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Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ) 

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ) aims to be the journal of choice among scholars studying clothing, textiles, and related topics across the discipline. The journal publishes impactful scholarship that shapes the discipline. As the official journal of International Textile and Apparel Association Inc, it is peer-reviewed and is published quarterly. CTRJ publishes articles in the following areas:

  • Textile science
  • Apparel science and technology
  • Design
  • Consumer behavior
  • Social psychology
  • History and culture
  • Merchandising and retailing
  • Textile and apparel industry
  • Education and pedagogy

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal is the official publication of the International Textile & Apparel Association, Inc.  Submissions undergo a double blind, peer review process using Sage Publications' Manuscript Central.  ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Want to get involved in ITAA and help the organization move forward?

There are several opportunities for faculty involvement related to ITAA’s publications. Please consider the following committees and positions and contact Jung Ha-Brookshire, VP of Publications, if you are interested in learning more (
CTRJ Reviewer Application Form                        CTRJ Editorial Board Application Form

Track CTRJ's Ranking

How to create an account in Sage Manuscript Central

All ITAA members interested in publishing in or reviewing for CTRJ should create accounts by logging into the following web address:

Unless you have an account already, click on "Create Account: New Users Click Here" and follow the directions. Your log-in ID is your e-mail address. If you have accessed the system previously but do not know your password, click on "Forgot password" and the system will send you a temporary password to enter the system. Once in the system, you will be prompted to set up a permanent password of your own choosing. Please be aware that as you set up your account, certain information is required and you will not be able to proceed with a manuscript submission until the required information is complete. One such requirement is the selection of key words which is intended to identify your areas of expertise; it is not at this point associated with a particular manuscript. Likewise, you are asked as an author to indicate if you have expertise in quantitative, qualitative or both types of research. Again, this is not particular to a given manuscript but to your general expertise. If you become published through CTRJ, this information may be used in considering you as a reviewer of manuscripts.

CTRJ Manuscript Formatting

Before a paper is submitted, please note the following and adjust your manuscript accordingly. Be sure to complete this process because the following guidelines are used to screen all manuscripts and these guidelines must be met for the manuscript to be sent out for review.

  1. You need to have continuous line numbers
  2. You should NOT have page numbers as the system provides its own.  Please remove any automatic page numbering.
  3. Tables and figures are NOT to be included in the main manuscript document but a placement call out should be located between two paragraphs of the text that approximates the location for the table or figure when the paper is printed. The call outs should be centered and have a line above and below them so they are not confused with headings.
  4. Each table or figure should be prepared as a separate file (each table or figure in its own file) to be uploaded to the system. Please review the author tutorials that are accessible at the portal log-in page at Look particularly at the information related to file types that are compatible with the system.  This is very helpful if you are loading graphics, charts, or excel files.
  5. As you upload each file, the system provides you the opportunity to "tag" the table or file with a word or phrase (for example "Table 1"). This is a step that allows the reviewers to access the tables while reviewing the text without having to scroll through the manuscript. Where the word or phrase occurs in the text, it will become an active link to the table or figure.
  6. CTRJ follows the APA Style guide (7th edition, 2020) and expects authors to follow that format for the main manuscript, including but not limited to citations and references and tables and figures. We also expect standard American English to be used with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Manuscripts that do not meet these expectations will be returned to the authors before the review process is initiated.
  7. Please be sure that you have not included self identifiers in the text of the paper, tables, or figures. References to your own previous work can be referenced normally if it is referenced like any other reference. If your method of discussing your previous work makes clear that it is yours, then use the following format for in-text referencing (XXXX, 2003) using Xs to replace author names. Put this reference at the bottom of the reference list with no additional information. That will serve as a reminder to add the reference(s) back at the end of the process. Acknowledgements should NOT be included in the manuscript. Self-identifying information or acknowledgements can be provided in the cover letter, the title page (uploaded separately from the main manuscript), or at a later date if the paper is accepted.
  8. Sage has allowed CTRJ a certain number of pages for each volume (year) so manuscripts must be no longer than 30 pages including tables, figures, and double-spaced references. This page limit cannot be achieved by the use of small fonts or margins.
  9. All manuscripts must use Times New Roman font size 12.
  10. Manuscripts must be double-spaced everywhere including block quotes and references.


Once the manuscript is prepared as described above, you can upload it and submit it through your Author Center in the Manuscript Central CTRJ portal. You should be taken to a screen that gives the link to your Author Center when you log into your account or when you complete the set up of your account.

Enter your Author Center and click on "Submit a Manuscript." The system will ask you for information regarding the manuscript and its authors. The contact author will enter the co-author names e-mail address(es) and that will send a prompt e-mail to the co-author asking him/her to complete the account information. You will be prompted to indicate the manuscript type (this is used to assign the AE) and other details of the manuscript. As you complete the information for the manuscript, you will have a field that allows you to type your cover letter directly into the system or browse and attach one.

After you have uploaded the various files for your manuscript, you will need to "View Proof" before the system will allow you to submit. The system will then compile the various files into a single pdf file for you to review. If there are any problems with the compiled file, you may remove it, make corrections to the component files, and "View Proof" again. When you are satisfied with the compiled pdf, you are ready to submit the manuscript.

You may work on your submission in multiple stages by saving but not submitting your work prior to logging out. When you return to work on a manuscript submission that is not complete, you will access the manuscript through the Author Center by clicking on "Unsubmitted Manuscripts." Once the manuscript submission is complete, you will receive a system-generated e-mail letting you know that the manuscript submission was successful.

Other Important Links

CTRJ Guide for Authors and Reviewers      

CTRJ Guide Modified for Educational Scholarship Manuscripts

Acceptance Rates

CTRJ has a long history of providing rigorous, peer-reviewed scholarship in the area of textiles and apparel.

CTRJ Acceptance Rates 2009-2018