André De Tienne, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief
Deborah Eicher-Catt, Ph.D., Associate Editor
Iris Smith Fischer, Ph.D., Associate Editor
Baranna Baker, M.A., Assistant Editor
The American Journal of Semiotics is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research publication sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America. It publishes original contributions in the form of topical articles, response articles, and critical reviews on any subject related to the science of signs and meaning, whether theoretical, methodological, or applied. Open to all semiotic traditions, the journal expects submissions to make advances in fundamental sign theory, or to leverage semiotic methodologies for interpretive exploration of communication processes throughout the semiotic sphere, whether physical, logical, biological, physiological, ecological, phenomenological, psychological, anthropological, sociological, political, philosophical, theological, cosmological, or any such modes in combination.
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The Semiotic Society of America has its own style sheet for its publications. Authors should refer to the SSA Style Sheet when preparing manuscripts for submission. A brief version of the style sheet is also available for reference.
The principle unique to the SSA Style Sheet – the principle of the historical layering of sources – is explained below.
- Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically in standard word processing format (.rtf, .doc, .docx and .odt formats are acceptable) with an accompanying pdf file for verification of formatting. Text, notes and references, with at least 1 inch top, bottom, and right margins, using 11 point type size for text, 10 point for extracts (block quotes) and the list of References, and 9 point for notes. The typing is to be on one side of standard typing paper.
- Manuscripts may be divided as appropriate into sections with headings, not numbers alone. All pages of the manuscript are to have the last name of the author and the page number. Single quotes are to be used within double quotes; brackets within parentheses; single underlining or italics for emphasized expressions. Only verbatim materials should be placed in quotes. If punctuation is not part of the original material, it should be placed outside of the quotation.
- Line drawings (called “Figures” in the text) and photographs (glossies, not negatives; also called “Figures” in the text) are to be reproducible originals submitted on separate sheets, carefully numbered and labeled. Captions are to be typed on a separate sheet and placed at the end of the manuscript.
- Tables should be numbered consecutively and titled, and must be referred to in the Text. Avoid referring to the ‘preceding’ or ‘following’ table, since the original position may be shifted in the final camera-ready preparation.
- Notes should be kept to an absolute minimum, typed on a separate sheet of paper (double-spaced throughout) and included at the end of the text, but before the references. If a word processing program is used, footnoting is preferred.
Principle of Historical Layering
This principle is the essence of the SSA Style Sheet. References are to add to current scientific bibliographical practice the refinement of historical layering. Authors should pay explicit and systematic attention to the distinction between source works (original writings, whether extant or not) and access works (consulted manuscript copies or publications) in their articles.
Application of this principle entails that all references within the text should be cited by giving, all within parentheses: the name of the author(s) and the year according to which the source work is properly located within the lifetime of the author who produced it, followed by a colon, a space, and the specific page number(s) of the actual volume according to which the citation is made the access volume when these are called for.
Where source work and access volume differ, the relation of the two including any discrepancy of dates and publishers, and mediator between source and access where there is the added discrepancy of language (i.e., the special case of translations), and whatever additional information or glosses seem useful are given in the list of references at the end of the manuscript. This list is to be arranged alphabetically by last name of authors, all in capital letters.
Manuscripts should be submitted by email to the associate editors:
Professor Deborah Eicher-Catt
Professor Iris Smith Fischer