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Publications 2016, 4(3), 19;

Obstacles to Scholarly Publishing in the Social Sciences and Humanities: A Case Study of Vietnamese Scholars

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University—Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Academic Editor: Yin Ling Cheung
Received: 31 May 2016 / Accepted: 23 June 2016 / Published: 30 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Writing for Academic Publications)
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Publishing scientific research is very important in contributing to the knowledge of a discipline and in sharing research findings among scientists. Based on the quantity and quality of publications, one can evaluate the research capacity of a researcher or the research performance of a university or a country. However, the number of quality publications in Vietnam is very low in comparison with those in the other countries in the region or in the world, especially in the fields of social sciences and humanities. Employing both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the current study investigates university lecturers’ attitudes towards research and publication and the obstacles to local and international publication at one of the main universities in social sciences and humanities in Vietnam. The study found the main barriers to publication are funding and time for research and publication, among many other obstacles. From the analysis of the data, the study would also argue that lecturers’ obstacles to publication may vary across faculties (or disciplines), ages, qualifications, education, research and publication experience. The findings in this study may be applied to other institutions in Vietnam or in other countries where English is used as a foreign language. View Full-Text
Keywords: obstacles; scholarly publishing; social sciences and humanities obstacles; scholarly publishing; social sciences and humanities

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