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Coauthorship

  1. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages supports collaborative research and publication because studies that are conducted across levels, languages and disciplines contribute to the development of theory and practice in Foreign Language Education.
  2. Jointly authored publications should be valued in decisions measuring scholarly production such as merit, tenure and promotion.
  3. According to the guidelines issued by the Modern Language Association and published online at http://www.mla.org/advice_for_authors, “Only persons who have made significant contributions and who share responsibility and accountability should be listed as coauthors of a publication. Other contributors should be acknowledged in a footnote or mentioned in an Acknowledgment section. The author submitting the manuscript for publication should seek from each coauthor approval of the final draft. The following standards are usually applied to coauthored works: when names of coauthors are listed alphabetically, they are considered to be equal contributors; if out of alphabetical order then the first person listed is considered the lead author. Coauthors should explain their role or describe their contribution in the publication itself or when they submit their publications for evaluation.”