Some Potential Problems for Research Articles Written by Indonesian Academics When Submitted to International English Language Journals

| March 25, 2009
Title
Some Potential Problems for Research Articles Written by Indonesian Academics When Submitted to International English Language Journals

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Zifirdaus Adnan
University of New England

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Dr. Adnan is a researcher in genre analysis of academic writing, Second Language Acquisition and in Applied Linguistics generally. He completed an undergraduate degree in English as a Foreign Language at IKIP Padang (now UNP), Indonesia, in 1984, an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne in 2005, and a PhD at Curtin University of Technology in languages and intercultural education in 2006, with a dissertation on rhetorical patterns of Indonesian Humanities research articles. He has published both in Australia and Indonesia. His latest book is Merebut Hati Audiens International: Strategi Ampuh Meraih Publikasi di Jurnal Ilmiah (Winning International Audience: Effective Strategies to Gain Publication in International Journals), with Indrawati Zifirdaus, MA (Jakarta: Gramedia, 2005). Dr. Adnan has taught at several universities in Australia including the University of Melbourne, Murdoch University (Perth). Currently, Dr. Adnan is a lecturer in the Indonesian Language and Studies at the School of Arts, University of New England, Armidale (NSW), Australia. Email: zadnan@une.edu.au

Abstract
Publishing in international journals by non-native speakers of English has attracted considerable attention recently (Flowerdew, 2001). With the exception of Mirahayuni (2002), no author has looked at feedback to articles written by Indonesian authors when submitted to international English language international journals. This paper presents such issues concerning Indonesian research articles. The data are drawn from an analysis of 63 Indonesian research articles (RA) using the CARS model (Swales 1990), interviews with national and international journal editors, and recent literature on publishing in international journals by non-native English speakers. Based on these the findings and the literature, this paper suggests that emphasis should be put on teaching RA rhetorical structure acceptable to international journals. Further research into English manuscripts by Indonesian and other Asian authors is also recommended.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 11 Issue 1