Why publish in English versus Spanish?Towards a framework for the study of researchers’ motivations

  1. Irene López Navarro 1
  2. Ana I. Moreno Fernández 2
  3. Sally Frances Burgess 3
  4. Itesh Sachdev 4
  5. Jesús Rey Rocha 1
  1. 1 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

    Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

    Madrid, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02gfc7t72

  2. 2 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02tzt0b78

  3. 3 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25

  4. 4 University of London

    University of London

    Londres, Reino Unido

    ROR https://ror.org/04cw6st05

Revista española de documentación científica

ISSN: 0210-0614

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 38

Issue: 1

Type: Article

DOI: 10.3989/REDC.2015.1.1148 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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This paper proposes a framework for the comparative study of researchers’ motivations for publishing either in English as an additional language or their first language. This framework seeks to present a view of motivation as dynamic, multidimensional, and multilevel. Empirical support is provided through the results of an on-line large-scale survey carried out among Spanish scholars. Our aim was to investigate which factors motivate them to publish their results in academic journals in either English or Spanish, as well as the extent to which these motivations are shaped by individual characteristics of researchers, particularly gender, seniority and publication experience. Results show an instrumental use of publication in English and fragmented social and ideological motivations for the use of Spanish.

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