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Scientific Publication: Write it in English or Get it Translated?

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The article investigates issues that Russian scholars encounter when they attempt to publish their research findings in peer-reviewed journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. Low level of English proficiency among researchers, on the one hand, and the lack of deep scientific interdisciplinary knowledge of translators, on the other hand, complicates the promotion of Russian scientific achievements in the international academic community. As one of the efficient solutions, the author suggests establishing writing centers on the basis of Russian universities to teach scientific discourse — written as well as spoken — to undergraduates, graduates, junior researchers and academic staff. Acquired skills in scientific writing in English can enable Russian scientists to become independent members of intercultural scientific communication.

About the Author

Elena M. Bazanova
Russian State Social University; National University of Science and Technology «MISiS»
Russian Federation
Cand. Sci. (Educ.), Head of English Philology Chair of the Linguistics Department in the Russian State Social University, director of Academic Writing Office in the National University of Science and Technology «MISiS», lecturer of the Academy of the Association of Science Editors and Publishers, member of the European Association of Teaching Academic Writing (EATAW), member of the National Association of English Teachers in Russia, English language expert of the Russian Academy of Sciences, author of COURSERA massive open online courses «Scholarly Communication», «Academic Literacy».


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Bazanova E.M. Scientific Publication: Write it in English or Get it Translated? Science Editor and Publisher. 2016;1(1-4):17-24. (In Russ.)

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