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Understanding Scientific Collaboration in the Research Life Cycle: Bio- and Nanoscientists' Motivations, Information-Sharing and Communication Practices, and Barriers to Collaboration

Title
Understanding Scientific Collaboration in the Research Life Cycle: Bio- and Nanoscientists' Motivations, Information-Sharing and Communication Practices, and Barriers to Collaboration
Authors
Chung, EunKyungKwon, NahyunLee, Jungyeoun
Ewha Authors
정은경
SCOPUS Author ID
정은경scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ISSN
2330-1635JCR Link2330-1643JCR Link
Citation
vol. 67, no. 8, pp. 1836 - 1848
Publisher
WILEY-BLACKWELL
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
This study aims to identify the way researchers collaborate with other researchers in the course of the scientific research life cycle and provide information to the designers of e-Science and e-Research implementations. On the basis of in-depth interviews with and on-site observations of 24 scientists and a follow-up focus group interview in the field of bioscience/nanoscience and technology in Korea, we examined scientific collaboration using the framework of the scientific research life cycle. We attempt to explain the major motivations, characteristics of communication and information sharing, and barriers associated with scientists' research collaboration practices throughout the research life cycle. The findings identify several notable phenomena including motivating factors, the timing of collaboration formation, partner selection, communication methods, information-sharing practices, and barriers at each phase of the life cycle. We find that specific motivations were related to specific phases. The formation of collaboration was observed throughout the entire process, not only in the beginning phase of the cycle. For communication and information-sharing practices, scientists continue to favor traditional means of communication for security reasons. Barriers to collaboration throughout the phases included different priorities, competitive tensions, and a hierarchical culture among collaborators, whereas credit sharing was a barrier in the research product phase.
DOI
10.1002/asi.23520
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