Seminar Series

Will anyone read my paper? Privilege and disadvantage in the production of academic writings


Professor Bill Lee


University of Sheffield

Time & Place

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:00:00 NZDT in Law 411

All are welcome


Different groups of academics have greater success than others when submitting papers for publication in journals. Explanations for such patterns have ranged from the predominance of the English language in publications to the relative socio-political strength of the countries from which different academics originate. This article uses an interview study with thirty academics to understand the nature of discrimination when publishing in so called top journals. That evidence is also used to assess the likelihood of success of proposed changes to overcome any discrimination. It finds that there are a wide range of reasons for such discrimination and it builds on arguments about the socio-political strength of countries in which academic centres are based to advocate a far-reaching strategy to counter them.


Bill Lee is a professor of accounting at the University of Sheffield in the UK where he has recently completed a 3.5 year stint as Head of Division. Previously, he was professor of accounting and head of subject group at the University of Keele. As well as conducting research into accounting phenomena, Bill has a long-term interest in research methods, having been the inaugural secretary and past chair of the British Academy of Management (BAM)’s special interest group on “Research Methodology” and the inaugural chair of the European Academy of Management (EURAM)’s strategic group on “Research Methods and Research Practice’. The paper presented in this Erskine seminar reflects those interests.