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Publications 2014, 2(1), 1-13; doi:10.3390/publications2010001

Chinese Doctors Connecting to the English Publishing World: Literature Access, Editorial Services, and Training in Publication Skills

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Received: 18 November 2013 / Revised: 20 December 2013 / Accepted: 23 December 2013 / Published: 31 December 2013
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Abstract

In the literature on academic publishing, little attention has been paid to the needs and concerns of non-English-speaking researchers in professional contexts. This paper addresses the gap in that literature by providing insights into the situation with medical doctors in China. Following an overview of the broad picture, I will report a case study, which was conducted at a major hospital in East China and which aimed at exploring how a group of orthopedic surgeons access the English medical literature and to what extent they seek the support of editorial services and training in academic writing/publication skills. The results of the study show that the participant doctors tend to rely on their students or overseas personal connections for access to full-text medical literature, and they have generally had limited experience with language editorial services and academic writing/publication skills seminars. The paper ends by discussing some challenges while proposing recommendations for enhancing Chinese doctors’ access to the full-text medical literature, as well as their understanding of the kind of support that can be provided by editorial services and training in publication skills. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chinese doctors; international publication; English-medium full-text medical literature; editorial services; training in publication skills Chinese doctors; international publication; English-medium full-text medical literature; editorial services; training in publication skills
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Li, Y. Chinese Doctors Connecting to the English Publishing World: Literature Access, Editorial Services, and Training in Publication Skills. Publications 2014, 2, 1-13.

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