Collaborating on research and projects There are many advantages to collaborating with colleagues on research. Varying disciplines, backgrounds and approaches can enrich research. Collaborating in a group can be instructive, can save time (if carried out well) and can provide support in case of stagnation.
However, along with these advantages, there are also disadvantages to collaboration. It requires a lot of planning, coordination and a high degree of exchange. Practical things to keep in mind with scholarly collaboration:
- Geographical limitations.
- Full schedules, which make it difficult to plan meetings.
- Scholars from varying backgrounds and disciplines.
- Scholars using varying methods of communication.
- Varying views of time management and planning.
- Everyone must have access to the most recent version of shared documents and information.
- Good organization can be difficult when having to synchronize so many different factors.
Many of these practical problems can be solved thanks to the arrival of the Internet. Geographical limitations are becoming increasingly unimportant and the exchange of documents and communication is becoming increasingly easier because of the development of diverse tools and software that make collaboration easier.
Read more about the options for collaborating online in the UL course 'Online Scholarly Collaboration'.