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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.317
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.738
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.262

ERIH category 2011: INT2

Your benefits:
  • inclusive scope focusing on all branches of semiotic studies
  • multidisciplinary approach to semiotics
  • comprehensive overview of current literature in semiotics
  • international and renowned editorial board
  • bilingual publication: English and French

Aims and Scope

Semiotica is published in six annual issues, in two languages (English and French), and occasionally in German. From time to time, Special Issues, devoted to topics of particular interest, are assembled by Guest Editors. The publishers of Semiotica offer an annual prize, the Mouton d'Or, to the author of the best article each year. The article is selected by an independent international jury. The 2015 Mouton d'Or Award has been awarded to Anne-Laure Kiviniemi for her article ‘Dire l’indicible et décrire l’indescriptible: Ressources imagières et linguistiques des poilus’, which appeared in Volume 207–1/4.

We welcome papers reporting results of research in all branches of semiotic studies.

Article formats
Research articles, in-depth reviews, guest editorials, reports

> Information on submission process

In memoriam
Umberto Eco (1932-2016)

The Semiotica community mourns the passing of one of its longest-standing Editorial Committee members who devoted his life to the international recognition of semiotics. In recognition of his work, please see the recent special issue of Semiotica: Issue 206 (Aug 2015): Umberto Eco’s interpretative semiotics: Interpretation, encyclopedia, translation, Guest Editors: Cinzia Bianchi and Clare Vassallo (FREE access for a limited period).

English, French
Type of Publication:
Researchers in the field of semiotics

Instructions for Authors

You can easily submit your manuscript online. Simply go to and you will be guided through the whole peer-reviewing and publishing process.

Your benefits of publishing with us
  • Rapid online publication ahead-of-print with short turnaround times
  • Annual prize, the Mouton d'Or, to the author of the best article each year
  • High quality peer-review
  • Easy-to-use online submission system
  • Free publication of color figures both in online and print editions and no page charges
  • Optional open access publication
  • Every article easily discoverable because of SEO and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
  • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
  • Professional sales and marketing support
Submission process
  • Submissions should be formatted according to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet, especially regarding the proper format for citations and reference entries
  • Submission of your paper via our submission management tool
  • Peer review process (you will be guided through every step)
  • The editorial office will forward your manuscript for double-blind peer-review. This takes on average 3-4 months
  • If accepted: you have the option to publish your article open access
Additional information for manuscript formatting
  • Manuscripts should be no longer than 30–35 pages.
  • Review articles should be headed 'Review article' and given an appropriate title that is different from the title of the work(s) under review. The title should be followed by an asterisked footnote, placed at the bottom of the first page of text, containing the bibliographical details of the work(s) under review: *Ray Jackendoff, Languages of the mind: Essays on mental representation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992.
  • References to the work under review should be cited by page number alone (e.g., 'p. 16'). Otherwise, the references should conform to the style for articles.
  • Corrections. Authors are asked to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them in order to prevent delays at the proof stage. Especially check in-text citations against listings in the References section, to be sure dates and spelling match, and that all works cited are listed.
  • Proofs. Authors will receive PDF page proofs for correction which must be returned by dates determined by the publication schedule.
  • Author copy. Upon publication, authors will receive electronic access to their contribution. Guest editors of special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue.
Please note
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement
  • Manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English or French (please also see the Notes aux Auteurs)
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!


Semiotica was founded in 1969.

Other publications in the field
Chinese Semiotic Studies
Cognitive Semiotics

Book series:
Semiotics, Communication and Cognition [SCC]

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Marcel Danesi
Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory
Victoria College
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7

Associate Editor
Stéphanie Walsh-Matthews

Assistant Editor
Paolo Ammirante

Book Review Editors
Mariana Bockarova (Coordinator)

Paul Colilli
Claudio Guerri
Frederik Stjernfelt
Kim Sung-do

Caterina Clivio,Vanessa Compagnone, Stacy Costa, Nakia Lee-Foon

Editorial Committee
Myrdene Anderson
Prisca Augustyn
Paolo Balboni
Marcello Barbieri
Arthur Asa Berger
Mohamed Bernoussi
Per Aage Brandt
Thomas Broden
Patrizia Calefato
Le Cheng
Paul Cobley
John Deely
Robbie B. H. Goh
Louis Hébert
André Helbo
Anne-Marie Houdebine
Kalevi Kull
Dragana Martinovic
Solomon Marcus
Frank Nuessel
Jerzy Pelc
Jamin Pelkey
Susan Petrilli
Roland Posner
Eddo Rigotti
Andrea Rocci
Eero Tarasti
Bill Thompson
Didier Tsala Effa
Massimo Vedovelli
Giovanna Zaganelli
Yiheng Zhao

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