A new paper, which was co-authored with my MA thesis advisors, is out in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. The article entitled “Authorial presence in L1 and L2 novice academic writing: Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives” draws on my MA thesis, but we mostly reconducted our data analysis and enhanced our interpretation, and then rewrote most parts of my MA thesis to prepare the paper in a journal article format. The peer-review process seemed challenging to me at first, but once we addressed the reviewers’ comments, I really felt that the comments were very useful for us to improve our paper. I am now better aware of what reviewers look for in a journal article, which will help me with my future writing projects and PhD thesis.
There are various guidelines on how to write a journal article on the internet. I especially found these two sources beneficial for the writing process. The first one is a blog post on the top reasons why a manuscript gets published, and the second one gives eight rules for writing killer articles. Although the latter one focuses on the field of psychology, I think “the rules” apply, to a certain extent, to areas in the humanities.