The SciTS 2015 conference will bring together thought leaders in the SciTS field, researchers engaged in team-based science, and institutional leaders, policy makers, and federal agency representatives. Central themes include effective practices and policies for team science and hot topics such as team diversity, big data, citizen science, open data, and research networking.
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In this blog entry, Dr. Ingrid Nembhard of Yale University and Dr. Melissa Valentine of Stanford University summarize the rich literature on the importance of good teamwork to successful outcomes, as relevant to team science. They assert that quality improvement oriented evaluation of teamwork is key to success, and highlight four survey instruments for this purpose.
In this open-access article, Matthew J. Smith and colleagues analyze all papers published between 1996 and 2012 in eight disciplines, and find that those with more countries in their affiliations performed better in both journal placement and citation performance. They also find that specific countries vary in their effects both individually and in combination.
Created by the NIH Office of the Ombudsman, this document offers useful guiding questions to help craft a "prenuptial agreement" among scientists embarking upon a new collaboration. Issues addressed include: length of collaboration, expected contributions, anticipated products and authorship.
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