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Known by many as the father of the linguistics of American Sign Language, the late William C. Stokoe, Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University, began publication of the quarterly journal Sign Language Studies (SLS) in 1972. Since then, SLS has presented a unique forum for revolutionary papers on the language, culture, history, and literature of signing communities, signed languages and other related disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, semiotics, and deaf studies. The new editor of SLS, Ceil Lucas, is Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University, co-author of the Linguistics of American Sign Language, author of numerous articles on the linguistics of signed languages, and editor of the Gallaudet University Press Sociolinguistics Series.

Circulation averages around 700 copies per issue and is growing. If you have a message of interest to our readers, Sign Language Studies offers cost-effective advertising.

Closing Dates


Ad Reservation Date

Materials Due Date

Spring 2017

March 3, 2017

March 17, 2017

Summer 2017

May 12, 2017

May 26, 2017

Fall 2017

August 4, 2017

August 18, 2017

Winter 2017

November 17, 2017

December 1, 2017

Print Rates

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Inside back cover


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Half page


Year-run Discount


Ad Specifications



Full page

5¼” width x 8½” height

Half page

5¼” width x 4¼” height

Electronic PDF/X digital files compatible with Macintosh are preferred and may be sent via e-mail attachment to All fonts and high resolution images must be fully embedded or supplied.

Always indicate what software you used to create your ad file; a printed file directory should accompany all digital ad submissions. If submitting EPS, PostScript, QuarkXpress, PhotoShop, or Illustrator files, please contact Advertising.

Full-size proof of all ads required, labeled with the ad file’s title.

Send your files on high-density floppy disks, Iomega Zip, Iomega Jaz, CD-R, and e-mail attachment or FTP by arrangement. Accepted compression methods are WinZip on PCS and Stuffit on Macs. Do not send your only copy of the files; always make a back-up copy.

Other than electronic files: Camera-ready copy required: one-piece negative, right-reading, emulsion side down, 133 line screen

No bleeds; no color.

Terms and Requirements

Invoices will be issued at journal mailing date. No cash discounts; no agency discounts.

All products, services, and copy subject to approval by publisher before insertion.

No conditions appearing on the contract, order, or copy that conflict with publisher’s polices will be binding on the publisher.

Failure to make insertion orders correspond, in price or otherwise, with the rate schedule is regarded as a clerical error, and publication is made and charged for upon the terms of the schedule in force without further notice.

If change of copy is not received by deadline, original copy will be used.

The publisher’s liability will not exceed the cost of the space.

Notice of cancellation must be received by closing date.

Only cover positions are guaranteed.

All advertising correspondence, contracts, insertion orders, copy instructions, and camera-ready art should be sent to:

Valencia Simmons
Marketing Assistant
Sign Language Studies
Gallaudet University Press
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202.651.5488 (Voice)
202.651.5489 (Fax)