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Article: International engagement versus local commitment: Hong Kong academics in the humanities and social sciences writing for publication

TitleInternational engagement versus local commitment: Hong Kong academics in the humanities and social sciences writing for publication
Authors
KeywordsHong Kong academics
Humanities and social sciences
Internationalization of higher education
Multilingual scholars
Research universities
Writing for publication
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jeap
Citation
Journal Of English For Academic Purposes, 2009, v. 8 n. 4, p. 279-293 How to Cite?
AbstractIt has been recognized that English as the language of international scholarship represents a more complex picture in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) than in science and engineering, with multilingual scholars in the HSS often negotiating international engagement and local commitment by publishing both in English and their first language. However, the tension in the negotiation is likely to grow with the continuous push toward the globalization of the academia which is having an enormous impact upon the academics in research universities. Following up on an earlier study with mainland Chinese HSS scholars (Flowerdew & Li, 2009), in the present interview-based study we aim to find out how their counterparts in Hong Kong perceive the implications of international publication versus local publication. The findings of the study indicate that the privilege attached to publishing in internationally indexed journals stands out as a leading factor orienting the Hong Kong scholars toward writing in English and employing various strategies to facilitate successful publication. However, there is also clear resistance toward this assessment-driven publication regime and some participants, apart from publishing mainly in English, also publish in Chinese for the purpose of serving their target audiences at the local/regional level. We end by calling for efforts to widen the regional impact of the existing locally-published journals and to enhance collaboration in developing regional databases that are competitive at the international level. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125483
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.558
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.164
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dc.contributor.authorLi, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFlowerdew, Jen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T11:34:02Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:34:02Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of English For Academic Purposes, 2009, v. 8 n. 4, p. 279-293en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1475-1585en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125483-
dc.description.abstractIt has been recognized that English as the language of international scholarship represents a more complex picture in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) than in science and engineering, with multilingual scholars in the HSS often negotiating international engagement and local commitment by publishing both in English and their first language. However, the tension in the negotiation is likely to grow with the continuous push toward the globalization of the academia which is having an enormous impact upon the academics in research universities. Following up on an earlier study with mainland Chinese HSS scholars (Flowerdew & Li, 2009), in the present interview-based study we aim to find out how their counterparts in Hong Kong perceive the implications of international publication versus local publication. The findings of the study indicate that the privilege attached to publishing in internationally indexed journals stands out as a leading factor orienting the Hong Kong scholars toward writing in English and employing various strategies to facilitate successful publication. However, there is also clear resistance toward this assessment-driven publication regime and some participants, apart from publishing mainly in English, also publish in Chinese for the purpose of serving their target audiences at the local/regional level. We end by calling for efforts to widen the regional impact of the existing locally-published journals and to enhance collaboration in developing regional databases that are competitive at the international level. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jeapen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of English for Academic Purposesen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kong academicsen_HK
dc.subjectHumanities and social sciencesen_HK
dc.subjectInternationalization of higher educationen_HK
dc.subjectMultilingual scholarsen_HK
dc.subjectResearch universitiesen_HK
dc.subjectWriting for publicationen_HK
dc.titleInternational engagement versus local commitment: Hong Kong academics in the humanities and social sciences writing for publicationen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLi, Y: yongyan@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jeap.2009.05.002en_HK
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