About the Journal

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.

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. It is also fully free of charge for authors.

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.


The journal's publication are indexed in international databases and search engines like EBSCO and Google Scholar, and Swedish ones like Libris. We are currently working on extending this to Scopus and other prestegious sites.

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. 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.