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Manuscripts are from Mars …….. Researchers are from Venus


Sometimes it’s important to remember – Research is what we do, it’s not who we are. It can be incredibly fulfilling, uplifting, fun, overwhelming, ego-filled and exhausting.

Collaborating, working with manuscripts, research in general – if you asked us about our relationship status with research? #ItsComplicated. In particular, on our Health Research Journey we’ve had some love/hate relationships with our paper writing.

Here are a few things we’ve said about manuscripts we’ve been in relationships with …

1. It was love at first cite
2. Are we exclusive or are you seeing other papers
3. I’d like to take things slow
4. I don’t want roses, I want ORCIDs
5. We need to spend some quality time together
6. I’m seeing other papers
7. We need some time apart
8. Where is this relationship going?
9. Let’s not rush into anything
10. I liked you better when you were a conference paper
11. I think we are just staying together for the kids (or the funding body)
12. You’re not really my type
13. I need to work out who I am (especially for interdisciplinary manuscripts)
14. I’m not sure this is the right time for us
15. I don’t see a future for us
16. I think we need to break up
17. I’m having a fling with an old flame (reviving a new version)
18. I need some space (between paragraphs, plus italicised headings and APA referencing)
19. We need to define what our relationship is
20. I’ve been knocked back before so I’m wary about investing too much
21. I’ve set you up on a blind date (with a reviewer)

This is not only about our relationship with our manuscripts; it’s often, and often more importantly, about the relationships between colleagues and co-authors. If you’re lucky you’ll strike a match made in research heaven but sometimes these relationships are just plain tricky and sometimes hard work (It’s not you it’s me… no it’s really you). More on this in future posts… (Coming up soon: ‘Saying no’).

Here are some relevant publishing tips we wish we’d read earlier in our research careers… http://www.elsevier.com/connect/co-authors-gone-bad-how-to-avoid-publishing-conflicts

Wear your heart on your sleeve, not on your research project.

heart(Image sourced from Crunchy Badger)

What’s your current manuscript relationship status? #ResearchItsComplicated


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