Volume 14, Issue 1 (2023)                   LRR 2023, 14(1): 63-87 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
2- Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, HONG KONG , mirhosseini@hku.hk
3- Department of English, Faculty of Literature, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran
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Scholarly publication has turned into a growing concern affecting the lives of academics across the world. The increasing demand by higher education institutions for publications in high-profile venues has created various policy issues, including the ones about the language of publication, and more specifically, about writing and publishing in English by speakers of other languages. In this study, we investigate policies of publishing in English in Iranian higher education based on qualitative content analysis of 30 national policy documents and 170 university bylaws released by 46 Iranian universities over the past twenty-three years. The emerging policy lines reveal that the research evaluation system and the structure of incentives as well as institutional pressure mechanisms all tend to act in favor of publishing in English in a context where it is the academic language of only a small minority. The implications of such policy directions for higher education in Iran are discussed along with possible messages for other contexts around the world.  
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Article Type: Research article | Subject: English language
Published: 2023/03/30

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