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Writing for Scholarly Publication

Behind the Scenes in Language Education, 1st Edition

Edited by Christine Pears Casanave, Stephanie Vandrick


312 pages

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This collection of first-person essays by established authors provides a wealth of support and insights for new and experienced academic writers in language education and multicultural studies. Although writing for publication is becoming increasingly important as these fields become both more professional and more competitive, few scholars talk candidly about their experiences negotiating a piece of writing into print. These essays will help researchers, practitioners, and graduate students expand their understanding of what it means--professionally and personally--to write for publication.

Carefully crafted, focused, and provocative, the chapters in this volume document authors' experiences with a range of practical, political, and personal issues in writing for publication. Many portray the hardship and struggle that are not obvious in a finished piece of writing. Readers are encouraged to resonate with the events and issues portrayed, and to connect the narratives to their own lives. Practical information, such as contact information for journal and book publishers, manuscript guidelines, and useful books are included in appendices.

Although organized thematically, the essays in Writing for Scholarly Publication: Behind the Scenes in Language Education overlap in many ways as each author considers multiple issues:

*In the Introduction, the editors discuss key aspects of writing for scholarly publication, such as writing as situated practice, issues faced by newcomers, the construction of personal identity through writing, writing and transparency, facets of the interactive nature of scholarly writing, and intertwined political issues.

*Part I focuses on issues and concerns faced by "Newcomers."

*In Part II, "Negotiating and Interacting," the essays closely examine the interactions among authors, editors, manuscript reviewers, and collaborators; these interactions tend to be the least often discussed and these essays therefore offer readers fascinating insights into the sensitive social, political, and personal relationships among the many players in the scholarly writing game.

*"Identity Construction" is addressed in Part III, where authors share their experiences with and reflections on the ways that professional writing helps them construct their identities as writers and scholars.

*The essays in Part IV, "From the Periphery," help redefine what the notion of "periphery" might mean, from a concept with a negative connotation of "outsider" to a positive connotation of active and unconventional participant.


"…for those who are serious about becoming part of a community of L2 theorists and practitioners there is indeed a lot to be learned from the stories of this outstanding group of academics assembled by the Editors, two well-known scholars in the TESOL field, Casanave and Vandrick….Overall, this book is a valuable addition to the literature on academic writing and deserves a place in the library of any novice scholar eager to publish."

Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

"This book is a welcome addition to the field of ESL scholarship, ensuring that newcomers and veterans alike will be encouraged to stay original and true to their own voice and that publishing in our field stays fresh, readable, and important….Writing for Scholarly Publication is a wonderful contribution to this still new and constantly shifting community of practice."

Betsy Rymes

University of Georgia

"Finally! This book is exactly what I needed five years ago when beginning my own Ph.D. work….The contributors are not only well known but have chosen excellent insights to share with their audience. The 'behind the scenes' accounts of topics that many are afraid to ask (or are too naive to know they should be asking) will be welcomed….This book is much needed in our field."

Jodi Nelms

University of Florida

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. C.P. Casanave, S. Vandrick, Introduction: Issues in Writing for Publication. Part I: Newcomers. E. Lee, B. Norton, Demystifying Publishing: A Collaborative Exchange Between Graduate Student and Supervisor. P.K. Matusuda, Coming to Voice: Publishing as a Graduate Student. S. Vandrick, On Beginning to Write at 40. R. Kubota, Striving for Original Voice in Publication?: A Critical Reflection. Part II: Negotiating and Interacting. G. Braine, Negotiating the Gatekeepers: The Journey of an Academic Article. S.L. McKay, Reflections on Being a Gatekeeper. I. Leki, Tangled Webs: Complexities of Professional Writing. J. Hedgcock, Reflections on Coauthorship and the Professional Dialogue: Risks and Rewards. Part III: Identity Construction. C.P. Casanave, Narrative Braiding: Constructing a Multistrand Portrayal of Self as Writer. L.L. Blanton, Narrating One's Self: Public-Personal Dichotomies and a (Public) Writing Life. D. Atkinson, Writing for Publication/Writing for Public Execution: On the (Personally) Vexing Notion of (Personal) Voice. A. Pavlenko, The Privilege of Writing as an Immigrant Woman. Part IV: From the Periphery. A.S. Canagarajah, A Somewhat Legitimate and Very Peripheral Participation. M. Sasaki, A Scholar on the Periphery: Standing Firm, Walking Slowly. B. Morgan, Writing Across the Theory-Practice Divide: A Longitudinal Confession. M.C. Cummings, Crossing Over: Writing a Life in Two Genres. Appendices: Summary of Basic Steps in Journal Article and Book Publishing. Sample Book Proposal Guidelines. Sample Journal Article Guidelines. Journal and Book Publisher Contact Information. Selected Resources on Writing and Publishing.

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