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Chinese Semiotic Studies

Editor In Chief: Yongxiang Wang
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  • Unique journal bridging Eastern and Western semiotics
  • Internationally recognized editorial board
  • Versatile platform of exchanging research experience in Chinese semiotics


Chinese Semiotic Studies (CSS) is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the International Institute of Semiotic Studies of Nanjing Normal University and the Chinese Semiotic Research Center of the Chinese Association of Linguistic Semiotics.

As the only international semiotics journal in China appearing in English, CSS is a unique outlet for Chinese scholars to be heard in global academia, affording an expanded and constructive dialogue between Chinese and non-Chinese semioticians on China-related subject matters and beyond.

Each issue contains three thematic sections: (i) Chinese Cultural Signs and Sign Theories, (ii) Western Cultural Signs and Sign Theories and (iii) Interactions between Chinese and Western semiotics.


  • Chinese semiotics
  • Linguistic studies
  • Area studies
  • Asian studies

Article formats
Original Research Articles, Review Articles, and Book Reviews.

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CSS was first published in September 2009. Since 2014, CSS has been co-published by De Gruyter Mouton and Nanjing Normal University in four issues per year.

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All contributions should be in American English (and spell-checked) before submission as an e-mail attachment to the Editorial office of Chinese Semiotic Studies (cssnnu@163.com)

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Submission process
  • Submit your paper to cssnnu@163.com following the journal stylesheet
  • Reviewing process and decision on your paper
  • In case of any problems the editorial staff will make its best to answer all your queries
Please note
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our copyright agreement
  • 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. Detailed information can be found at Public Repositories tab
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Yongxiang Wang;
Nanjing Normal University, China

Hongbing Yu;
Nanjing Normal University, China

Catherine Schwerin; German/English Editing & Translation, Australia


Jie Zhang, Nanjing Normal University, China

(In alphabetic order)

Bin Xin, Nanjing Normal University, China
Hongbing Yu, Nanjing Normal University, China
Yongxiang Wang, Nanjing Normal University, China
Zhijun Yan, Nanjing Normal University, China

(In alphabetic order)

Adrian Pablé​, Switzerland
Arthur Asa Berger, USA
Charls Pearson, USA
Christopher Hart, UK
Delu Zhang, China
Deping Lu, China
Eero Tarasti, Finland
Ersu Ding, Hong Kong, China
Farouk Y. Seif, USA
Hsiu-chih Tsai, Taiwan, China
Jamin Pelkey, Canada
Kalevi Kull, Estonia
Marcel Danesi, Canada
Massimo Leone, Italy
Mingyu Wang, China
Myrdene Anderson, USA
Ning Wang, China
Paul Bouissac, Canada
Paul Cobley, UK
Per Aage Brandt, USA
Richard Lanigan, USA
Roland Posner, Germany
Sihui Mao, Macao, China
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Canada
Stephen Cowley, Denmark
Steve Oswald, Switzerland
Susan Petrilli, Italy
Terrence Deacon, USA
Theo van Leeuwen, Australia
Tim Wharton, UK
Winfried Nöth, Germany
Woods Mara, USA
Yiheng Zhao, China
Zhuanglin Hu, China

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