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Guidelines for Contributors

Language and Semiotic Studies has its focus on the latest in language and signs studies, and it publishes quality research in the studies of language, literature, translation, language education, communication and culture, etc. from linguistic or semiotic perspectives. From time to time, it will publish special issues devoted to topics of particular interest. We welcome contributions from colleagues all around the world.

LASS publishes in English. Manuscripts should be submitted at our manuscript submission and reviewing portal All submissions should include:
- the text of the article
- an abstract
- keywords 
- a cover page including each author’s name, institution, postal address, and a short bionote

Length of contributions is generally 8,000 words for Articles (Those not exceedingly long are also acceptable), and 1,000 words for Reviews.

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1.1.1 Third level heading

Capitalize major words in titles of books and articles and first level headings within the body of the paper. Conjunctions, articles, and short prepositions are not considered major words; however, capitalize all words of four letters or more. Capitalize all verbs (including linking verbs), nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns. When a capitalized word is a hyphenated compound, capitalize both words. Also, capitalize the first word after a colon or a dash in a title. For example:
In her book, History of Pathology
In the article “Ultrasonic Vocalizations Are Elicited From Rat Pups”
“Memory in Hearing-Impaired Children: Implications for Vocabulary Development”

All notes should be endnotes.

Citations and references
The journal requires the use of American Psychological Association (APA) style for citing references in papers.

When quoting fewer than 40 words, incorporate the quotation into text and enclose the quotation with double quotation marks. If the quotation comprises 40 or more words, display it in a freestanding block of text and omit the quotation marks. For example: 

Interpreting these results, Robbins et al. (2003) suggested that the “therapists in dropout cases may have inadvertently validated parental negativity about the adolescent without adequately responding to the adolescent is needs or concerns” (p. 541), contributing to an overall climate of negativity.

Confusing this issue is the overlapping nature of roles in palliative care, whereby “medical needs are met by those in the medical disciplines; nonmedical needs may be addressed by anyone on the team” (Csikai & Chaitin, 2006, p. 112).

Others have contradicted this view:

Co-presence does not ensure intimate interaction among all group members. Consider large-scale social gatherings in which hundreds or thousands of people gather in a location to perform a ritual or celebrate an event.
In these instances, participants are able to see the visible manifestation of the group, the physical gathering, yet their ability to make direct intimate connections with those around them is limited by the sheer magnitude of the assembly. (Purcell, 1997, pp. 111-112)

- Arrange reference list entries in alphabetical order by the surname of the first author or by title if there is no author. 
- Use only the initial(s) of the author’s given name, not the full name. 
- If the reference list includes two or more entries by the same author(s), list them in chronological order (oldest first). 
- Capitalize only the first letter of the first word in the article, report, and book title and subtitle.
- Capitalize proper names. Capitalize all significant words of a journal title. 
- Italicize journal titles and volume numbers. Do not italicize issue numbers. Italicize book and report titles. 
- References cited in text must appear in the reference list and vice versa.

Examples of reference list entries and citations in text

For more detailed information please refer to the published articles in the journal and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), (BF 76.7 .P83 2009) and to the APA Style website at

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