Our survey of researchers in academia, held in September 2014, has helped us to understand researchers’ collaborative practices and interests and will help inform future developments of the Piirus service. We asked both members and non-members of Piirus to take 5 minutes of their time to complete the survey, and now we are sharing the results through this blog in the form of infographics. Our collaboration infographic has already been posted.
We held a prize draw for survey respondents, offering a £50 Amazon voucher as a prize.
Our prize draw winner was selected at random from all survey respondents on 2nd October 2014 and we are delighted to announce that the prize has now been accepted by our lucky prize winner, Denisse Rodriguez Olivari, a doctoral student at King’s College London.
So you’ve made some great research connections and built those relationships. You’ve got a brilliant idea, a potential collaborator(s) and now you’re ready to collaborate. How do you go about this?
The Road by Daniel Weinand, on Flickr
The beginning of the road to a valuable collaboration
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.
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.
Are you a researcher in academia? Then we would really value your views about Piirus and research collaboration in general. Please complete our survey to tell us what you think – it will take no more than 5 minutes and will help inform future developments of the Piirus service.
We want to make Piirus the best it can be, and we’d like your help. We’re looking for researchers based in Warwick who are interested in giving us some feedback on Piirus. Piirus is a global pathway for the research community to identify, match and connect across boundaries.
We’re specifically looking at the language used to describe research on Piirus and you would be asked to undertake some searches on the site and give feedback on how well the results meet your expectations. This will help us to understand how well searching and matching on Piirus works, and where we might be able to make further improvements to searching and matching. Continue reading