Three decades of Cognition & Emotion: A brief review of past highlights and future prospects

Klaus Rothermund*, Sander L. Koole

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Over the past three decades, Cognition & Emotion has been one of the world’s leading outlets for emotion research. In this article, we review past highlights of and future prospects for the journal. Our tour of history covers three periods: The first period, from 1987 to 1999, was a pioneering era in which cognitive theories began to be applied to the scientific analysis of emotion. The second period, from 2000 to 2007, was characterised by a sharp increase in the number of empirical research papers, a lot of which were concerned with automatic processing biases and their implications for clinical psychology. During the third period, from 2008 to 2017, a new focus emerged on self-regulatory processes and their implications for emotion. We then turn to the present profile of Cognition & Emotion and introduce our new editorial team. Finally, we consider how the journal’s future success can be continued and increased by a) providing authors with fast and high-quality feedback; b) offering attractive publication formats, including the newly introduced Registered Reports for pre-registered studies; and c) consolidating key methodological paradigms with reproducible findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalCognition and Emotion
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • affective processing biases
  • cognition and emotion
  • cognitive theories of emotion
  • emotion regulation
  • Historical review
  • psychopathology


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