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Journal of Literary Semantics

An International Review

Edited by: Michael Toolan
Founded by: Trevor Eaton
Your benefits
  • 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

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.

  • Narratology
  • Poetry
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Literary semantics
  • Theoretical and applied linguistics

Article formats
Research articles, review articles

Information on submission process

Journal Metrics

Cite Score
European Reference Index for the Humanities
SCImago Journal Rank
Source Normalized Impact per Paper


The Journal of Literary Semantics was founded by Trevor Eaton in 1972.

Other publications in the field
Lodz Papers in Pragmatics
Mouton Series in Pragmatics [MSP]

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  • IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
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Supplementary Materials

Submissions should be sent directly to the Editor, Michael Toolan: m.toolan@bham.ac.uk

Your benefits of publishing with us

Submission process
  • 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
Please note
  • 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
  • Before submitting a paper please get familiar with our Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement as well as 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
  • 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

Michael Toolan; Department of English, University of Birmingham; Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; e-mail: m.toolan@bham.ac.uk

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

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