Signs - International Journal of Semiotics

Signs is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal on the semiotics of mind, consciousness, language and culture as well as living and inanimate nature, and possible connections between them. 

The stance of the journal is interdisciplinary due to the nature of the subject and explores all processes of cognition, communication, meaning and information interchange, in which signs feature. The journal is also transdisciplinary in that it has an interest in the philosophical frameworks forming the specific semiotic outlook on cognitive, communicative and social processes.

Signs invites to a broad range of contributions: the philosophical as well as scientific description of sign phenomena, the systematization of sign phenomena in theories and models, and the application of semiotic knowledge.

Signs primarily publishes research articles but also response articles, comments, and critical reviews. 

With Signs we hope to serve well researchers in semiotics and related areas of semiotics, researchers using semiotic theory in their work and scientists interested in becoming informed about current work in semiotics and its ramifications as well as educators seeking inspiration and material.

Vol 8 (2016)

Call for papers: special issue in ”computer semiotics, visualization and cognition”


The computer environment has changed considerably since Peter Bøgh Andersen (1997) wrote his seminal book on the subject. A renewed interest in computer semiotics turns focus from sign processes in the computer to sign processes in computer interaction. Also, computers take part in and contribute to social discourse, e.g. social computing investigate the collaborative behavior between computer users. Computer interaction thus has evolved from isolated personal computing to global collaboration.

Interaction design motivates action from the user, and the design of interfaces are more than ‘window dressing’. Design of digital interfaces, the screen of interaction, is rather to be considered the rhetoric of the interface, thus involving persuasive strategies.


Contribution to the special issue in ”computer semiotics, visualization and cognition¨ should involve semiotic perspectives on:


  • Visualization of information
  • Interaction design / persuasive design
  • Cognitive semiotics
  • Computational semiotics


We invite papers written in both the empirical and the philosophic-theoretical traditions, and we also welcome multidisciplinary approaches.


Submissions of papers should follow the author guidelines



The deadline for submitted papers is 1. Nov. 2016


Papers should be sent electronically to either of the following two editors:


Martin Thellefsen

Royal School of Library and Information Science

Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K, 9220, Aalborg Øst


Torkild Thellefsen

Royal School of Library and Information Science

Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K, 9220, Aalborg Øst


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