But do you know what makes an article different from other types of writing?
Why an international journal: Writing for an international journal has a number of advantages, principally: You will reach an international community of fellow scholars in your area, and hence enhance the impact and outreach of your work, as well as your likelihood of being quoted. As most international journals are peer reviewed, your work is given an automatic seal of approval, and a number of people will put effort into improving it and help getting it published.
Have I got something to publish? Being published is about making an original contribution to the body of knowledge. The first task is to consider whether you do have something original to say — what is your article about, and why will your peers want to read about your work?
What are the implications for future research? It is a good idea to prepare a brief word statement which covers these questions, for your own benefit so that you have a clear idea in your own mind what your article is about and why it is important. It is also highly advisable to discuss your work with experienced academic colleagues.
Perhaps an 'authors' support group' could be established in faculty to meet and comment on developing work. My own experience of such a group is that, given a non-threatening and supportive atmosphere, it can be very productive in generating research ideas and collaborative working. Before you submit your work to a journal, you should have colleagues within your field read your work as well, as editors are usually not able to tell if you have said something that is inappropriately controversial or if your statistics contain a mistake.
Lynne Murphy Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Sussex, UK Believe it or not, the above considerations are far more important than putting the article into reasonable English, which is always possible with a bit of help.
A paper's structure, the English, format and style can always be improved. But little can be done if there is a poor conceptual framework, shallow literature underpinning, inappropriate data collection methods and techniques of analysis, and which culminate in superficial conclusions.
If you have answered the question "Have I got something to publish?
Most people in the publishing business recommend targeting a suitable journal — which means that you have to go about looking for a journal whose editorial aims and objectives match your work.
See our How to Producing a draft Write a draft of the paper in whatever English you have — it is better to do it like that than to write in your own language and then translate.
Don't worry too much about grammar, spelling, etc. When you write, good advice is to look at your targeted journal, and others in the same field, and look at how articles are written. That way, you will pick up tips concerning phrasing, nuances, English idiom, etc. Be succinct and keep sentences short.
A native English writer will use language to discuss the same topic in a wide variety of ways, and these ways can be used to help non-native speakers get around the problem of repeating themselves. This is not the same as using a professional editing service but involves sitting down with someone perhaps a colleague in your department whose English is better than yours and who can help you clarify your meaning.
Once you have a draft where your meaning is reasonably clear, even if the English needs polishing, then it is worth getting informal advice as to its publishing potential. When to approach the editor?
Before entering the publishing process formally, it is always worth approaching the editor, or perhaps someone on the editorial Board whom you know, to read a draft of the paper with a view to giving you an opinion of its research and academic content before you go to the trouble — and possibly expense — of polishing the English.
However, before this stage is reached it is important that the article is clear enough for the editor to see the general argument, even if the English needs a polish. Also, editors will not want to struggle with a whole article written in poor English, so any early draft should be a shortened version of a couple of pages to give a flavour of the research area and findings.
Check with a member of your department, or if that is not possible for whatever reason, find a colleague in another university department, or even a non-academic with reasonably fluent English.
Getting help with the English Although you should not approach an editor until you have a draft which is reasonably clear, once you have an indication of interest you need to think about tidying up your English. At this point, you might wish to consider using the services of a professional editor — see Using an editing service section.
In the latter case, if you cannot make your ideas clear enough, you are advised to find someone whose English is reasonably good and who can help you find ways of expressing yourself clearly. You should do this before you approach someone even for an informal assessment.
Getting into the formal publishing process Once your paper is in reasonable order you are ready to enter the publishing process formally. At this stage, your position is little different to that of any other author: If the editor considers that your article has potential, he or she will submit it for peer review see our How toEnglish language articles.
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FCE - article. For your convenience you may want to download a PDF version of this article FCE Article - [pdf] Paper 2 Part 2 - Article. AN ARTICLE is usually written for an English-language magazine or newsletter, and the reader is assumed to have similar interests to the writer.
Write us an article answering these questions. Not all English as a second language exams have the option of writing a short story, but the Cambridge First Certificate exam does, and so do some others, so it is necessary to know how to write one. Jul 30, · Secondary sources comprise published databases, books, abstracts, articles in English and other languages, bibliographies, dissertations and reference books.
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You can also conduct interviews, watch documentaries, or consult other sources%(). How to write an English Language Essay. Unlike an English essay, which focuses on literature works and author, an English language essay covers the semantics of the language, including grammar, style, and even literary theory.
Write a draft of the paper in whatever English you have – it is better to do it like that than to write in your own language and then translate.
Don't worry too much about grammar, spelling, etc. – this should come later, once you have a draft of the content, as a separate, editing stage.