intellectica is the journal of the French Association for Research on Cognition (ARCo).


Intellectica is a referenced French-language journal, created by the ARCo in 1985. It is devoted to the publication of theoretical, epistemological and historic work, sheding light on current debates, in the domain of cognitive science. The published material includes long reflective, critical and/or prospective articles. These reference articles shall offer an opening to the plurality of approaches within the cognitive science community (anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, logic, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, robotics, etc.). The aim of the journal is thus to explore, in a critical and pluralist perspective, the transdisciplinary project of a naturalisation of knowledge.


Addressed themes

The journal adresses themes such as perception, motricity, language, reasoning, the forms of intentionality, learning, in both individual and collective modalities, natural or artificial. The scope of the journal includes logical forms, representations of knowledge, neuro-mimetic and dynamic models, and adaptive systems. Applications to domains such as education, ergonomics, human-machine interaction and machine learning can also be adressed in the articles.


Biyearly thematic issues

Since its creation, the journal produces essentially biyearly thematic issues, but it also publishes articles proposed in free submission, whether they be original articles, essays, reviews of books or yet again responses to previously published articles. This editorial policy excludes contributions of a purely empirical nature (whether it be experimental, models, observation, etc...), since such work already has a multitude of journals devoted to such work. The Editorial Committee nevertheless ensures that reflexive work which is presented is in phase with the current empirical state of the field and, if necessary, presents a synthesis in the heart of the article.


Publication langages

While most articles are in French, they can also be in English for non-French native speakers, but, there again, the Editorial Committee ensures the linguistic quality of the texts whether they are in French or in English.


Credit and referencing

The journal Intellectica is published with the aid of the technological university of Compiegne (UTC). It is referenced in Persée ( and Psycinfo (


Access to previous issues

All issues published after 2005 can be accessed and downloaded from the Issues page on this website. Older issues (1985-) can be freely downloaded from Persé



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