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Submission letters for academic publication : Disciplinary differences and promotional language
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8301-3960
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2014 (English)In: Journal of English for Academic Purposes, ISSN 1475-1585, E-ISSN 1878-1497, Vol. 14, 106-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the occluded genres in academic publishing is the submission letter that accom-panies a journal article. Research from the 1990s shows that a wide range of disciplinespreferred a simple, concise and modest form. The genre has survived the transition toelectronic publishing, and a number of publications by authorities with editorial experi-ence have recommended a more promotional discourse. This suggests that the submissionletter may have undergone the‘marketization’process often noted in academic genres.This article reports a study of the published requirements of journals in various disciplines,the perceptions of senior researchers, and the practices of three informants over the lasttwenty years. Wefind little evidence that marketized discourse has actually spread in thisgenre since the 1990s. Competitivefields, primarily biomedicine, used a promotionaldiscourse as early as 1988, and have continued to do so, and others were more modest atthat time, and have not changed. Editorial pressures and standardization of submissionrequirements might cause change in the expected direction.Our pedagogical recommendation is that the genre matters in some disciplines, and thatits rhetoric has to be discipline-appropriate. More generally the results confirm theimportance of discipline-specific conventions, even in occluded genres.

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2014. Vol. 14, 106-117 p.
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Research publication, Occluded genres, Biomedicine, Reviewing practices, Submission letter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139612DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2014.02.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139612DiVA: diva2:1073274
Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-03-28Bibliographically approved

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