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History and identity

SIGNATA was founded in 2010 and has its headquarters at the Center of Semiotics and Rhetorics of the University of Liège. The journal also claims an international anchorage: its leading team is composed of semioticians from Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Italy. It was created to meet the need for an inventory, a structuring and a testing of contemporary research in semiotics, with no faction bias nor geographical boundaries. It is peer-reviewed and publishes original papers, in French and in English.

Between 2010 and 2017, the journal published eight thematic issues, in print format only, by the Presses universitaires de Liège, and with a financial support from the F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium) and the University of Luxembourg. In 2017, it joined the online portal From 2019, it plans to be published only online, full-text and free of charge.

Its scope is to present a global disciplinary project and to play an unifying role, with a constant concern about the quality and the scientific rigour of the publications. The choice to publish thematic issues meets the goal of a periodical cartography of the discipline, as well in its current trends than in its historical ones.

Scientific project

The title Signata condenses two main questions on the path taken by semiotics: its origin as a science of signs — cf. indiciality, indexicality — and its development as a way of looking at the act of marking and tracing (the Latin verb signare means both tracing and indicating). Signata therefore refers simultaneously to traces as well as to practices of tracing meaning.

The journal does not favour any particular theory, school or object of study: its goal is to nurture semiotics as a disciplinary project. We see semiotics as a discipline demanding strong epistemological foundations. We recognize at the same time that its methodology has developed along multiple paths thanks to its constant dialogue with sister disciplines such as linguistics, rhetoric, the philosophy of language, the cognitive sciences, aesthetics, sociology, anthropology and the information and communication sciences.

The journal aims on the one hand to identify the main questions currently explored by the language sciences, and on the other, to structure lines of internationally recognized semiotic research. Without worrying about geographical borders, Signata focuses particular attention on recent discussions about the world of meaning and processes of signification. At the same time, it proposes to structure these reflections around a set of key concepts and problems, which each issue highlights in such a way as to present a global disciplinary project.

Editorial policies

SIGNATA is managed by seven Chief Editors and an Editorial Board, which propose and arbitrate the trends of the issues. As the project of the journal demands it, the Advisory Board is twofold: on the one hand a team of major figures of the semiotic research field worldwilde (France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Danemark, Argentine, Brasil, Canada, United States, Iran, Mexico, …), on the other hand an Interdisciplinary International Advisory Board.

Each issue consists of a themed feature and « Varia » papers. All papers must be previously unpublished, and written in French or in English.

SIGNATA also proposes chronicles which make a periodical inventory of the main scientific activities of the research centers in semiotic worldwide.

The themed features is edited either by the Chief Editors, or by Guest Editors. Papers for themed features are requested by the editors; however themes for issues are publically announced on the website and everyone is free to submit a paper that fits with the chosen theme.

The journal accepts either papers which methodological framework is explicitly semiotic, either papers which main topic is semiotics as a discipline.

According these two criteria, the Editorial Secretary undertakes to give an answer on eligibility within two weeks. This answer also applies to acknowledgment.

Once received, the submitted article is subject to a double-blind evaluation, by one or several specialists of the topic — this also applies to authors invited by the Editorial Board or by the director of an issue, in any manner whatsoever. The Editorial Board is apprised of the evaluation and writes a one-page synthesis to the author. The Editorial Secretary undertakes to send the synthesis to the authors within two months after receiving the paper.

The Editorial Board’s decision may be of three kinds: 1) accepted without modifications; 2) accepted with modifications; 3) refused. In case 1), the author’s text is processed for edition; in case 2), the author is requested to take into account the received comments to submit his revised version. This revised version will again be evaluated. In case 3), the journal will not receive a revised version.

The guidelines for the reviews are as follows:

General Appreciation

  • Relevance of the subject with the special issue

  • Originality in dealing with the subject

  • Importance of the conclusions

  • Theoretical scope

Research Method

  • Relevance of the methodology for the object of study

  • Originality of the data treated

  • Rigor in how the data was treated

Argumentation / discussion

  • Quality of the interpretation of the data

  • Logic and structure of the argumentation

  • Degree of advanced ideas

  • Links with the specialized literature on the subject


  • Overall structure of the article

  • Clarity and concision of the style

  • Language quality

  • Respect for bibliographical norms

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