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Strategies for effective collaborative manuscript development in interdisciplinary science teams

Ecosphere

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https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2206

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Abstract

Science is increasingly being conducted in large, interdisciplinary teams. As team size increases, challenges can arise during manuscript development, where achieving one team goal (e.g., inclusivity) may be in direct conflict with other goals (e.g., efficiency). Here, we present strategies for effective collaborative manuscript development that draw from our experiences in an interdisciplinary science team writing collaborative manuscripts for six years. These strategies are rooted in six guiding principles that were important to our team: to create a transparent, inclusive, and accountable research team that promotes and protects team members who have less power to influence decision‐making while fostering creativity and productivity. To help alleviate the conflicts that can arise in collaborative manuscript development, we present the following strategies: understand your team composition, create an authorship policy and discuss authorship early and often, openly announce manuscript ideas, identify and communicate the type of manuscript and lead author management style, and document and describe authorship contributions. These strategies can help reduce the probability of group conflict, uphold individual and team values, achieve fair authorship practices, and increase science productivity.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Strategies for effective collaborative manuscript development in interdisciplinary science teams
Series title:
Ecosphere
DOI:
10.1002/ecs2.2206
Volume:
9
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s):
Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description:
e02206; 13 p.
First page:
1
Last page:
13