The American Journal of Semiotics
TAJS publishes topical articles, response articles or comments, and critical reviews. There are no methodological restrictions but all contributions must combine a rigorous standard of scholarly research with the appropriate application of a semiotic theory and method relevant to the author's chosen subject matter.
The Semiotic Society of America has its own style sheet for its publications. Authors should refer to this style sheet when preparing manuscripts for submission.
The principle unique to the SSA Style Sheet - the principle of the historical layering of sources - is explained below.
- Manuscripts are to be typed double-spaced
throughout the 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. 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.
- 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
- Notes should be kept to an absolute
minimum, typed on a separate page (double-spaced throughout) and
included at the end of the text, but before the references. If a wordprocessing program is used, footnoting is preferred.
- References are to add to the current
scientific practice the refinement of historical layering. That is to
say, references should be cited in the text by giving, all within parentheses:
the name of the author(s) and the year according to which the work cited from called 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
Principle of Historical Layering
Authors should pay explicit and systematic attention to this distinction between source works and access works in their manuscripts. This is all that is meant by the "principle of historical
layering” and it is the essence of the SSA Style Sheet.
Accordingly, in those cases 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 is 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 managing editors:
Dr. Christopher Morrissey
E-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Jamin Pelkey
E-mail: [email protected]
Books Available for Review
- Marcel Danesi, The Semiotics of Emoji
- Gary Genosko, Critical Semiotics
- Domenico Pietropaolo, Semiotics and Pragmatics of Stage Improvisation
- Igor Pilshchikov (ed.), Urban Semiotics