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LINGUIST List 20.2776

Sat Aug 15 2009

Diss: Socioling: Cheung: 'Publishing in Refereed Journals:...'

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        1.    Yin Ling Cheung, Publishing in Refereed Journals: Perceptions, challenges, and strategies

Message 1: Publishing in Refereed Journals: Perceptions, challenges, and strategies
Date: 14-Aug-2009
From: Yin Ling Cheung <yinling.cheungnie.edu.sg>
Subject: Publishing in Refereed Journals: Perceptions, challenges, and strategies
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Institution: Purdue University
Program: Linguistics Program
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2009

Author: Yin Ling Cheung

Dissertation Title: Publishing in Refereed Journals: Perceptions, challenges, and strategies

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Dissertation Director:
Tony Silva

Dissertation Abstract:

This study examines the first time publishing experience of non-native
English speaking doctoral students at three public universities in Hong
Kong. The purpose was to gain an understanding of the perceptions of Hong
Kong non-native English speaking doctoral students as writers of journal
articles, their difficulties in getting papers published in refereed
journals, the strategies they use to cope with difficulties ranging from
writing to publishing, and their perceptions of their training on research
publications in Hong Kong. Data were collected through in-depth interviews
with six non-native English speaking applied linguistics doctoral students
in Hong Kong, interviewees' various drafts and the final version of the
first refereed journal paper, journal reviewers' comments on the
interviewees' papers, my correspondence with journal editors, mission
statements of journals, and content / theme in that particular issue of the
final published paper. Results show that a majority of the interviewees
exhibited mixed feelings towards writing in English for publication.
Lacking motivation and lacking confidence were typical problems encountered
by Hong Kong doctoral students in publishing in refereed journals. This
study suggests strategies to cope with the difficulties in academic
publishing and discusses its contributions to research, theory, and practice.

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