Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 03

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Volume 21, No. 3
Pages 58 - 65


Collaboration in the Ocean Sciences: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls

Melbourne G. Briscoe | OceanGeeks, LLC, Alexandria, VA, USA

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As collaboration among ocean scientists becomes more necessary and common, those who attempt to plan, organize, and implement joint research projects are discovering that collaboration is more difficult than they first thought. Collaboration is often a trial-and-error methodology that takes time to get right. Ocean scientists can learn from people whose entire careers are built on studying and describing collaboration, its principles and best practices, and what can go wrong. There are books on collaboration, professors of collaboration, and genuine experts on collaboration.


Briscoe, M.G. 2008. Collaboration in the ocean sciences: Best practices and common pitfalls. Oceanography 21(3):58–65, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.36.

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