Cross-boundary collaborations

What is this about?

Cross-boundary research collaborations involve cooperation across disciplines, institutions and countries. Collaborations pose particular challenges due to different research norms and practices. Professional guidelines may differ between disciplines, codes and accepted practices may differ between institutions, and legal and ethical requirements may differ between countries.

Why is this important?

Cross-boundary collaborations provide opportunities but also difficulties. It is important to be aware of differences in research practice, guidelines and legislation. Collaborators should try to reach consensus and agreement in the design and implementation of research.

For whom is this important?

Researchers, Research institutions, Policy makers

What are the best practices?

The Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations was developed at the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity, 2013 (1). The statement details twenty separate responsibilities of individuals and institutions concerning general collaborations, management of collaborations, collaborative relationships, and outcomes of research.


(1) Montreal Statement n Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations. 3rd WCRI; 5-8 May 2013; Montreal; 2013.

Natalie Evans contributed to this theme.

Latest contribution was June 24, 2019