December 2008
Volume 12, Number 3

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Special Concluding Essay: Writing for Academic Journals

V. Saraswathi
Editor, Journal of English Language Teaching
Chennai, India


Writing for academic publishing is a unique professional challenge. It is enriching and fulfilling; at the same humbling as well as frustrating. In this article I propose to examine the challenge and offer guidelines necessary in the Indian context, where the "publish or perish" syndrome has just arrived. Academics like to publish, but often lack the expertise. This article begins with the question, "Why write for journals?". The paradox that writers want to write but don't is also investigated. A positive approach to writing is examined. Guidelines on what one should do before, during, and after writing the paper are presented.

Keywords: EFL, ESL,India, journals, publications"

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