Target | International Journal of Translation Studies

Target is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal aiming to promote the interdisciplinary scholarly study of translational phenomena from any part of the world and in any medium.
The journal presents research on various forms of translation and interpreting approached from historical, cultural, literary, sociological, linguistic, cognitive, philosophical, or other viewpoints that may be of relevance to the development of the discipline.
It aims to combine the highest scholarly standards with maximum transparency and reader-friendliness.
Target welcomes articles with a theoretical, empirical, or applied focus. It has a special preference for papers that somehow combine these dimensions and for those that position themselves at the cutting edge of the discipline. The purpose of the review section is to introduce and critically discuss the most important recent publications in the field and to reflect its evolution. The journal periodically zooms in on specific topics or areas by means of guest-edited special issues. It also welcomes shorter position papers to encourage open discussion in a “Forum” section of the journal.
To facilitate involvement of authors, referees, and readers from the whole world, the official language of publication of Target is English. To minimize the adverse effects of such a policy and honor the journal’s core topics of multilingualism and translation, Target runs an active and collaborative multilingual companion website, which welcomes translations into a wide range of languages of recent or older articles and reviews from the journal.

Target publishes its articles Online First.

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ISSN 0924-1884 | E-ISSN 1569-9986
Sample issue: Target 29:1
ORCID logoHaidee Kotze | Utrecht University
Associate Editors
ORCID logoAgnieszka Chmiel | Adam Mickiewicz University
ORCID logoMaureen Ehrensberger-Dow | Zurich University of Applied Sciences
ORCID logoTing Guo | University of Liverpool
ORCID logoNeil Sadler | Queen's University Belfast
Founding Editors
Gideon Toury | Tel Aviv University
José Lambert | CETRA, KU Leuven & UFC, Fortaleza
Review Editor
ORCID logoMaureen Ehrensberger-Dow | Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Multilingual Website Editor
ORCID logoDaria Dayter | Tampere University
Style Editor
ORCID logoMelanie Ann Law Favo | North-West University
Editorial Board
ORCID logoFabio Alves | The Federal University of Minas Gerais
ORCID logoPaul Bandia | Concordia University
Andrew Chesterman | University of Helsinki
ORCID logoLieven D’hulst | KU Leuven/Kulak, Belgium
ORCID logoDirk Delabastita | University of Namur
ORCID logoStephen Doherty | University of New South Wales
ORCID logoYves Gambier | University of Turku and Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
Daniel Gile | Université Paris 3
ORCID logoSandra L. Halverson | University of Agder
ORCID logoSameh Hanna | United Bible Societies
ORCID logoRachel Lung | Lingnan University
ORCID logoKirsten Malmkjær | University of Leicester
ORCID logoKobus Marais | University of the Free State
ORCID logoAnna Matamala | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
ORCID logoReine Meylaerts | KU Leuven
ORCID logoSharon O'Brien | Dublin City University
ORCID logoLuis Pérez-González | Universitetet i Agder
ORCID logoKoen Plevoets | Ghent University
ORCID logoFranz Pöchhacker | University of Vienna
ORCID logoAnthony Pym | University of Melbourne & Universitat Rovira i Virgili
ORCID logoDouglas Robinson | Hong Kong Baptist University
ORCID logoHeidi Salaets | KU Leuven
Christina Schäffner | Aston University
ORCID logoJeroen Vandaele | Ghent University
ORCID logoMeifang Zhang | University of Macau
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Latest articles

30 January 2023

  • The role of childhood nostalgia in the reception of translated children’s literature
    Xuemei Chen
  • 17 January 2023

  • Cognitive prosodies, displacements, and translation : Tropes on the move in persuasive discourse
    José Dávila-Montes
  • 10 January 2023

  • Translation and diaspora : The role of English literary translations in Slovene émigré periodicals in the US
    Nike K. Pokorn
  • 6 December 2022

  • Fidelity or infidelity? The mistranslation controversy over The Vegetarian
    Sun Kyoung Yoon
  • 28 November 2022

  • Translation as cultural technique : Constructing a translation history of media
    Brecht de Groote
  • 1 November 2022

  • Multi-retranslation and cultural variation : The case of Franz Kafka
    Matt Erlin , Douglas Knox Stephen Pentecost
  • When Contrastive Analysis meets Translation Studies : A historical perspective
    Xin Shang
  • 31 October 2022

  • A scientometric review of research in Translation Studies in the twenty-first century
    Xuelian Zhu Vahid Aryadoust
  • 21 October 2022

  • Preliminary norms of Arabic to Spanish translations produced by twentieth-century academics
    Manuel Feria Luis M. Pérez Cañada | TARGET 35:1 (2023) pp. 116–143
  • 15 September 2022

  • An item-based, Rasch-calibrated approach to assessing translation quality
    Chao Han Xiaoqi Shang | TARGET 35:1 (2023) pp. 63–96
  • Christopher Rundle , Anne Lange Daniele Monticelli (eds.). 2022. Translation Under Communism
    Reviewed by Birong Huang
  • 30 August 2022

  • What can research on indirect translation do for Translation Studies?
    Hanna Pięta , Laura Ivaska Yves Gambier | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 349–369
  • 16 August 2022

  • On the role of indirect translation in the history of news production
    Roberto A. Valdeón | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 419–440
  • 2 August 2022

  • Indirect translation of foreign films for cinematic release in China
    Haina Jin , Yichi Zhang Xiaomin He | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 465–488
  • Christopher Rundle (ed.). 2022. The Routledge Handbook of Translation History
    Reviewed by Li Chen | TARGET 35:1 (2023) pp. 144–149
  • 1 August 2022

  • Mira Kim , Jeremy Munday , Zhenhua Wang Pin Wang (eds.). 2021. Systemic Functional Linguistics and Translation Studies
    Reviewed by Jing Zhao | TARGET 35:1 (2023) pp. 150–155
  • 28 July 2022

  • Translational phenomena in the news : Indirect translation as the rule
    Lucile Davier | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 395–418
  • Relay interpreting : Complexities of real-time indirect translation
    Franz Pöchhacker | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 489–511
  • 19 July 2022

  • How do translators select among competing (near-)synonyms in translation? A corpus-based approach using random forest modelling
    Pauline de Baets Gert de Sutter | TARGET 35:1 (2023) pp. 1–33
  • 24 June 2022

  • Indirect interpreting: Stumbling block or stepping stone? Spanish booth perceptions of relay
    Elena Aguirre Fernández Bravo | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 512–536
  • 16 June 2022

  • Literature text as world reversing : Reversed worlding in a translation of verbal art
    Fang Li David Kellogg | TARGET 35:1 (2023) p. 97
  • 3 June 2022

  • Source language difficulties in learner translation : Evidence from an error-annotated corpus
    Maria Kunilovskaya , Tatyana Ilyushchenya , Natalia Morgoun Ruslan Mitkov | TARGET 35:1 (2023) pp. 34–62
  • Indirect translation in game localization as a method of global circulation of digital artefacts : A socio-economic perspective
    Minako O’Hagan | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 441–464
  • Saihong Li William Hope (eds.). 2021. Terminology Translation in Chinese Contexts: Theory and Practice
    Reviewed by Bi Zhao | TARGET 34:4 (2022) pp. 652–656
  • 31 May 2022

  • “Against everything and everybody” : Translated texts in Star-Books (1975–1982) and the birth of the Spanish counterculture
    Sergio Lobejón Santos Camino Gutiérrez Lanza | TARGET 34:4 (2022) pp. 565–600
  • 11 April 2022

  • Source language classification of indirect translations
    Ilmari Ivaska Laura Ivaska | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 370–394
  • 4 April 2022

  • Anticipation and timing of turn-taking in dialogue interpreting : A quantitative study using mobile eye-tracking data
    Jelena Vranjes Bert Oben | TARGET 34:4 (2022) pp. 627–651
  • 1 March 2022

  • Message from the editor
    TARGET 34:1 (2022) pp. 1–2
  • 27 January 2022

  • Translatophilia
    Tong King Lee | TARGET 34:4 (2022) pp. 543–564
  • 10 January 2022

  • Time pressure in translation : Psychological and physiological measures
    Yu Weng , Binghan Zheng Yanping Dong | TARGET 34:4 (2022) pp. 601–626
  • 7 December 2021

  • Paradoxes of translation : On the exceedance of the unspoken
    Angelo Vannini | TARGET 34:2 (2022) pp. 175–195
  • 26 November 2021

  • Appearances : Character description as a network of signification in Russian translations of Jane Eyre
    Eugenia Kelbert | TARGET 34:2 (2022) pp. 219–250
  • 23 November 2021

  • The impact of text presentation on translator performance
    Samuel Läubli , Patrick Simianer , Joern Wuebker , Geza Kovacs , Rico Sennrich Spence Green | TARGET 34:2 (2022) pp. 309–342
  • 16 November 2021

  • Prefaces in Soviet translations of Robert Burns’s poetry as ideological tools
    Natalia Kaloh Vid | TARGET 34:2 (2022) pp. 251–277
  • 4 October 2021

  • A methodology of translatological and sociological cooperation in data collection, analysis, and interpretation
    Jitka Zehnalová Helena Kubátová | TARGET 34:2 (2022) pp. 196–218
  • 8 September 2021

  • Can a corpus-driven lexical analysis of human and machine translation unveil discourse features that set them apart?
    Ana Frankenberg-Garcia | TARGET 34:2 (2022) pp. 278–308
  • 2 September 2021

  • Klaus Kaindl , Waltraud Kolb Daniela Schlager (eds.). 2021. Literary Translator Studies
    Reviewed by Lin Chen | TARGET 34:3 (2022) pp. 537–542
  • Guidelines


    In principle Target observes text conventions outlined in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (hereafter CMS). For all editorial problems not specifically addressed below, please refer to CMS.


    Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Target are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

    As all manuscripts are double-blind peer-reviewed, please ensure that all identifying markings in the text and in the document properties are removed from one of the electronic versions. If works cited in the manuscript are identifiable as your own, please mark them as NN in the citation and in the list of references.


    Articles are typically between 7,000 and 9,000 words (footnotes, references and appendices included).

    Please use Word. If you use any special characters, tables or figures, please supply a PDF file as well.

    Please number all pages consecutively.

    Please use font size Times New Roman 12 point and double line spacing throughout, quotations, notes and references included. Please define margins so as to obtain a text area of 13 x 22 cm (or 5 x 8.6 inches).

    Begin the References on a new page.

    Notes should be kept to a minimum. Note indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences or phrases, and follow the respective punctuation marks.

    Contributions should be consistent in their use of language and spelling; for instance, articles should be in British English or American English throughout.

    Please use a reader-friendly style! Manuscripts submitted to Target must be written in clear, concise and grammatical English. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker.

    Illustrations and tables

    Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals, provided with appropriate captions, and be referred to in the main text in this manner: “in Table 2…” (and never like this: “in the following table…”). Figure captions should be placed below the figure, while table captions should be placed above the relevant table. Please indicate the preferred position of the table or figure in the text in this way:





    Editorial interventions in quotations (indications such as sic, or interpolated comments) need to be signaled by the use of square brackets. Ellipsis points used to indicate a deleted passage in a quotation, too, need to be bracketed (CMS par. 13.56).

    Quotations in the main text should be given in double quotation marks with the appropriate reference to the source. Following CMS (par. 6.9–11), periods and commas should precede closing quotation marks. If the quotation does not include closing punctuation and is followed by the in-text reference, then the closing punctuation follows the in-text reference (CMS par. 15.25).

    Quotations longer than 3 lines should be indented, without quotation marks and with the appropriate reference to the source. They should be set off from the main text by a line of space above and below.


    Lists should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:

    1. ..................... or a. .......................

    2. ..................... or b. .......................

    Lists that run on with the main text can be numbered in parentheses: (1).............., (2)............., etc.

    Examples and glosses

    Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals in parentheses: (1), (2), (3), etc.

    Examples in languages other than English should be in italics with an approximate translation. Between the original and the translation, glosses should be added. This interlinear gloss gets no punctuation and no highlighting.


    Use italics for foreign language, highlighting and emphasis. Bold should be used only for highlighting within italics and for headings. Please refrain from the use of small caps, FULL CAPS (except for focal stress and acronyms) and underlining (except for highlighting within examples, as an alternative to boldface). For terms or expressions (e.g., ‘context of situation’), please use single quotes. For glosses of citation forms use double quotes.

    Sections and headings

    Articles should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, into sub-sections; these have to be numbered, beginning with 1 (not 0). Numbering should be in Arabic numerals; no italics; no dot after the last number, except for level-one headings.

    Do not go beyond three levels. Please mark the headings as follows: level one (bold), level two (roman), level three (italic).

    Inclusive numbers

    Target prefers the foolproof system of giving the full form of numbers everywhere (CMS, par. 9.61). In other words, inclusive page numbers and years should not be abbreviated: e.g., 210-212 (rather than 210-2), the war of 1914-1918 (rather than 1914-18). This also applies to references.

    Funding information

    Funding information should be provided if funding was received through a grant for the research that is discussed in the article, including funder name and grant number, in a separate section called "Funding information" before (an Acknowledgment section and) the References.


    Acknowledgments (other than funding information, see above) should be added in a separate, unnumbered section entitled "Acknowledgments", placed before the References.


    Appendices should follow the References section.


    It is essential that the references be formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines.

    References in the text:

    Target uses the Author–Date reference system. A comma is used between the date and the page number. References should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Clahsen 1991, 252) or: as in Brown et al. (1991, 252).

    All references in the text should appear in the references section.

    For repeated consecutive references to the same source, and where no confusion is possible, it suffices to provide the page reference between brackets; for example (252).

    References section:

    References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically, in ascending order.

    Subdivisions (e.g., Primary sources; Other references) may exceptionally be envisaged in certain cases, but in principle a single list is preferred.

    The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.

    A note on capitalization in titles:

    For titles in English, Target uses headline-style capitalization (CMS, par. 8.157). In titles and subtitles, capitalize the first and last words, and all other major words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, some conjunctions). Do not capitalize articles; prepositions (unless used adverbially or adjectivally, or as part of a Latin expression used adverbially or adjectivally); the conjunctions ‘and,’ ‘but,’ ‘for,’ ‘or’ and ‘nor’; ‘to’ as part of an infinitive; ‘as’ in any grammatical function; parts of proper names that would be lower case in normal text. For more details and examples, consult CMS.

    For titles in any other languages, as well as for English translations of titles given in square brackets, Target follows CMS in using sentence-style capitalization: capitalization as in normal prose, i.e., the first word in the title, the subtitle, and any proper names or other words normally given initial capitals in the language in question.

    When giving publisher place information, give only the first place name if two or more are available, e.g., Amsterdam: John Benjamins (CMS par. 14.35).



    Butler, Judith. 2006. Gender Trouble. 3rd ed. London: Routledge.

    O’Hagan, Minako, and Carmen Mangiron. 2013. Game Localization: Translating for the Global Digital Entertainment Industry. Benjamins Translation Library 106. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Edited volume

    Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller, eds. 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Scholarly edition

    James, Henry. 1962-1964. The Complete Tales of Henry James. Edited by Leon Edel. 12 vols. London: Rupert Hart-Davis.

    Special issue of journal

    Pym, Anthony, ed. 2000. The Return to Ethics. Special issue of The Translator 7 (2).

    Translated work

    Mitchell, David. 2010. De niet verhoorde gebeden van Jacob de Zoet [orig. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet]. Translated by Harm Damsma and Niek Miedema. S.l.: Nieuw Amsterdam Uitgevers.

    Shakespeare, William. 1947. Henri V. Translated by M.J. Lavelle. Collection bilingue des Classiques étrangers. Paris: Montaigne.

    Article in book

    Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, edited by Norman E. Spear and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Article in journal

    Bassnett, Susan. 2012. “Translation Studies at Cross-roads.” In The Known Unknowns of Translation Studies, edited by Elke Brems, Reine Meylaerts, and Luc van Doorslaer, special issue of Target 24 (1): 15–25.

    Claes, Jeroen, and Luis A. Ortiz López. 2011. “Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish].” Spanish in Context 8: 50–72.

    Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.

    Article in online journal

    Taplin, Oliver. 2001. “The Experience of an Academic in the Rehearsal Room.” Didaskalia 5 (1).

    Internet site

    European Observatory for Plurilingualism. Accessed April 22, 2013.

    Various unpublished sources

    Marinetti, Cristina. 2007. Beyond the Playtext: The Relationship between Text and Performance in the Translation of Il servitore di due padroni. PhD diss. University of Warwick.

    Quinn, Gavin. 2009. Personal interview. August 5, 2009.

    For other cases (and for further guidelines), please consult CMS.

    Special Issue Proposals

    Special issues

    Proposals for special issues will be considered once a year. All proposals should be submitted by the cut-off date of May 1st three years prior to the year in which guest editors wish to publish their issue. The first available slot for a special issue is in Volume 38 (2026) (deadline for proposals 1st May 2023). Submissions should comprise full contact details, a title, and a Call for Papers and/or a Table of Contents, as well as a production schedule. Please send proposals directly via email to Haidee Kotze at h.kotze at, who will communicate the editorial decision by June 1st.

    Special issues currently under preparation

    Vol. 35 (2023): Jinsil Choi, Jonathan Evans & Kyung Hye Kim (eds), Audiovisual Translation in the Age of Streaming
    Vol. 36 (2024): Spencer Hawkins and Lavinia Heller (eds), The (Self)translation of Knowledge: Scholarship in Migration
    Vol. 37 (2025): Laura Babcock, Raphael Sannholm & Elisabet Tiselius (eds), Mapping synergies within cognitive research on Multilectal Mediated Communication

    For previously published special issues see Issues.


    Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Target are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site . Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper. If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: h.kotze at

    Correspondence concerning the book reviews section should be addressed directly to the Review Editor: Maureen Ehrensberger-Dow – maureen at

    Proposals for translations for the journal’s multilingual website should be sent directly to the Multilingual Website Editor: Daria Dayter – daria.dayter at


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    Translation & Interpreting Studies

    Translation Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CFP: Translation & interpretation

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General