Journal articles – University of Copenhagen

Journal articles; why is it so difficult to write papers? What implies co-authorship? How to combine author’s voice and disciplinary conventions?

Normal writing is simple (like a slug) but writing an article is much more complex, isn’t it? The idea is that of a simple use compared to a much more elaborated use, much more evolved. And I feel very unripe at this. (Berta) (Castelló, Iñesta & Corcelles, 2013)

I’ve found many problems, how to select what is right for the article’s draft and I’ve had a lot of difficulties not feeling sure as to what was the most adequate. (Richard) (Castelló, Iñesta & Corcelles, 2013)

I feel I’m an author and I feel I am part of the disciplinary community because I have read a lot about this topic and I feel a very close identification with the disciplinary community I am addressing. The fact of having met some of the most important authors of my disciplinary community at conferences and of my dissertation director being a renowned author in this area probably helps me feel more like an author and part of the community. Perhaps I still need to feel like an IMPORTANT [capital letters show the emphasis of the student in his answer] part of the disciplinary community, but I’ll probably get to that with time and experience. (Mario) (Castelló, Iñesta &Corcelles, 2013).

Berta, Richard and Mario point out different concerns related to writing articles; the particular characteristics of both processes and products, their lack of knowledge regarding genre complexity and the process of developing a sense of authorship. We all have experienced these and other types of challenges related to writing articles. What are the results of research on writing papers? How do experienced writers deal with challenges? What can we/ do we have to offer to ECR for them to develop a scientific writing stance and be productive?

Your task

Before September 15 2018, please

  1. Choose three articles and read them through.
  2. For each article, write a brief response using this structure:
Your name: Your responses
Author and article number
The most interesting thing I learned
Keywords
Questions it raised in my mind
At least two ideas it generated about my own research and practice

3. After registration you will be invited to join a platform for the pre-conference workshop preparation.

Before the meeting

  1. Read through others’ responses.
  2. Compare with your own.

References

1. Castelló, M. Iñesta, A. & Corcelles, M. (2013). Ph. D. students’ transitions between academic and scientific writing identity: learning to write a research article. Research in the Teaching of English. Special Issue, v.47 (4), 442-478

2. Iñesta, A. & Castelló, M. (2012). Towards an Integrative Unit of Analysis: Regulation Episodes in Expert Research Article Writing (Chapter, 24). In C. Bazerman, C. Dean, J. Early, K. Lunsford, S. Null, P. Rogers & A. Stansell (Eds.). International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, Measures (pp.421-448). First published on-line: http://wac.colostate.edu/books/wrab2011/chapter24.pdf (last access: 28-05-2015)

3. Florence, M. K., & Yore, L. D. (2004). Learning to write like a scientist: Coauthoring as an enculturation task. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 41(6), 637–668.

4. Mur-Dueñas, P. (2012). Critical Acts in Published and Unpublished Research Article Introductions in English: A Look into the Writing for Publication Process. En C. Bazerman, C. Dean, J. Early, K. Lunsford, S. Null, P. Rogers y A. Stansell (Eds.). International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, Measures (pp. 403-420). First published on-line: http://wac.colostate.edu/books/wrab2011/chapter23.pdf. (last access: 28-05-2015)

5. Emerson, L. (2012). The life cycle of the scientific writer: an investigation of the senior academic scientist as writer in Australasian universities (Chapter 20). In C. Bazerman, C. Dean, J. Early, K. Lunsford, S. Null, P. Rogers & A. Stansell (Eds.). International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, Measures (pp.355-420). Retrieved from: http://wac.colostate.edu/books/wrab2011/chapter20.pdf (last access: 28-05-2015)

6. Samraj, Betty. "Introductions in research articles: Variations across disciplines." English for specific purposes 21.1 (2002): 1-17.