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About the JOCR
To be operational, you must know how to manage your mental capacities and emotions at all times, especially when under pressure. Just like top-level athletes, emergency responders need to prepare themselves mentally for the challenges to come, which are all the more difficult to anticipate because they are spontaneous, often unprecedented, and have potentially serious consequences.
The Journal of Operational Cognitive Readiness is designed to help you improve your mental skills for action, through feedback and the work of peers directly involved in emergency sequences. You will find theory and practical tools in order to increase your cognitive management under pressure, and also in your daily life.
Aim and scope
The Journal of Operational Cognitive Readiness is focused on mental performance, especially during critical actions. Mental performance refers to all the cognitive, emotional, neurological, and physiological elements involved in implementing our behaviors, strategies, communication, and decision-making processes.
The JOCR is aimed at anyone required to work under pressure: medical teams, pilots, nuclear power plant staff, SAR, special forces, soldiers, police officers ...
The scope of publications in the JOCR includes :
- Case report : 2000 words max
A case report is a descriptive research approach to obtain an in-depth analysis of a situation, individual way of functioning, group, or phenomenon. The JOCR looks at science that deals with mental processes and behavior, the emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity, like the psychology of war or the psychology of high pressure environment for exemple.
- Original research : 4000 words max
An original research is a report of a study written by the researchers who actually did the study. The researchers describe their hypothesis or research question, the purpose of the study, their research methods, and the results of the research. The researchers interpret their results and discuss possible hypotheses of understanding. Appropriate statistical analyses must be performed on the data before the manuscript is submitted.
- Theory or practical techniques : 2000 words max
The JOCR aims to be practical, that's why we're inviting you to share knowledge and techniques that can help everyone improve their cognitive functioning, particularly in crisis situations.
- Real-life experience : 3000 words max
Sharing your stories, highlighting the cognitive tools you have used or the gaps you have learned to fill, can help everyone to connect and learn together.
- Book summary with commentary : 1500 words max
There are many books available on mental preparation. We invite you to share the bullet points of a book that you particularly enjoyed and that helped you in your personal development.
- Commentary on a scientific article : 1500 words max
Commentaries are welcome to comment on any article or to extend the conversation of any article. Chosen articles must be relevant to the themes of the JOCR.
The JOCR looks at all the components of mental functioning, both in theory and with practical tools :
- Emotional management
- Decision-making processes, in normal situations and/or under pressure
- Attentional focus
- Cognitive Biases
- Internal coherence
- Self-esteem, self-concept, self-confidence, self-image
- Stress mecanisms
- Spirituality (as part of our drive to improve performance)
- Physiology management and improving
- Team-building, understanding others
- Error understanding and management
- Improving sleep, in normal life and during crisis time
- Active hypnosis for improving mental functioning,
- Discovering new methods of development : neuro-linguistic programming, solution-focused approach ...
Any work submitted to the JOCR should enable everyone to improve their practices in everyday life and/or in high-pressure situations. Understanding the self, stress mechanisms, brain and neuro-psychological functioning and developing techniques to improve these processes must be the aim of each article.