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Southern Semiotic Review

A Themed International Journal

Australian Semiotic Circle

EDITOR IN CHIEF : Geoffrey Sykes

Number of Issues : 2

Subject: Humanities, Multidisciplinary

ISSN: 2202-2775
eISSN: 2202-2783



License type: Transfer of Copyright
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The journal was founded in 2013, and has published over 70 submissions and over 50 authors.  This journal is fully international in focus, and responds to the promise of semiotics at many levels – philosophical, educational, conceptual, cultural, social change and self understanding.

It also responds to a perceived need and opportunity to develop a more comprehensive approach to the study of semiotics in Australia—and in other countries more distant from mainstream traditions and practices in Europe and North America.  This appears to be the only journal of its kind in this country, and, as a general inter-disciplinary English language publication, perhaps in the Southern hemisphere.

This publication, on occasion, addresses themes specific to the cultures, locations and geo politics of regions of its publication. It should be remembered that Claude Lévi-Strauss undertook research into indigenous peoples on the three continents of the Southern hemisphere: Australia, South America and Africa. He regarded the Arunta people of outback Australia as “the first sociologists”, by which he meant first semioticians. Complex patterns can be located in the first human cultures and language, and the primacy of human culture on the Australian continent provides a foundation for this journal.

The journal invites general papers, as well as those of special themes.

Themes include arts, media and mathemesis, theology, communication, and polis.  Rationale and specialised reviewers for themes will be available.

The ‘southerly’ tag in our title is also intended to connote, in the Deleuzian sense, emerging networks and expressions of culture and communication generally, as well as governance in our global public life as well as expressions of identity in international and individual contexts. We anchor our policy and editorial practice in seminal figures of modern studies, in particular Charles Peirce.

“Southern Semiotic Review” has biannual online and occasional print versions. Online editions are open accessed, and have been widely read. Statistics have been reset for Exeley publication. Faster publication schedules for individual papers are encouraged.  Applications for indexing and abstraction serving are pending. The journal maintains an inclusive and comprehensive brief, and contributions from all international scholars and writers of varied subject matters and approaches within a consensual, eclectic understanding of semiotics are invited.  The journal seeks to provide material that is accessible to a wide audience, with integrity of content and good quality of presentation. It seeks to maintain an ongoing and dynamic conversation, and comments on featured and selected papers will be encouraged.

Southern Semiotic Review Supplement
A separate linked site, at, will be used for archival papers, informal commentary and other information. 
A journal, International Journal of Semiotic Theology is planned, initially in print. Papers will be selected from reviewed submissions published in Southern Semiotic Review. Appropriate submissions and inquiries, and offers to review, are welcome.

Rejection rate: 25%


Southern Semiotic Review was founded in 2013, and has published over 70 contributions from over 50 authors. It has an established editorial team. It aims to meet a need for a dedicated journal of its kind in Australia and its region of the world. It also has an inclusive international reach.

The Australian Semiotic Circle was recently launched, to meet a need for an informal, inclusive association. Its supporters are members of the International Association of Semiotic Studies (IASS), and affiliation with that body will sought. It aspires to coordinate national and international contact, publication and meetings. The ASC welcomes inquires and affiliations.
Foundation members: Susan Petrilli, Paul Ryder, Geoffrey Sykes



SSR wishes to encourage open access and exchange of information, knowledge and resources. It intends SSR to support the collaborative production of copyright works that are freely available in all areas related to semiotic studies. Submission of any manuscript (the Manuscript) to SSR is an acknowledgment and acceptance by the author(s) that: 

1. If accepted by SSR, the Manuscript may be published in any format considered appropriate by the SSR editorial Board. 

2. Manuscripts submitted to SSR must contain strong research, coherent methodology, articulate theory and developed argument. Submissions should be approximately 3000-6000 words in Word format and sent by email to the editor, Variations to recommended length are possible on application. Book and other reviews, commentaries and in memoriam will be accepted in addition to formal papers. 

3. Submitted Manuscripts of papers are required to meet the following criteria:Identifiers removed to allow for blind review • Double-spacing and Times New Roman 12 point • An abstract of 100-150 words • 3 to 5 keywords • Written in keeping with guidelines of APA style is preferred  • A separate title page that includes the title of the Manuscript, word count, full names, affiliations and contact details of all authors • Tables and figures, if any, as separate attachments • An accompanying brief biographical statement about the author(s). 

4. If any Manuscript incorporates copyright protected material, authors must be sure they have general permission under fair or education provisions of copyright law to reproduce this material, or else have permission from the original publisher to reproduce this material.

5. All Manuscript submissions are initially screened, before being reviewed by independent anonymous referee(s) in a double blind review process.

6. The author certifies that this is an original work, and that neither this Manuscript, nor a version of it, has been published previously, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere, and  that all individuals represented as author(s) actually contributed to the Manuscript and that all individuals who contributed are included (the journal will under exceptional circumstance do re-prints of articles where permissions to do so exist with previous publishers); this agreement is confirmation by the author(s) that he / she agrees that any Manuscript accepted for publication by SSR will be published in SSR in the format, and in accordance with the production and distribution choices, of the Editor.

7. The author(s) makes agreement for use of the manuscript. The preferred method is transfer of copyright, and a form is available on site to be completed, scanned and returned. 
If necessary or preferred a Creative Commons licence (the Creative Commons License Attribution - Non-commercial - ShareAlike 4.0 International) can apply. A separate agreement form is available to authors. Currently SSR will be published by Exeley Inc, which entity will have a licence to publish any article accepted for publication in accordance with copyright provisions contained herein and to be identified as the publisher. 

8. The initial review is envisaged to take approximately 2-4 months. Author(s) may then be invited to undertake revisions. Completed Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will be published in the next issue of SSR. 

9. Authors are welcome contribute towards the costs of publication. Currently costs are over $100US a paper. A donation of $75US is suggested, although the amount can be higher or lower depending on circumstance, country of residence or available faculty and other funds. This amount is much less than a standard author’s fee. Contributions can be made through a donation site. 

10. If a Manuscript is not accepted for publication the terms of these Submission Guidelines will cease to apply. (Guidelines adapted from NZAGC journal).

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