The Social Science Research Council with support from the Henry Luce Foundation has launched a Global Scholars Initiative, a multi-pronged effort to strengthen the English-language writing skills of Asian scholars working in Asian institutions and increase their success in publishing articles in English-medium journals.
Scholars in Asian universities and research institutions face strong pressures to publish articles in international journals. Under the Global Scholars Initiative, the SSRC is organizing a series of workshops to help junior scholars in Asia develop manuscripts for international publication. The workshops will take place between 2018 and 2020 and will focus on strategies and methods to overcome obstacles Asian scholars face when submitting English-language materials to highly ranked publications.
The workshops will include lectures, small group discussions, individual mentoring sessions and practical exercises. Topics covered include current trends in international scholarly communication, practical approaches to writing for international audiences, what editors look for in assessing submissions, and the process of submitting and revising manuscripts. The goal is to help authors understand and meet the expectations of editors of international publications, and of the referees who evaluate submissions.