Conclusion and final thoughts

Mcculloch, Sharon orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4022-2428 (2024) Conclusion and final thoughts. In: Novice LGBTQ+ Scholars’ Practices in Writing for Scholarly Publication. Routledge. ISBN ISBN 9781032227870 (In Press)

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This chapter brings together the threads of the preceding chapters in the volume and draws out implications for practice. It highlights the need that has been demonstrated in the chapters of this volume for a less adversarial and more supportive publishing culture that recognises the pivotal role of identity, including gender and sexual identities, in academic writing and publishing. The chapter calls for a holistic perspective on scholarly publishing that recognises the importance of the material conditions in which research and writing occur and focuses on the processes of writing and publishing rather than over-emphasizing ‘outputs’ as though these were produced in a vacuum. It also encourages a view of scholarly publishing that acknowledges the need for researcher authenticity. The chapter outlines how mentors, supervisors, and gatekeepers can contribute to tackling the heteronormative attitudes that make scholarly publishing a potentially hostile place for novice LGBTQ+ scholars and calls for a more inclusive environment in scholarly publishing.

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