Shirley Carter-Thomas is Professor of English and Linguistics at Télécom Ecole de Management, and a member of the CNRS linguistics laboratory Lattice (Langues, textes, traitements informatiques, cognition). She has published widely in the fields of general and applied linguistics and was editor-in-chief of a linguistics journal DISCOURS for three years.
To write and publish a research article in accordance with international disciplinary norms.
Categories of scientific journals
Journal rankings; bibliometrics (impact factors, etc)
Types of article: research articles, proceedings articles, review articles, popularisations
Reviewing procedures: peer reviewing, blind reviewing, role of referees
Organisation and structure of a typical research article
Formats and models: IMRAD, OPERA, etc.
Choosing a title and keywords
Introduction: Setting the scene and creating your niche
Writing a literature review
Detailing the methods
Presenting and discussing results
Using diagrams and figures
Role of citations (direct and indirect); Using references
Writing a Biodata
Characteristic linguistic features of English academic writing
Frequent expressions and structures: nominalisations, passives, hedging, etc.
Register of language; degree of formality
Use of pronouns; Paraphrases and reformulations
Although the classes are only programmed in the mornings, students will also be expected to complete small class assignments between sessions (writing an abstract or biodata for example).
Participants should bring to the first class an example of a good research article in their specialty (from a well-ranked journal), plus any articles they have written themselves or are in the process of writing.