Call for Submissions: Issue No. 6 

Special Issue on Language Deprivation  

April 2020 

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 fiels 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 submissions: 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. 

 Communication Section  


We are also seeking contributions for the Communication Section. This section is to share thoughts, reflections, and ideas about the issue’s area of interest or relevant current events. Please contact us for more details; note that this section has more flexibility in terms of formatting and timeline compared with the original research section.  

Commentary • Reviews of Scholarly publications 

Black Deaf Research - Language Deprivation

June 2020

Very few studies explore the lifelong impact of language deprivation on Black Deaf community members. The general consensus recognizes that the impact of language deprivation is more significant among Black Deaf individuals compared to other members of the Deaf community. DSDJ believes that Black Deaf voices must be studied, documented and understood to foster equity in our society. DSDJ believes such research by the members of the Black community, especially Black Deaf, through the lens of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) is essential. (Bordeaux et al. 2015; Jull, Giles & Graham, 2017). 

This additional section follows the same process as general original work Call for Papers.

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: 

  1. Author’s name and co-authors if applicable 

  2. Title 

  3. Field of study (i.e. policy or education) 

  4. Provide English outline of the video abstract; this does not necessarily have to be a translated version of the signed abstract. 

  5. A partial list of references in APA style (7th Edition) 

  6. Submit in Microsoft Word document (.docx) 


Video abstract in ASL or in International Signs [up to seven minutes] Include: 

  1. Statement of interest  

  2. Research design  

  3. Conclusion 

  4. Submit in .mp4 format as an attachment, or as an unlisted YouTube link 


Submit all items at one time. Our submission platform is currently under construction and will be updated shortly. In the meantime, contact with your interest and for more information about further steps. 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: 

​We are no longer accepting submissions for this issue. 

Deaf Experiences of Language Deprivation

Through the Lens of Deaf Arts

May 2020





DSDJ believes that the Deaf experiences of language deprivation are often best expressed through the lens of artistic cultural expression.  DSDJ is introducing a special ‘anthology’ section dedicated to this medium of expression related to personal experiences with language deprivation.  The variety of submissions that will be considered for this section titled Deaf Experiences includes but is not limited to literary, visual, performing, and digital arts.



This special section will be structured as follows:

• Digitized collection of the artwork. The artifact can be presented in various creative digital formats: images, video, interactive-video, 3D, avatar, and so forth.

• An artist’s narrated experience of language deprivation and self-analysis of the artwork.

• [OPTIONAL] A filmed interview with a scholar or an art critic/expert. Details of this section will be discussed with the DSDJ team at a later time.


• Final publication will include an English transcription of the signed version.

For this submission to be accepted, please send us a proposal in American Sign Language (ASL) or in International Sign (IS) and a sample of your artwork. Share your vision on how and why your artwork should be considered in DSDJ’s 6th Issue anthology section. The proposal will be reviewed by an anonymous art critic or scholar as part of the journal inclusion criteria.


Only one artist per submission with a specific collection will be accepted. Requirements and the timeline for this section is flexible.

For any and all questions, contact Managing Editor Brianna Keogh at

800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002


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