Shortly after I began teaching academic writing and journal analysis in Europe, course participants began asking me when I was going to write a book. To save themselves the time and effort of going over their notes and rereading class handouts, they wanted all the teaching and examples neatly packaged in one place.
At first, writing such a book sounded like too much work. But as I discussed my ideas for the project with a number of clients, NOVA—Norwegian Social Research (www.nova.no) asked me to submit a book proposal. NOVA’s ensuing sponsorship and personnel support gave me the opportunity to put most of my teaching in print.
In his preface to Getting Published in International Journals, Head of Research Bjørn Hvinden best captures NOVA’s reasons for sponsoring the book. Some excerpts follow:
This book deals with one corner of the golden triangle of internationalization: to be able to publish internationally. The two other corners are the capabilities of building working relationships with distinguished scholars in other countries and of succeeding in raising funds for international research. All three capabilities are essential for ambitious scholars today. Moreover, these capabilities are strongly interrelated.... Yet, in all these cases, the ability to use English effectively as an academic language is of fundamental significance.
Today English is the main language for international academic discourse. This situation creates some extra demands for scholars who do not have English as their mother tongue. As an institution highly committed to promoting the internationalization of Nordic scholarship, NOVA—Norwegian Social Research sees the need to offer systematic training in English academic writing. Over some years the institute has been able to engage Natalie Reid to give intensive courses in academic writing, tailored to the needs of non-native English speakers. The participants have found Reid's courses extremely helpful and inspiring—not only for their contents but also because of the energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor she has brought to her teaching and supervision. Many of the participants have had their papers published in the most prestigious international journals in their disciplines.
When Reid indicated that she was interested in writing a textbook about English academic writing based on her courses, NOVA was delighted to offer to sponsor her work on the book. We are convinced that this book, built on many years of successful teaching and supervision of scholars in the Nordic and other European countries, will enable even more people to benefit from her skills."