Translation in Society
The aim of this essentially interdisciplinary journal is to explore translation as a key social relation in a deeply interconnected world.
Translation in Society offers a platform for the growing amount of research in translation studies that draws on sociological theories and methodologies. It also seeks to contribute to the growing visibility of translation within the humanities and the social sciences more broadly, fostering new research that reveals the social relevance of translation in a wide variety of domains, while promoting at the same time self-reflexivity on the translational aspects of knowledge-production in disciplines such as sociology, political science, policy studies and anthropology.
Translation in Society welcomes the following types of articles in all areas of translation research:
- studies of translation with a theoretical and/or methodological framework that draws on sociology, whereby translation also covers other text-modifying practices such as interpreting, adaptation, rewriting, etc.
- theoretical and empirical contributions that explore the role of translation in society
- interdisciplinary accounts that illustrate the connections between translation studies, sociology and/or other social sciences
The journal also produces special issues on topics of general interest in the humanities and the social sciences, seeking to foster interdisciplinary debates about how translation relates to and intervenes in the most pressing socio-political issues of our times. It is addressed to an international audience interested in social aspects of translation in the broadest sense.
Translation in Society publishes its articles Online First.
10 March 2023
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20 December 2022
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22 September 2022
20 September 2022
6 September 2022
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26 January 2022
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21 December 2021
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22 November 2021
Volume 2 (2023)
Volume 1 (2022)
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Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Translation in Society 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. References to the author’s own work should preferably stay in the text but in an adapted form, i.e. in the third person, the same way in which the author refers to works of others. This will increase the level of anonymity. Otherwise, the reviewer may wonder why publications that are highly relevant for the present article are missing from the references which might come across as ill-informed, sloppy or incomplete, and that would reflect badly on the author. Moreover, the reviewer may indeed guess the identity of the author, whose name is conspicuous by absence.
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References in the text:
Translation in Society 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.
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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.
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A note on capitalization in titles:
For titles in English, Translation in Society 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, Translation in Society 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).
EXAMPLES OF REFERENCES
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.
Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller, eds. 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
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).
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). http://www.didaskalia.net/issues/vol5no1/taplin.html#FN1Rtn.
European Observatory for Plurilingualism. Accessed April 22, 2013. http://www.observatoireplurilinguisme.eu/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
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.
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Special Issue Proposals
The journal regularly publishes special issues on topics that are of interest to its aims and scope. If you would like to suggest a topic for a special issue please contact the editors.
Forthcoming special issues:
- 2022 - Inaugural issue: Translating the extreme
- 2023 - Translation and the formation of collectivities. Guest editors: Dilek Dizdar and Tomasz Rozmyslowicz