The Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making is the premier journal of the Society for peer-reviewed original papers of scientific merit examining how people engage in cognitive work in real-world settings and how that work can be supported through the design of technologies, operating concepts and operating procedures, decision-making strategies, teams and organizations, and training protocols. Thus, the journal publishes rigorous approaches to the observation, modeling, analysis, and design of complex work domains in which human expertise is paramount and multiple aspects of the work environment may drive performance. This scope is broad and may include the following:
- Naturalistic and ecological studies of domain-embedded cognitive performance, including knowledge and reasoning
- Cognitive task analyses, cognitive work analyses, and cognitive field research or knowledge elicitation
- Experiments emphasizing cognitively rich environments and a reliance on domain experts working as individuals or in teams
- Design of complex and joint cognitive systems that might involve evaluations of systems or envisioning exercises, the application of computational models of human and team performance, or empirical analyses capturing critical information on the impact of system designs on cognition and collaboration
- New theories and methods for integrating cognitive engineering within system design.
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The scope of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making is broader than one approach, one method, one purpose, or one focus area. Submissions should consider their impact across three components:
1. Contribution to a target domain. A paper focused on a target domain may change, for example, how researchers view the role of the human in their work environment, how designers frame their task of supporting this role, and the development of training protocols and decision-making strategies appropriate for the domain. Such an impact requires research that tackles a real problem, no matter how messy, and values ecological and task validity in its research methods.
2. Contribution to other domains. JCEDM research is not limited to point solutions. Tough problems underlie our research in terms of understanding the human contribution to complex work domains and demonstrating rigorous, repeatable methods in one domain that others can apply to other domains. Some models and methods are intended to be formative, and thus the measure of the worth is whether they are systematically helpful to those designing teams, operations, training, and technologies.
3. Contribution to theory underlying work in complex environments. Cognitive performance in complex work environments often cannot be explained in terms of one behavior or one theory or performance at one task, or fully replicate it in a laboratory. However, submissions to JCEDM should demonstrate a reasonable understanding of the relevant human factors/ergonomics literature – and in return may also identify where further fundamental HF/E research is required in the lab to support further extension of the messy complexities of real operations.
There is no numerical formula for weighting these three contributions when evaluating submissions: One study may focus more on impacting a target domain or problem, a second study may focus more on generalizable methods to support design, and a third may explore the theory of how humans pattern their decision making in quick and dangerous situations. Each paper in JCEDM can (and should) identify its own “sweet spot,” balancing ecological and task validity, generalizability, and insight into the human contribution within complex work environments. This invites authors to articulate the impact of their research and to demonstrate the ability of their research method to achieve it.
Further, where the theoretical contribution of the paper can be best amplified by a substantive description of the target work domain or of other considerations such as a unique test facility or methodology, papers may be accompanied by an appendix. This appendix will be archived online with the paper (but not printed in the paper publication of the journal); content of appendices, mirroring the online format, can include color figures, videos, audio clips, download-able applications and other formats reflecting the journal’s online multi-media capability.
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