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Call for Manuscripts: Advancing Design Scholarship in Textiles and Apparel

Organization: Clothing & Textiles Research Journal
Date Posted: 2/27/2018
Primary Category: Special Calls & Announcements

Description & Details


Focused Special Issue of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ)


Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018


Expected Sage Publication Date: Late 2020


Editors: Sherry Haar, Kansas State University,

Elizabeth Bye, University of Minnesota,


Design scholarship is misunderstood by non-designers and often by designers making it difficult to communicate value and impact on the field for promotion and tenure, funding, and award recognition. A lack of published manuscripts and examples representing design research in textiles and apparel contributes to an absence of awareness and understanding. Design research is accessible, methodological inquiry based on the practice of designing or act of making that use analysis and synthesis to contribute to knowledge. Efforts to aid understanding of design scholarship in textiles and apparel include:

Fiore and Mullet’s (2004) focused issue Technique, Technology, and Tradition Related to Design and Aesthetics of Textiles and Apparel whereby they challenge CTRJ ‘to provide designers with not only the how to but also the why which presents the rationale and critical thinking process involved in design’ (p. 1).

Practice-led research panel sessions at the 2009/2010 ITAA conferences led by Bye and Haar introduced ‘the concept and culture of practice-led design research, rationale, and possible outcomes.’

Bye’s (2010) CTRJ publication, A Direction for Clothing and Textile Design Research, that placed apparel and textile design scholarship into the broader conversation about design research, provided a framework for research through practice, welcomed debate, and challenged scholars ‘to ignite research through practice as a valuable approach to developing knowledge’ and building theory (p. 215).

Beginning in 2014, Parsons initiated the special topics session, Design Practice/Design Research: Retrievable, Contextualized and Making a Contribution to Knowledge, at the ITAA conference that has continued through 2017. ‘Participants briefly discuss the research process for their accepted designs followed by an open discussion about design research and how it can meet the criteria defined in the Design Scholarship and Education Committee mission: Design research…should be retrievable, contextualized, and make a contribution to knowledge in the field.’ Thus, there are recent presentations of design research that design scholars should be encouraged publish.

Design research continues to be a regular topic at the ITAA conference Design and Aesthetic committee meeting. Despite these efforts, designer scholars still struggle to understand how to conduct design research and communicate its value, significance, and impact. This focused issue will provide a peer reviewed format to demonstrate strong models of design scholarship as evidence of the contributions to the body of knowledge. It will serve as a valid reference for administrators and non-designers who are asked to evaluate the merits of design scholarship, as well as for designers who are seeking guidance in framing their design research.

Submissions may include any aspect related to design scholarship as accessible, methodological inquiry based on the practice of designing or act of making that use analysis and synthesis to contribute to knowledge. A range of scholarly forms of communication is encouraged, such as original article; review, perspective, or white paper; or hybrid mixed media articles and digital scholarship. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribution of knowledge from the designer’s practice of making in any aspect of textiles and apparel design, including but not limited to fiber, fabric, structure, color, construction, patternmaking, and digital technologies.
  • Critical review, application, modification or development of design research theory, methodology, or approaches for analysis.
  • How to transition from designing textiles and apparel to making contributions to knowledge through textile and apparel design.
  • Evaluation of design research and recommendation for promotion and tenure guidelines for design scholarship.

Process for Submission and Review

We will follow CTRJ’s existing style guidelines and review procedures (double blind review). Electronic submissions will be through manuscript central ( Guidelines are outlined in the Guide for Authors inside the cover of CTRJ and online through the ITAA website. Haar and Bye will act as co-editors, taking the place of the regular CTRJ editor and associate editor.  Reviewers will be selected from the list of the CTRJ editorial board and an ad-hoc list of reviewers.

Please contact the Editors if you have any questions.

Sherry Haar:

Elizabeth Bye:


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Knoxville, TN 37938-0687
Executive Director, Nancy Rutherford, Ph.D