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Steve Wallace: Poor English Pulls Down Academic Journals

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Reported by Fong Cheuk Ying, 29th October, 2013

Most of the journals publish papers written by foreign scholars, and Steve Wallace, an expert in editing journal articles, suggested that poor English is the main reason at Chinese research papers are rejected.


According to a survey mentioned by Wallace, there is 27% of journal papers of Taiwanese being rejected because of poor English. Wallace thought that the mother language of Chinese negatively affects the writing. "This may be because of (Chinese people) translating Chinese into English." said Wallace. He said once the editor saw the English errors appear on the journal, they would consider the author as a careless person. Thus the editor would wonder if there are any mistakes which related to the research. Therefore, the editor would rather reject the journal papers.


Wallace suggested that using simple English in journal papers is the best way and the most effective way to avoid being rejected. He said "You are not impress the referees, but express the idea." Therefore, he suggested that writing in active voice helps articulating the ideas in writing journals.


Wallace is the founder of Wallace Academic Editing which is a consultant agency on academic journal paper. Also, he is responsible for teaching students in writing journal in several universities including Tainghua University and National Chiao Tung University.--115047 2013年10月29日 (二) 18:15 (UTC)
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