Moral Cognition and Communication

The journal Moral Cognition and Communication (MCaC) provides a forum for research that explores various aspects of moral cognition and communication. This includes the role of moral beliefs for social, economic and political decision-making processes and behavior, as well as the ways in which moral cognition shapes and is shaped by symbolic interactions. Such symbolic interactions include, for instance, language, sign language, and gesture, art and architecture, theatre, dance and music, still and moving images, graphic design and typography, the built and landscaped environment, and other visual cultural interactions, such as, fashion and profession.

Moral Cognition and Communication is a journal dedicated to bring together scholars from various fields of research whose work targets moral cognition, communication, and behavior. It specifically does not limit itself to one set of (sub-)disciplines, theories, or methods, but aims to reach across schools of thought to generate a cross-disciplinary discussion and, ultimately, foster cross-disciplinary thinking and research on a topic that is as multifaceted and complex as human moral cognition.

The journal welcomes papers from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of moral cognition and communication, seeking to bring together and foster a dialogue between disciplines, such as, linguistics, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and moral philosophy, or theology, literature and media. The journal accepts empirical research, theory articles and short responses, as well as reviews and meta-analyses.
ISSN 2542-3800 | E-ISSN 2542-3819 | Electronic edition
Ahmed Abdel-Raheem | Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland |
Elisabeth Wehling | University of California, Berkeley
Associate Editors
Paul Barrett | Cognadev Ltd, UK
John A. Bateman | University of Bremen
Paul Chilton | University of Warwick
William E. Deal | Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Mark Johnson | University of Oregon
Monika Kopytowska | University of Lodz
George Lakoff | University of California, Berkeley
Kay O’Halloran | Curtin University, Perth
Costanza Papagno | CIMeC, University of Trento
Editorial Assistant
Raya Al-Yazidi | Umm al-Qura University, Mecca
Editorial Board
John D. Casnig | Founder of Knowgramming and Metaphor Observatory, Ontario
Alice Deignan | University of Leeds
Daniel R. Kelly | Purdue University, West Lafayette
Sydney M. Lamb | Rice University, Houston
Iain McGilchrist | University of Oxford / The Bethlehem Royal and Maudsley Hospital,London
Patrick McNamara | Boston University
Andreas Musolff | University of East Anglia
Darcia Narvaez | University of Notre Dame
Todd Oakley | Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas | University of Navarra
Linda Skitka | University of Illinois at Chicago
Leonard Talmy | University at Buffalo
Mark Turner | Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Paul Turpin | University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
Jef Verschueren | University of Antwerp
Robert E. Wright | Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies



Main BIC Subject

JMRN: Intelligence & reasoning

Main BISAC Subject

PSY008000: PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition


For the benefit of production efficiency, the publisher and the editor ask you to follow the following submission guidelines strictly. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the author.

Contributions should be consistent in their use of language and spelling. If you are not a native speaker of English, it is advised to have your text checked by a native speaker.

When submitting the final manuscript to the journal, please include: a one-paragraph abstract, approximately five keywords, and a current mailing address.   

Electronic files

Files. Contributions should not exceed 10,000 words. They should be in English following the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Please take care that you supply all the files, text as well as graphic files, used in the creation of the manuscript, and be sure to submit the final version of the manuscript. And please delete any personal comments so that these will not mistakenly be typeset and check that all files are readable.

File naming conventions. When naming your file please use the following convention:  use the first three characters of the first author’s last name; if that name is Johnson, the file should be named JOH.DOC, JOH.WP5, etc. Do not use the threecharacter extension for things other than the identification of the file type (not JOH.ART, JOH.REV). Figures can be named as follows JOH1.EPS, JOH2.TIF, JOH3.XLS, etc.

Software. Word (PC/Mac) is preferred. If you intend to use other word processing software, please contact the editors first.

Graphic files: Please supply figures as Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) or Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) conversion in addition to the original creation files.


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Do not add running heads. Formatting that should be supplied by you is the formatting of references (see below) and font enhancements (such as italics, boldface, caps, small caps, etc.) in the text.

Whatever formatting or style conventions are employed, please be consistent.

Tables and figures. All tables, trees and figures must fit within the following page size (if necessary, after – limited – reduction) and should still be legible at this size:

11.5 cm (4.52”) x 19 cm  (7.48”).

Suggested font setting for tables: Times Roman 10 pts (absolute minimum: 8 pts).

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively, provided with appropriate captions and should be referred to in the main text in this manner, e.g., “in table 2”, but never like this “in the following table:”. Please indicate the preferred position of the table or figure in the text.

Running heads.  Please do not include running heads with your article. However, in case of a long title please suggest a short one for the running head (max. 55 characters) on the cover sheet of your contribution. 

Emphasis and foreign words. Use italics for words in languages other than English as well as for foreign language, highlighting and emphasis. Boldface should be used only for highlighting within italicized stretches and for headings. Please refrain from the use of FULL CAPS (except for focal stress and abbreviations) and underlining (except for highlighting within examples, as an alternative for boldface), unless this is a strict convention in your field of research. For terms or expressions (e.g., ‘context of situation’) please use single quotes. For glosses of citation forms, use double quotes.

Transliteration. Please transliterate into English any examples from languages that use a non-Latin script, using the appropriate transliteration system (ISO or LOC).

Symbols and special characters. In case you have no access to certain characters, we advise you to use a clear convention to mark these characters. You can use our font table (Appendix A) or any other regular table to list the correspondences between your symbols and the required ones. If you use any phonetic characters, please mark these by the use of a character style if possible. This will enable us to retrieve those characters in your document.

Sections and headings. Articles should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, into sub-sections. If you cannot use the electronic styles, please mark the headings as follows:

Level 1       =   bold italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left. Text immediately below .

Level 2        =   italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left. Text immediately below.

Level 3ff     =   italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left. Heading ends with a full stop, with the text following on the same line.

Numbering should be in Arabic numerals; no italics; no dot after the last number, except for level 1 headings.

Quotations: In-text quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 3 lines should be indented left and right, without quotation marks and with the appropriate reference to the source. They should be set off from the main text by a line of space above and below.

Listings: Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:

1. ..................... or a. .......................

2. ..................... or b. .......................

Listings that run on with the main text can be numbered in parentheses: (1).............., (2)............., etc.

Examples and glosses

Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc.) in parentheses.

Examples in languages other than English should be in italics with an approximate translation. Between the original and the translation lines, a line with glosses (and in cases of more ‘exotic’ languages, a line containing a morphemic breakdown) can be added. This interlinear gloss gets no punctuation and no highlighting. For the abbreviations in the interlinear gloss, CAPS or small caps can be used, which will be converted to small caps by our typesetters in final formatting.

Please note that lines 1 and 2 are lined up through the use of spaces: it is essential that the number of elements in lines 1 and 2 match. If two words in the example correspond to one word in the gloss use a full stop to glue the two together (2a). Morphemes are separated by hyphens (1, 2b).

Every next level in the example gets one indent/tab.

             (1)         Kare wa    besutoseraa  o          takusan kaite-iru.         

                           he     TOP best-seller     ACC    many     write-PERF    

                           “He has written many best-sellers.’”                              

             (2)         a.           Jan houdt.van Marie.

                                        Jan loves         Marie

                                        “Jan loves Marie.”

                          b.          Ed en   Floor   gaan samen-wonen.

                                       Ed and Floor   go      together-live.INF

                                       “Ed and Floor are going to live together.”


Notes should be kept to a minimum and should be submitted as numbered footnotes.

***Note: footnote indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences and follow punctuation marks.


It is essential that the references are formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. Please use the reference style as described in The APA Publication Manual (6th ed.).

References in the text: These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Clahsen, 1991, p. 252) or: as in Brown et al. (1991, p. 252). All references in the text should appear in the references section.

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.

Authors/contributors are encouraged to supply – with a reference, not instead of – the DOI if they happen to have that information readily available.


Görlach, M. (2003). English words abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Spear,  N. E., & Miller, R. R. (Eds.). (1981). Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):
Adams, C. A., & Dickinson, A. (1981). Actions and habits: Variation in associative representation during instrumental learning. In N. E. Spear & R. R. Miller (Eds.), Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms (pp. 143-186). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Article (in journal):
Claes, J., & Ortiz López, L. A. (2011). Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish]. Spanish in Context,8, 50–72.

Rayson, P., Leech, G. N., & Hodges, M. (1997). Social differentiation in the use of English vocabulary: Some analyses of the conversational component of the British National Corpus. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 2(1), 120–132.

Additional Style Guidance

Please use in-text citations, numbered footnotes, and works cited.

1.  Please do not justify the right margin of your manuscript.  Leave a ragged right margin.

2.  Please double space everything, including quotations and footnotes.

3.  Please use American or British spellings throughout.

4.  Section headers, if used, should simply be phrases with no numbers. Please restrict headers to three or four per essay.  They may be italicized.

5.  Miscellaneous


Possible appendixes should follow the References section.

Author’s Submission Checklist

When submitting the revised version of your accepted manuscript, in addition to following the guidelines above, please be sure that you also include:

Proofing procedure

The first author of a contribution will receive a PDF of first proofs of the article for correction via email and will be requested to return the corrections to the journal editor within 7 days of receipt. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from which will enable you to read and print the file. Please limit corrections to the essential. It is at the publisher’s discretion not to implement substantial textual changes or to charge the author.

Please contact the journal editor if you cannot handle proofs for your article in electronic format (i.e., receive the proofs as a PDF-attachment at your email address).


Moral Cognition and Communication offers online submission.

Before submitting, please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: