There is an Office for Academic Writing in the largest university in the region, which is designed to help SUSU scientists write and publish academic papers about their research in English. Scientific works are indexed in the world databases Scopus and Web of Science and are cited by highly rated scientific mass media, which raises the rating of the University in the international academic community.
The Office for Academic Writing was opened at the Institute of Linguistics and International Communication of SUSU. Its main goal is to develop the skills of publication activity and professional communication of academic staff.
"The 5-100 program is aimed at bringing Russian education and science to the world level, integrating Russian scientists into the world science. And there are several activities for these integration purposes, including the creation of the Office for Academic Writing," says Olesia Sharafutdinova, project manager.
All the employees of the University, who would like to publish their research papers, may ask for advice concerning the publication of articles in authoritative international journals and databases, concerning the programs designed to acquire the academic writing skills, and qualitatively translate articles into English that are stylistically edited by native speakers.
A tutoring support system has been introduced in the Office. 17 tutors from 9 institutes and higher schools of SUSU cooperate with the Office. The tutors help select the journal, review the content and structure of the scientific article, consult about the citation issues, style of the article, compliance with the requirements of a particular journal, help work with English databases, complete accompanying paperwork, check for plagiarism and assist in communicating with the editorial staff.
So far the Office staff has held 2 workshops on academic writing, in which more than 170 SUSU employees took part. 87 employees of South Ural State University have been trained within the programs of academic writing; more than 300 people have been consulted, and 114 scientific articles have been translated into English and edited.