Writing in English is different from writing in any European language. Getting Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists gives its readers the analytical, contextual, structural, and stylistic writing tools for competing with native speakers of English for limited space in international journals. The book reveals the unwritten rules of English academic rhetoric and discusses them within the context of the different and unconscious expectations accorded both readers and writers with the English linguistic community.
Author Natalie Reid presents five major strategies for maximizing the academic writer’s chances of publication in the top journals in his or her field. These strategies are:
- editing for strength: less is more
- editing for clarity: the writer’s obligation
- organizing and arguing, Anglo-American style
- analyzing journals for elimination and submission
- revising and (re)submitting: creating a publishable paper
These strategies help the writer to recognize and work with linguistic and organizational cues not readily apparent to the untrained eye. In great detail and with numerous examples, the book explains the importance of absolute clarity and Aristotelian argumentation in English academic writing, and gives its readers the grammatical and stylistic tricks of the trade for achieving their publication goals.
Getting Published in International Journals functions as both a textbook and a reference work. Its contents cover everything from the grammar rules necessary for the creation of clear sentences to the differences between American and British English (i.e., vocabulary, punctuation, spelling, and grammar)—and from how to analyze models of academic abstracts to how to create a successful “revise and resubmit” letter.
To write the book, Natalie drew on her many years of teaching, particularly from two intensive academic courses: Academic Writing and Journal Analysis (see Courses). Starting with the theory of contrastive rhetoric—which broadly holds that every linguistic community has different ways of apprehending and presenting reality, as well as different understandings of the obligations of both readers and writers—Natalie clearly demonstrates what goes wrong when second-language speakers write for English-language journals according to the norms of their first language.
The subtitle speaks of “European social scientists,” who constitute Natalie’s largest clientele. Indeed, almost every example comes from anthropology, economics, ethnography, political science, or sociology. However, Getting Published in International Journals is highly useful for a number of other groups, including:
- all non-native English-speaking undergraduate and graduate students in Europe
- all non-native English-speaking undergraduate and graduate students now studying in English-speaking countries
- all professors in the humanities and sciences with non-native English-speaking students
- all teachers focusing on the academic side of English as a second language
- all professors of freshman composition in U.S. colleges and universities
- teachers and students in college prep classes and private schools
Natalie Reid wrote Getting Published in International Journals to demystify the process of writing academic English and to help her students and clients reach their publication goals. Many have had their papers published in the most prestigious journals in their fields. Her hope is that this book will do the same for all of its readers.