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31% of HK journals being rejected because of poor English

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31% of Hong Kong research paper was rejected because of the poor English by international journal publication, according to the research from 175 rejected papers.

By Christine Chu

The founder of Wallace Academic Editing, Steve Wallace, said on Tue at HKSYU that the biggest reason many Hong Kong research papers are rejected is the poor use of English.

The research shows that there are 31% of 175 HK papers being rejected because of low readability in English, though some of them have interesting topics. Wallace said it makes the editors cut the research and lower the credibility of research paper in HK.

Wallace found that the editors will lost their patience after reading a few pages with poor English, though having good research. He introduced 9 English errors that HK researchers usually make, such as Redundancy and wrong verb tense. “Half of your paper is garbage,” he mentioned some of the comments from editors.

As most of the journals are in English, Wallace does not think that Chinese will become the international language. “The tones kill me and there are a million characters to read,” he said that Chinese is too hard to learn that there are not many foreign students can get over it.

The second reason is many journals and publications are in English, and people are motivated to learn English in order to read them. Another barrier he said is many technical vocabularies in English cannot be substituted by Chinese.

“Students in Shanghai are aggressive and it is great!” he said. Wallace has been taught in Taiwan for 12 years and in Shanghai for a short period. He said the teaching style and the behavior of mainland students and Taiwan students are similar because they are sharing common heritage and history.

But he said the Shanghai students are more aggressive to learn English that that of Taiwan. He said he cannot estimate the English proficiency of HK students because he has been staying in HK for only 9 weeks.

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