in length.
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.
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.
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).
If you would like your author biography included in your published paper then please upload this during the submission process on Step 6: File Upload, and designate it as ‘Author Biography’.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
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.
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.
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.
Perception offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
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 .
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.
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.
If your article contains videos please upload these as “Supplementary Material” on SAGE Track. Upon acceptance, please specify if you would like your videos embedded directly into your article or uploaded as supplementary material alongside your article. If you would like your videos uploaded as supplementary material then please refer to this within your article, e.g. “please see Video 1A in online Supplementary Material”. Please note videos are only embedded in the HTML, in the PDF readers will be directed to view videos in the HTML version of the article. When you receive your article proofs please confirm with the production editor that the information they have regarding videos is correct. After the proof has been signed off for publication no further changes to the article can be made.
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.
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).
It is recommended that the authors follow the Royal Society's latest publication `Quantities, Units, and Symbols' and use the SI system of units.
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.
Perception conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House 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.
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.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
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.
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.
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).
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
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
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Perception editorial office as follows: email@example.com