A Guide to Steer Your Academic Career
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Mike Wright
Chapter 9: Do European scholars have specific problems getting published in Anglo-Saxon journals?
The globalization of the academic environment has led to institutionalization of the notion of academic performance around the need to publish in high-quality international journals. This has resulted in significant increases in the number of submissions to those journals and, naturally, in increases in their rejection rates which often reach over 90 per cent of submissions. A rejection is a daunting experience for any scholar and naturally raises questions about biases inherent in the system, which might give rise to structural advantages or disadvantages for certain types of authors. Discourse in the field often distinguishes between European and North American scholars as representatives of different research worlds. In the light of this distinction, the title question of this chapter is not surprising. I have faced it on several occasions and presume that many colleagues would be interested in an answer, even if such answer were not straightforward. In a recent reaction to calls for establishing a ëNew European Schoolí of entrepreneurship and to narratives about the distinctiveness of European research, Davidsson (2013) tackles directly and effectively the question of possible discrimination against European scholarship in North American journals.
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