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A Scholar's Guide to Getting Published in English

A Scholar's Guide to Getting Published in English

Mary Jane Curry | Dr. Theresa Lillis



In many locations around the globe, scholars are coming under increasing pressure to publish in English in addition to other languages. However research has shown that proficiency in English is not always the key to success in English-medium publishing. This guide aims to help scholars explore the larger social practices, politics, networks and resources involved in academic publishing and to encourage scholars to consider how they wish to take part in these practices–as well as to engage in current debates about them. Based on 10 years of research in academic writing and publishing practices, this guide will be invaluable both to individuals looking for information and support in publishing, and to those working to support others' publishing activities.

If you wish to publish your research in English, or perhaps more of your research in English, then this succinct and practical guide will help you to ask the right questions and to come up with appropriate responses.

John M. Swales, University of Michigan, USA

The focus on publishing as social practice makes the volume a welcome complement to current titles dealing primarily with rhetorical and logistic aspects of writing for publication. It will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of university writing and career development centres. Curry and Lillis deserve our gratitude for producing this slender volume that makes the results of their research accessible to a
wider readership.

Laurie Anderson, University of Siena, Italy

Curry and Lillis’s concise volume addresses, in a straightforward, practical manner, important issues pertaining to the creation, dissemination, and validation of knowledge.

Steven E. Gump, Grinnell College, USA

This guide comes as a most welcome and useful complement to the majority of linguistic and rhetorical guides to writing for scholarly publication in that it focuses on helping scholars explore, identify and understand the social practices, politics, networks and resources involved in academic publishing.

Françoise Salager-Meyer, University of The Andes, Venezuela

This very clearly organised and written guide provides an excellent overview of the larger social practices, politics, networks and resources involved in academic publishing. In the process, it shows readers how to formulate and situate their research and gain access to publication in international refereed journals. I thoroughly recommend this book to more or less experienced scholars, both Anglophone and non-Anglophone, wanting to publish in international refereed journals.

John Flowerdew, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

This book is a welcome addition to the body of literature on academic writing/publishing. And I am happy to recommend this guide to non-Anglophone scholars and in particular newcomers to the global academic community, including those who work with writing in graduate and postgraduate courses. It is a valuable reference book that multilingual scholars may consult whenever they need advice or suggestions on academic publishing.

Junhong Xiao, Shantou Radio and Television University, PR China

Mary Jane Curry is Associate Professor in Language Education at the University of Rochester, USA, and Theresa Lillis is Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics, at the Open University, UK. They have both published widely, including Lillis and Curry 'Academic Writing in a Global Context: The Politics and Practices of Publishing in English' (Routledge, 2010).

The whole book presents a kaleidoscope of rich data examples drawn from the authors' long-running project on multilingual scholars' academic writing and publishing practices. These examples are interesting to read and thought-provoking. This practical guide is yet another milestone in the EAP profession. The authors' ground-breaking work has helped to illuminate multilingual scholars' academic lives, and will continue to inspire EAP professionals in their research and teaching endeavors in a great variety of academic contexts.

Yongyan Li, University of Hong Kong

The book more than delivers what it promises to the target audience. Overall, this book provides a very good reference source for scholars, and not just those from multilingual backgrounds. The authors are to be commended for researching and putting together such a userfriendly book on getting published in an English-dominated platform.

Review in NZ Studies in Applied Linguistics (2015)

A Scholar’s Guide to Getting Published in English is a practical manual for novel researchers who need to publish in international journals as well as for teachers and supervisors who support others to publish. This book is a very complete guide for future academic writers, very useful also for supervisors and supporters of novel researchers; an ideal complement to other publications more focused on the linguistic and rhetorical perspective.

Inmaculada Fortanet Gómez, Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Contents v
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Identifying your personal interests and commitments to publishing 15
Chapter 2 Making sense of institutional evaluation criteria 23
Chapter 3 Responding to different institutional pressures to publish 33
Chapter 4 Entering academic ‘conversations’ – finding out about scholarly conferences 42
Chapter 5 Identifying the conversations of academic journals 50
Chapter 6 Joining academic conversations in a competitive marketplace 60
Chapter 7 Locating your work and forging conversations – whose work tocite and why? 70
Chapter 8 Publishing articles or book chapters? 78
Chapter 9 Understanding trajectories and time in the publishing process 86
Chapter 10 Accessing resources for writing for publication 94
Chapter 11 Doing the work of writing in multiple languages 103
Chapter 12 Participating in academic research networks 111
Chapter 13 Collaborating on texts for publication 121
Chapter 14 Getting help from literacy brokers 129
Chapter 15 Communicating with publishing gatekeepers 139
Chapter 16 Producing a journal: Taking on reviewing and editing roles 150
Chapter 17 Concluding thoughts – critical choices and practical strategies for global scholarly publishing 159
References 163
Index 169