Special Issue "The Research and Writing Processes before Publication: From The Researchers’ Perspective"


A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Yongyan Li

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
Website: http://web.edu.hku.hk/academic_staff.php?staffId=yongyan
Interests: Second Language Writing; English for Academic Purposes; Academic Literacy; The Literacy Practices of Multilingual Scholars

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Of any research project, only what is published becomes visible to a wider circle of colleagues and readers. The research and writing processes that precede publication of a paper is rarely reported or disclosed in sufficient detail. In particular, the frustrations, setbacks and pains that researchers often experience on their way to publication remain widely unknown. The behind-the-scene stories may only be exchanged by academics among themselves occasionally or shared with novices in a research methodology class or during a supervisory session. Yet such narratives, which illuminate the less-than-positive aspects of the difficult journey to publication, have on the whole not received a platform on public forums (printed or virtual) devoted to the discussion of scholarly publishing. This special issue of Publications aims to provide a fresh venue for researchers and authors to share their stories and express their views on relevant issues.

Submissions to the special issue may address any of the following, or related, topics:

  • Challenges in gaining access to research participants or research sites
  • The process of combing through the literature, taking notes, and writing an effective literature review
  • The process of constructing a theoretical framework that would potentially ‘upgrade’ a paper
  • The process of revising a paper in response to reviewers’ comments
  • Insights into the cooperating/co-authoring process in research publication
  • Decision-making in one’s research agenda to balance institutional publication requirements and other considerations, such as personal intellectual interest

In terms of the genre, contributions can be think-pieces, theoretical discussions, research reports with empirical data, or even reviews of relevant literature. In short, we welcome a variety of submissions that will provide insights into the challenges and hardships that academics often need to overcome in order to be published and advance their careers.

All submissions will undergo the regular peer review and editorial procedures followed by the journal. We look forward to your contributions and remain open to any questions you may have.

Dr. Yongyan Li
Guest Editor


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p. 131-149
Publications 2015, 3(2), 131-149; doi:10.3390/publications3020131
Received: 1 January 2015 / Accepted: 7 April 2015 / Published: 2 June 2015
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Publications 2015, 3(2), 104-119; doi:10.3390/publications3020104
Received: 1 January 2015 / Accepted: 17 April 2015 / Published: 28 April 2015
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Publications 2015, 3(2), 89-103; doi:10.3390/publications3020089
Received: 28 December 2014 / Accepted: 16 April 2015 / Published: 21 April 2015
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Publications 2015, 3(2), 43-64; doi:10.3390/publications3020043
Received: 25 January 2015 / Revised: 18 March 2015 / Accepted: 18 March 2015 / Published: 25 March 2015
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Publications 2015, 3(1), 27-42; doi:10.3390/publications3010027
Received: 29 December 2014 / Accepted: 2 February 2015 / Published: 13 February 2015
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