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Miller K. Successful Collaborations: Social Scientists Who Study Science Have Noticed a Trend. Simbios at Stanford University, National NIH Center for Biomedical Computing; 2008.
More and more researchers are collaborating. Over the last twenty years, the number of co-authored papers has increased in every scientific discipline and across diverse geographic areas. Co-authored papers are also cited more frequently than single-authored papers, according to what are called “bibliometric” studies. And many collaborations bridge disciplines. Biomedical computation—interdisciplinary by nature—is no exception. Many of its goals require the involvement of people with different expertise. So if collaborations will be a fact of life for many involved in biomedical computing, what can be done to make them productive? Can social scientists provide any insights? Skepticism abounds about whether social scientists’ observations of scientists are
more informative than scientists’ own experience. The ingredients of a successful collaboration seem obvious: good leadership, trust among the participants, face-to-face meetings and strong communication skills.
Online at: http://biomedicalcomputationreview.org/4/3/5.pdf
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