Collaborative Authorship: Reflections on a Briar Patch of Twisted Brambles by Frances K. Kochan & Carol A. Mullen — February 12, 2001This article describes a reflective analysis of authorship issues in higher education from the perspective of two female academics who are committed to collaborative work. A briar patch metaphor is used to help capture our personal and professional struggles with authorship in collaborative projects. The article provides a context for understanding experiences of authorship at individual and social levels of the academy. We share our belief that collaborative authorship practice should address issues of fairness and justice, and include strategies to make authorship that is truly equal more accurately visible. Six proposals for considering authorship in creative and practical ways are presented, with open discussion of the pros and cons of each. We propose the adoption of one we think solves many of the problems associated with name issues in genuinely collaborative work. Readers are invited to generate other proposals/solutions for the improvement and transformation of current authorship conventions and practices.
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