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Supporting Research Writing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346661, 9781780633503

Supporting Research Writing

1st Edition

Roles and Challenges in Multilingual Settings

Editor: Valerie Matarese
Paperback ISBN: 9781843346661
eBook ISBN: 9781780633503
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 6th November 2012
Page Count: 330
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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

First foreword

Second foreword

Third foreword

Editor's preface

Valerie Matarese

About the contributors

Chapter 1: The contribution of language professionals to academic publication: multiple roles to achieve common goals



Managing expectations

Establishing credibility as a language professional

Issues of authority and control

Putting it all together: the multifaceted nature of the language professional’s role

Learning points

Part 1: Teaching NNES authors to write in English

Chapter 2: Teaching academic writing in Europe: multilingual and multicultural contexts



Teaching academic writing in European universities: origins, approaches and clientèle

Teaching academic writing: key perspectives and approaches

Who teaches academic writing and who should teach it?


Learning points

Chapter 3: Writing process research: implications for manuscript support for academic authors



Real-world writing

Recursive writing

Revision and dissonance

Further considerations for non-anglophone settings

Generalizability and conclusions

Learning points

Chapter 4: Using genre analysis and corpus linguistics to teach research article writing



Using genre analysis in a publications skills course: an overview

Relationships of structure to what editors and referees look for

Analysis of moves or stages: using insights from linguistics research to model Introduction structure

Introducing authors to corpus linguistics

Using this approach in one-to-one contexts

Learning points

Chapter 5: Using strategic, critical reading of research papers to teach scientific writing: the reading--research--writing continuum


Reading in the research setting

A writing course based on reading

A stand-alone reading module

The reading-research-writing continuum

Learning points

Part 2: Helping NNES authors publish through translation

Chapter 6: The translator as cultural mediator in research publication



The dynamics of intercultural transactions


Learning points

Chapter 7: Giving authors a voice in another language through translation



Knowledge creation, epistemology and voice

Translating voice

Conclusions and recommendations

Learning points

Chapter 8: Bilingual publication of academic journals: motivations and practicalities



A small but steady trend towards bilingual publishing?

Why publish a bilingual journal?

The practicalities of bilingual publication

Final considerations

Learning points

Part 3: Facilitating publication through editing and writing support

Chapter 9: Defining and describing editing


A difficult term to define

Editing, publishing and redacting: an excursion into etymology

Types of editing

Defining and describing the editing assignment

A hybrid between editing and translation

A glossary of editing terminology (excluding journalism)

Learning points

Chapter 10: Journal copy-editing in a non-anglophone environment



Defining NNES journals

Copy editors working for NNES journals

Challenges of copy-editing in NNES journals

The educating role of copy editors

An effective strategy for NNES journals


Learning points

Chapter 11: The authors' editor: working with authors to make drafts fit for purpose



Author editing

The levels of author editing

Working with NNES authors

Practicalities of author editing

Establishing a long-term relationship with authors

Recognition of the AE’s work


Learning points

Chapter 12: The writer's approach to facilitating research communication: a very different way of engaging with authors



The relationship between writing and authorship

Facilitating written communication—the writer’s approach

Ethical issues

Applicability to other approaches

Learning points

Part 4: Blurring the boundaries

Chapter 13: Didactic editing: bringing novice writers into the arena of scholarly publishing



Learning simply by reading edited texts

The advantages of editing proactively

Skills useful to novice and more experienced authors

Formal opportunities for teaching through editing

The benefits to authors’ editors

Learning points

Chapter 14: Collaborative research writing: developmental editing with an underlying educational vein


The research paper in crisis, developmental editing to the rescue

Team research writing

Helping novice authors get started

Handling the manuscript not ready for editing

When collaborative writing may not work or is not appropriate


Learning points

Chapter 15: Putting ‘wordface’ work at the centre of academic text production: working with an international journal to develop an authors' mentoring programme



Anglophone centre journals

Why and how the mentoring programme came about: three points of contact

The journal editor: concerns

The researcher: findings

The writing teacher-translator: insights

A shared perspective on the importance of ‘wordface’ work

The programme

Wordface work: facing in two directions


Outcomes of the programme


Learning points

Afterword: Supporting research writing in non-anglophone Europe: reflections and recurring themes



The profession of writing support provision

Recurring themes in supporting research writing


Learning points



Supporting Research Writing explores the range of services designed to facilitate academic writing and publication in English by non-native English-speaking (NNES) authors. It analyses the realities of offering services such as education, translation, editing and writing, and then considers the challenges and benefits that result when these boundaries are consciously blurred. It thus provides an opportunity for readers to reflect on their professional roles and the services that will best serve their clients’ needs. A recurring theme is, therefore, the interaction between language professional and client-author. The book offers insights into the opportunities and challenges presented by considering ourselves first and foremost as writing support professionals, differing in our primary approach (through teaching, translating, editing, writing, or a combination of those) but with a common goal. This view has major consequences for the training of professionals who support English-language publication by NNES academics and scientists. Supporting Research Writing will therefore be a stimulus to professional development for those who support English-language publication in real-life contexts and an important resource for those entering the profession.

Key Features

  • Takes a holistic approach to writing support and reveals how it is best conceived as a spectrum of overlapping and interrelated professional activities
  • Stresses the importance of understanding the real-world needs of authors in their quest to publish
  • Provides insights into the approaches used by experienced practitioners across Europe


Writing support professionals who help non-native English speaking academics and scientists publish high-quality articles in English for an international readership, such as teachers of academic and scientific writing, translators who work into English, editors performing various tasks from journal copyediting to author's editing and developmental editing, and technical and medical writers who facilitate manuscript production through direct interactions with authors


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"...this volume, with its focus on multilingual settings, is exactly the type of book that would have helped me when, as a scientist with no background in languages or in teaching, I was asked to help set up an English support team...Supporting Research Writing provides a whirlwind tour of every aspect of the role of supporting research writing and it is unique in that respect. It should be recommended reading for all academic writing teachers, translators and editors." -- Susan Kaplan Inselspital Berne, Switzerland


"...a highly valuable volume which serves as an eye-opener for a broad readership. Most importantly, language professionals can be informed about the diversity of academic writing support which in turn empowers them in managing communication with their clients."--Journal of Second Language Writing, Supporting Research Writing

"...offers valuable insights into the increasingly important work of language professionals in the publication of academic knowledge in English-medium journals...this book is a most relevant contribution."--Ibérica, 28-14

"…an in-depth look at the roles and relationships between researchers for whom English is a second or additional language and the language professionals who help them to develop their writing for an Anglophone audience…an intriguing volume examining an aspect (multilingualism) of academic publishing not often addressed. It is highly recommended for academic and research libraries to help diversify academic content."--The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2014
"A MUST for anyone who supports research writing through editing, translation, or teaching…the authors of this book have succeeded in meeting their goal to clarify and define the full spectrum of roles and responsibilities involved in research writing support services and in making such services more visible at a European level."--
Medical Writing, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2013

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About the Editor

Valerie Matarese

Valerie Matarese, Ph.D. is an independent editor based in north-eastern Italy. Born in New York, she trained in biomedical sciences at US universities and worked as a researcher in university settings and at multinational firms in the USA and in Italy. In 1997, she launched an independent activity offering editing, writing and information research, and has served publishers, university researchers and companies with services such as journal copyediting, author's editing, team research writing and related training. She is an advocate of good scientific writing and adherence to internationally accepted standards for quality reporting.

Affiliations and Expertise

Editorial Consultant, Italy