Call for Submissions: Issue No. 6 Theme: Language Deprivation, Deaf Studies Digital Journal

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The Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its sixth issue. DSDJ is a peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to advancing the scholarship and creative work in and about signed languages and their Deaf communities.

The theme for this issue is “Language Deprivation” and subcategories related to the main theme. Language deprivation refers to the lack of language access necessary for a child’s language acquisition and overall development. This is a broad topic that can entail many subcategories.

The primary goal as a sign-centric journal is to provide a platform to foster content in Deaf Studies and encompass Deaf-related fields of studies such as critical theory, sign language, pedagogy, literature, linguistics, interpreting and translation, human rights, history, sociology, among others. Unlike other academic and cultural publications, DSDJ is a bilingual and bimodal publication primarily presented in both American Sign Language and English, and supporting academic work in other sign languages and international sign.

This issue accepts two types of submission: original scholarship and communication.

Original scholarship and its sub-categories can be:
Humanities – Sign Language – Education – Community – Policy

Other sub-categories will be considered as long as they are relevant to the theme; please contact DSDJ’s managing editor, Brianna Keogh, at with the topic of interest.

Submission Process and Deadlines for Original Research
Authors are encouraged to submit original research in ASL via video. If you prefer to submit your paper in English, the content must be translated into sign language for the peer-review process. Other sign languages are welcomed as long as the submission is accompanied by International Sign in a video and an English outline.

To submit an article, send a statement of interest and materials, following the required details listed below. This is part of a three-step process: 1) proposal, 2) draft video with English outlines and its accompanied materials (e.g. media, tables, appendixes), and 3) a final video production that must be accompanied by English text. Please visit URL for full details on the submission process.

DSDJ is a unique journal that requires additional effort compared to the traditional format, which is text-based. The multiple-step process is designed to reduce the likelihood of re-doing the professional video production during the process.

Proposal Process (Statement of Interest and Materials)
A written document consisting of:
Author’s name and co-authors if applicable
Field of study (i.e. policy or education)
Provide English outline of the video abstract; this does not necessarily have to be a translated version of the signed abstract.
A partial list of references in APA style (7th Edition)
Submit in Microsoft Word document (.docx)
Video abstract in ASL or in International Signs [up to seven minutes]
Statement of interest
Research design
Submit in .mp4 format as an attachment, or as an unlisted YouTube link
Submit all items at one time using our submission platform here. Registration is required for submission. Once a proposal is submitted, the DSDJ editor will review it. When and if approved (within 10 business days), the author(s) will receive detailed instructions about the next steps, which includes a full draft of the proposed paper, a peer review, and the final submission prior to publication.

Deadlines for Original Research
Earlier submission is encouraged:

Ongoing: Statement of Interest and Materials
September 1, 2020: First draft for peer reviewers
December 1, 2020: Final submissions to DSDJ
Early Winter 2021: Publication of DSDJ Issue #6

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