Journals of semiotics in the world revisited – and proposing a new list anno 2023


  • Bent Sørensen
  • Torkild Thellefsen
  • Amalia Nurma Dewi Department of Library Science, Faculty of Letters, Malang State University, JL



We provide a list of semiotic journals in the world anno 2023. Our article is an expanded follow-up on Kalevi Kull and Timo Maran’s list of semiotic journals from 2013. The article finds that in 2023 there are 66 active semiotic journals in the world; hence, 11 new journals have been launched since 2013. Furthermore, there are 19 semiotic journals currently registered in the SCImago Journal Ranking database (2021 data). The article traces the development of the registration during 1999–2021 and finds that there has been a positive development in the period concerning the total number of citable documents and documents cited at least once, when we look at the semiotic journals as a whole. This is seen as an indication not only of the growth in the scientific output of the semiotic journals but also of an increase in their quality. Finally, in the period from 1964 to 2023 only nine semiotic journals (or 12 percent out of 75 journals) ceased publication. The article optimistically concludes that the development of the journals of semiotics in the world that has taken place during the last ten years points toward how the journals continue to be a stable platform for the future development of the semiotic field.


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Sørensen, B., Thellefsen, T., & Nurma Dewi, A. (2023). Journals of semiotics in the world revisited – and proposing a new list anno 2023. Sign Systems Studies, 51(3-4), 690–708.



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