These days some academic journals give non-native English speakers some leeway as far as grammar and vocabulary errors go. This is all well and good, as native speakers should not have a hegemony over non-native speakers. However, native speakers become irritated when an academic article is littered with mistakes. In such a case the offending article would not be cited by many other writers. The whole point of writing an academic article is to gain recognition of your work. The more citations your article gets, the more well-known you become and your chances of landing a job in academia become better.
Unfortunately, many English native speakers have a very low tolerance level to written English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). It’s fine if it is spoken, as there is always an opportunity to negotiate meaning. However, the opportunity does not present itself with the written word.
If English-speakers don’t finish reading your article, you will remain virtually unknown, as will your article.
Always have a well-educated native speaker of English to proofread your work and offer suggestions for its improvement. Don’t just rely on your supervisor to do this, as they have many other students’ work to correct, and with the best will in the world, may not be able to devote a considerable amount of time to your article.
Ask friends in your department who are native speakers to read your drafts and suggest ways to improve it. Don’t be offended when your work is criticised in a constructive fashion. Your friends are simply trying to help.
Read what you have written aloud and try to make your own adjustments to your drafts. Often non-native speakers of English can self-correct if they speak. The written word is sometimes more complicated than the spoken and non-native speakers get tangled up in grammar, which can mean that readers have to spend time deciphering the meaning of a passage. In this day and age, time is precious and unfortunately people’s patience is easily tested.
If you are unsure if what you have written in your paper is correct, don’t send it to an editor until a native speaker has checked the problem sentence or paragraph.