Making Academic Collaboration Work

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In their 2012 paper, ‘The how and why of academic collaboration: disciplinary differences and policy implications’, Lewis, Ross and Holden argued that there was a useful distinction to be made between collaboration (lowercase c) and Collaboration (capital C). The idea is that, whether we recognize it formally or not, almost all academics engage in the lowercase c type of collaboration through discussions and exchange of ideas. The capitalized Collaboration is the formal kind, when we apply for grants together and co-author papers.

In this ebook we will be looking at the way that these two concepts work together. That is how the requirement of formal Collaboration meshes with the day-to-day collaboration that goes on in all sections of the academy to produce new knowledge, even if from here on in we dispense with Lewis, Ross and Holden’s C/c distinction.

Who is this ebook for?
It is intended for anyone who is considering collaborative work in an academic setting, and will be of particular interest to those embarking on cross-disciplinary research and academics in their early career.

Case studies and reflection from experienced researchers will help to guide your expectations and illustrate the practical advice on offer.

91% of researchers agreed that collaboration increases research impact (source: survey)


  1. Benefits of collaboration
  2. Tactics to avoid common pitfalls of collaboration
  3. Case-study: cross-disciplinary collaboration in Norway
  4. How to build your team
  5. Finding help
  6. Case study: the importance of leadership and support
  7. Summary
  8. Five actions that will help you make academic collaboration work
  9. Works cited and further reading
  10. About the authors

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