The American Journal of Semiotics
For the convenience of contributors to Society publications, and in response to
requests by Society members, we are providing here a brief version of the
official Style Sheet, covering the essential points of its application. Authors
whose work requires more detailed discussion of these points should consult the
full version of the Style Sheet, in The American Journal of Semiotics
4.3-4 (1986), 193-215, or the Semiotics 1984 Proceedings volume, pp.
715-739. In this brief version, we elaborate only on the principle unique to
and differentiative of the SSA Style Sheet, the
principle of the historical layering of sources.
Manuscripts are to be typed double-spaced
throughout the text, notes and references, with at least 1 inch top, bottom,
and right margins, using 11 point type size for text, 10 point for extracts
(block quotes) and the list of References, and 9 point for notes. The typing is
to be on one side of standard typing paper. Manuscripts may be divided as
appropriate into sections with headings, not numbers alone. All pages of the
manuscript are to have the last name of the author and the page number. Single
quotes are to be used within double quotes; brackets within parentheses; single
underlining or italics for emphasized expressions. Manuscripts for the
Proceedings volumes should not be less than 8 nor more than 20 pages in length.
Line drawings (called “Figures” in the
text) and photographs (glossies, not negatives; also called “Figures” in the
text) are to be reproducible originals submitted on separate sheets, carefully
numbered and labeled. Captions are to be typed on a separate sheet and placed at
the end of the manuscript.
Tables should be numbered consecutively and
titled, and must be referred to in the Text. Avoid referring to the ‘preceding’
or ‘following’ table, since the original position may be shifted in the final
Notes should be kept to an absolute
minimum, typed on a separate sheet of paper (double-spaced throughout) and
included at the end of the text, but before the references. If a wordprocessing program is used, footnoting is preferred.
References are to add to the current
scientific practice the refinement of historical layering. That is to
say, References should be cited in the text by giving, all within parentheses:
the name of the author(s) and the year according to which the work cited from called the source work is
properly located within the lifetime of the author who produced it, followed
by a colon, a space, and the specific page number(s) of the actual volume
according to which the citation is made
the access volume when these are
Paying explicit and systematic attention
to this distinction between source works and access works is all that is meant
by the “principle of historical
layering”, and is the essence of the Style Sheet.
Accordingly, in those cases where source
work and access volume differ, the relation of the two including
any discrepancy of dates and publishers, and mediator between source and access
where there is the added discrepancy of language (i.e., the special case of
translations), and whatever additional information or glosses seem useful is given in the list of References at
the end of the manuscript. This list is to be arranged alphabetically by last
name of authors, all in capital letters.