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Publications 2015, 3(2), 43-64; doi:10.3390/publications3020043

English Writing for International Publication in the Age of Globalization: Practices and Perceptions of Mainland Chinese Academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
Academic Editor: Yongyan Li
Received: 25 January 2015 / Revised: 18 March 2015 / Accepted: 18 March 2015 / Published: 25 March 2015
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Abstract

Much scholarly attention has been given to the English writing and publishing practices of the academics in non-Anglophone countries, but studies on such practices in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) have in general been limited. The case of Mainland Chinese HSS academics is potentially interesting. On the one hand, international publications in these disciplines have been on the increase, which are also encouraged by the national research policy of “going-out”. On the other hand, unlike those in science and technology (S&T), such practices in the HSS are still much less institutionalized at the local level. In the study reported in this article, semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine academics in economics, sociology and archaeology from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and all nine participants had prior experience in international publishing. With a focus on participants’ experiences and perceptions, findings from this study demonstrated the relatively passive role participants played in their international publications, the importance of various resources in bringing forth these publications, and the relations between participants’ alignments with the local or international community and their voluntary investment in participating in their practices. Implications of the study were also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: International publication; Humanities and social sciences; Mainland Chinese academics; Internationally-indexed journals; English academic writing International publication; Humanities and social sciences; Mainland Chinese academics; Internationally-indexed journals; English academic writing
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Ge, M. English Writing for International Publication in the Age of Globalization: Practices and Perceptions of Mainland Chinese Academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Publications 2015, 3, 43-64.

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