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About the Journal

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) will be fully open access from 1 January 2017. This will allow SCAN to reach a wider audience, as all published and future articles will be freely available for all. Articles submitted are subject to an Author Processing Charge (APC) if they are accepted for subsequent publication. For more information about Open Access licences and charges, see open access options for authors.

SCAN will consider research that uses neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, PET, EEG, MEG), neuropsychological patient studies, animal lesion studies, single-cell recording, pharmacological perturbation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. SCAN will also consider submissions that examine the mediational role of neural processes in linking social phenomena to physiological, neuroendocrine, immunological, developmental, and genetic processes. Additionally, SCAN will publish papers that address issues of mental and physical health as they relate to social and affective processes (e.g., autism, anxiety disorders, depression, stress, effects of child rearing) as long as cognitive neuroscience methods are used.
Finally, although SCAN aims to publish the best cutting edge research, its goal is also to be accessible to social scientists who do not themselves use neuroscience techniques. To this end, studies should be described in language that makes their implications for the social sciences clear. Additionally, short reviews will precede some articles in each issue to link the research conceptually to the broader social science issues to which they are relevant.

YearImpact FactorSi: NeurosciencesSi: PsychologySsi: Psychology, Experimental
20155.10137 out of 2569 out of 764 out of 85
20147.37218 out of 2526 out of 762 out of 85
20135.88430 out of 2516 out of 742 out of 83
20125.04244 out of 2518 out of 752 out of 83
20116.13224 out of 2437 out of 75
20104.48254 out of 2377 out of 73
20094.20351 out of 2309 out of 70

Key benefits to authors:

  • Online Submission
  • Advance Access – rapid online publication

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Abstracting and Indexing

The journal is covered by the following services:

Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
Neuroscience Citation Index®
PROQUEST DATABASE : PsycINFO Database with Full Text
Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®)
The Standard Periodical Directory