Drawing on sources is a central task in academic writing, and one which often creates difficulty for novice writers. Yet despite a considerable body of literature addressing isolated pockets of this area (notably plagiarism/patchwriting and reporting verbs) student source use from a wider perspective remains an underinvestigated area. The Journal of English for Academic Purposes is soliciting abstracts for a special issue taking a broad perspective on the issues of source use which are especially relevant to second language academic writing in English. Possible topics include questions such as writers’ summarizing abilities, citation skills and the use of references to construct an argument.
Proposals of up to 500 words should be sent to the guest editors (Diane Pecorari and Philip Shaw) by 1 October 2011. Full manuscripts, for those who are invited to submit one, will be due by 1 April 2012. Proposals or questions should be sent to Diane Pecorari (firstname.lastname@example.org).