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Title'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptions
 
AuthorsHyland, K1
Tse, P2
 
KeywordsAcademic discourse
Evaluation
Genre analysis
Journal description
Moves
Promotion
 
Issue Date2009
 
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105520
 
CitationDiscourse Studies, 2009, v. 11 n. 6, p. 703-720 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445609347234
 
AbstractEvaluation, as the expression of a writer's attitudes, opinions and values, has become a key term in discourse studies in recent years and has proved to be a particularly fruitful way of analysing academic texts. But while studies have shown the importance of evaluation in research genres, its role in seemingly more promotional academic genres has been largely neglected. This article examines the journal description (JD), a brief but ubiquitous feature of all journals, whether online or in print. Situated at the academic-commercial interface, the JD provides information for prospective readers and authors while endorsing a particular view of the field and positioning the journal in the academic community. Drawing on a corpus of 200 JDs in four contrasting disciplines, we show how evaluation is a key feature of this genre, influencing both lexical choices and rhetorical structure. The analysis contributes both to our understanding of a neglected academic genre and the evaluative resources of language. © 2009 SAGE Publications.
 
ISSN1461-4456
2012 Impact Factor: 0.934
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.650
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445609347234
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000272469600004
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.contributor.authorTse, P
 
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:37Z
 
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:37Z
 
dc.date.issued2009
 
dc.description.abstractEvaluation, as the expression of a writer's attitudes, opinions and values, has become a key term in discourse studies in recent years and has proved to be a particularly fruitful way of analysing academic texts. But while studies have shown the importance of evaluation in research genres, its role in seemingly more promotional academic genres has been largely neglected. This article examines the journal description (JD), a brief but ubiquitous feature of all journals, whether online or in print. Situated at the academic-commercial interface, the JD provides information for prospective readers and authors while endorsing a particular view of the field and positioning the journal in the academic community. Drawing on a corpus of 200 JDs in four contrasting disciplines, we show how evaluation is a key feature of this genre, influencing both lexical choices and rhetorical structure. The analysis contributes both to our understanding of a neglected academic genre and the evaluative resources of language. © 2009 SAGE Publications.
 
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dc.identifier.citationDiscourse Studies, 2009, v. 11 n. 6, p. 703-720 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445609347234
 
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2012 Impact Factor: 0.934
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.650
 
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dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105520
 
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
 
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dc.rightsDiscourse Studies. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.
 
dc.subjectAcademic discourse
 
dc.subjectEvaluation
 
dc.subjectGenre analysis
 
dc.subjectJournal description
 
dc.subjectMoves
 
dc.subjectPromotion
 
dc.title'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptions
 
dc.typeArticle
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology