Research collaborations occur more frequently today than they did in the past due to a growing likelihood of research funding for interdisciplinary projects and advances in communication technologies. Collaborations take place in a variety of forms, including the borrowing and lending of supplies, resources and equipment between researchers; seeking input from an expert in a different discipline; and partnering with colleagues who have a similar background or field of knowledge for fresh ideas and abilities.
It is essential for collaborating researchers to establish a clear management plan at the beginning of the endeavor in order to avoid the potential difficulties which they might otherwise encounter. This plan should include the goals and direction of the study, responsibilities of each contributor, research credit and ownership details, and publication technique. Team members must be open with one another, keeping colleagues informed of developments, changes and problems.
Dynamic Issues in Scientific Integrity: Collaborative Research (PDF, 599KB) (American Academy of Microbiology)
Pre-empting Discord: Prenuptial Agreements for Scientists (DHHS Office of Research Integrity)
Silence is not Golden: Making Collaborations Work (DHHS Office of Research Integrity)