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  • 1. Strategies for Identifying Collaborators & Writing CollaborativelyRachel VacekHead of Web ServicesWrite Your Scholarly Publication Month EventJuly 9, 2012

2. Collaborationis a recursive process where two or more peopleor organizations work togetherto realize shared goalsby sharing knowledge, learningand building consensus., July 8, 2012 3. Going from I to We 4. Quick SurveyWho has written something collaboratively? Who is considering finding a partnerfor publication? 5. OutlinePart 1: Benefits of collaborative writingPart 2: Challenges of collaborative writingPart 3: Finding an appropriate collaboratorPart 4: Etiquette of writing collaborativelyPart 5: Miscellaneous Tips 6. Part 1: Benefits of Collaborative Writing 7. Strengthen interpersonal skills 8. Learn new things together 9. Gain new perspectives 10. Get an opportunity for personal feedback 11. Enhance quality of scholarship 12. Get exposure and stand out 13. Part 2: Challenges of Collaborative Writing 14. Poor Communication Conflicting ideas May not be starting inthe same place Lack of shared vision Duplication of efforts Different underlyingpurpose for writing Different priorities 15. Personality Differences Competitiveness Determined vs. indecisive Lack of trust Hard-worker vs. less motivated Not dedicated to task 16. Do not collaborate forcollaboration sake. Only do it if it will benefityou, strengthen your publication,and you want to do it. 17. Part 3: Finding an appropriate collaborator 18. 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? 19. What excites you? 20. Take 3 minutes to write downa few IDEAS or TOPICS that you might want to write about 21. 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? 22. 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 publishedbefore Familiar with publishing process Can bring unique perspective Possibly get additional name recognition A commitment to a respected colleague can helpwith motivation and task completion 23. Take 3 minutes to write downsome NAMES of PEOPLE you know that you might want to write with 24. Part 4: Etiquette of writing collaboratively 25. BEFORE the writing process begins Do you know where you are going to publish? Have your collaborators published with thatpublisher or editor before? Manage expectations - talk about things, dontassume Determine how you are going to communicate: In-person Online (Skype, chat) Phone 26. BEFORE the writing process begins Be sure everyone understands his or her roleand what contributions each will make Understand each persons institutions valueson collaboration vs. solo publication Understand your colleagues motivation forwriting 27. 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, putit in one voice, include images, do major editing 28. DURING the writing process Be prepared to take over some of the writingand or editing if one or more of yourcollaborators is unable to do so Set up schedules for updates and revisingdrafts If you have writers block, take a break andcome back to it later Do your part Motivate one another 29. The END of the writing process Double check all info and citations Decide order of author names for yourpublication Be considerate when editing your collaboratorswork they put heart and soul into it Try to put the entire publication into one voice it shouldnt read as if it were written by separatepeople with different writing styles Edit, edit, edit 30. AFTER publication 31. 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 32. Part 5: Miscellaneous Tips 33. Miscellaneous Tips Use Google Docs/Drive or a similarasynchronous web-based word processor Be consistent in the way charts and graphs areprepared, or images are captured Be realistic and understanding of peoplestime and talents Dont be afraid to ask for help or offer helpamong your collaborators 34. Miscellaneous Tips Be upfront with your publisher If you cant meet a deadline Ask for an extension See if your article can be published in a later issue 35. Thanks! 36. Photo Credits