Society for

American Sign Language


Society for American Sign Language Journal is the official open-access refereed journal of the Society for American Sign Language. The SASL Journal is a bi-yearly publication to provide a platform for researchers, scholars, administrators, developers, assessors, practitioners, and students to impart and share knowledge that is socially conscious and sensitive towards American Sign Language as a human language. The journal is comprised of high quality scholarly work, empirical and theoretical research papers, as well as those of case and descriptive studies, literature reviews, and book and performance reviews that address the signed language and related fields.

Should one be interested in submitting a manuscript, please refer to the Author’s Guidelines and follow the submission process as outlined below. For further questions, please contact the Editor, Jody H. Cripps, at

Background on the Organization

The Society for American Sign Language (SASL) is a professional association dedicated to basic and applied research about American Sign Language (ASL). SASL was formed during its first symposium held on November of 2015. SASL celebrates the long history and resilience of the signed language used in the United States and parts of Canada. The organization's goal is to validate and expand accessibility of and to ASL as a language, including linguistic principles, aesthetics, policy, and role in literacy learning and development. SASL's scope includes theory, policy, and practice considerations, as well as addressing how an alternative language modality fulfills the needs and well being of all citizens in society.

President - Samuel J. Supalla, University of Arizona

Vice-President - Deirdre Schlehofer, Rochester Institute of Technology

Secretary - Andrew P. J. Byrne, Framingham State University

Treasurer - Harvey Nathanson, Austin Community College

 Executive Council Members:                    

Gabriel Arellano, Georgetown University                                                              

Jody H. Cripps, Towson University

Ronald Fenicle, Towson University

Russell S. Rosen, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Manuscript Submission Process

Authors should carefully review the Author Guidelines below to ensure that both the content and format of their work are appropriate for this journal, then submit the abstract, manuscript and accompanying files to the SASL Journal editor. On the subject heading of the email submission, write in this way: AUTHOR(S) NAME(S)—Title of Manuscript—(Date). This will facilitate distribution and communication of manuscripts among the Editor and the reviewers.

Author Guidelines

The SASL Journal seeks to publish high quality scholarly studies that advance knowledge and practice in the field of American Sign Language. It also seeks to make the journal accessible and useful to a range of readers not only in the USA but also the world.

Since the SASL Journal readers vary in disciplines and practical interests, it is important to define terms clearly, in particular for some readers who are not familiar, and with examples that exemplify the terms in a particular field or issue under study.

Should an article be empirical, it must be positioned within a theoretical framework. The paper should include precise information about the study’s research questions and/or hypotheses, research design, and data collection; identify measurement or coding systems used; and, if needed, include information about their reliability. They should detail the study’s coding practices and, if available, provide information about interrater reliability. Quantitative studies should include descriptive and analytic statistics, graphic representation, and data on effect size. Qualitative studies should include rich descriptions of the naturally occurring data from diverse perspectives and illustrate these with well-selected examples, assure the credibility, transferability, confirmability, and dependability of the research, and present one or more forms of data triangulation. Mixed methods studies should follow both research approaches.

Authors should indicate whether the study is a part of a larger research project and, if so, clearly state how the particular study differs from other studies within the research project.

Submission Requirements

The following are requirements for submitting manuscripts.

Language of Publication: English, in a style that is accessible to a broad readership of researchers, developers, practitioners, and administrators.

Abstract Style: Abstract should be written no more than 250 words along with rationale(s), method(s), result(s), and conclusion.

Manuscript Style: APA (Publication Manual of The American Psychological Association. 6th ed., 2009). Consult the APA website for further information:

Manuscript Length: Manuscripts between 6,000 and 10,000 words are preferred (including bibliography, tables, and notes). Depending on merit, longer or shorter articles are accepted.

Manuscript Format: Use MS-WORD file. Please follow the formatting guidelines below.

Only original works that have not been previously published elsewhere and that are not under consideration by any other publication may be submitted for review.

The SASL Journal does not accept multiple simultaneous submissions from the same author.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

1. All electronic submissions must be formatted for American, letter-sized paper (8½ × 11 inches) using 12-point font and in MS WORD format.

2. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout, including notes and references, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have margins on all sides of at least one inch.

3. To maintain the objectivity required when presenting research, the use of first-person pronouns and modifiers (I, me, we, my, our…) should be avoided. 

4. Appendices, data, and/or transcriptions should be submitted for review along with the manuscript, and reference to these materials should be made in the text of the manuscript.