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Author Guidelines




1.1. The international peer-reviewed journal Sign Systems Studies publishes original scholarly papers, review articles and book reviews on all areas of semiotics.

1.2. Contributions should be in English. British spelling is preferred. The journal accepts also papers in Russian. Language editing of the manuscript is the responsibility of the authors.

1.3. Manuscript should be submitted electronically to the following addresses: and

In case of special issues, the address of the guest editor can be used.

1.4. The manuscript should be in .doc format. Figures should be sent in separate files.

1.4. The manuscript should be accompanied by:

(a) an accurate indication of the author's affiliation, e-mail and full postal address;

(b) an abstract (150–200 words) in English;

(c) keywords (5–8).


2. Text


2.1. The Manuscript

(a) No special formatting should be used. Use a plain text font and use tab stops or ruler function for indents (not the space bar). Do not use field functions or special styles.

(b) Articles should be subdivided, where appropriate. Do not use more than three levels of division. All titles are lowercase.

(c) Italics should be used for emphasis (not underline or bold).

(d) Foreign words should be italicized (instead of underline or bold), for example et al., langue, parole etc.

Exception: ‘umwelt’ (plural: umwelten) is treated as an English word.

(e) All notes and comments should appear as footnotes. A footnote should not consist of a bibliographic reference only.

(f) Acknowledgements to individuals and grants should be provided in a footnote to the last word of the article (before the references, after the full stop). The names of organisations involved should appear in full.

(g) Transliteration of cyrillic words, titles of books and journals etc. should follow the SSS's transliteration table:




2.2. Tables and figures

(a) All tables and figures should be accompanied by captions and submitted as separate files.

(b) The location of the tables and figures should be indicated in the text:

[…] according to Peirce’s triadic sign model (Fig. 1).

(c) The author is responsible for acquiring the publishing rights for figures or artwork that are not their own.


2.3. Citations

(a) All quotations should follow the original exactly. Omissions should be indicated by [...].

(b) Author’s interpolations should be enclosed in square brackets: [ ] (not / /).

(c) Long quotations (of more than 3 lines) should be indented without quotation marks.

(d) Author-date citations should generally be given parenthetically, before punctuation. For instance:

Winner (1995: 259) has shown...

[...] as has been shown already (Winner 1995: 259).

In case of two authors:

[…] as has been demonstrated before (Lotman, Uspenskij 1978: 213).

Three or more authors:

[…] as has been suggested earlier (Uspenskij et al. 2003).

(e) If there are two authors with the same family name in references, use the initial letter of the first name in the citation:

[…] about the semiosphere (Lotman, J. 2005).

[…] in the verse (Lotman, M. 2008).

(f) The inline references should always use the year number of the edition used for citation. In order to include the publication year of the original edition, use square brackets:

[…] about the dominant (Jakobson 1981[1935]).

(g) If there are several references in the same brackets, they should be separated by a semicolon:

[…] as has been demonstrated by many earlier works (Lotman 2001, 2005; Levchenko, Salupere 1999).



2.4. Reference list

(a) Reference list should include all the works cited or referred to in the text. Works not referred to should not be included.

(b) References to web-pages should be avoided. If absolutely necessary, these should appear in footnotes.

(c) References to conference papers and other oral presentations should be avoided. If absolutely necessary, they should appear in footnotes.

(d) Self-references to the author of the manuscript should not exceed 15% of the whole reference list.

(e) The reference list should be alphabetic, authors' names should preferably appear in full.

(f) Book and journal titles are in italics and capitalized in headline style. Article titles are in lower case.

(g) Arabic numerals are used for volume and series numbering.

(h) Sources in alphabets other than the Latin alphabet (e.g. Cyrillic) should be supplied by a transliteration.


Deacon, Terrence 1998. The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Human Brain. London: Penguin Books.

Krampen, Martin; Oehler, Klaus; Posner, Roland; Sebeok, Thomas A.; Uexküll, Thure von (eds.) 1987. Classics of Semiotics. New York: Plenum Press.

Lotman, Juri M. 2013. The Unpredictable Workings of Culture. (Baer, Brian James, trans.; Pilchikov, Igor; Salupere, Silvi, eds.) Tallinn: TLU Press.

[Article or book chapter:]

Baer, Eugen 1984. How do reflexive systems communicate? In: Pelc, Jerzy; Sebeok, Thomas A.; Stankiewicz, Edward; Winner, Thomas G. (eds.), Sign, System and Function: Papers of the First and Second Polish-American Semiotics Colloquia. (Approaches to Semiotics 67.) Berlin: Mouton Publishers, 1–11.

Jakobson, Roman 1981[1935]. The dominant. Selected Writings III. Poetry of Grammar and Grammar of Poetry. The Hague: Mouton Publishers, 751–756.

Krampen, Martin 1997. Models of semiosis. In: Posner, Roland; Robering, Klaus; Sebeok, Thomas A. (eds.), Semiotics: A Handbook on the Sign-Theoretic Foundations of Nature and Culture, vol. 1. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 247–287.

Mejzerskij, V. M. [Мейзерский, В. М.] 1987. Problema simvolicheskogo interpretanta v semiotike teksta. [Проблема символического интерпретанта в семиотике текста. The problem of the symbolic interpretant in the text semiotics.] Sign Systems Studies (Труды по знаковым системам) 21: 3–9.

Peirce, Charles S. 2015. Divisions of signs. Sign Systems Studies 43(4): 651–662.

Winner, Thomas G. 1995. Prague structuralism and semiotics: Neglect and resulting fallacies. Semiotica 105(3/4): 243–275.

CP = Peirce, Charles S. 1931–1958. Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. [Vols. 1–6, Hartshorne, Charles; Weiss, Paul (eds.), 1931–1935; vols. 7–8, Burks, A. W. (ed.) 1958. In-text references are to CP, followed by volume and paragraph numbers.]

MS = Peirce, Charles Sanders. Unpublished manuscripts. Copies from Peirce Edition Project of Indiana University — Purdue University, Indianapolis. [In-text references are to MS, followed by manuscript number and page numbers.]


For reviewer

Please download the review form as *.docx file or follow the form stucture given here below:


Paper title:


1. General Recommendation (Check one)

1.1. Publish as is ___

1.2. Minor modifications required ___

1.3. Major modifications required ___

1.4. Unacceptable / reject (check all that apply) ___

  1.4.1. Not appropriate for Sign Systems Studies ___

    Which journal would be more appropriate ....................

  1.4.2. Technically deficient ___

  1.4.3. Quality of presentation is poor ___


2. Summary Comments for Author(s) (Please enter the appropriate word from the choices in parentheses)

2.1. Interest of the subjects to readers of SSS (High/Medium/Low) 

2.2. Originality of the paper (High/Medium/Low)

2.3. Adequate references to prior and related works by other authors (High/Medium/Low) 

2.4. Accurate information (Yes/No)  

2.5. Current information (Yes/No) 

2.6. Methodology (Yes/No)

2.7. Writing style is generally (Excellent/Readable/Poor)

  2.7.1. Paper is logically organised (Yes/No)

 2.7.2. Ideas are clearly presented (Yes/No)

2.8. Meets submission requirements (abstract, length, style) (Yes/No) 


3. Written Comments for Author(s)

(Please enter your comments for the author(s) on your reason for accepting or rejecting the paper, and your suggestions on changes or additions)