Applying a theoretical linguistic approach to literary texts
Bridging the gap between linguistics and literary studies
Comprehensive and interdisciplinary focus on literary semantics
Internationally recognized reviewers and editorial board
Objective 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.
Theoretical and applied linguistics
Article formats Research articles, review articles
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Submissions to the journal should be written in clear and concise English
Submitted manuscripts should be no longer than 7,000 words
Authors whose native language is not English should have their manuscripts read by a native speaker before submission. Submissions should be sent to the Editor Michael Toolan
Peer review process (you will be guided through every step)
The journal operates a double-blind peer review that takes on average 3-4 months
If accepted: you have the option to publish it open access
An abstract of between 100 and 150 words must be submitted together with the article
Examples not in English must have aligned interlinear glosses and an idiomatic translation
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 sheetfor details regarding journal style
Permissions: copies of any letters granting permission to reproduce illustrations or tables from other sources, or lengthy quoted passages, must be included with the manuscript
Corrections: 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
Offprints: 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
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
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:
Editor Michael Toolan; Department of English, University of Birmingham; Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
All correspondence concerning editorial matters and submissions should be sent to the Editor.
Incoming Editor Marina Lambrou, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK
Founding Editor (1972–2002) Trevor Eaton, Kent, UK
Editorial Board Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India Elżbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska, Jagielonian University, Poland Andrew Goatly, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, P. R. China Rocio Montoro, University of Granada, Spain Nina Norgaard, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark Louise Nuttall, University of Huddersfield, UK Bo Pettersson, University of Helsinki, Finland Dan Shen, Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China Violeta Sotirova, University of Nottingham, UK Wolfgang Teubert, University of Birmingham, UK Min-Yu Tseng, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan