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Biosemiotics is dedicated to building a bridge between biology, philosophy, linguistics, and the communication sciences. Biosemiotic research is concerned with the study of signs and meaning in living organisms and systems. Its main challenge is to naturalize biological meaning and information by building on the belief that signs are fundamental, constitutive components of the living world. The journal is affiliated with the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS).

Biosemiotics has triggered rethinking of fundamental assumptions in both biology and semiotics. In this view, biology should recognize the semiotic nature of life and reshape its theories and methodology accordingly while semiotics and the humanities should acknowledge the existence of signs beyond the human realm. Biosemiotics is at the cutting edge of research on the fundamentals of life, and particularly encourages methodology development and application of biosemiotic theory in empirical case studies. By challenging traditional assumptions on the nature of life and suggesting alternative perspectives, it opens up exciting new research paths.

  • Traces the growth and evolution of the discipline of biosemiotics
  • Presents peer-reviewed research into signs, communication, interpretation, and cognition in living organisms
  • Bridges biology, philosophy, linguistics and communication sciences
  • Encourages both methodology development and application of theory in empirical case studies
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Editor-in-Chief
  • Yogi H. Hendlin
Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Alexei Sharov
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1.021 (2019)
Impact factor
1.331 (2019)
Five year impact factor
85 days
Submission to first decision
187 days
Submission to acceptance
44,337 (2019)
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    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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