Academic research collaboration and networks: an infographic based on what researchers told us.

In September this year, Piirus surveyed researchers worldwide, from
across multiple disciplines. 346 researchers responded, and two key findings were:

  • 79% of researchers said that collaboration makes them more productive
  • 91% agreed collaboration increases research impact

So in many respects it is no surprise that 94% of respondents were interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Here is our infographic with more information about what researchers said:

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Tips for presenting and publishing collaborative research, from a scientist

In last week’s blog we discussed undertaking collaborative projects, however what should you do once you have all the wonderful data, have analysed it together and drawn exciting conclusions? Our Science Correspondent Ian Hancox explores this theme.

Below are a few tips on how to publish and present collaborative research, but we would also love to hear your tips too!


Publishing journal articles alongside collaborators can be exciting and frustrating in equal measure. Whilst you gain additional specialist opinions on a project and enhance the possibilities for a deeper understanding on a research topic, you can also run into problems that are political or due to different working styles. The tips below aim to highlight ways around some common problems: Continue reading

Four issues when undertaking collaborative projects

You did all the groundwork and your collaborative project is underway: great! Keeping it on track is now the priority, and it’s all about planning and communication. What is the best way to keep in touch, and keep everyone informed?

Foundation Forms Set

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Each project has its own needs, but they may fall into one of the following four categories.

1. Assign tasks

Identify the tasks and then assign names of those responsible and deadline dates to the tasks: you might find project management software useful in doing this.

Or if project management software is overkill, perhaps you could use a spreadsheet with a line or row for each task, and columns for the initials of the person responsible, the due date, etc. There is plenty of good advice on project management for scholars on the Vitae website.

2. Keep checking on progress

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Making research collaborations: building relationships

In last week’s blog we focused on how to make initial research connections. This week we look at both why and how to expand on these initial contacts.

Why would I want to put time and effort into building these research relationships?

  • These research relationships may open up opportunities such as future employment, extra research funding and additional journal article authorships.
  • They may also lead to an increased presence of your research on an international stage by association.
  • The collaborator and associated groups are more likely to cite your previous journal articles, again raising your standing in the field.
  • By building the relationship knowledge can be transferred in both directions, and so can staff and students!
  • It also gives the opportunity to reflect on your own research strengths and what areas you wish to explore next.

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Increase your impact through research collaboration – tips for researchers

Do you feel you should collaborate more in your research or make more research connections? Did you participate in the recent #ecrchat on Twitter about Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration or wish you had? Are you undertaking a collaborative project and want to share your tips and hear others?

Collaborating with others drives research excellence and research citation impact has been attributed partly to international collaboration, so we thought we’d share some tips from our researchers on making research connections and research collaborations and would love to hear your tips for fellow researchers.

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