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ETC: A Review of General Semantics

ETC: A Review of General Semantics is our quarterly journal devoted to publishing material which contributes to and advances the understanding of language, thought, and behavior.

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About ETC: A Review of General Semantics

ETC: A Review of General Semantics was founded in 1943 by the International Society for General Semantics.

ISGS merged with the Institute of General Semantics in 2003. Since that time, the Institute has published the journal.

The following are topics of interest within the pages of ETC.

  • time-binding (and its failures)

  • map-territory confusion

  • word-meaning problems

  • dating

  • indexing

  • two-valued thinking

  • categorical thinking

  • non-allness

  • signal reactions

  • problems with the abstraction process

  • self-reflexiveness

  • other facets of general semantics

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ETC welcomes submissions about the symbolic environments that humans spend their time in.

We are interested in approaches to the nature of language, how we make what we call meaning, and how we can be better meaning-makers through an understanding of the relationships among symbols, mind, meaning, language, thought, and culture.

Submission Categories

Submissions fall into four main areas — keeping in mind, of course, that these categories are tentative, artificial, and subject to revision. The categories are meant to express the broad range of possible contributions, not limit them. Contributors are not required to specify which area a particular piece falls into.

  1. Articles about the symbolic environment, emerging or persisting metaphors, current or historical study of symbol use which advance the academic understanding of symbols and human behavior and culture.
  2. Cases and observations of language use and misuse in politics, commerce, relationships, and self-talk which contribute to our personal understanding of the relationship of symbols and behavior.
  3. Instructional schemata for educators to illustrate general semantics principles: lessons plans, activities, demonstrations, etc.
  4. Poems, diagrams, short fiction, artwork, or other vehicles for thought which express or explain some idea about symbols and behavior, such as maps and territories, abstractions, non-categorical thinking, extensional thinking, or the principle of etcetera.

How to Submit

Article submissions are accepted electronically via email.

Before submitting, please review the Writer’s Guidelines and Publishing Agreement (see sections below).

  • Editor: Ed Tywoniak (editor-etc (at)

  • Book Review Editor: Martin H. Levinson (MandkLevin (at)

The following is the Writer’s Guidelines for contributors to ETC: A Review of General Semantics.

The following Writer’s Guidelines were modified November 2, 2016.

  1. We accept manuscripts electronically. Microsoft Word is preferred; if you use another program, saving your file and in “rtf” format is usually effective. E-mail documents as attachments to editor-etc [at] Contact us if there are technical issues.
  2. Since we are an interdisciplinary community, writers are invited to use the citation and referencing style of their choice (APA, MLA, Chicago).
  3. Use, but do not rely on, spell checking and proofreading aids.
  4. Include photos, illustrations, and graphics in the document and please also send them as separate files. Acceptable formats are JPG, JPEG, GIF, TIF, and BMP. Graphics should be as high resolution as available. Permissions for copyrighted material are the responsibility of the author. Please contact the Editor for assistance.
  5. Please do not use automated footnote or note referencing programs.
  6. We especially encourage submissions by students.
  7. If you submit an article that has been previously published, please obtain reprint permissions prior to submission to ETC and provide such permission with the submission.

The following is the Publishing Agreement for contributors to ETC: A Review of General Semantics. Contributors agree to the following terms and conditions.

Contributors may use the email submission form below in order to agree to the Publishing Agreement.

The following Publishing Agreement was last modified November 7, 2011.


1. The purpose of this agreement is to clearly define rights and permissions for original works of authorship (articles, columns, poems, artwork, etc.) published by the Institute of General Semantics, Inc. (IGS), a not-for-profit corporation. IGS publishes ETC: A Review of General Semantics and various other books and media. This agreement addresses works of authorship that you submit to IGS for publication from time to time, and includes works you have submitted that have been published to date.

2. Unless specifically agreed in writing, IGS, a not-for-profit corporation, does not pay contributors for their works of authorship.

3. To ensure that the interests of both parties (you and IGS) are served by this agreement, the following rights and permissions are expressly agreed upon by the parties:

a. IGS maintains non-exclusive publication rights to the works submitted to it, now and in the future, regardless of the form or medium in which works are published. This means that, at its discretion, IGS may publish works of authorship that you submit in any print format, in any medium.

b. You may publish the works of authorship covered under this agreement in any form or medium subsequent to publication by IGS, provided the subsequent publication includes a statement that the work was first published by IGS, such as, “Originally published by the Institute of General Semantics, Inc., in ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Vol 62 No. 4, 2005.”

c. Unless specifically agreed to in writing prior to publication, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties regarding all works of authorship submitted by you to IGS for publication. You agree not to assert any “moral rights” or similar rights against IGS with respect to such works.

4. You agree that you will be the sole author of the works transferred to IGS, which will be original works of authorship by you, free of plagiarism. You agree to use reasonable care to ensure that all facts and statements in the transferred works are true and that they do not infringe upon any copyright, right of privacy, proprietary right, right of publicity or any other right of a third party.

5. You agree that IGS may exercise all publication rights with respect to works of authorship you submit, including without limitation the right to edit them as it deems appropriate for publication, and that, if requested, you will cooperate with IGS in editing and otherwise reviewing such works prior to publication. To the extent that such edits constitute derivative works of the original submissions, they are likewise covered by this agreement in all respects.

6. You will cooperate with IGS if any complaints, claims or litigation should arise regarding your works, and if you comply with the terms of this agreement, you will be entitled to any applicable coverage arising from any applicable insurance policies respecting such works.

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Use the following sample issue of ETC to better understand the kinds of submissions we accept.


ETC: A Review of General Semantics

Volume 62, Issue No. 1 (January 2005)

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