Welcome to the Public Journal of Semiotics The Public Journal of Semiotics (PJOS) is a nonprofit organization. It will be available online free of charge. Its aim is to publish original research articles in domains relating to semiotics. It will welcome substantial articles reporting the results of empirical inquiries, theoretical reflections developing consistent arguments, introduction of innovative models and methods of investigation, and essays based on meta-analyses of reliable databases.
It will not feature review articles except, occasionally, in the form of state of the art reports. How will The Public Journal of Semiotics operate? All transactions will be conducted online.
Papers will be submitted through a template available on the website. Once papers have been cleared by the editors for compliance with guidelines, they will be submitted to a minimum of three experts who will proceed with the peer review. During this process authors will have exclusive access to the status of their articles. They may be asked to revise their works and resubmit them. Once accepted, the papers will appear in one of the successive issues of the journal.
The Public Journal of Semiotics publishes original articles in English that make substantial contributions to theoretical and empirical knowledge in domains relevant to semiotics. Semiotics is taken to broadly refer to research bearing upon information, meaning, communication, sense-making, interpretation, evolution of sign systems, texts, symbolic interactions, organizations, cultural and social transformations, and all other relevant topics that may emerge from future research, models and theories.
Articles should be written with clarity and concision. Authors should keep in mind the multi-disciplinary nature of the readership and avoid a language that appeals only to a small constituency of specialists.
All articles should be submitted online by using the template provided on the PJOS website. In order to have access to the template, authors should register by giving their email address and entering their password. Registration is free.
Articles should be in the 5,000 – 10,000 word range. They should be accompanied by a 100 – 150 word abstract and a maximum of ten key words.
The articles should be submitted in WORD format, 6.0 or greater. Photos and diagrams should be included within the WORD document and not to be submitted seperately.
The mandate of this organization is to make accessible to the widest possible readership the results of scientific research relevant to the advancement of semiotics. The Public Journal of Semiotics can be read online and printed free of charge. The costs of administering and maintaining the website is to be borne by the authors of the articles published, once the articles have been reviewed and accepted by a minimum of three independent experts. In compliance with the principle of a nonprofit organization, the financial contributions of the authors are strictly commensurate with the actual expenses involved in the formatting of their articles and represent a proportionate fraction of the general costs. These costs are kept at a minimum by running the whole editorial and distribution process online.
This formula for scientific publishing is increasingly gaining acceptance in the context of the Open Source movement and the World Wide Web culture. The rationale is twofold: (1) knowledge acquired through research should be made easily accessible in a civil, democratic society; (2) the costs of communicating the results of research should be considered a part of the research budget, all the more so that this means of dissemination is both cost effective and discrimination-free.
The copyright of the articles is owned by their authors.