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Unpacking the Lore on Multilingual Scholars Publishing in English: A Discussion Paper

Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA
Centre for Language and Communication, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6 AA, UK
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Publications 2019, 7(2), 27;
Received: 7 February 2019 / Revised: 22 March 2019 / Accepted: 2 April 2019 / Published: 10 April 2019
In the past three decades, a body of research on issues related to multilingual scholars writing for publication has emerged, paralleling the rise of pressures on scholars around the world to publish their work in high-status journals, especially those included in particular journal citation indexes; these indexes typically privilege the use of English. Researchers have investigated multilingual scholars’ experiences and perspectives, the social contexts of their work, policies on research publishing, aspects of the texts produced by multilingual scholars, the kinds of people scholars interact with while working to publish their research, their collaborations and networks, and pedagogical initiatives to support their publishing efforts. Nevertheless, as ongoing research is conducted, the existing research base has not always been consulted in meaningful ways. In this paper, we draw on the notion of ‘lore’ to identify some of the preconceptions or received wisdom about multilingual scholars and their writing that seem to be circulating, then argue for researchers to move beyond the ‘lore’ and make greater use of both findings from empirical research and related theoretical and methodological conversations. We identify directions for future research to be conducted. View Full-Text
Keywords: research publishing; multilingual writers; academic writing research publishing; multilingual writers; academic writing
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Curry, M.J.; Lillis, T. Unpacking the Lore on Multilingual Scholars Publishing in English: A Discussion Paper. Publications 2019, 7, 27.

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