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Co-authorship trends in English literary studies, 1995-2015


Leane, E and Fletcher, L and Garg, S, Co-authorship trends in English literary studies, 1995-2015, Studies in Higher Education, 44, (4) pp. 786-798. ISSN 0307-5079 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03075079.2017.1405256


Of all disciplines, literary studies has the most entrenched model of academic authorship the sole author yet the discipline rarely reflects critically on the implications of this model. This article offers a starting point by reporting on a study designed to analyse recent co-authorship trends within literary studies. It provides the large-scale data mining necessary for a longitudinal analysis. Using systematic sampling at five-year intervals between 1995 and 2015, the article examines 51,192 articles listed in the Modern Language Association International Bibliography to determine co-authorship rates in literary studies. The article shows that co-authorship is atypical, at an overall average of just over 4%. There is, however, evidence that co-authorship is becoming more common in the discipline, particularly since 2010. This article canvasses some possible reasons for this increase and concludes that academics in literary studies need to begin explicitly addressing co-authorship traditions and practices in their discipline.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic authorship, academic co-authorship, English, literary studies, Modern Language Association International Bibliography
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literary studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
UTAS Author:Fletcher, L (Professor Lisa Fletcher)
UTAS Author:Garg, S (Dr Saurabh Garg)
ID Code:122199
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-06
Last Modified:2021-09-07

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