Gesture publishes articles reporting original research, as well as survey and review articles, on all aspects of gesture. The journal aims to stimulate and facilitate scholarly communication between the different disciplines within which work on gesture is conducted. For this reason papers written in the spirit of cooperation between disciplines are especially encouraged.

Topics may include, but are by no means limited to: the relationship between gesture and speech; the role gesture may play in communication in all the circumstances of social interaction, including conversations, the work-place or instructional settings; gesture and cognition; the development of gesture in children; the place of gesture in first and second language acquisition; the processes by which spontaneously created gestures may become transformed into codified forms; the documentation and discussion of vocabularies of ‘quotable’ or ‘emblematic’ gestures; the relationship between gesture and sign; studies of gesture systems or sign languages such as those that have developed in factories, religious communities or in tribal societies; the role of gesture in ritual interactions of all kinds, such as greetings, religious, civic or legal rituals; gestures compared cross-culturally; gestures in primate social interaction; biological studies of gesture, including discussions of the place of gesture in language origins theory; gesture in multimodal human-machine interaction; historical studies of gesture; and studies in the history of gesture studies, including discussions of gesture in the theatre or as a part of rhetoric.

Gesture provides a platform where contributions to this topic may be found from such disciplines as linguistics, archaeology, anthropology, biology, communication studies, neurology, ethology, theatre studies, literature and the visual arts, cognitive psychology and computer engineering.

Gesture is accompanied by a book series, Gesture Studies. A lot of information on the field of gesture studies can be found on the website of the International Society for Gesture Studies.

ISSN 1568-1475 | E-ISSN 1569-9773
Sample issue: GEST 16:1
Sotaro Kita | University of Warwick
Honorary Editor
Adam Kendon | University College London
Editorial Assistant
Bertolt Fessen | European University Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder
Associate Editors
Olivier Le Guen | CIESAS, Mexico
Susan Wagner Cook | University of Iowa
Information Editor
Marianne Gullberg | Lund University
Editorial Board
Heather Brookes | University of Cape Town
Mingyuan Chu | University of Aberdeen
Alan Cienki | VU University Amsterdam & Moscow State Linguistic University
Kensy Cooperrider | University of Chicago
N.J. Enfield | University of Sydney
Autumn Hostetter | Kalamazoo College
Spencer D. Kelly | Colgate University
Stefan Kopp | Bielefeld University
Lorenza Mondada | University of Basel
Gary Morgan | City University London
Victoria Nyst | Leiden University
Şeyda Özçalışkan | Georgia State University
Aslı Özyürek | Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Pamela Persniss | University of Brighton
Simone Pika | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Katharina Rohlfing | University of Paderborn
Wing Chee So | The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Subscription Info
Current issue: 20:1, available as of November 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 21 (2022): 3 issues; ca. 375 pp. EUR 308.00 EUR 348.00
Volume 20 (2021): 3 issues; ca. 375 pp. EUR 308.00 EUR 348.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 85.00 (online‑only: EUR 80.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒19; 2001‒2020)
51 issues;
7,650 pp.
EUR 5,795.00 EUR 6,141.00
Volume 19 (2020) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 370.00 EUR 417.00
Volume 18 (2019) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 363.00 EUR 409.00
Volume 17 (2018) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 352.00 EUR 397.00
Volume 16 (2017) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 342.00 EUR 385.00
Volume 15 (2016) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 342.00 EUR 374.00
Volume 14 (2014) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 342.00 EUR 363.00
Volume 13 (2013) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 342.00 EUR 352.00
Volumes 7‒12 (2007‒2012) 3 issues; avg. 450 pp. EUR 332.00 each EUR 342.00 each
Volumes 1‒6 (2001‒2006) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 225.00 each EUR 232.00 each

Volume 20 (2021)

Volume 19 (2020)

Volume 18 (2019)

Volume 17 (2018)

Volume 16 (2017)

Volume 15 (2016)

Volume 14 (2014)

Volume 13 (2013)

Volume 12 (2012)

Volume 11 (2011)

Volume 10 (2010)

Volume 9 (2009)

Volume 8 (2008)

Volume 7 (2007)

Volume 6 (2006)

Volume 5 (2005)

Volume 4 (2004)

Volume 3 (2003)

Volume 2 (2002)

Volume 1 (2001)


Gesture offers  online submission .

Before submitting, please consult the  guidelines  and the  Short Guide to EM for Authors .

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: Sotaro Kita, S.Kita at


John Benjamins journals are committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics and to supporting ethical research practices. Please read this Ethics Statement.


John Benjamins Publishing Company has an agreement in place with Portico for the archiving of all its online journals and e-books.

Rights and Permissions

Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format. For more information, please consult the authors' rights page

Open Access

For information about possibilities to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access), please consult the authors' rights page

Gesture offers the possibility for accepted papers to be made available under the 'gold' open access model immediately upon publication, after payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge, APC) by or on behalf of the author. For more information, see our Open Access policy.


Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Electronic/Multimedia Products

Electronic/Multimedia Products

Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General