Paul Kei Matsuda

Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing
Arizona State University, US

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, US. He is also Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing University and Zhengzhou University in China.

Paul has published widely on various topics on language, writing and professional development in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. He has presented keynote and plenary talks as well as invited lectures and workshops in 25 countries.

Paul has previously served as the director of writing programs at the University of New Hampshire and Arizona State University in the US. He also has taught a wide variety of courses in applied linguistics, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and TESOL at a range of universities in Asia and the US. In addition, he has held visiting professor and researcher positions at Penn State University (US) and the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR), where he gave lectures and workshops and provided consultations for doctoral students and faculty members.

Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He has also served as the founding chair of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing and the chair of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Caucus. He has served as the President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and is currently the Immediate Past President.

In addition to teaching, research and professional service, Paul has served as a program evaluator and consultant for various language programs and graduate programs throughout the US and around the world.


Dr. Liz Wager

SideView Consultancy

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Wager is a freelance publications consultant and trainer who has worked with scientists, editors and writers on six continents. She has a First Class degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, UK and she set up her company, SideView, in 2001 after working in the medical publishing and pharmaceutical industries (for Blackwell Scientific, Janssen Cilag and GlaxoSmithKline). She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) between 2009 and 2012 and is a member of the Ethics Committees of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the World Association of Medical Editors. She is Co-Editor in Chief of Research Integrity & Peer Review, on the Editorial Board of Science Editing (the journal of the Korean Council of Science Editors) and Visiting Professor at the University of Split School of Medicine, Croatia.

She is a co-author of Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies (GPP3, 2015), the European Medical Writers Association guidelines on the role of medical writers (2005), the Wiley-Blackwell Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics (2006), COPE Best Practice and flowcharts for journal editors and the author of books on ‘Getting Research Published: an A to Z of Publication Strategy’ (3rd edition 2016) and ‘How to Survive Peer Review’. She has published research and commentaries on peer review and is the co-author of Cochrane systematic reviews on: the effects of peer review, the effects of technical editing, and interventions to reduce research misconduct. In 2010 she was awarded a PhD for her thesis entitled ‘Peer review and editorial processes for improving the quality of research reporting’.