“Getting Started with Getting Published”: Talk by Dr. Anne McLellan Howard
Dr. Anne McLellan Howard, a professor at the Miyazaki International College in Miyazaki, Japan, presented a session titled “Getting Started with Getting Published” as part of the Seminar Series organized by the Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) on December 22, 2020. Dr. Howard, who is also a member of the Japan-based voluntary teacher organization called Teachers Helping Teachers (THT), was introduced by Dr. Syeda Farzana Sultana, Assistant Professor at DEH.
Dr. Howard, a former Editor of the JALT Journal, began with discussing how to get started with publishing and gaining confidence as academic writers. Then she discussed the basic process of getting published – from selecting a journal, submitting a paper, and making revisions. She also discussed very important issues of self-plagiarism and how to avoid it, as well as what to do if the author disagrees with the reviewers or what to do if the reviewers do not agree with each other.
The presentation was attended by a large audience who participated in a lively and long question-answer session at the end. The audience members shared their concerns about not having enough support for publication in Bangladesh. They acknowledged that the session was extremely useful for them and extended their thanks to the presenter and to DEH for organizing the event.
The seminar was also attended by Ms. Juditha Ohlmacher, Member, ULAB Board of Trustees. Several teachers from DEH including ULAB Crossings Editor Dr. Shamsad Mortuza and Executive Editor Ms. Arifa Rahman participated in the lively discussion as well. Dr. Mortuza, Head of the Department of English and Humanities and Pro Vice-Chancellor, ULAB, offered his vote of thanks with which the session concluded.