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Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics

Editor In Chief: Gregor Schöner

Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics is a fully peer-reviewed, open access, electronic-only journal that publishes original, high-quality research on topics broadly related to neuronally and psychologically inspired robots and other behaving autonomous systems. The journal provides the readers with free, instant, and permanent access to all content worldwide; and the authors with extensive promotion of published articles, long-term preservation, no space constraints, and quick publication upon the acceptance.

Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics is indexed by SCOPUS. Our standard policy requires each paper to be reviewed by at least two Referees and the peer-review process is single-blind.

Since 2020 Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics is subject to an Article Processing Charge (APC). There are no submission charges – Article Processing Charges apply after the acceptance of a manuscript. Authors, who have limited access to funds, may request for a discount or full waiver. Inquiries concerning APCs should be addressed before or immediately after submission of a paper to the Managing Editor (Justyna.Zuk@degruyter.com). For more details please refer to Article Processing Charges document (in PDF).

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The aim of Paladyn is to become a premier source of knowledge and a worldwide-recognized platform of exchange for scientists of different disciplinary origins and backgrounds (e.g., engineers, computer scientists, physicists, neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists) who are inspired by the analogy between robotic autonomy and human behaviour.

  • cognitive robotics
  • developmental robotics
  • affective robotics
  • evolutionary robotics, genetic algorithms
  • artificial life, artificial intelligence
  • assistance robotics
  • visual cognition, computer vision
  • neurally inspired robotics, animats
  • neural networks, neural computation
  • humanoids
  • human-robot interaction, symbiotic robots
  • machine learning, adaptation and imitation
  • development of language, speech recognition
  • emergent behaviors of mobile robots
  • multi-robot systems, swarm robotics, robot self-organization
  • computer-brain interfaces
  • decision-making in autonomous robots
  • and other related

The journal considers submissions of different types of articles. "Research Articles" are focused on fundamental theoretical aspects, as well as on significant applications in science, engineering etc. “Rapid Communications” are intended to present information of exceptional novelty and exciting results of significant interest to the readers. “Review articles” and “Commentaries”, which present the existing literature on the specific topic from new perspectives, are welcome as well.

Why subscribe and read

Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics is a premier source of a high quality research of interdisciplinary character – of interest to a broad range of researchers working in different disciplines. All published articles are made freely and permanently accessible online.

Authors benefit from:

  • fast, fair and constructive peer-review
  • no space constraints
  • quick online publication of accepted papers*
  • Open Access for all articles**
  • promotion of published papers to readers and citers
  • long-term preservation of the content***

* The journal uses continuous publication model - accepted manuscripts are published quickly after the acceptance.
** Thanks to Open Access, all articles are freely available to the academic community worldwide without any restrictions, there are more liberal policies on copyrights (authors retain copyright) and on self-archiving (no embargo periods).
*** The journal is archived in Portico.

Detailed information on Editorial Policy, Publication Ethics, Instructions for Authors etc. can be found below and in the Supplementary Information section.

Topical/Special Issues:

  • Special Issue on Trust, Acceptance and Social Cues in Human Robot Interaction (SCRITA)
    Guest Editors:
    Alessandra Rossi (lead Guest Editor), School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK
    Patrick Holthaus, School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK
    Sílvia Moros, School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK
    Gabriella Lakatos, School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK
    Marcus Scheunemann, School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK

  • Topical Issue on Roboethics, Part III
    Editorial Board/Guest Editors:
    Fiorella Operto, The School of Robotics, Italy
    Raja Chatila, ISIR, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
    Guido Nicolosi, University of Catania, Italy
    George Bekey, University of Southern California, USA
    Mariachiara Tallacchini, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy
    Isabel Ferreira, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Endre Kadar, University of Portsmouth, UK
    Sarah Fletcher, Cranfield University, UK
    Editorial Advisory Board:
    Gianmarco Veruggio, CNR-IEIIT, Italy
    Mohammad Osman Tokhi, London South Bank University, UK

  • Special Issue on Learning from Humanoid AI: Motivational, Social and Cognitive Perspectives
    Guest Editor

    Yuefang Zhou, University of Potsdam, Germany
    Advisory Editors
    Kino Coursey, chef AI researcher at Realbotix, USA
    Martin Fischer, Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
    Nicole Krämer, Department of Social Psychology, Media and Communication, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    Janett Mohnke, Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, Germany

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Volume 12 (2021): Issue 1 (Jan 2021)

Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics encourages the submission of substantial full-length bodies of work. There are no specific length restrictions for the overall manuscript or individual sections; however, we urge the authors to present and discuss their findings in a concise and accessible manner.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal at http://www.editorialmanager.com/paladyn/. In case of problems, please contact the Editorial Office of this journal via email paladyn@degruyter.com.

Manuscripts can be written in TeX, LaTeX (strongly recommended). Please note that we do not accept papers in Plain TEX format. Text files can be also submitted as standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) which is acceptable if the submission in LATEX is not possible. For an initial submission, the authors are strongly advised to upload their entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. Authors are strongly advised to submit the final version of the paper using the journal’s LATEX template.
For detailed information, please see Instructions for Authors.

Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.
Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards when applicable. See Editorial Policy for details.
Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Editors assume that no conflict of interest exists. Authors are encouraged to fill in the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest Form (available here) and send it in the electronic format to the Managing Editor.
Copyright: All authors retain copyright, unless – due to their local circumstances – their work is not copyrighted.
The copyrights are governed by the Creative-Commons Attribution Only license (CC-BY) which is compliant with Plan-S. We may also publish a paper under CC-BY-NC-ND license on author's request. The corresponding author grants the journal the license to use of the article, by signing the License to Publish. Scanned copy of license should be sent to the journal, as soon as possible.
Authorship: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Data distribution: We encourage authors to make the data available for the public. We offer a possibility to publish additional files together with the article as Supplementary Materials. Data and other materials can be also stored using one of the repositories such as Open Science Framework (OSF, https://osf.io), preferably selected from those indexed on FAIRsharing.org or re3data.org.
Peer Review process: The Editors reserve the right to decline the submitted manuscript without review, if the studies reported are not sufficiently novel or important to merit publication in the journal. Manuscripts deemed unsuitable (insufficient originality or of limited interest to the target audience) are returned to the author(s) without review. The Editor seeks advice from experts in the appropriate field. Research articles and communications are refereed by a minimum of two reviewers, review papers by at least three. Authors are requested to suggest persons competent to review their manuscript. However, please note that this will be treated only as a suggestion, and the final selection of reviewers is exclusively the Editor's decision. The final decision of acceptance is made by Managing Editor or, in case of conflict, by the Editor-in-Chief.
Scientific Misconduct: This journal publishes only original manuscripts that are not also published or going to be published elsewhere. Multiple submissions/publications, or redundant publications (re-packaging in different words of data already published by the same authors) will be rejected. If they are detected only after publication, the journal reserves the right to publish a Retraction Note. In each particular case Editors will follow COPE’s Core Practices and implement the advices.

Gregor Schöner, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Managing Editor
Justyna Zuk, De Gruyter

Editorial Advisory Board
Minoru Asada, Osaka University, Japan
Ruzena Bajcsy, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Gerardo Beni, University of California, USA
Heinrich H. Bülthoff, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK
Raja Chatila, ISIR, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
Stefano Chiaverini, Università degli Studi di Cassino, Italy
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
Gerhard Hirzinger, German Aerospace Center, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Germany
Seong-Whan Lee, Korea University, South Korea
Jean-Pierre Merlet, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Francois Michaud, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Stefano Nolfi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, Italy
Hiroshi “Gitchang” Okuno, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
Fiorella Operto, The School of Robotics, Italy
Lech Polkowski, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Domenico Prattichizzo, University of Siena, Italy
Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield, UK
Nilanjan Sarkar, Vanderbilt University, USA
Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California, USA
Jurgen Schmidhuber, Technische Universität München, Germany
Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield, UK
Gianmarco Veruggio, CNR-IEIIT, Italy

Editorial Board
Farshid Amirabdollahian, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Andrea Bonarini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Stephan Chalup, University of Newcastle, Australia
Aydan M. Erkmen, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
João Filipe Ferreira, University of Coimbra, Portugal / Nottingham Trent University, UK
Ignazio Infantino, Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR), National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Magnus Johnsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Krzysztof Kozlowski, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Annica Kristoffersson, Örebro University, Sweden
Ben Kröse, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jerzy E. Kurek, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Aleš Leonardis, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Qiang Li, CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany
Shuai Li, The University of Cambridge, Great Britain
Yongmin Li, Brunel University, UK
Amy Loutfi, Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Sweden
Adam Martowicz, AGH – University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland
Kanstantsin Miatliuk, Bialystok University of Technology, Poland
Marcin Miłkowski, Polish Academy of Science, Poland
Daniele Nardi, Università di Roma "La Sapienza'', Italy
Slawomir Nasuto, University of Reading, UK
Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Radu-Emil Precup, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Javier Ramírez, University of Granada, Spain
Rui Paulo Rocha, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Jorge Santolaria, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Nazmul Haque Siddique, University of Ulster, UK
Mariacarla Staffa, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Sergiu Dan Stan, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Tadeusz Stępinski, AGH – University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland
Kazuya Takeda, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Japan
Vito Trianni, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Ian van der Linde, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Neil Vaughan, Bournemouth University, UK
Mattias Wahde, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Cezary Zieliński, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Associate Editor
Basilio Lenzo, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Assistant Editors
Habib Ahmed, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan
Kim Baraka, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Mehdi Behnam, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
Dario Cazzato, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Geoff Fink, University of Alberta, Canada
Ali Marjaninejad, University of Southern California, USA
Dimitri Ognibene, University of Essex, UK
Daqing Yi, University of Washington, USA
Łukasz Żmudziński, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

Language Editors
Kim Baraka, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Julita Bermejo-Alonso, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Geoff Fink, University of Alberta, Canada
Daqing Yi, University of Washington, USA

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Editorial Contact
Justyna Zuk, Ph.D.



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