Native and non-native English scholars publishing research internationally

A small-scale study on authorial (in)visibility


  • Carmen Pérez-Llantada University of Zaragoza



academic writing, interculture rhetoric, genre analysis, intercultural variation, english as a lingua franca


This paper presents a small collection of case reports which seek to explore the rhetorical resources used by native (North-American) and non-native English (Spanish) scholars when publishing research in international journals. The interview protocols enquired into the pressure on scholars to publish internationally, their adherence to rhetorical conventions in the transmission of knowledge, and their awareness of being persuasive when addressing an international readership. Complementing the interview data, textual analysis was used to quantify a sample of linguistic features and interpret them as rhetorical devices that writers use to construct new knowledge, evaluate research processes and highlight research outcomes. Although the two groups of informants made similar observations in the interviews, the textual analysis revealed several intercultural differences as regards the degree of authorial visibility/ invisibility in the texts. While advocating the maintenance of cultural diversity in academic prose, implications of whether non-native English writers should adopt Anglophone conventions or rather retain their culture-specific rhetorical styles when publishing internationally are also discussed.

Author Biography

  • Carmen Pérez-Llantada, University of Zaragoza

    Carmen Pérez-Llantada is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies (University of Zaragoza, Spain). She has published articles on discourse, genrebased and sociorhetorical analyses of contemporary academic writing and academic speech. She is currently engaged in contrastive research in academic writing across culture-specific rhetorical traditions. Together with Prof. Gibson Ferguson (University of Sheffield, UK), she has co-edited the volume English as a GloCalisation Phenomenon: Observations on a Linguistic Microcosm.


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How to Cite

Pérez-Llantada, C. (2015). Native and non-native English scholars publishing research internationally: A small-scale study on authorial (in)visibility. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, 4(2), 217-238.