RESEARCH COLLABORATION

Guideline
Ten Simple Rules for Establishing International Research Collaborations
Raise awareness and provide guidance on the difficulties that may arise during cooperative research within international research consortia.
Successful modern research collaborations increasingly include scientists based in different countries. This is partially driven by the need to engage with interdisciplinary science, access innovative approaches in different countries, and acquire expertise beyond that which your own research group covers. It is also a great way to establish a worldwide network of colleagues with a variety of backgrounds—scientific, cultural, or otherwise. While international collaborations can be very rewarding, both professionally and from a personal perspective, they come with distinct difficulties and pitfalls that one should be aware of a priori. Nevertheless, cultivating an awareness of these issues will likely offer rich returns to internationally minded scientists, given that international research collaborations continue to expand, and many are now being established beyond the North American and European research communities. This article, which emerged from a workshop on international collaborations, sets out ten rules that can assist researchers and researcher leaders to establish effective international collaborations.
Reference of the resource

Richard de Grijs

“Ten Simple Rules for Establishing International Research Collaborations” PLoS Comput. Biol. 11 (2015) e1004311.

Type of resource:
Guideline
Relevant discipline(s):
All
Relevant stakeholder(s):
PhD candidates
Early career researchers
Senior researchers
Researchers in industry
Supervisors
Tenured faculty members
Research administrators
Members of Research Ethics Committees
Members of Research Integrity Offices/Bodies
Funders
Policy makers
Relevant organisational level(s):
Institution (meso level)
Published/put into force:
2015