Academic writing for publication: Putting the ‘international’ into context

Dawit Asrat Getahun, Waheed Hammad, Anna Robinson-Pant

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There is a growing body of research on the impact of English-medium publication and associated higher education regimes on knowledge construction. However, not much is known about how academics outside the Global North make decisions about how and where to publish. Through a comparative case study, this article sets out to explore how academics in Ethiopia and Oman engage in writing for publication. Taking an academic literacies lens, the analysis reveals that their decisions were shaped by institutional values at the local level, as well as global hierarchies around knowledge construction. However, issues around identity, languages and disciplinary cultures also influenced how academics chose to position themselves in relation to local and international journals. The findings point to the need for new partnerships between journals in the Global North and South to prevent ‘publication drain’, and for universities to explore ways to address inequalities perpetuated through journal ranking and language hierarchies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-180
Number of pages21
JournalResearch in Comparative & International Education
Issue number2
Early online date23 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Internationalisation
  • higher education
  • academic literacies
  • Ethiopia
  • Oman
  • academic writing
  • publication

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