Good principles underlying successful research collaborations.
A lot of scientific work happens through collaboration. Yet, collaborations can also lead to conflict when there is lack of clarity about the roles of different collaborators, or when expectations are not met.
Collaborative work has become more important over the past few decades, partially due to the rise of interdisciplinary research. For instance, the average number of co-authors on research papers for the PNAS rose from 3.9 in 1981 to 8.4 in 2001 (1).
The European Code of Conduct states that good research practice with regard to collaborations are based on the following principles:
Vicens Q, Bourne PE (2007) suggest the following rules (1)
Rule 1: Do Not Be Lured into Just Any Collaboration
Rule 2: Decide at the Beginning Who Will Work on What Tasks
Rule 3: Stick to Your Tasks
Rule 4: Be Open and Honest
Rule 5: Feel Respect, Get Respect
Rule 6: Communicate, Communicate, and Communicate
Rule 7: Protect Yourself from a Collaboration That Turns Sour
Rule 8: Always Acknowledge and Cite Your Collaborators
Rule 9: Seek Advice from Experienced Scientists
Rule 10: If Your Collaboration Satisfies You, Keep It Going
1. Vicens, Quentin, and Philip E. Bourne. 2007. “Ten Simple Rules for a Successful Collaboration.” PLOS Computational Biology 3 (3): e44