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Aims and Scope
The aim of the Journal of Literary Semantics is to concentrate the endeavors of theoretical linguistics upon those texts traditionally classed as "literary", in the belief that such texts are a central, not a peripheral, concern of linguistics.
The Journal of Literary Semantics, founded by Trevor Eaton in 1972 and edited by him for thirty years, has pioneered and encouraged research into the relations between linguistics and literature. It is widely read by theoretical and applied linguists, narratologists, poeticians, philosophers and psycholinguists. JLS publishes articles on all aspects of literary semantics. The ambit is inclusive rather than doctrinaire. The journal publishes articles of a philosophical or theoretical nature that attempt to advance our understanding of the structures, dynamics, and significations of literary texts. This includes articles that relate the study of literature to other disciplines such as psychology, neurophysiology, mathematics, and history, as well as articles dealing with the educational problems inherent in the study of literature.
Journal of Literary Semantics is a peer-reviewed journal of international scope.
- DE GRUYTER MOUTON
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Instructions for Authors
Submissions to the journal should be written in English. Contributors whose native language is not English should have their manuscripts read by a native speaker before submission. Contributions should be sent to the Editor: Michael Toolan.
An abstract of between 100 and 150 words must be submitted together with the contribution.
Examples not in English must have aligned interlinear glosses and an idiomatic translation.
Figures and diagrams must be reproducible originals and should be submitted on separate sheets, carefully numbered and labeled. They should be referred to in the text and the approximate position should be indicated.
Notes should be kept to an absolute minimum and be as brief as possible. They may contain no diagrams or tables. They should be numbered consecutively and indicated in the text by a raised (superscript) number following any punctuation marks.
Formatting and style
Once accepted for publication, the author(s) will be required to submit the final version electronically conforming to journal style. Please see the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet for details regarding journal style. If possible, a common wordprocessing program such as WORD should be used. Any special characters used should be labeled and clearly identified at their first occurrence. The Editor reserves the right to reject any articles that do not conform to the requirements.
Copies of any letters granting permission to reproduce illustrations or tables from other sources, or lengthy quoted passages, must be included with the manuscript.
Authors are asked to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them in order to prevent delays and extra costs at the proof stage. Authors will receive PDF page proofs for correction which must be returned by dates given in the publication schedule.
Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution. Guest editors of special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue.
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Journal of Literary Semantics is covered by the following services:
- CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
- De Gruyter - IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
- De Gruyter - IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
- EBSCO - Academic Search
- EBSCO - Humanities International Complete/Humanities Source
- EBSCO - Literary Reference Center Plus
- EBSCO - MegaFILE
- EBSCO - TOC Premier
- EBSCO Discovery Service
- Elsevier - SCOPUS
- ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
- Gale/Cengage - Academic One File
- Google Scholar
- INIST Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique
- Linguistic Bibliography Online
- Linguistics Abstracts Online
- MLA International Bibliography
- Naviga (Softweco)
- Primo Central (ExLibris)
- ProQuest - Deep Indexing: Technical Information
- ProQuest - Illustrata: Arts and Humanities
- ProQuest - Illustrata: Sociology
- ProQuest - Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
- SCImago (SJR)
- Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
- TDOne (TDNet)
- Thomson Reuters - Arts & Humanities Citation Index
- Thomson Reuters - Current Contents/Arts & Humanities
- UB Frankfurt - BDSL Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
- UB Frankfurt - BLL Bibliographie Linguistischer Literatur
- UB Frankfurt - OLC Germanistik
- UB Frankfurt - OLC Komparatistik
- UB Frankfurt - OLC Linguistik
- WorldCat (OCLC)
Department of English
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
All correspondence concerning editorial matters and manuscripts should be sent to the Editor.
Founding Editor (1972–2002)
Rukmini Bhaya Nair (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India)
Elžbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska (Jagielonian University, Poland)
George L. Dillon (University of Washington, USA)
Andrew Goatly (Lingnan University, Hong Kong, P. R. China)
Norman Macleod (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Charles Owen (University of Birmingham, UK)
Bo Pettersson (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Dan Shen (Peking University, Beijing P. R. China)
Belén Soria Clivillés (University of Granada, Spain)
Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham, UK)
Min-Yu Tseng (National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan)