Publish or Perish: The Research Letter Genre and Non-Anglophone Scientists’ Struggle for Academic Visibility
This chapter aimed at exploring the prevalence of the research letter (henceforth RL) genre among 101 non-Anglophone academics (henceforth NAA). Researchers in scientific disciplines from different non-Anglophone countries were sent a questionnaire that addressed the way they perceive reading and writing RLs. The findings indicated that NAA were highly engaged in the process of publishing using this genre, which showed their awareness of the “publish or perish” reality in today’s academic world. It was also found that NAA were aware of the importance of receiving tutoring on writing RLs according to the norms of this genre, which has interesting implications on ESP, pedagogy, and genre teaching.
KeywordsGenre teaching Academic publication Research letters Production of science Writing for publication
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