International Distinction


International Distinction

UT Austin claims the most "first authors" at the 2013 International Communication Association conference


The University of Texas at Austin has earned a key distinction at this year's International Communication Association conference: it claimed the most "first authors" of any university in the world.

According to data on this year's conference held in London from June 17-21, 48 UT Austin faculty members and graduate students served as first authors of papers accepted at the conference. They were among 2,001 total first authors representing 649 institutions from 56 nations.

Of the 48 from UT Austin, almost all were College of Communication faculty and graduate students.

Communication researchers from around the world submit studies to the ICA, and a small number are selected through peer review to be presented at the conference. Since papers often have multiple authors, the "first author" is generally the leader who directs the research and is likely to present a study’s findings at the conference.

The ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

ICA began more than 50 years ago as an association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 3,500 members in 65 countries. Its annual conference is one of the most-recognized in the world.

Rodrigo Zamith, a doctoral candidate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, compiled and analyzed data from the conference to create a report on what institutions stood out from the vast collective of communication scholars contributing to the event.

Other universities leading in first authors included the University of Southern California (45), University of Amsterdam (38), University of Pennsylvania (36), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (33).

Faculty members and students from across the College attended this year's conference and served as presenters, panelists and contributors. Held annually, the ICA conference supports the development of research and scholarship in the field of communication and enables collaboration between its members.

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