Strategies for Identifying Collaborators & Writing CollaborativelyRachel VacekHead of Web ServicesWrite Your Scholarly Publication Month EventJuly 9, 2012
Collaboration…is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals… by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaboration, July 8, 2012
WHAT do you know? • What projects are you working on? • Are you doing anything interesting, cutting- edge, unique? • What are your interests and passions? • What do you research or keep current on? • Do you bring a unique perspective to a topic?
Take 3 minutes to write downa few IDEAS or TOPICS that you might want to write about
WHO do you know?• Who do you know in the field that shares… – Your job responsibilities? – Your research interests? – Your passion for a particular topic?• Who do you have respect for or admire?• Who are your project partners?
WHO do you know?• Find someone whose skills complement yours – Broad overview vs. attention to details – Technical vs. non-technical• Partner with colleagues who have published before – Familiar with publishing process – Can bring unique perspective – Possibly get additional name recognition – A commitment to a respected colleague can help with motivation and task completion
Take 3 minutes to write downsome NAMES of PEOPLE you know that you might want to write with
BEFORE the writing process begins• Do you know where you are going to publish?• Have your collaborators published with that publisher or editor before?• Manage expectations - talk about things, don’t assume• Determine how you are going to communicate: – In-person – Online (Skype, chat) – Phone
BEFORE the writing process begins• Be sure everyone understands his or her role and what contributions each will make• Understand each person’s institution’s values on collaboration vs. solo publication• Understand your colleague’s motivation for writing
BEFORE the writing process begins• Set a schedule with deadlines and check-ins• Determine: – Who the “lead” is on the publication – Who will be the contact with editor or publisher – Who will do the research, literature review, etc. – Who will write the abstract, outline, citations, put it in one voice, include images, do major editing
DURING the writing process• Be prepared to take over some of the writing and or editing if one or more of your collaborators is unable to do so• Set up schedules for updates and revising drafts• If you have writer’s block, take a break and come back to it later• Do your part• Motivate one another
The END of the writing process• Double check all info and citations• Decide order of author names for your publication• Be considerate when editing your collaborators’ work – they put heart and soul into it• Try to put the entire publication into one voice – it shouldn’t read as if it were written by separate people with different writing styles• Edit, edit, edit
AFTER publication• Support one another after article is published• If process was positive: – look for future topics to collaborate on – bring in other new authors with similar interests• If process was negative: – do not write with that person again – keep professional relationship positive
Miscellaneous Tips• Use Google Docs/Drive or a similar asynchronous web-based word processor• Be consistent in the way charts and graphs are prepared, or images are captured• Be realistic and understanding of people’s time and talents• Don’t be afraid to ask for help or offer help among your collaborators
Miscellaneous Tips• Be upfront with your publisher – If you can’t meet a deadline • Ask for an extension • See if your article can be published in a later issue