Focus and Scope

Public Journal of Semiotics publishes articles that are original, relevant for the field of semiotics (understood broadly as the systematic study of meaning and communication), and combine theoretical and empirical considerations in a productive combination.

Peer Review Process

The editor in chief makes an initial assessment if a submission meets the criteria of originality, relevance and substance. If so, the anonymised submission is sent to two anonymous reviewers. Their reviews are expected within two months, and thus a decision on acceptance and if so, degree of revision needed, is normally made within 4 months from submission.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Journal History

Public Journal of Semiotics (PJOS) was established in 2007 by Prof. Paul Bouissac, at Victoria University / University of Toronto, Canada, as "a nonprofit organization, ... available online free of charge. Its aim is to publish original research articles in domains relating to semiotics". Four volumes and 8 issues were published until 2012. The original site of the journal was created by Pyrocomp Systems.

From 2013 and Vol. 5 Prof. Jordan Zlatev, at Lund University Sweden, assumed the role of editor-in-chief, with the intention to follow the original aims of the project, interpreting "semiotics" broadly as the systematic study of meaning, in perception, cognition, communication, language and any kind of media. The move to the present site is just a minor step in the direction of technical improvement.