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

Editor In Chief: Stephanie Walsh Matthews
Your benefits:
  • inclusive scope focusing on all branches of semiotic studies
  • multidisciplinary approach to semiotics
  • comprehensive overview of current literature in semiotics
  • prestigious publication of the International Association for Semiotic Studies
  • international and renowned editorial board
  • bilingual publication: English and French

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 2018 Mouton d'Or Award has been awarded to Per Durst-Andersen and Paul Cobley for their article ‘The communicative wheel: Symptom, signal, and model in multimodal communication,’ which appeared in Issue 225.

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

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

> Information on submission process

Mouton D’Or Winner 2019

"Transcoding identity: Assemblages between man and machine beyond the cyborg model – a semiotic route." Toscano, Javier, 226, 49-71.

The judges commented that ‘this was an insightful and interesting paper. It considers the concept of identity in everyday life and how it is affected by our interactions with technology. It explores the heuristic potential of using Greimas’s semiotic square to develop a preliminary ‘navigational map’ for future explorations of how identity is affected by technology. This is clearly an important topic and the impact of this article could be very significant indeed. It clearly contributes to semiotic theory and shows how semiotic theory can be used to elucidate real-world (and pressing) issues. It is well written, clear and well argued. It would display the relevance and value of semiotic theorising to the broader academic community.’

‘This article addresses a topic that has been discussed in the popular press for years. The author studies the affective relationship between human and machine. By employing the Greimassian square, the author adds to our knowledge of the application of that semiotic tool to explicate the now ubiquitous human-machine interaction. The author displays a thorough knowledge of the extant research and he uses clear and concise prose and figures that allow the reader to comprehend his arguments. Given Semiotica’s recent publication of two huge volumes (# 214, # 219) for the A. J. Greimas centennial, this article enhances the notion and the use of that interpretive instrument. The author points out that "[t]he notion of identity is indeed a complex topic, and we seldom realize how deep our interactions with technology have an effect over its dynamics" (p. 69). This essay expands the notion of the semiotic square. It expands our knowledge of semiotic theory worldwide because the human-machine interaction is universal. It is comprehensive and comprehensible. Finally, the article will likely generate additional study on the central topic.’

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Semiotica was founded in 1969.

Other publications in the field
Chinese Semiotic Studies
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Book series:
Semiotics, Communication and Cognition [SCC]

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You can easily submit your manuscript online. Simply go to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/semi 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
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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!

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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
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Interim Editor-in-Chief
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
Ryerson University,
e-mail: swalsh@arts.ryerson.ca

Editor for French
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
e-mail: swalsh@arts.ryerson.ca

Associate Editors
Andrea Rocci
e-mail: andrea.rocci@usi.ch

Hongbing Yu
e-mail: njnubrandon@126.com

Managing Editor
Ali Aird
E-mail: aaird@ryerson.ca

Book Review Editors
Mariana Bockarova (Coordinator)
e-mail: bockarov@post.harvard.edu

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
Robbie B. H. Goh
Louis Hébert
André Helbo
Kalevi Kull
Dragana Martinovic
Frank Nuessel
Jamin Pelkey
Susan Petrilli
Roland Posner
Eddo Rigotti
Eero Tarasti
Bill Thompson
Didier Tsala Effa
Massimo Vedovelli
Giovanna Zaganelli
Yiheng Zhao

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