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Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

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I have been peer reviewing a technical paper for a leading International Journal. The paper under review is by authors from non English speaking country. They have done a verbatim translation from their regional language . This makes reading difficult and at times confusing for those not familiar with such presentation.

Apart from the low level of technical content , the paper imposes undue stress on the reader. My question to the forum is,if they have had a similar experience and will it be right to recommend to resubmit the paper in propah English !!

I am concerned,if my comments will be considered as regional bias towards the authors.

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"It's better to die standing than live your whole life on the knees" by Peter Mayle in his book A Good Year

RE: Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

Check with the journal editorial staff first. They may handle this as a matter of routine since the journal is international. In that case, your peer review may be expected to be limited to technical comments.

If the journal does not hire professional translators, the authors or their institutions should. I would advise them as kindly as possible to get some translation help. Perhaps even give them a suggestion or two.

Them's my thoughts...

Best to you,

Goober Dave

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RE: Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

I have reviewed many papers. This is a common problem. Be honest in your review. Your review will be only one of several for editors to consider. Do you want to go to a conference filled with papers like yours? The authors will be given feedback to improve.

RE: Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

Just report what you have found. This paper in its present form does not sound as if it is worthy of publication.

RE: Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

I never want a paper of mine to cause the reaction "he's saying something here, but I can't determine what it is". If you get that reaction from a paper proposed for publication you have an obligation to reject it.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.

RE: Technical papers in International Journal in regional English

(OP)
I have rejected the paper in its present form. I have asked the authors to utilise the services of a professional English writer .

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"It's better to die standing than live your whole life on the knees" by Peter Mayle in his book A Good Year

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