Punctum – International Journal of Semiotics

Author Guidelines

Authors are kindly requested to ensure that their manuscripts conform to the journal style before submission. Failure to apply the following guidelines may result in delayed publication and additional rounds of revision.

Submission – Reviewing process

  • Abstracts (submitted at the first stage of selection): c. 300 words with 3-5 relevant keywords.
  • All manuscripts must have a separate front page, which should include: title of the research article or review article or book/conference review; name of the author(s) and affiliation(s) in the following order: Department, University, Country; contact details (email addresses and phone numbers); brief biographical note(s) (maximum 70 words).
  • To protect the anonymity of the reviewing process, please make sure that you do not include your name anywhere within the main document (e.g. as a running head, at the end, or as explicit self-citation).
  • All submissions are acknowledged upon receipt. Subsequently, authors receive notification about the suitability of the manuscript for publication in Punctum as well as about the start of the peer review process.
  • Acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all full research articles go through the journal’s peer review process.
  • Following peer review, authors whose articles are accepted or accepted conditionally receive readers’ comments in a composite evaluation report.
  • We are committed to the rapid turnaround of journal submissions. Evaluation of manuscripts (double-blind peer review) will be sent within 3 months of submission, while there will be a maximum of 18 months from initial submission to publication.
  • Proofs of pre-publication manuscripts will be sent to the authors by e-mail, in order to correct any remaining typesetting errors or inconsistencies. They should be corrected and returned to the Editor within a week, at the latest. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted at this stage.

Formatting the manuscripts

  • Manuscripts (abstracts, research articles, review articles, book/conference reviews) should be written in Times New Roman (12’), prepared in the Harvard (author-date) system (for details, see below Citations, Notes & References) and submitted in Word format.
  • All pages should be numbered and double-spaced, with margins of 2.5 cm.
  • Manuscripts should be reasonably divided into sections, and, where necessary, into subsections, with numbered headings.
  • If you are not a native speaker of English, please have your contribution carefully checked by a native speaker.


  • All artwork must be supplied with permissions.
  • Tables, graphs and figures should not be included as part of the text but should be submitted as separate files. Captions to illustrations should be gathered together and typed on a separate page. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively by Arabic numerals and their positions should be indicated in the manuscript.
  • Photographs and scanned images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, line drawings min. 1200 dpi.


  • Quoted material of over 40 words in length should be set out from the text by being indented, with a line space above and below. Indented quotations should not have quotation marks unless they report conversation. The citation to the source should be placed at the end of the quote following the punctuation.
  • Use single quotation marks for dialogue and quoted material in the text. Reserve the use of double quotation marks for quotes within quotes.
  • Authors are requested to use American spellings e.g. use ‘ize’ spellings as opposed to ‘ise’ for words such as ‘organized’, ‘program’ instead of ‘programme’, ‘November 4, 2014’ instead of ‘4 November 2014’, etc.
  • For numbers we recommend using words rather than figures, except when it is a part of a dataset or presented in a table. When referring to a percentage, please use the words ‘per cent’ rather than the symbol %, again except when it is a part of a dataset or presented in a table.
  • Translate titles in languages other than French, German, English, Spanish and Italian into English. The translation should be places in square brackets directly folowing the intalicized original title.

Length of manuscripts

  • Research articles: 6.000-8.000 words, including endnotes but excluding the abstract (c. 200 words), keywords, tables, figures, bio and references.
  • Review articles: 2.000 – 3.000 words.
  • Book/Conference reviews: 800-1.000 words.

Processing Fee

Authors whose articles have been accepted for publication, will be asked to pay € 70 as processing fee, to cover publication costs (website content processing, web hosting, PILA/CrossRef membership and indexing costs). This fee ensures that all of the content is fully open access and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way. When the publication process has reached its last stage, authors will be notified to deposit the aforementioned amount at the following bank account:

Hellenic Semiotic Society
IBAN: GR1401102840000028429600605
Swift Code (BIC): ETHNGRAA


It is a condition of acceptance that a contribution has not already appeared in another publication and if accepted it will not be reproduced elsewhere without the written permission of Punctum.

Citations, Notes & References

  • Please use endnotes, rather than footnotes. They should be placed as ‘Notes’ at the end of the article, before ‘References’.
  • Type parenthetical in-text citations in the following style:

(Macksey and Donato 1972); for three or more authors: (Gippert et al. 2006); for different authors: (Todorov 1972; Derrida 1976)

(Todorov 1972: 128)

According to Todorov (1972)…

  • Please do not include web addresses in parenthetical citations.
  • A list of references should be included at the end of the manuscript starting on a new page and title References. The list should be alphabetical by surname of author. If multiple works of the same author are being listed, please re-type the author’s name for each entry. Please ensure that all entries in the text are referred to in the References and vice versa. Type the entries as follows:

Macksey, Richard and Eugenio Donato (eds) 1972. The stucturalist controversy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gippert, Jost, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Ulrike Mosel (eds) 2006. Essentials of language documentation (Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 178). Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Todorov, Tzvetan 1972. Language and Literature. In: Richard Macksey and Eugenio Donato (eds) The stucturalist controversy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press,125-133.

Denzin, Norman 1987). On semiotics and symbolic interactionism. Symbolic Interaction

10 (1): 1-19.

Derrida, Jacques 1976[1967]. Of Grammatology. Trans. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak,

Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Eriksson, Goran 2014. Editorial: Why study media talk? SemiotiX XN-12. Available


[accessed November 3, 2014]

Safire, William 2008. The seamy side of semiotics. The New York Times, May 25.

World Health Organization 2010. The world health report – Health system financing: the path to universal coverage. Geneva: WHO

Hiippala, Tuomo 2013. Modelling the structure of a multimodal artefact. Ph.D. thesis, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki.

Book Reviews & Review Articles

  • Βooks for review should be sent to the Review Editor (use journal’s postal address).
  • Book reviews are normally solicited by the Review Editor, but should you wish to review for Punctum you should contact the Review Editor with your biographical details and information on the proposed book. We are interested in reviews of books published in all major international languages.
  • Please make sure to set out the heading of your book review as follows:

Mikhail Baxtin and his dialogic universe

Baxtin, Mikhail Mikhailovich 1981. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Ed. by Michael Holquist, trans. by Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin and London: University of Texas Press, 444 pp. $ 35.99 (pbk, ISBN 0-292-71534-X), $ 65 (hbk, ISBN 0-292-71527-7).

Reviewed by Krystyna Pomorska

  • Review articles can be of a single important book, or a series of books on a particular topic, or a more sweeping overview of a particular field or emergent area.
  • Review articles and book reviews should be accompanied by a brief biographical note and are not blind refereed. Their publication is at the Review Editor’s discretion.
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