Coauthorship in Clothing and Textiles Research
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The first national meeting of textile and clothing professors took place in Madison, Wisconsin in June 1959. With a mission to advance excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) is a professional and educational association of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.
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Publication is highly important for academic researchers because it leads to opportunities for them to be awarded funding, prestige, prizes, promotion, and tenure. Due to the emphasis of publications, there has also been an increasing trend in multiple authorships in clothing and textiles (C&T) research. However, little attention has been paid to co-authorship practices and motivations. Therefore, this research attempts to investigate coauthorship experiences among C&T researchers. Data collection took place via on-line survey of ITAA membership. The findings of this study showed that C&T researchers engaged in coauthorship primarily to improve the overall quality of their work by combining complementary skills and pursuing joint ideas and common interests. While they were overall satisfied with their most recent coauthorship experience, some experienced problems with inappropriate authorship. This research calls for further discussion on addressing issues related to coauthorship and developing some guidelines for determining authorship in C&T research.