Guidelines for collaborative projects
Posters and articles are a great way for Radiopaedians not only to improve the site as a whole, as they research and improve existing entries, but also offer a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with radiologists from across the globe. See collaborative publications by radiopaedians
For collaboration to be successful a few simple guidelines should be followed. As all guidelines, these are merely suggestions, and depending on the project these may or may not be applicable.
- decide exactly on the title and scope of the project
- decide who the first author will be (essential)
- limit the number of active collaborators to a small and involved group (2-3 is ideal) as:
- the poster still gets written mostly by one or two authors with input from / review / guidance from a third
- additional authors (4th, 5th etc..) essentially get a 'free' publication, which is not only frowned upon by accademia at large (as it should be) but also...
- make being first author (and the work that it entails) or significantly contributing as second / third author less attractive (after all you can be fifth author and do little)
- too many cooks spoil the broth - too many people involved will slow down submission with too many back-and-forths
- decide what are the responsibilities of each author, for example:
- first author : responsible for abstract, first rough draft of presentation and submission process
- second author : fleshing out draft to 'near-finished' state
- third author : preparing diagrams
- all authors proof read versions and suggest improvements
- set deadlines