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An international journal’s attempts to address inequalities in academic publishing: developing a writing for publication programme

Lillis, Theresa; Magyar , Anna and Robinson-Pant, Anna (2010). An international journal’s attempts to address inequalities in academic publishing: developing a writing for publication programme. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 40(6) pp. 781–800.

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Scholars around the world are under increasing pressure to publish in English, in Anglophone centre journals. At the same time, research on professional academic writing indicates that scholars from outside Anglophone centre contexts face considerable obstacles in getting their academic work published in such journals, relating to material and linguistic resources. This paper draws on current research to offer a brief outline of inequalities arising from the privileged status of English and critically discusses the experiences of Compare: a journal of comparative and international education, in trying to tackle some of these inequalities in publishing through a mentoring programme. Recognising that many writers submitting to the journal have rich and original material, and that the established reviewing procedures do not readily accommodate the mentoring required to support submission (and eventual publication), the programme was designed to offer writers access to resources not easily (or necessarily readily) available: 'expert insider' knowledge from Compare editorial board members and reviewers and English textual commentary by 'academic literacy' facilitators. We outline key features of Compare's 'writing for publication' programme and critically discuss both the success and difficulties encountered, drawing on reflections of participants, writer profiles and numbers of submissions from the three years in which the programme was run.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0305-7925
Keywords: academic publishing; writing for publication; academic writing programmes; non-centre scholars; English in academic publishing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Language & Literacies
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 25713
Depositing User: Theresa Lillis
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2010 14:52
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 15:40
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