Difficulties of teachers of English to publish scientific articles in peripheral contexts: Perceptions from authors and reviewers


  • Melba Libia Cárdenas Beltrán Universidad Nacional de Colombia




academic writing, peer reviewing, publishing articles, knowledge spreading, scientific journals


Publishing articles in scientific or academic journals is a big professional challenge and a requirement for most university teachers. This article reports on the difficul-ties faced by some teachers of English to get published in a journal, as found in an exploratory case-study that sought to identify their experiences during the review-ing of their manuscripts. Data were collected through a questionnaire answered by 73 authors and 17 evaluation forms of articles either rejected or containing observations regarding changes required by the reviewers. Complementary infor-mation was also taken from the editorial processes concerning those articles under evaluation. The results show the problems found by the authors, how they solved them, and the critical aspects found by the reviewers. They also allow the iden-tification of implications for the teacher career and for the editorial processes of scientific or periodical publications.

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Author Biography

Melba Libia Cárdenas Beltrán, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Melba Libia Cárdenas,Magíster en TESOL (Universidad de Edimburgo, Escocia), adelanta estudios de doctorado en educación en la Universidad de Zaragoza (España). Es profesora de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, miembro de los grupos de investigación PROFILE y LEXI, y editora de las revistas PROFILE y HOW.


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How to Cite

Cárdenas Beltrán, M. L. (2019). Difficulties of teachers of English to publish scientific articles in peripheral contexts: Perceptions from authors and reviewers. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 24(1), 181–197. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.v24n01a09

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