A Scholar’s Guide to Getting Published in English – Book Review

This post is by Jiawen Xia. Jiawen is currently a PhD student in the Institute for Development Policy and Management.

A Scholar’s Guide to Getting Published in English – Critical Choices and Practical Strategies
Authors: Mary Jane Curry, Theresa Lillis

As an international student in the UK doing my PhD in English, I have already read several books on how to write and get published in academia. However, A Scholar’s Guide to Getting Published in English: Critical Choices and Practical Strategies is different than other academic writing guides as its organisation is based on 10 years of research into academic writing and publishing practices.

9781783090594Over 18 chapters the author’s tackle a variety of subjects including a discussion of the preparation required for academic publication and logical techniques enabling scholars to situate their ideas within the framework of academic publishing. They continue by discussing how to identify suitable conferences, how to submit a proposal and even offer the reader some useful reflection techniques. They share advice on identifying and targeting writing to different publications e.g. journals vs. book chapters. They even offer advice on other challenges that need to be considered during the publication process, like making time, accessing resources and writing in multiple languages. The comprehensive study even tackles networking techniques and keeping and maintaining contacts within academia.

Generally, the book is user-friendly and well organised. Each chapter begins with a brief ‘chapter focus’ and ends with ‘useful resources’, ‘related research’, and an ‘information box.’ These sections help focus the reader especially those new to academic publishing in English. This book is a really good reference for every scholar, especially for those from a non-English speaking country.


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