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About the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding

Signage and wayfinding are essential components for public visual communication and navigation of human landscapes. Yet, despite their importance, there had been no academic journal exclusively dedicated to these topics. As such, scholars from a variety of academic disciplines including marketing, law, urban planning, engineering, art, economics, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and graphic design publish work in journals within their home disciplines and rarely have a chance to communicate their cross-disciplinary findings. Sponsored by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE), the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding seeks to bring these researchers together by making such scholarship accessible to academics and practitioners alike. 

How to Publish in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding

​The IJSW publishes twice annually - typically in January & August. A 200 word manuscript is needed for application followed by a formal manuscript. We will send out a call for papers with timelines for each Journal.  Authors are permitted to submit an abstract outside of our call window. Please follow our submissions & author guidelines on the IJSW found here.


Papers related to the design and use of signage and wayfinding in response to the Covid pandemic are especially encouraged, though papers on all topics are welcome.


Manuscript types that will be considered include:

  • Academic research papers pertaining to signage and wayfinding from all disciplines;

  • On topic practitioner technical reports will be considered for inclusion, as appropriate;

  • Brief commentaries on relevant topics pertaining to signage and wayfinding;

  • Relevant book reviews.

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