I have written a paper in my own language. Is it right to write it in my CV as a published paper?

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    Has the paper been published in a workshop/conference/journal? Then yes, I'd include it in your CV
    – Landric
    Feb 11 '16 at 13:34
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    @HamedBaghalGhaffari please, include these details in the question.
    – Davidmh
    Feb 11 '16 at 14:31
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    Of course it is. Especially if it's a paper you are proud of. Especially if you hope someone might one day be interested in translating it. And especially if you want someone to see it.
    – Zibbobz
    Feb 11 '16 at 16:34
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    It depends. Where are you going to send your CV to? For what purpose? You don't have one CV. You tailor it to the application, just like a cover letter. Without it, this question seems to be unanswerable to me.
    – Bernhard
    Feb 11 '16 at 20:18
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    @Bernhard I'm assuming it's for an academic position because, if it's not, then the question is completely off-topic, here. I've never seen an academic CV that didn't list all the person's publications and I can't imagine an academic position where you wouldn't want to list them all. Academic CVs are very different to ordinary business CVs; it sounds like you're not very familiar with them. Feb 12 '16 at 5:41

If you have published a paper, you should include it in your CV. It does not matter what language the paper is in.

For the aid of people who do not speak the language, however, you may wish to include a translation of the paper title as a note, e.g.,:

J. Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallico [Commentaries on the Gallic war], Caesar House Press, 49 BC, (in Latin)

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    -1E-20 for the translation (should read "Commentaries on the Gallic war")
    – Bort
    Feb 11 '16 at 15:55
  • @Bort Thank you, fixed it: it's been a long time since Latin class.
    – jakebeal
    Feb 11 '16 at 17:26
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    I would go with: J. Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallacio [Commentaries on the Gallic war], Caesar House Press, 49 BC, (in Latin). It's good to put the English title earlier, and to mention the language of the works.
    – yo'
    Feb 11 '16 at 20:58
  • @yo' That's a nice way to format it: I'll incorporate it into the answer.
    – jakebeal
    Feb 11 '16 at 22:03
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    – jakebeal
    Feb 11 '16 at 22:25

Of course you should. It is well known that the best journals are in English but there are others that can be not bad and they are not necessarily written in English. In South America there are a couple of journals that are not on the top ten, but maybe on the second quartile and they have articles both in English and Spanish. Also, you worked on that paper so this may not add a lot to your cv but it is better than nothing! :)

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    "The best journals are in English" — that's going to be highly field specific. The best journals in my field are definitively not in English. Feb 11 '16 at 22:21
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    It is not true that all the top journals (e.g., in mathematics) are in English, though many are. Feb 11 '16 at 22:35
  • Now, this is just too subjective and too bold. Also, this does not answer the question.
    – yo'
    Feb 12 '16 at 7:01
  • You are right, this is too field specific. I was,of course, thinking about my field, where all the top journals are in English, but it may not be the case for other disciplines. However, even in my field I would include a publication written in a different language.
    – Ophelia
    Feb 12 '16 at 11:12

You should, if you consider this work worth mentioning. Interestingly, this could trigger the curiosity of the reader, with if often nice when people receive hundredth of resumes.

If you "have had a 20 min talk about it", I guess it could be at a conference. It could be tagged for instance with "National conference" (if it was indeed national), and the title translated as suggested by @jakebeal. However, international conferences exist in other languages than English, so it could be an international conference, and you should mention that, to help the reader evaluate the context of publication.

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