Guidelines for Authors
SRB primarily publishes refereed review articles of recently published books in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and occasionally on the Natural Sciences, whose contents bear upon the study of symbolic and communicative behaviour, cognitive systems and processes, and their social, psychological, philosophical, and biological foundations. Cultural texts are also republished in an ongoing effort to critically regain the historical and contemporary field of influence of semiotic studies.
SRB may also invite commentary on recent intellectual debates, from both participants and observers, as well as review significant events and conferences of interdisciplinary interest.
SRB takes the notion of "semiotics" in its most polyphonic sense, indicating a wide range of research - from the study of signalling behaviour in evolutionary biology through the analysis of the discursive formation of ideologies in human societies; to critical investigations of literary and linguistic theories, all the way to the vagaries of fashion, consumer culture, and the production of political and entertainment spectacles. It endeavours to contribute to the advancement of knowledge by facilitating the communication of the most recent research across disciplinary boundaries. Review articles are solicited by the General Editor with the assistance of the Associate and Section Editors. Submissions are also welcome.
In writing these informative and critical reviews, reviewers are expected:
- to provide a clear and substantial account of the contents of the books under examination;
- to engage, then, in an evaluative discussion of their contribution to the field;
- to show how the works under review may contribute to significant progress in other disciplines.
Reviewers are requested to be concise and to refrain from making insistent allusions to their own works in the body of their articles. They are asked to provide the Editor with a short bio-bibliographical note (maximum 150 words) which will be printed at the end of their review article.
Review articles should be limited to the range of 2,000 to 5,000 words. Shorter reviews may be considered, provided they are sufficiently substantial and informative. SRB will also publish longer, state-of-the-art articles. Articles should be submitted on a 3 1/2" disk, using a common word-processing format (e.g. Word Perfect, Microsoft Word). Most forms of electronic submission are also acceptable. Please consult with the Editor. A double-spaced hard copy is also requested. Please include five keywords best describing the article's focus or content.
Bibliographical references should be complete and should not contain any abbreviations, except for "editor" (ed.) and "editors" (eds.), and "translation" (trans.), and should follow the model in the samples below:
D'Amico, Robert (1989) Historicism and Knowledge. New York: Routledge.
Hammersley, Martyn and Atkinson, Paul (1983) Ethnography: Principles in Practice. London: Tavistock.
Harnad, Stevan (ed.) (1987) Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bouchard, Guy (1986) "Semiotics and the logic of argumentation." Recherches Sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry 6:3:263-285.
Repp, Bruno H. and Liberman, Alvin M. (1987) "Phonetic category boundaries are flexible." In Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition.
Harnad, Stevan (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 89-112.
Notes should be kept to a minimum. Quotations should appear in double quotation marks (single if within another quotation). References to other authors should follow this standard practice:
"...a position similar to the one stated by D'Amico (1989: 119-121)..."
"Other relevant approaches include Bouchard (1986)..."
Referees will be particularly concerned with the degree of genuine fairness conveyed by the review and with its capacity to help readers form a clear idea of the contents of the book and its organization. Attention will also be paid to the way in which the descriptive part of the review is distinguished from its evaluative component, and to the effectiveness with which the empirical or theoretical contributions of the book under review are shown to be relevant to neighbouring disciplines, in particular to semiotics, broadly conceived.
For further information, contact Gary Genosko: firstname.lastname@example.org